Enjoy a relaxing all-day outing at Villa Escudero, San Pablo, Laguna (Feb

Enjoy a relaxing all-day outing at Villa Escudero, San Pablo, Laguna (Feb. 20, Friday)

 

See websites : http://www.travelsmart.net/ph/resorts/Quezon/Villa_Escudero/

http://ezone.freeservers.com/travels/escudero.html

http://www.geocities.jp/gaf03402/villaescudero.htm

 

 

Villa Escudero


San Pablo City, Philippines

 

View the Beautiful Tropical Countryside 

Warm and cheerful hospitality in a rustic Philippine setting - this is the unique experience of Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort. 

A pleasant two-hour drive through scenic countryside brings you to a historic colonial plantation  and rural life of the 1800's. You'll be welcomed with a warm greeting and a cool tropical drink.  Be exhilarated by majestic volcanic mountains, rows of regal coconut trees, luxuriant fields and the happy faces and light-hearted voices of the village folk. All combined into a distinct adventure. 
 
 

Experience History First Hand  

Take a guided tour of the famous "Escudero Private Museum". Housing one of the largest collections in the country, its unmatched in its diversity. Main feature is its trove of religious art, consisting of silver altars, gilded carrozas, ivory headed santos, and other important pieces dating to Spanish times. The collection is a rich testimony to the artistry and piety of the Filipino. You'll also delight in the antique oriental ceramics, costumes, dioramas of Philippine wildlife and ethnography, rare coins, Philippine furniture and many items of interest from around the world... a truly eclectic experience. 
 
 

Savor Delicious Filipino Cuisine at the Waterfall Restaurant  

Enjoy a happy ride on a carabao drawn cart, accompanied by singers and guitarists who serenade with native folk songs, on your way to a tempting array of native dishes at the Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant. Lunch is served at dining tables uniquely set in a few inches of cool running water from the falls, The experience of dining on delicious native cuisine, with the sparkling waterfalls as a background, plus clear spring water running  around your feet is enjoyable and memorable. 
 
 
 

Experience History in Song and Dance 

Following lunch, enjoy the award winning "Philippine Experience Show" where the colonial and ethnic diversity of the country comes beautifully to life (Fri/Sat/Sun/Holidays). 
 
 

More Educational and Sports Activities 

Try your hand at paddling a native bamboo raft on Lake Labasin or learn how coconuts are harvested. Tour  the rural village onboard a colorful Jeepney - or take some exercise - bicycling, tennis basketball - try a song at the Karaoke hall - or a game of billiards or ping-pong... there's plenty to do! 
 
 

A Special Experience - Overnite Stay 

Novel riverside cottages, constructed entirely of native materials, are comfortable and cool. Be totally pampered and await serenaders in the early evening who will put you in the right mood for a restful sleep. 
 
 

Weddings, Conventions, and Seminars Welcomed 

The perfect place for weddings, a company outing, or training seminar, Villa Escudero is well known as a setting for a focused and fun outing for groups of all types. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel that special kind of experience at Villa Escudero!

Enjoy Villa Escudero - we hope to see you soon!

 

 

Villa Escudero


San Pablo City, Philippines

 

 Carabao

Museum

 

 

 

 

 

Pool

River Units

Water Rafting

 

 

 

 

Above info is from website :

http://www.travelsmart.net/ph/resorts/Quezon/Villa_Escudero/

http://ezone.freeservers.com/travels/escudero.html

Villa Escudero

After visiting the Pagsanjan Waterfalls the previous day, some friends and I headed farther south on November 2nd into the province of Batangas to a place called Villa Escudero, an old coconut plantation that has been developed into a very nice tourist attraction / resort area. Some of the featured attractions there are a museum, lunch in the middle of a stream, and a cultural show, all in all a very nice place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

Again, we were lucky in the fact that there wasn't much traffic on our way to our destination. But by mid-morning we started seeing what we could expect on our way back to Subic Bay, long lines of cars and truck heading toward Manila started appearing near small towns and cities. With the passing of All Saints Day the day before, everyone was done paying their respects to their dearly departed in their hometowns and most were now swarming back to the urban centers. We made it to Villa Escudero with ease but we too were waiting in long traffic lines on our return trip soon after our day's worth of fun was over.


It's pretty economical to travel in the Philippines. After shooting the rapids at Pagsanjan Falls we found a place to stay near a little town called Los Banos. For around 67 U.S. dollars a night, a place called the R&R Resort offered a little cabana (hut-like house) with air-conditioning that could comfortably accomodate 6 people. [R&R Resort]If you brought sleeping bags, it'd be possible to cram in 12+ people of more. In addition, there is a little hot spring pool just in front of your front door to sit in and relax. This picture isn't too clear, but it shows the front view of the cabana we stayed in. Those headless people standing in front is our group.

[Coconut Trees]Coconut trees galore! This the view that firsts greets you when you pull into the lane leading to Villa Escudero. Before it started catering to tourists and sight-seers, this area originally was a coconut platation. A tour guide said that some of these trees are over 115 years old! How do you get the coconuts down from such tall trees?

 

[In Front of the Museum]Here we are in front of the museum that was constructed in the likeness of a Spanish church that characterized the architecture of the area during the turn of the century. Inside is the personal lifetime collection of the late Dr. Escudero, the orginal owner of the plantation which he started in the late 1800's. Mrs. Escudaro, his wife, is now 90+ years old and still lives on the estate in a huge house next to the museum.

I thought that the museum artifacts would be drab and boring but it, in fact, is a huge time capsule of sorts for the entire past century. There are church carvings and processional floats dating back to the 1700's, Ming dynasty Chinese vases, a shrunken head from a native head-hunting tribe, insect collections, an international money collection, stuff from World War II and more! Taking pictures inside the museum wasn't allowed so I can't show you the amazing collection that's inside those flamingo pink walls.

 

[Waterfall Dining]Lunch in the middle of a stream? One of the unique attactions of Villa Escudero is that guests get lunch served in the middle of a stream. The estate has its own little hydroelectric power plant and just below the dam guests can enjoy a filling meal in the cool and shade of the running water and overhanging trees. It's a really nice, relaxing deal. Of course, if you rather not get your feet wet, there is a place on the bank where you can enjoy your meal of traditional Filipino food, nice and dry.

 

[Waterfall Lunch]

Ah! A great place to fill our bellies, chat, rest . . . and soak our feet!

 

[On a Battle Tank]

[On a Bamboo Raft]Another great thing at Villa Escudero is that you can be a tank commander, river rafting adventurer, and navy and air-force commander all in one day! By the way, that black ball I'm sitting on is an an old water mine.

[On a Water Mine]

 

 

 

 

To top off the day, all guests are treated to a cultural show displaying all the ethnic diversity in music, customs, dress, and dance that's present in the Philippines. When I first heard that there was a "cultural show" I thought that it would be some cheesy production where people would merely put on different clothes

[Cultural Show]and say "this is so and so ethnic group, and this here is so and so ethnic group . . ."

I was quite surprised at how well produced and coreographed the whole 45 minute show was. Besides a huge assortment of colorful costumes and well rehearsed dances they also had a live ensemble of 20 some people playing ethnic instruments.

I was very impressed and entertained with the whole show.

What was most remarkable in my mind is the fact that the whole performance was put on by the entire staff of the Villa Escudaro resort. From the maintenance staff and groundskeepers to the receptionists, everyone had a part in the show. Not all "cultural shows" are the same and that certainly is true of the one at Villa Escudaro!

 

Villa Escudero's Photo


Villa Escudero is a coconut plantation and resort.
About 10 kilometers south of San Pablo is Villa Escudero with a museum that has many valuable historical and cultural artifacts. It is within reach by a two hour drive from Manila.
Guests will be received with a welcome drink of fresh young coconut and taken around the plantation cum resort onboard carabao drawn carts while being serenaded by the local folks (If you hope, OPM will be sung) at the same time.

Museum

 

Lake 1

 

Lake 2

 

Lake 3

 

Waterfall

Carabao

 

Villa Escudero

Warm and cheerful hospitality in a rustic Philippine setting - this is the unique experience of Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort. 

A pleasant two-hour drive through scenic countryside brings you to a historic colonial plantation  and rural life of the 1800's. You'll be welcomed with a warm greeting and a cool tropical drink.  Be exhilarated by majestic volcanic mountains, rows of regal coconut trees, luxuriant fields and the happy faces and light-hearted voices of the village folk. All combined into a distinct adventure. 

 

 

 

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