Excerpt from InFlight July-August 2012 Issue. Written by Oggie Ramos.
“Villa Escudero in Tiaong, Quezon, is about two-hour’s drive from Manila. The estate, founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan, used to be a sugarcane plantation, but was converted into a coconut farm in the early 1900s. It still is a working farm, but now serves as a tourist destination. ”
“There’s paddling along the small stretch of Lake Labasin, the carabao ride around the villa, the museum tour, swimming. There’s a recreational hall for billiards, table tennis, even ballroom dancing.”
“We stayed in one of the longhouse apartments that can fit up to nine adults. Its high ceiling, wall openings and electric fans kept the room cool. The river cottages have hammocks in verandas that jut out over the waters of Lake Labasin.”
“Lunch by the waterfalls continues to be a popular attraction. There’s something special about wading in ankle-deep cool water and feasting on inihaw na baboy, manok and tilapia (grilled pork, chicken and fish), and ginataang gulay (vegetable cooked in coconut milk).”
“The place being unpretentious, the folk songs and carabao rides, the natural attractions. WiFi wasn’t available when we were there but I didn’t mind.”
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