Villa Escudero true taste of Philippines | Manila, The Philippines | 2 hours away from the main metropolis of Manila, you get to experience true Philippine’s heritage. A resort, a plantation and the allure of country life in Philippines. A resort where you can spend the day or stay overnight. Multiple cultural activities, outdoors pools and activities.
A self-contained working coconut plantation, It was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan. Originally planted to sugarcane, the crop was converted to coconut by their son Don Arsenio Escudero in the early 1900s. Villa Escudero, has become a prime tourist destination for locals, overseas Filipinos and a wide array of foreign visitors to the country. It has a worldwide reputation as a showcase for the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage, offering a beguiling glimpse of its history, cuisine, dress, customs and natural beauty a mere two hours away from Manila.
Waterfall Restaurant, Lunch is served on bamboo dining tables set in a few inches of crystalline running water from the falls. The experience of dining on delicious local dishes with the sparkling waterfalls as a backdrop with clear spring water running over your feet is a truly singular and memorable experience only Villa Escudero can offer.
An lunch I have never had before. Not only the local food is amazing, but the feeling of eating literally over the water is fantastic. I strongly suggest the Ginger Chicken Soup and the sweet potatoes.
Bamboo Rafts, are the best option in a sunny day to enjoy the views for the water of the Villa Escudero, the cottages and the surrounding nature.
Rural Villa Tour, village onboard a colorful jeepney or simply learn how coconuts are harvested. Get up close to the Caribou, your main mean of transportation.
AERA Memorial Museum, founded by spouses Arsenio and Rosario Escudero, houses one of the largest collections in the country, unmatched in its eclectic diversity. Housed in a replica of a long-gone church in Intramuros with painted trompe-l’oeil ceilings, the present building opened for viewing in 1987. The core of the collection is its trove of colonial religious art. The superbly executed silver altars, gilded carrozas, ivory santos, embroidered vestments and intricately carved inages and bas-reliefs and tableaux, most dating from the Spanish colonial era are a testimony to the artistry and piety of the Filipino.
Philippine Experience Show, After lunch, guests have the opportunity to watch the Philippine Experience Show where the country’s rich culture comes to life, from its ethnic diversity to its colonial legacy. The dances were painstakingly recreated by the late National Artist for Dance Ramon Obusan of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
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 combine into a distinct adventure.
Accommodation, Whatever staying for a day or planing for a longer vacation, Villa Escudero will truly make your stay more memorable with a variety of accommodation options guaranteed to fulfill everyones travel needs.
(*) See the FULL Photo & Video Album of Villa Escudero at Carlos Melia’s Flickr.