Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko, Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko... Tunay Na Tunay.....

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the pink church turned into a museum
My team has completed one project ahead of time within budget. Clients were happy. So, they gave us some money for our "Milestone Party". The group decided for a daytrip from Manila. Choices were - Corregidor, Puerto Gallera, Villa Escudero or Dinner in Circles in Shangrila Plaza Hotel. Since most of the team members wanted to see real carabao (water buffalo) and just smell the fresh air in the province - we all decided to go to Villa Escudero.

Villa Escudero is a big hacienda with many places to go and many things to do. This is one of the most popular daytrip from Manila which is in the border of Laguna and Quezon provinces.
It is usually frequented by Filipino Balikbayans (or returnees) and foreigners. The place is best place to experience the serene side of the Philippines that one cannot see in the urban cities like Manila.

Villa Escudero offers visitors with different activities - the museum tour, the carabao cart ride, buffet lunch, the cultural show, rafting and swimming at the pool.

The Escudero's are a well-known family, their wealth being the owner of hydroelectric power plant started from the 1800s. With the vast land that they owned - where a community of workers lives, they've built a church but as time went on, the church was converted to a museum. The collections one can see here: statues of saints (with European and folk influences), clothes of Philippine presidents and many others include Rizal's writings.
There lots of things to see in the museum though not-so-maintained, is a must see.

After the museum, we rode a cart that was pulled by a carabao. Yes, Lauro said that it was an act of "animal cruelty" but the beasts are well fed and besides, they don't do that 24/7. While riding the cart and being pulled by a carabao, ours was named “ligaya” (Tagalog for joy), there was a lady singing kundiman (Timeless Filipino Love Songs) and a guy playing guitar. It's my first time to be serenaded... hehee "Ikaw ang mahal ko, ikaw ang mahal ko... tunay na tunay...." So sweet! hahaha

After the ride, we went directly to the dining area for our lunch. Eating lunch in Villa Escudero was a unique experience, well atleast for me. It was in the waterfalls area and while eating, water from that falls (though artificial) flowed, wetting my feet.
the calm river
The food was okay, i could still be improved, not phenomenal but okay. I didn’t feel rip off. It was a combo of Filipino dishes - anything grilled, stewed, sautéed. The best part was the fresh coconut juice served on its shell. After the lunch and a stick of ciggie, I together with my team went to the artificial falls area for picture taking! We dare not bathe because it felt awkward to bathe next to people who were eating their lunches.

After the lunch, we went for a game of ping-pong in their recreation room. This was to kill time while waiting for the most talked about cultural show. The show displayed dances from different regions of the Philippines - Igorot dance of the northern highlands, Muslim dances of the south and many others like manlalatik, cariñosa, the courtship dance of rapu rapu. I also learned here that pandango sa ilaw originated from my island - Mindoro! Early Filipino culture is usually taken for granted especially by Filipinos themselves, the cultural show is the best place to showcase, what we have.

After the show, we continued with another most awaited activity, rafting on a very calm river where another mystical mountain - Mt. Banahaw was the backdrop. One of the most tranquil experiences I ever had in my life, until my rafting buddy was paddling uncontrollably causing us to bump into the mangroves. Sad thing was, I can’t make him stop because he is my manager. LOL!
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the pink church turned into a muse…
the pink church turned into a mus…
the calm river
the calm river
the welcome hut
the welcome hut
tanke de guerra, ww2
tanke de guerra, ww2
esuderos mansion
esudero's mansion
ligaya ang itawag mo sa akin... ha…
ligaya ang itawag mo sa akin... h…
ligaya (means joy) didnt look joy…
ligaya (means joy) didn't look jo…
dining area.
dining area.
artificial falls
artificial falls
the muses...enjoying bathing in th…
the muses...enjoying bathing in t…
banana-Q
banana-Q
the gong players
the gong players
rafters...
rafters...
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