Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko, Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko... Tunay Na Tunay.....
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June 14th, 2008 – by: planisphere
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.
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.
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.
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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