Thursday, May 22, 2008

Villa Escudero Day Trip (Hacienda Escudero)

Early this year, a Balikbayan relative of Davis's arrived and wanted to see Villa Escudero (as he have heard so much about it).
Davis's uncle loves anything that is native to the Philippines so off we went for a day trip at Villa Escudero (just beside Hacienda Escudero).

It took us almost 3 hours to get there from Manila to Quezon.

The day tour rate is Php 1,250 per person.
This includes the following:
  • Welcome Drink/Carabao Cart and Jeepney Rides/Use of most recreational facilities and lunch at the waterfalls.
  • Tour of AERA Foundation Museum (courtesy of trustees)/Tour of Rural Village and Chapel
  • Philippine Experience Cultural Show every Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Holidays 2:00-3:15PM
  • River Rafting, swimming pool
Some other available facilities are:
• Nipa huts
• Chapel
• gameroom
• auditorium
• bike rentals
• souvenir shops
• tennis, basketball and volleyball courts

They also offer overnight packages. See their website for the rates :)

As soon as we arrived at Villa Escudero, we went to the reception area to get registered, where we were offered our welcome drink, which was Sago't Gulaman :)

We also went around to take a quick look of the place.

on our way to the Carabao Ride

Shaney and Lola waiting for the Carabao to come


That's the museum at the back
Bunches and bunches of Esudero family collections are showcased in the museum. They even have a shrunken head!!!!

Meet our Carabao, "Sexy"
there were locals in costumes seated at the back of the Carabao ride, serenading us the most beautiful native songs :)

time for our lunch buffet at Labasin WaterFalls area
Most diners like us opt to sit at tables placed directly in the stream coming from the man-made falls and enjoy the cooling spring water flowing over our feet.
The buffet lunch served is all Filipino food. I do, however, wish that they serve a free buko juice per person.

River Rafting
The Labasin Lake is 30 feet deep!!! don't worry, you won't drown if you fall since they make sure that each rafter wears a life-vest

Shaney can't ride the raft, she's too young and too small for it. Safety First!

Shaney and Lola while waiting for the Cultural Show to start
Everybody will get the chance to see and experience the Philippine's cultural dance shows from Luzon to Mindanao at the Coconut Pavillion.

Shaney Bologne enjoyed the trip the most

By the way, don't be surprised if you see locals taking pictures of you and your family because they do it for business. At the end of the day, you will be seeing your pictures posted at the corridor near the exit and they will try to sell these to you... at an expensive price! *teehee*
i guess it's about Php 100 each!!!

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