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Hacienda Escudero


 



 "Experience the allure of Philippine country life at Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort. 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. A pioneering agro-industrialist, he built the country's first working hydroelectric plant to supply his dessicated coconut factory and Villa Escudero, where he and his wife Dona Rosario Adap built in 1929. Their children opened the estate to the public in 1981. From its humble beginnings, the resort 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." -Villa Escudero Site

Hacienda Escudero or Villa Escudero located at Tiaong, Quezon, is a place close to my heart because of its rural feel and scenery that is much like one of our rural place in Negros, Oriental --- Bayawan City. But only much more maintained, developed and has already attracted lots of tourists. After an almost 3-hour-drive from the metro here are the following activities available:




Arsenio Escudero Hydroelectric Power Plant

Tickets bought at the receiving area
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Hacienda Escudero


Pathway
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Waterfalls
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-buffet lunch at the awesome waterfalls restaurant where you need to submerge your feet, which, I tell you, is cool and a total stress reliever!
Waterfalls Restaurant
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Buffet Lunch
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Waterfalls Restaurant
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Waterfalls Restaurant
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Waterfalls Restaurant
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- carabao ride from anywhere inside the vicinity.

Mini plane
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- cultural show. But we actually missed this, we were too busy enjoying our first stop, the waterfall restaurant. Haha
Some statues depicting rural life
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Arsenio Escudero Hydroelectric Power Plant

- the museum or what I call as church turned into a superb museum. It was unfortunate that cameras are not allowed inside, but after seeing what is INSIDE the museum, I totally respect their family for not allowing cams. My eyes were super wide open while inside the museum seeing all the beautiful collections and at the same time, absorbing everything all at once! I really do encourage you to go to this museum. It is, indeed, one of a kind.


Pink church
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- swimming (but the pools were still under maintenance)
Yours truly by the pool
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- bamboo rafting. My first and awesome experience. We actually decided to do a competition beforehand, but later on decided to the pictorials first. Haha The place is actually very beautiful from the perspective wherein you are on the water. I totally feel that I am making a music video or doing a  movie where the scenery is like such place!Haha Splendid!


Yours truly by the bay
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Monument outside the mansion
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- cottages. If you actually decide to stay for the night or more, they have those huge and beautiful cottages too.

Native Chandelier
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Christmas Decorations
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- the mansion which is rich with history and pinkness. Of course, we are not allowed to go inside but we took the pleasure of taking pics as if owning the place. Haha







The Mansion
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House of pinkness
Hacienda Escudero


Last but definitely not the least...
Kenny, Me, Dawn, Gino
Photo Credit: Dawn Sy
The company that made the trip memorable :)

 




Elal of The Shades of Grey Travel and Photography
Elal is a traveler, student of life and photography enthusiast who wants to experience and capture what is raved and not raved about. For more about her travels, subscribe here, email at elal.lasola@gmail.com, or visit her portfolio.

18 comments:

Batang Lakwatsero said...

parang ang sarap naman puntahan nyan.. sana ako na lang ang may-ari ng hacienda na yan. haha.. yung description mo ng museum nakakaenganyo masyado.

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...

Ivan, super sarap ng food at saya mag relax lang. Far from pollution! The museum is a must to see. *Thumbs up*

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Di pako backpacker, dream ko na makapunta dito. And I've been to so many places, I totally forgot about that dream. You reminded me of it. I hope I could take my family here when we're back in Pinas.

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...

Thanks for my friend who greatly encouraged for us to go. Will wait for your post when you visit the place soon. :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

tagal ko ng gustong punhana yan pero d ako matuloy tuloy, kase parang ang korny kung mag isa lang ako pumunta dapat jan cgurp pang group lakad gaya nyo. :) ang nice nga falls at pink church. :)

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...

Sama na po mga bagets! :) Super resourceful lang ng hydroelectric power plant tapos waterfalls resto. The pink church/museum is really cool inside and out!

Mario said...

Amazing! I will probably never get a chance to see it with my own eyes. But you have given an incredible tour that anyone can enjoy from anywhere. Great job!

Ding said...

Tagal ko na gusto puntahan ito...

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...

Thank you, Mario. When you visit Phils, grab the chance to go here :)

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...

@Ding: Spare some time to visit. The place is so relaxing and stress free :)

Mitch said...

OhNO! we're supposed to be here today by officemates, pero cancelled. dami kc plano..My parents used to live in Quezon, and the last time we were there, gusto k tlga pumunta dito kaso malayo at klangan ata ng service? We checked it out at the site kaso 1400 for day tour? hay, I envied you. Like the last pic though.

morion said...

wow lapit lng n2 pero indi q p napuntahan, tnx for posting dis.,how much ang per person?
ganda ng mga photos elal:)
starting today im one of ur followers!
www.morionworld.blogspot.com

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...

@Mitch: Sayang naman. Don't worry there's still time. Yep, 1400 for day tour package all in. Thanks!

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...

@Morion: Visit the place soon! It's 1400 per person for day tour package. :) Thanks po. I'll drop by your blog too.

AJ said...

Galing ng mga photos! And the captions are very informative, hindi na "wala lang". Hehe.

Nice to meet you finally, Shades of Grey! :)

Elal Jane L. Lasola said...

Thanks, Professor AJ. :)) Nice to finally meet you too, Transcendental Tourist!

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Want to try this one! Looks unique!

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Elal Jane L. Lasola said...

One of a the few relaxing get away from the city. :)

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