Villa Escudero takes you back to the time of matatamis na ligawan between your lolo and your lola. The resort will make you feel like you're in a hacienda as you get the chance to leisurely stroll around the plantations, to have a buffet by the waterfalls, to ride a karabaw, to do bamboo rafting, to go fishing and to watch native Filipino cultural dances. Experience a romantic & non-traditional date by getting in touch with culture & tradition.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Private Vehicle
Head south along the South Luzon Expressway and take the Sto. Tomas exit. Upon exiting, take a right (heading south) and merge onto the Maharlika Highway. Turn left at the Sto. Tomas junction. Continue to head south towards Lucena City, passing the town of Alaminos and San Pablo City. Slow down upon seeing the Quezon Province boundary Arch and immediately turn left onto the dirt road that leads to the Resort.
By Public Transportation
Here's a commute tip I got from Pinoy Roatrip.
1. Go to Jac Liner bus terminal and take the bus going to Lucena, Quezon. Travel time is 2 1/2 hours. These are the 2 terminals with bus going to Lucena:
LRT - Buendia Station
2052 Donada Street corner
Buendia Street, Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. No: 4042073
* Current bus schedule: 1st trip is 5am, last trip is at 10pm, every 30 minutes.
* To get the latest bus schedule text JACLINER TIME BUENDIA to 2952 for Smart or 2982 for Globe and Sun.
2 Mapagmahal Street
Baranggay Pinyahan, Kamias
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. No.: 9276139
* Current bus schedule: 1st trip is 2am, last trip is at 9pm, every 20 minutes.
* To get the latest bus schedule text JACLINER TIME KAMIAS to 2952 for Smart or 2982 for Globe and Sun.
* FARE: PHP 178, aircon bus from Kamias or Buendia to Lucena
ACCOMMODATIONS & RATES
This was actually a surprise trip that JB planned for the two of us. That being said, it was quite spontaneous so our last minute option was to go on a day trip.
Day Tour Package:
Monday to Thursday Rates:
Adults: PHP 1,250
Children (3-6 y.o.): PHP 625
Seniors: PHP 893
Friday to Sunday and Holiday Rates:
Adults: PHP 1,400
Children (3-6 y.o.): PHP 700
Seniors: PHP 1,000
Carabao Cart Ride
Use of outdoor recreational activities
Lunch Buffet at the Labasan Waterfalls Restaurant
However, if you're not up for back and forth travelling, you also have the option to stay for one night or more. Visit their website at Villa Escudero Accommodations. They have many room options, all of which have beautiful views. The rooms can accommodate 4 up to 12 people.
If you have other questions, contact their Telephone Nos.
+63 (02) 523-0392 | +63 (02) 521-0830 | +63 (02) 532 2944 | +63 917583 7727 | +63 919 993 4744 | +63 923 741 0605
WHAT TO DO
Enjoy a feast at the Labasan Waterfalls Restaurant
Get ready to soak your feet in the running water coming from the Falls
Though the environment was cool because of the droplets of water coming from the falls, you can opt to wear swimwear while you eat kamayan style at their buffet. Take a photo before you eat because you'll surely be bloated after all of the good food!
Banana Cue Photo from Villa Escudero Website
Disclaimer: Photo above from Google Images
Though I wasn't able to take a lot of photos, they offer several Filipino favorites such as liempo, pansit and even fresh fruits such as watermelons and pineapples
This is definitely one of the most unique experiences I've had. One that only Villa Escudero can offer.
Explore the plantations while riding a karabaw
We strolled the resort by riding a cart pulled by a karabaw named Mutya!
Watch the Cultural Show
2:00pm - 3:15pm; Fridays to Sunday and selected holidays
Photo from Villa Escudero Website
At around 2 pm, everybody gathers to watch the cultural show held at one of the dining halls
Photo from Villa Escudero Website
The show was quite entertaining because it showcased a lot of traditional music, instruments and dances that were reminiscent of what I used to study in PE class or Philippine history classes. More than this, it was a full-on production which they prepared for all their guests.
Take a Tour at the Museum
Photo from Claire Raborar
Unfortunately, JB and I weren't able to visit this anymore due to time constraint
Photo from Villa Escudero website
There are also a lot of newly opened pools fit for adults (infinity pool) and kids (kiddie pool) alike
Prior to riding the bamboo raft, you will be given a sagwan and a life vest
This was actually a funny experience for us because we kept drifting away — partly because I wasn't rowing as hard as he was. Oops.
Patiently waiting for the fish to bite
Sadly, none of the fish fell for our bait. It was still a great experience, though! #KahitIsdaPaasa
The bamboo rafting & fishing rods with bread are not included in the regular packages. Riding the bamboo raft costs PHP 100 while the fishing rods cost PHP 10 each.
Afternoon Dip at the Waterfalls Restaurant
A view of the other end of the Waterfalls Restaurant
Play underneath the strong water coming from the man-made falls
This was an opportunity to cool down after we went fishing — so much so that JB actually fell asleep (LOL)
You can't get any happier than this!
Whether it's a spontaneous trip or a planned adventure, I think any resident in the Philippines would learn and come to enjoy a lot about our culture thanks to Villa Escudero.
Time to make your own memories! Happy Travels!