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by victoria brown
Villa Escudero's waterfall restaurant.
It was definitely a pleasant experience to dip your feet in the cool waters after a day of walking and the tiring three-hour journey to the plantation from Manila. The somewhat therapeutic and relaxing current of the waters sliding pass your feet was a fun and exciting twist to your regular lunching experience. It was definitely a highlight of my visit to Villa Escudero.
The history behind Villa Escudero is an interesting one. The 2,000 acre plantation is one of the oldest in the Philippines and is located south of the city of San Pablo, Laguna province and on the border with Quezon province.
In 1981, Conrado Escudero, the grandson of the founders of the estate, persuaded his family to open their estate to the public as a resort. The plantation soon became a well-known tourist attraction, which embodies Philippine culture and history in a breathtaking rural setting.
The whole estate brings you closer to nature as you are surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna. It is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. I definitely consider Villa Escudero a must-visit destination for a feel of rural life in the Philippines.
Visitors will be able to experience Tagalog farm life, experience traditional Philippine culture, and take a journey through time and learn about the history behind this pristine getaway.
Those looking for a more leisurely getaway can explore the history and amazing eclectic artifacts the Escudero family has accumulated over the years through the museum tour, beautiful cultural dance performances, a carabao (buffalo) cart ride while being serenaded by locals throughout the duration of the journey.
The resort has also since expanded offering accommodations, more restaurants, sports facilities, and a conference centre.
It is also nice to see that all the plantation’s staff and their families working and living on the estate’s grounds. You really get a vibe of a close-knit community, just like a small village of their own.
Columnist Victoria Brown had her feet cooled during her unique dining experience at Villa Escudero.
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