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    Villa Escudero - Carabao Ride

    by joysweet Written Jul 1, 2007

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    To get from the main entrance to the reception area for overnight guests, you have to rid their carabao carts. They named their carabaos after some very nice adjectives like Maganda (Pretty), Pogi (Handsome), Sexy, Sandara (a local korean sensation), Madonna (after who else).

    If you are a bit wary of sitting too close to the animal, don't sit beside the driver. Unfortunately, we did, and one time the carabao took a dump! We of course scampered to move to the next row at the back.

    Another unique thing about the carabao ride is the hotel staff that rides with you. They sit at the last row and sing a lot of tagalog song (some of which are familiar)

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    Coconut trees

    by victorwkf Written Jul 15, 2006

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    As Villa Escudero is a working coconut plantation, you will see many tall coconut trees all over the place, especially when you enter the Villa from the main road. These coconut trees look very beautiful amidst the beautiful blue sky. As expected, you can try the coconut drink when you are at Villa Escudero. During the culture show, there is also a demonstration of the traditional way of removing the husk of the coconut fruit and opening it up for the juice inside.

    Coconut trees at Villa Escudero, Philippines
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    Carabao Cart Ride

    by victorwkf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the interesting thing about Villa Escudero is the traditional Carabao (water buffalo) cart ride which will take you from the entrance to the main areas of the compound and the other way when you are leaving the place. These carts move slowly for you to enjoy the surrounding sceneries. The carabao cart rides are included in the entrance fees (see webpage below).

    Carabao cart ride at Villa Escudero, Philippines
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    Labasin River

    by victorwkf Written Jul 15, 2006

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    Next to Villa Escudero is the tranquil Labasin River which is ideal for rafting. This river is very scenic especially with the traditional river houses along its bank and volcanos on the background. Best place to view is at the Coconut Pavillion and best time is sunrise and early morning (more photographs are at the travelogue section of this VT page). There is a dam and hydroelectric station at Villa Escudero, which create an artificial waterfall where lunch is served (see Restuarant tip at this page).

    Labasin River at Villa Escudero, Philippines
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    Labasin Waterfalls (Part 1)

    by victorwkf Written Jul 15, 2006

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    The artifical Labasin Waterfalls is created by damming the Labasin River which flows through Villa Escudero. Underneath this waterfall is the place where lunch is served (see tip at Restaurant section). You will also see many people playing and soaking themselves in the waterfall, especially children :)

    Labasin Waterfalls at Villa Escudero, Philippines
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    Villa Escudero - Splashing at Labasin Falls

    by joysweet Written Jul 1, 2007

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    Labasin Falls is the man-made water fall at the resort. This is where guests take their lunch. Most of the souveneir pictures are taken here. Be prepared to get wet while eating, make sure you wear slip-proof and water proof shoes as the floor gets very slippery. There is a warning that they scrub the floor daily, but algae (lumot) is a nature's way of self cleaning. The algae makes the floor very slippery.

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    Villa Escudero - Soaking at the Jacuzzi

    by joysweet Written Jul 1, 2007

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    The resort has a small jacuzzi - probably good for 5-6 people sitting comfortably. We first tried to soak at night (avoiding the sun) but the water temperature was unbearably hot! Is probably around 38-40 degrees. If you can take th heat, it counteracts the cool winds at night. Since we weren't able to soak during the night, we decided to return the following morning when the pool area is open. During the day, the water temperature is just right, not too cold nor hot either. So we decided to soak in the morning even though the sun was in our face.

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    Villa Escudero - Rafting at Labasin River

    by joysweet Written Jul 1, 2007

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    There are several rafts at the entrance of Labasin River. Although good for 2 people only, and you have to wear a life jacket. There is a warning by the entrance that says that the river is 30feet deep and that swimming is not allowed.

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    Villa Escudero - Museum Tour

    by joysweet Written Jul 1, 2007

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    We arrived early for the 11am check in so the resort staff suggested we go take the museum tours. The museum is being maintained by the Escudero Family.

    You can see all the antique saints at the ground floor, together with life sized statues of Jesus - most of which depicting his death - they bring this out during the Good Friday procession at San Pablo City.

    Memorabilias and collections on the 2nd floor - antique jars, coin collections, canes (which I'm sure Jose would have liked), dolls from the world (there are several Pinay barbies), formal wear of the Philippines' presidents from Manuel Roxas to GMA.

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    Villa Escudero - Swimming Pools

    by joysweet Written Jul 1, 2007

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    There are 4 pools at Villa Escudero. 1 pool is 5 feet deep - this is where they have the jacuzzi; another is 4 feet deep - where the 2 slides are; 2 children's pool. Most visitors (especially day trip guests) hang out here while waiting (either for lunch or te weekend cultural show). We opted to swim at night - the water was warm and not cold, plus there aren't a lot of people. Pool area is open 8:30 am to 10pm.

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    See the biggest 15thCentury Cathedral in Quezon

    by yellowcab Written Jul 31, 2007

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    Explore the beauty of the Spanish architecture circa 15th century. - Cathedral of San Diego de Alcala was first establish in 1582, on its present site. It was transferred to Silangan in the island of Alabat in 1638. But was was burned by the Dutch forces in 1665; reconstructed and beautified in 1846. It is known as the biggest and oldest Catholic Church in the province of Quezon.

    The historical tablature Inside the church The biggest 15thCentury Cathedral in Quezon

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    Relive wartime Spanish fortress

    by yellowcab Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    Kutang San Diego (Spanish fort). is the only remaining structure built under the supervision of Franciscans during the latter part of the 18th century. It was erected to help guard the town against sea pirates.

    You can take picture here of the Lamon bay atop the old cannons.

    Although it offers one of the best views of the seas, it has stinking smell coming from the town canal / sewages. By the time we visited there is an ongoing cement road rehabiliatation on the parking area.

    Imagine firing the cannons off that pesky pirates Historical landmark plate Imagine firing the cannons off that pesky pirates
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    Escudero Family Museum

    by victorwkf Written Jul 15, 2006

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    The Escudero Family Museum is located at a very impressive church next to the Escudero Family House. Continuous guided tours aof the museum re conducted daily from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The very huge and impressive collection in the museum is made up of Christian religious artifacts, silver alters, carrozas, Spanish galleon trade items, ceramics and Philippine dioramas. Unfortunately photography and videos are not allowed inside the musuem about the exterior of the museum (see photographs) will give you a good idea of the atmosphere of the place.

    Escudero Family Museum, Philippines
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    Healing Grotto

    by asianbelle Updated May 27, 2005

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    Sometime last year, a priest from Lucban was reported to have healing powers. As such, people from different parts of the country flock to this town to seek cure for their ailments.

    Early this year, a church and calvary hill were constructed. The church is located at the foot of the hill where healing masses are conducted. On the slope of the hill, bigger than life-size images of the 15 mysteries of the rosary were installed.

    There are more than 200 steps from the foot of the hill to the image of the Transfiguration on the top. The good thing about this place is, the people are allowed to go up the hill on scheduled time which is normally after a mass. While mass is being said, the gates to the calvary hill is closed.

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    Lucban Church

    by asianbelle Updated May 27, 2005

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    Lucban is famous for its Pahiyas Festival celebrated every 15th of May. This annual festival is done in honor of San Isidro Labrador as a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.

    However, our trip was a week early so we did not get to see the colorful and gaily decorated houses. We decided to visit the town's church which is being prepared for the festivities.

    Lucban Church
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