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Villa Escudero Day Tour – A Taste of Filipino Heritage

Villa Escudero

Villa Escudero is an ideal tourist destination both for local and foreign travelers who are seeking for a quick getaway due to its propinquity from Metro Manila. It is situated on the boundary of San Pablo City, Laguna and Tiaong, Quezon and approximately 90 kilometers and 2.5 hours drive from the Philippine capital.

I have seen many wonderful photos of Villa Escudero from the web and social media sites which overly induced my desire to finally proceed with our day tour in this popular resort over the weekend.

Villa Escudero Ancestral House

Villa Escudero Ancestral House

We started our Sunday early for a short road trip from our place in Imus City, Cavite to Tiaong, Quezon. We traversed the South Luzon Expressway from MCX (Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway) to Sto. Tomas exit. Then continued for about 30 kilometers more to Quezon Province’s welcome arch via Pan-Philippine Highway (AH26) and turned left onto the Villa Escudero Access Road which is the first road on left after the arch.

Toll Fees (One Way):

MCX to Calamba Toll Plaza – 97 pesos (USD 2)

Calamba Toll Plaza to Sto. Tomas Exit – 25 pesos (USD 0.5)

The resort is open for day tour from 8:00am to 5:00pm and we were there at about 10:00am which I think is a perfect timing. It is advisable to do an early reservation online from their website as this place might be blocked or fully booked for an event, though they accept walk-in guests but only for small groups. The day tour fee is inclusive of lunch buffet, carabao-drawn cart ride, access to the museum, swimming pool, unlimited bamboo rafting and free cultural show (weekends only).

Day Tour Rates:

Adult – Weekday 1,250 pesos (USD 25) / Weekend 1,400 pesos (USD 28)

Children 3 to 6 years old – Weekday 625 pesos (USD 13) / Weekend 700 pesos (USD 13)

Children  below 3 years old – FREE

Either you reserved online or did walk-in booking, you need to secure your stubs from the reception counter then enjoy their complimentary welcome drink. Then you are good to go for a long fun day tour in Villa Escudero.

Villa Escudero Day Tour

Entrance to the Reception

Museum

At first, we thought that this vibrantly looking architecture is a Church but then, we were told that it was actually a Church turned into a museum; so we are partly right. We took the chance of taking photos in its pristine surrounding before heading inside. There is a counter at the entrance where you can keep your belongings but you will be asked not to leave your gadgets and wallets. Photo taking inside the museum is strictly prohibited, so we enjoyed all the bits and pieces that it offers with our bare eyes.

Villa Escudero Museum

AERA Memorial Museum

Villa Escudero Day Tour

This museum was. opened to the public in 1981.  It lodges one of the country’s largest private collections of world antiquities which the family Escudero acquired during their travels around the Philippines and also overseas. The rich collection includes religious artifacts, antique furniture, porcelains, ethnic and tribal garments, World War II relics, clothes worn by the past Philippine presidents, preserved animal remains and many other interesting ancient pieces. The staff working inside the museum were also very diligent in explaining the history and origin of every important item.

Carabao Cart Ride

After the walk through in the museum, we proceeded to the loading area of the Carabao Cart Ride. Carabao is a domestic water buffalo and considered as the national animal in the Philippines. Here in Villa Escudero, all carabaos are named. Ligaya brought us in while Madonna sent us out later. They only use female carabaos to transport people in and out of the resort as we were told that the male carabaos tend to fight along the way.

Carabao Cart Ride

Ride with Ligaya

Buffet Lunch at the Waterfall Restaurant

It is one of the highlights and maybe the top reason why travelers opt to visit Villa Escudero. This extraordinary lunch experience by the man-made waterfalls is also the main reason why we also traveled all the way here in Quezon.

Villa Escudero Waterfalls

Villa Escudero Waterfalls

Lunch buffet is open from 11:00am until 2:00pm and we were there early to avoid the crowd. The buffet offers traditional Filipino dishes and desserts. You can eat your food in ‘kamayan’ style (using your hands) while soaking your feet in the shallow running water.

Villa Escudero Restaurant

Local Filipino Cuisines

Villa Escudero Restaurant

You may also plunge into the waterfalls if you wish but I was too busy looking after our Little One while she enjoys the plummeting water.

Villa Escudero Waterfalls

With her priceless smile

Swimming Pool

The entire family can do more bonding in their newly opened swimming pools. They have a pool for the children with 5 water slides, an infinity pool overlooking the Labasin Lake and an exclusive adult pool with 4 hot tubs  located on the upper ground for 18 years old and above only. Proper swimming attire is a must to utilize these swimming pools. Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper which you may also buy from the store inside for 80 pesos (USD 1.6). They also have a clean shower and changing room located conveniently in the area. You can also rent a locker for 50 pesos (USD 1) to keep your stuffs.

Villa Escudero Swimming Pool

The infinity pool overlooking the Labasin Lake

Villa Escudero Swimming Pool

The Kiddie Pool

Villa Escudero Swimming Pool

I also enjoyed the kiddie pool with my little one

Villa Escudero Swimming Pool

She does not like to take pictures, only swimming in the pool 🙂

Villa Escudero Swimming Pool

Adults Only Pool

Villa Escudero Swimming Pool

In their relaxing hot tub

Philippine Experience Show

The Filipino cultural legacy comes to life in the Philippine Experience Show which happens every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and on holidays. The show is a collaboration of various dance performances representing the culture and traditions of different provinces and ethnic groups in the the Philippines. I can say that this is similar to our crew show in the ship, as it showcases the talent of their very own staff working in the kitchen, restaurants, maintenance, housekeeping and others. It is really a must see show especially if you want to know more about the Philippines.

Villa Escudero Cultural Show

Bamboo Rafting

I am really excited to try it from the moment that we arrived there but I saved it for the finale of our day tour. This is probably the best thing to do to conclude your visit in Villa Escudero. The only sad part was, I did it all by myself as my pregnant wife and little one are not safe to come aboard with me. I paddled around Lake Labasin while enjoying the view of lush surrounding and nature.

Villa Escudero Bamboo Rafting

Excited! And I cannot hide it

Villa Escudero Bamboo Rafting

Villa Escudero Bamboo Rafting

If One Whole Day Is Not Enough

If you are planning to stay overnight or longer, they actually have variety of accommodation options that will suit your needs according to your budget. Well for us, a day tour is adequate but we will surely be back in Villa Escudero probably with our relatives and friends. I am not paid to write this post but we are really happy and satisfied with our experience. If you opt to stay or book a hotel near Villa Escudero, it would be pleasurable as well.

Villa Escudero Bamboo Rafting

River Unit Accommodation on the left side of the lake

Villa Escudero

She is not happy to leave yet

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Day Tour in Villa Escudero

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79 Comments

  • Reply
    Agness of eTramping
    April 9, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Amazing villa, it seems so magical!

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    Faith Coates
    December 23, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    so beautiful cannot wait to get there and experience for myself

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    The Oryx Land Blogger-Sahar
    December 18, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    This place is just wow! That waterfall restaurant is the place I wish to be. Such a beautiful view to eat! Your family looks so happy and I qm sure you a fabulous time!

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    [email protected]
    December 18, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    pretty photos, makes me want to visit!!!

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    anceantovska
    December 18, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    WOW! I am in love with this place! Beautiful pictures, great food……Fantastic

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    Jhumki Nag
    December 18, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    The buffet lunch on base of the waterfall and the bamboo rafting were pretty exotic. super cute pics and has a lot of information to help in travel planning. Will sure plan some time!!

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    Isaly Holland
    December 17, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    It looks like you guys had an amazing time! What a beautiful family and photos. I felt like I was there with you. Loved this post!

    xoxo
    Isaly Holland
    http://www.memoriesbyisaly.com

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    durhamslovelifetravel
    December 17, 2016 at 5:39 AM

    Really nice post, I love the waterfall cafe, it would be a little wet but very unique experience. Also love pink buildings

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    infocultureweddingca
    December 17, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    Oh my goodness this looks like an amazing family trip. Wishing to do very soon!

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    Female Traveler✈️ (@hrakaridi)
    December 16, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    wow i really enjoyed this post!! i love your photos and this sweet little girl!! Your family looks great! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

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    Parenting After Dark
    December 16, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    #vacation goals. This is going on the bucket list.

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    Belle
    December 5, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    The photos are beautiful! I grew up in the Philippines but haven’t been here. I hope to visit someday!

    One Awesome Momma

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    Leticia
    December 4, 2016 at 2:13 AM

    This was so lovely to read, thank you for sharing! Looks like you had an amazing time as it looks like such a pretty place and your photos are so good ☺️ I’d love to visit it

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    dwellboxes
    December 4, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    What an adorable little one!

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    Daisy Huntington- DaisLikeThese
    November 30, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    This looks like an amazing trip, you and your family look so happy!
    I totally love the look of the waterfall restaurant and I know my kids would love the kids pool!!

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    Sydney Fashion Hunter
    November 30, 2016 at 6:04 AM

    There is so much to live here! It’s great that it’s so close to Manila. The buffet lunch and the waterfall look fantastic! Looks like a perfect place for a family outing.

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    valisesetgourmandises
    November 30, 2016 at 1:11 AM

    Aside from the buffalo cart ride (I don’t support animal attractions), it looks like such an interesting destination! Your daughter is adorable!!

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    MakeTime2SeeTheWorld (@VickiLouise86)
    November 29, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    How lucky were you guys to have that amazing pool to yourself! Looks like you had a great time – and I love the bright pink converted church!

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    Daisy Huntington- DaisLikeThese
    November 29, 2016 at 3:53 AM

    Wow! This place looks amazing and you look like you had such fun with your family.
    I love the look of the waterfall reataurant and my kids would be delighted with that kids pool.

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    Sherri
    November 29, 2016 at 3:00 AM

    I LOVE that pink museum! I’d love to visit in the future. The waterfall restaurant is so unique, I’ve never heard of it before but would love to experience it. The sound of the rushing water would be nice. 🙂 The pools and tours look fantastic, too! New for my bucket list!!

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    Migrating Miss
    November 28, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    There’s so much to do there! It looks like a really great place to visit. I can’t wait to go to the Philippines some day. I have a feeling I’ll have to stay for awhile…

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    Ticker Eats The World
    November 28, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    What a wonderful way to spend the day and perfect to do it with the family. The waterfall restaurant looks amazing and so does the infinity pool and the villa itself is quite eye catching with the pink colour. Thanks for telling because often we visit SEAsia and stick to the main cities not venturing out to the other beautiful spots they have to offer.

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    TravelingMel
    November 28, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Wow! This looks like such a cool place. My kids would get a kick out of eating below the waterfall and the pool. The food looks delicious.

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    Abigail
    November 28, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    What a beautiful place to explore and I love that there are plenty of activities. That waterfall restaurant is interesting though. I would love to try that someday!

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    Sarah Kim, Tales From a Fork
    November 27, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    That pink house is so cute! I’d love to say someplace this picturesque. Thanks for breaking down the rates. Makes it much easier to think about further.

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    Paige Wunder
    November 25, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    What a gorgeous stop! I love the bright pink paint on the buildings! I love the Philippines and am planning to go back next year – this will have to be a consideration for a stop! Bamboo rafting looks like a lot of fun and the food looks absolutely delicious!

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    shobha42016
    November 25, 2016 at 4:27 AM

    wow! there’s a lot to do – I’d love to try the bamboo rafting and my kids would be all over that waterpark. The buildings are definitely very vibrantly coloured.

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    Susanna Kelly
    November 24, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Your family looked like they had so much fun! They have awesome features here, like the waterfall restaurant. Personally, I would like to do the bamboo rafting. I’ll have to keep this in mind if I ever travel there!

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    Kerri
    November 24, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    All looks pretty amazing, and such a beautiful location but I think the bamboo rafting is the activity I would love the best. Have heard so much about the Philippines lately!

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    Sally E
    November 24, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    OMG this is where the waterfall restaurant is! The secret has been revealed! I am definitely adding it to my list – sounds like you had a great time!

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    carmyy
    November 24, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    That pink building!! It is so eye catching! I think I’d visit there just for the building itself haha. I also love the look of the swimming pool. It’s quite pretty 🙂

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    ilive4travel
    November 24, 2016 at 4:23 AM

    This looks like a beautiful place to visit and so much to do. The philippines is at the top of my list to visit, hopefully I can get there next year so I will add this place to the list 🙂

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    Jen Morrow
    November 24, 2016 at 3:00 AM

    That is an action packed day! The cart ride and museum llok interesting, then a refreshing swim in the pool! Nice way to experience the villa.

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    Nisha
    November 24, 2016 at 2:57 AM

    Great to see you guys enjoyed the place so much. We had the option of going there , but many people said that it is just water fall and restaurant and so we decided not go . Now I can see we have missed so much. The pink Spanish house is just beautiful and looks very similar to the Molo house which we saw in Iloilo.

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    jiselle
    November 24, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    I would love to visit it looks so nice, especially the waterfall dining!

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    Cai Dominguez
    November 23, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Honesty, I never thought that there are so much things to do here. I only know the waterfalls restaurant And surprisingly, there’s more! Museum, Bamboo rafting and pool. Wow! I hope to visit this place too!

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    Sally Cochrane
    November 23, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    I’ve always wanted to visit the waterfall restaurant but there looks like there is a lot more to do than just that at Villa Escudero. Next time I am in the Philippines I will have to make the trip!

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    gelyka
    November 22, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    My family is from San Pablo, Laguna. But honestly, we haven’t been here in Villa Escudero. Your pictures, as well as you baby girl’s smiles are priceless and it looked like you really had an amazing family time. What we usually visit are the seven lakes. Hope you also have time to visit them. 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      November 22, 2016 at 11:05 PM

      We have thought of going there as well but it is quite difficult to go around without a help someone else to take care our LO. Will be back there for sure to see all the 7 lakes. Thanks.

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    Trisha Velarmino
    November 22, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Happy to see that your family enjoy this trip. With all these activities that you did vs the fee that you paid. I could say that this place is really value for money.

    Villa Escudero is not just about waterfall restaurant. Glad that there are more fun things to do which, obviously your baby really enjoyed. Indeed, a nice and relaxing place which is highly recommended for the family.

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      Wandering JM
      November 22, 2016 at 11:06 PM

      Yes absolutely and my LO was able to enjoy all of those for free. Really a great trip without spending much.

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    Rashmi and Chalukya
    November 22, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Places like Villa Escudero are most sort after for a get away from the bustling city life. The cart ride would be fun for kids and the buffet lunch at waterfall restaurant sounds like a unique experience.

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    Indrani
    November 22, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    The facade is stunningly beautiful! A very luxurious setup.
    Perfect setting for the restaurant.

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    Neha
    November 22, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Lovely place. And such a tasty and colorful food platter. You had a wonderful time in all the different water bodies..isn’t it?

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      Wandering JM
      November 22, 2016 at 11:29 AM

      Yes we did. I just realized that there are 3 bodies of water there and we all loved it!

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    Zwitsy
    November 22, 2016 at 4:57 AM

    I thought it’s just a simple day tour but lo and behold, it’s more than that! day tour rates include the lunch buffet and usage of pool and other amenities, is that correct?

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    Marge Gavan
    November 22, 2016 at 4:03 AM

    That musuem reminds me of the pink church that I saw in Vietnam. Didn’t know we have one here too, though in this case of course, it’s no longer a church. But the reason why I want to visit Villa Escuedero is of course to eat in the restaurant by the waterfall. How was the food by the way?

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      Wandering JM
      November 22, 2016 at 11:09 PM

      Well to be honest I did not eat much since i was too busy with our child. But according to my wife, the food is yummy and I saw her in the buffet line for several times.

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    MakeTime2SeeTheWorld (@VickiLouise86)
    November 21, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Amazing photographs! And there looks like so much to do there – a great little spot to get away from the crazyness of Manila!

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      Wandering JM
      November 21, 2016 at 10:04 PM

      Thanks. It is a great place to visit near Manila.

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    A .J.A
    November 21, 2016 at 3:31 AM

    What a beautiful pictures! The place just calling for me :). And the food…yummy.

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    Sana Sadiq
    November 21, 2016 at 2:09 AM

    What a beautiful view and amazing pictures <3 water fall restaurant looks amazing x

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    mohitarts
    November 20, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Such an amazing spot and specially that ride in the river..

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    The Oryx Land Blogger-Sahar
    November 20, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Looks like a beautiful place to spend holidays! The waterfall restaurant is Ah-mazing! Loveeee it!

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      Wandering JM
      November 20, 2016 at 12:35 PM

      Thank you 🙂

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    erica
    November 20, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Wonderful place. Love that uve covered everything. This is a really helpful post. Your photos are amazing. What season do u recommend me and my family go there?

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    Vyjay Rao
    November 19, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    The Villa looks charming and I liked the waterfall restaurant the best, sounds like a fun experience eat out there with the spray of the water around you.

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      Wandering JM
      November 19, 2016 at 10:13 PM

      Yes. The experience was really great. Thanks

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    nadine cathleen (@karateandcaviar)
    November 19, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    The photos look so lovely and your little one is so adorable 🙂 Can’t wait to go on holiday again to this sort of destination 🙂
    Nadine Cathleen | Karateandcaviar.com

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      Wandering JM
      November 19, 2016 at 10:12 PM

      Thank you 🙂 Appreciate your comments.

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    Jenni Petrey
    November 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Looks like you all had a great day

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    emmaeatsandexplores
    November 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Wow it seems like there’s so much to do there! I love all the vibrant pinks of the buildings and that restaurant at the foot of the waterfall looks fun! All the food looks absolutely delicious!

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    Pospi O Otuson
    November 19, 2016 at 5:24 AM

    love to visit places like this. Its much fun. I enjoyed your photos. Thanks for sharing

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    Shubhangi Rane
    November 19, 2016 at 3:13 AM

    No doubt you are promoting Philippines wonderfully, pictures are at its best.

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      Wandering JM
      November 19, 2016 at 8:40 AM

      Thank you

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    durhamslovelifetravel
    November 18, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Really nice photos and thank you, I have seen that waterfull cafe somewhere on line and Now I know where it is!! 🙂 Would love to go there and it looks lovely and so much to do!

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      Wandering JM
      November 18, 2016 at 10:55 PM

      That you. Hope you can visit there someday

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    mrthprd
    November 18, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Wow love it

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      Wandering JM
      November 18, 2016 at 7:35 PM

      Thanks

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    Marc and Ann
    November 18, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Beautiful and fun!

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    plaidshirtdiaries
    November 17, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    I really enjoyed this post! It looks like your family was lucky enough to have to pools to yourselves – How awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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      Wandering JM
      November 17, 2016 at 4:15 PM

      Yes we were so lucky that there were not much people even it was a Sunday. Thanks

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