Villa Escudero; Bamboo Rafting, Waterfalls Boodle Fight, and more!

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Villa Escudero was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan. This estate initially began as a sugarcane plantation. However, the winds of change blew through the family. It was their son, Don Arsenio Escudero, who boldly converted the crop to coconut farming in the early 1900s. Decades later, their children, inspired by their parents’ legacy, opened the estate to the public in 1981. Recognizing the potential of harnessing nature’s power, he went on an ambitious project—the country’s first working hydroelectric plant. It powers his dessicated coconut factory and provides electricity to Villa Escudero. Furthermore, from its humble beginnings as a plantation, Villa Escudero blossomed into a prime tourist destination that welcomes locals, overseas Filipinos, and a diverse array of foreign visitors to the Philippines. Today, it stands as a worldwide symbol of the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Villa Escudero offers a diverse array of experiences that capture the essence of Filipino culture and the allure of its natural surroundings. For those with a thirst for history, the Escudero Private Museum stands with its extensive collection of artifacts from around the world. They also offer bamboo rafting on the serene river waters providing a leisurely paddle. As well as the Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant offers a unique dining experience where you can savor traditional Filipino buffet lunches kamayan style. All while dipping your feet in the cool, shallow waters. They also have the Philippine Experience Show showcasing the nation’s rich heritage through traditional dances and music. Furthermore, Villa Escudero has swimming pools, including a kiddie pool, an infinity pool, and an adult-only pool. However, remember that proper swim attire is required for pool access. The adult pool is exclusively for guests aged 18 and above.

Our Unforgettable and Fun Experience

During our visit to Villa Escudero, we had the incredible opportunity to partake in a range of unique and exhilarating activities that made our experience unforgettable. Our adventure started with the Carabao Carriage ride, which transported us to the main entrance. As we made our way to the plantation’s winding trails, the talented staff serenaded us with heartfelt Filipino folk songs. This authentic experience gave us a great start to our journey. Following our memorable carriage ride, we headed to a significant part of our visit – the Lunch Buffet. Here, we experienced the Waterfalls Boodle Fight, a truly unique dining experience and the first for us. We had a spread of classic Filipino dishes by the Labasin Waterfalls. While eating kamayan style (bare hands), and our feet were dipped in shallow flowing water. It’s somehow like a foot spa while having a buffet boodle fight simultaneously.

After our refreshing lunch, we went bamboo rafting. With life vests provided for safety, we gently paddled on a native bamboo raft across the tranquil waters of the 30-foot river. It was a serene and picturesque experience that allowed us to further connect with the peaceful ambiance of Villa Escudero’s natural surroundings. After that, we decided to cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools. Later in the day, our curiosity led us to the Escudero Private Museum. While the museum’s extensive collection of artifacts was indeed impressive, we couldn’t help but be intrigued by the stories circulating among the staff about its eerie presence. Some even mentioned that the museum was haunted. Among the treasures, we found clothing worn by old presidents, ancient artifacts, and even a genuine skeleton discovered in a cave. All adding to the museum’s mystique and historical significance.

Final Thoughts

In our final thoughts, we couldn’t help but reflect on what an incredible day we had at Villa Escudero. It was an absolute blast! Whether you’re seeking a fun-packed summer getaway with family, friends, schoolmates, or groupmates, Villa Escudero has it all. The experience blends entertainment with educational opportunities. Making it a perfect destination for those looking to both have a great time and learn about Filipino culture and history. While we opted for a day tour, Villa Escudero also offers lodging for those who want to extend their stay. Furthermore, the Day Tour Package is quite affordable, catering to various budgets. With rates of Php 1450 per head from Monday to Wednesday and Php 1600 per head from Thursday to Sunday. There’s also a 20% discount for PWD/SENIOR guests (with proper ID). Our day tour pay already included all the activities I mentioned. It’s all worth it!


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Tips and Guidelines

  • It’s advisable to make reservations in advance. Specially during peak seasons and weekends, to secure your spot and avoid any disappointments.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking and outdoor activities. Light and breathable fabrics are ideal, as the weather in the Philippines can be warm and humid.
  • If you plan to use the swimming pools, ensure you have proper swim attire. The adult pool is exclusively for guests aged 18 and above.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun, especially if you plan to spend time outdoors.
  • Bring some cash for additional expenses, as well as your credit or debit card for payments. ATMs may not be readily available on-site.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions. It’s a good idea to have an umbrella or rain jacket handy, especially during the rainy season.
  • Take note of the tour schedule, especially if you want to catch cultural shows, which are typically held from Thursday to Sunday.

How to get there?

Via Private Vehicle

  • Start by heading south from Metro Manila, specifically from areas like Makati, Taguig, or Alabang.
  • Take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) going towards the south.
  • Continue on SLEX until you reach the Santo Tomas Exit. You will need to pay toll fees along the way.
  • After the Santo Tomas Exit toll booth, follow the Maharlika Highway (also known as the Pan-Philippine Highway or AH26) going towards Lucena City and Batangas. You will pass through various towns and cities, including San Pablo City.
  • Keep driving until you reach Tiaong, Quezon. Look for signage for Villa Escudero. The resort is located at Km 91 along the highway.
  • Follow the signs to the resort’s entrance and parking area.

Via Public Transportation

  • You can take a bus from terminals like the Jam Liner Terminal in Buendia, Pasay or the JAC Liner Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City, bound for Lucena City.
  • Inform the conductor or driver that you are heading to Villa Escudero in Tiaong, Quezon. They will drop you off at the nearest point along the Maharlika Highway.
  • From the drop-off point on the highway, you can take a tricycle or jeepney to Villa Escudero. Tricycles are a common mode of transport in rural areas and can take you directly to the resort.
  • Follow the local road signs or ask locals for directions if needed.

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