Christmas and Family Photoshoot at Louisse Private Resort – Taytay, Rizal

My 2 sisters and their family living in Australia and Riyadh went home for the Christmas holidays few years back and it was the time we’re all complete (sans my dad). Nothing compares to the bonding times that we had as a family. Since we are complete, we decided to have a family portrait that we all can keep. Looking for a place where we can have our photoshoot, my sister stumbled upon LOUISSE PRIVATE RESORT online, which happens to be just near our place. She browsed their website and inquired while she’s still in Riyadh.

I was the one who was assigned to contact them through phone and I immediately book a slot for us. I called them via phone, reserved a slot and paid the downpayment at BPI. We took the 22 hours reservation that is from 7:00pm-5:00pm for P21,000 and luckily we got the DEC. 25 (yes, Christmas day) – Dec. 26 slots for our photoshoot and swimming too. We also did visit the place few days before our reserved date to see if it nice and we’re impressed upon closer inspection of the place.

We had our Christmas Party at the resort: opening of gifts and family picture taking were indeed so much fun. A karaoke was also available for us to sing while wi-fi is available but it is weak that we can’t even connect. We stayed up a bit late singing at the karaoke and exchanging stories, jokes and all.

Louisse Resort at night

Since we are having a formal photoshoot the next day, we woke up early around 5am because the make-up artists are already there. We are clad in red formal dresses and with our nice make-up on. We took the photography services from GREAT IMAGE at SM Taytay. A professional photographer and his assistant came to the resort as well to take photos of us. (Sorry, but i will not be sharing our family photos here). Their service took around 2 hours.

After the photo session, we are already itching to dip and dive into their pool. In no time, most of us are rushing and swimming at the resort’s pool.

We had up until 5pm to stay at the pool swimming, singing and having fun at their nice resort. The water was a bit cold at their infinity pool that time so I didn’t stay much in the pool, but the kids and the teens have so much energy swimming and staying in the water.

We got 3 rooms during our stay (1 master and 2 guestrooms) which are all air-conditioned and spacious.  The kitchen was also spacious and we had our dinner and lunch at the gazebo where we had our buffet. There are quite numerous no. of toilets there, if I’m not mistaken there are 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs.

To inquire at their resort, contact them at:

Website: http://www.louisseprivateresort.com/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/LouissePrivateResort/
Email: louisseprivateresortofficial@gmail.com
Super Late Post: Travel Date: Dec. 25-26, 2013

Villa Escudero Plantation and Resort day Tour with Lunch

Our family went at Villa Escudero Plantation and resort for a day tour.  Actually, we got lost on our way there since our rented driver didn’t want to ask for directions. Arghh… if only we knew of the google map or waze app then I’m pretty sure we got there with ease.

Anyway, arrived at Villa Escudero in no time and we are greeted with beautiful natural surroundings with lush trees and all. It was almost Christmas time when we visited there so there are nice Christmas lanterns and decors. We enjoyed our ride to the resort proper because a carabao-drawn cart accompanied by a musician and singers serenade us with folk songs. However, I’m also a bit sad bec. the carabao (named Mutya) must have a hard time pulling our cart  because we are 18 all in all.  Going there during the holidays was not the right thing to do, I must say. Why? The place is too crowded with people eating at the “fake” waterfalls that only made me dizzy because of the very strong current.

We had our lunch at the foot of the hydroelectric Labasin Falls, which I said was over crowded that day being December (21). There is a long line at the buffet table and when it is our turn there’s not much food left at the table. We even had to go to our buffet tables but still the same, long lines and not much food because some people put a huge mountain like food on their plates hahaha.. The staff are not quick to replenish bec. the kitchen is far from the buffet table aside from them going to the water and stepping on the big rocks. We didn’t enjoy the food that we had like pansit, chicken, lumpia etc) The taste is just ok and nothing spectacular.

After eating at the table with cold water on our feet, we watched a Philippine cultural show where native dances are shown, which we enjoyed. It was also fun to have picture takings with the singers and dancers wearing Filipino costumes.

There are also pools at the back end where you can swim if you stayed at their resort. A bamboo raft was also available where you can paddle and cruise along the river and it was the activity that my nieces and nephews actually enjoyed. A life vest must be worn all the time even if you know how to swim.

We also toured the family-owned church museum with tons of antique relics and artifacts. We learned that those collections are dated back from Pre-History, Spanish colonial times and World War II.

Despite the sad and annoying things that we encountered on our visit at Villa Escudero, still, we had a good time and it was a must see place too bec. they are showcasing Philippine heritage.

Date of Trip: December 21, 2013

VILLA ESCUDERO PLANTATION AND RESORT
Website: http://villaescudero.com/
Km 91, Tiaong, Quezon

Contact Numbers: +63 (02) 523-0392, +63 (02) 521-0830, +63 (02) 523-2944, +63 917-583-7727, +63 919-993-4744, +63 923-741-0605

Where to Stay in Pagudpud / Homestay / Hotels in Pagudpud

Pagudpud is situated in Ilocos Norte and is very popular tourist destination because of it’s beautiful beaches and resorts.

How to get there:
By car: 10-12 hours drive from Manila
By plane: 1hr and 30 mins. (Manila to Laoag Int’l airport) then ride bus
By bus: 2 hours from Laoag City (you can ride mini bus/ non aircon bus via Laoag-pagudpud or aircon bus via Cagayan)

If you are on a budget and wanted to spend less on your accommodations, you can opt to stay at homestays (home of the locals converted to accommodate guests) that are accredited by the Dept. of Tourism in Ilocos. There are many homestays in Brgy. Saud, just inquire to know their rates.

However, if you want to stay in hotel or beach resorts here is a list.

Homestays along Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Nortehomestay 1  homestay 2homestay 3  homestay 4 homestay 5 homestay 6 homestay 7 homestay 8 homestay 9

Allen’s Homestay this is where we stayed – (click link to see pics and my review)
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Manang Rorily (Rolly) De Guzman
Mobile: 0910-2898217
Rate : P250.00/night (fan room)

Cathy’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
owner: Catherine Dalumay
Mobile: 0908-3146282

Natividad Gaudenia’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Natividad Gaudenia
Mobile: 0947-4470833

Mund’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Raymund Calventas
Mobile: 0920-8984368

Ada’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner:
Mobile: 0949-4588257

Winse’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Winsler / Rose Ubasa
Mobile: 0920-2646400   / 0906-6121374

Hotels / Beach Resorts
Saud Beach Resort and Hotel

Brgy. Saud Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Website: www.saudbeachresort.com
Contact Nos. 0917-5195495 / 0918-5533073
(632) 921-2856 (632) 928-9853
inquiries@saudbeachresort.com

Saud Beach Resort and Hotel

Polaris Beach House
Brgy. Saud Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Contact Nos: 0920-2396138 / 0919-3078803 / 0917-5488102
Polaris Beach House 2

Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center

Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud
www.facebook.com/hannahsbeachresort
Website: www.hannahsbeachresort.com

Kapuluan Vista Resort
Sitio Banlaran, Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud
Website: www. kapuluanvistaresortandrestaurant.com/
RATES:
DELUXE with LOFT : P4,750/room for 4 pax
maximum capacity, 6 persons
DELUXE w/o LOFT P3,700/room for 2 pax
maximum capacity, 3 persons
STANDARD P2,700/room for 2 pax
maximum capacity, 3 persons
DORMITORY :650/person  for 2 pax

Punta Azul Beach Resort
Blue Lagoon in Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Website: www.punta-azul-pagudpud.com/
Deluxe Rooms
Rates:
Php3,500 / day (Peak Season – March to June; December)
Php2,800 / day (Off Season – all other months)
Regular Rooms Rates (maximum of 3 guests):
Php3,200 / day (Peak Season – March to June; December)
Php2,500 / day (Off Season – all other months)

Jn and Carol Beach Resort Cottages
Burayoc Point, Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
+63 77 676 0183 ‎
Website: www.juncarolbeachresort.com

Arinaya White Beach Resort
Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
Website: arinaya.webs.com

Palm Grove Saud Holiday Complex
Sitio Jupiter, Saud, Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
Website: palmgrovesaudhotel.com

Evangeline Beach Resort
Saud Cove, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud
+63 918 908 1071
Website: www.evangelinebeachresort.net

Punta Garvida Beach Resort
Website:
puntagarvidabeach.pagudpodshore.com/

Keahana Beach Resort

Terrar Rika Dive & Beach Resort

DAY1 – Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Fort Ilocandia Resort

DAY 1: (April 30, 2013- Tuesday)
Airport, Hotel, Marcos Mausoleum/Museum, Batac Church, Paoay Church, Paoay Lake, Sand Dunes, Fort Ilocandia, back to Laoag City, Hotel

From PAOAY SAND DUNES, our next stop was at FORT ILOCANDIA.

Travel time from Sand Dunes to Fort Ilocandia: 15 mins. or so on board the tricycle that we hired.

Honestly, I was praying while we are traveling because it’s getting real dark already. The place is kinda isolated with no houses in sight so it gave me some fear for while. Thankfully, we arrived at Fort Ilocandia at 6:35 pm.

FORT ILOCANDIA Resort and Casino is a 5-star hotel located at Laoag, Ilocos Norte. It’s a 77 hectares of land , has golf course and casino. It is said that Fort Ilocandia was built by former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos just in time for his daughter Irene Marcos’ wedding to Greggy Araneta in 1983. It is where the reception was held and accommodated their guests.Fort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos Norte Fort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos Norte
The hotel was simply beautiful!. It has Spanish architecture with red brick walls. Fort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos Norte Fort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos Norte Fort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos Norte Fort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos Norte Fort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos NorteFort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos Norte Fort Ilocandia Resort Laoag, Ilocos NorteFORT ILOCANDIA HOTEL
www.fortilocandia.com.ph
Barangay 37 Calayab, Laoag City Ilocos Norte, 2900 Philippines
Tel#: (63-77) 670-9001 to 15

Too bad, we only stayed there for 15 mins. because I wanted to be back in Laoag City before it really gets too dark.

Thank God, we safely arrived in Laoag City at 7:10 pm. Travel time from Fort Ilocandia to Laoag City =20-25 mins. Gave our driver extra P50.00 for being nice and patient waiting for us.

Had dinner afterwards at Chowking at Laoag City. Wanted to try local Ilocano cuisine but we are so hurry already trying to figure out where to dine so we just opted for Chowking.

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Check our detailed 4D/3N Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour:
Our DIY 4D/3N Itinerary of Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour
Our DIY 4D/3N Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Expenses / Costs
Review of Texicano Hotel, Laoag City
DAY1 – Part1: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Airport to Laoag City
DAY1 – Part2: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Laoag City to Batac
DAY1 – Part3: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Paoay Church and Paoay Lake
DAY1 – Part4: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Paoay Sand Dunes
DAY1 – Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Fort Ilocandia Resort
DAY2 – Part1: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Laoag City
DAY2 – Part2: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
DAY2 – Part3: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
DAY2 – Part4: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour  –  Bangui Windmills
DAY2 –  Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Pagudpud
DAY 3 – Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour –Vigan City
DAY4 –  Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Vigan City to Manila

The Top 7 Most Awarded Resorts in the Philippines

One of the things that we all should be proud of are the beaches and resorts here in the Philippines. Explore them by staying at The Top 7 Most Awarded Resorts in the Philippines.

1. Discovery Shores – Boracay
2. Amanpulo – Palawan
3. El Nido Resorts – Palawan
4. Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa – Cebu
5. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa – Cebu

Plantation Bay  Cebu, Philippines

Plantation Bay Cebu, Philippines: image from>>plantationbay.com

6. Abacá Boutique Resort – Cebu
7. The Farm at San Benito – Batangas
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