Viaje del Sol Lifestyle

 

When we received the charming Viaje del Sol travel map we began traversing the roads of the Southern Luzon provinces of Laguna and Quezon. This art, nature, culture and leisure trip runs through off-the-beaten-path cafes with artists’ galleries and workshops and quaint bed and breakfast inns located within vast plantations. 

 

 

We thought we could experience everything that’s on the map in a single day. But we realize that for us appreciate the warmth and the slow and relaxing pace of the country side we need to dedicate at least a day or two for each of the15 suggested destinations. For us, following the “way of the sun” is not just a one day excursion but has become part of our lifestyle. 

 

Here is a recap of our Viaje del Sol experience:

 

 

Our Viaje del Sol Begins at Kusina Salud

Barangay Sta. Cruz (Putol), San Pablo City Laguna

 

Kusina Salud has become a tourist stopover in San Pablo. Owned by the family of famous Filipino fashion designer Patis Tesoro, the restaurant is located in a half-hectare property of the Tesoros…

 

 

 

 

Pillar’s Plants and Novelties

Barangay Sta. Cruz (Putol), San Pablo City Laguna

Within Kusina Salud Compound 

 

 

  

 

The Bucolic San Pablo City and the Legend of Sampaloc Lake

Sampaloc Lake Loop, San Pablo City Laguna

 

San Pablo is a known as the “City of Seven Lakes.” Altough declared as a city, the presence of vast coconut plantations gives San Pablo the pastoral charm. Blessed with natural wonders, the seven lakes can be accessed within city limits… 

 

  

 

 

The Calmness of Lake Pandin

Barangay Sto. Angel, San Pablo City Laguna

 

Lake Pandin is away from the main road. From the main road we trekked a narrow path surrounded by tall plant life. Along our trail, we were occasionally greeted by children on horseback…

 

 

  

 

Comfort Food at Kinabuhayan Café

Dejarme Street, Dolores, Quezon 

 

Dining over a hundred kilometer away from home, one would expect the food to be unfamiliar and novel. Not when we visited Jay Herrera’s Kinabuhayn Café in Dolores, Quezon… 

 

 

 

 

Our Viaje del Sol Experience Continues at Ugu Bigyan

 Barangay Lusacan, Tiaong, Quezon

 

Our experience at Ugu Bigyan’s in Barangay Lusacan, Tiaong, Quezon is best described not in words, but in the images we’ve captured. 

 

  

 

 

A Pleasant Sojourn at Casa San Pablo

Barangay San Roque, San Pablo City Laguna

 

…the last time we followed the way of the sun, we made prior arrangements with resort owner Boot Alcantara to experience an overnight stay at Casa San Pablo… 

 

 

 

We will check out the following destinations soon:

 

Carlito’s

Herbana Farms

Sitio Amor

Forest Club

Casa Rap

Tara Woods

First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities

Earth Keeper’s Garden

Villa Escudero

 

Our Viaje del Sol Experience Continues at Ugu Bigyan’s

 

 

Our experience at Ugu Bigyan’s in Barangay Lusacan, Tiaong Quezon is best described not in words, but in the images we’ve captured. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Related links:

 

Art of Ugu Bigyan 

Our Viaje del Sol begins at Kusina Salud

The Bucolic San Pablo City and the Legend of Sampaloc Lake

The Calmness of Lake Pandin

Comfort Food at Kinabuhayan Cafe

 

 

Art of Ugu Bigyan

 

 

Pottery is a delicate and sensitive craft that demands the potter to be at peace with the environment. In Tiaong, Quezon, a potter has created himself a peaceful abode just like the artworks he churns out daily for the past 23 years.  

 

 

  

 

Augusto “Ugo” Bigyan, the celebrated potter who has contributed to the fame of his hometown. As we continued with our Viaje del Sol, we stopped by Ugu’s workshop in Barangay Lusacan. Elements of Philippine culture are evident in the Spanish-inspired architecture. No words can describe the images we captured at his home-cum-art workshop. 

 

   

 

 

Original and creative ceramic pieces spilled from the house through out the garden, where Ugo shares his art to those who wish to experience dining al fresco in one of the Balinese inspires huts and partake a meal on his signature leaf plates. 

 

 

The earth tones and motif are constantly seen in the pottery, consistently repeated in the selection of furniture and décor. Ugo’s fascination for the intricacies of the nature seen in leaves and fishes apparent in his ceramic art is the central theme of his home.

 

 

 

 

  

A wall tile collage of terracotta leaves in the living room’s wall is a focal point when entering the house. The sculpture of coffee roots with ceramic leaves, cherubs of the exterior wall, the school of fish embedded on the footpath are just some of elements that make Ugo Bigyan’s hideaway unique yet cozy.  

 

     

 

 

The sheer number of pieces exhibited in Ugu Bigyan’s home and workshop are proof that the artist is indeed at peace right here.

 

Related links:

 

Our Viaje del Sol begins at Kusina Salud

The Bucolic San Pablo City and the Legend of Sampaloc Lake

The Calmness of Lake Pandin

Comfort Food at Kinabuhayan Café

Our Viaje del Sol Continues at Ugu Bigyan’s

 

 

 

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