Villa Escudero is an old colonial plantation owned by the Escudero family. Located just south of San Pablo on Luzon Island, the property spans three municipalities in two provinces. Don Arsenio Escudero converted the original sugar cane plantation into a coconut plantation in the early 20th century, after inheriting the land from his father. The plantation went on to become hugely profitable and featured the Philippines' first hydroelectric power plant (to power the coconut factory). For their part, the Escuderos became pivotal to the battle for Filipino independence, as their wealth and resources allowed them to aid many independence fighters by way of shelter and supplies. The family's fortune also financed the construction of beautiful colonial-style Filipino haciendas, which Escuderos still live in. Visitors will find a museum on the property as well. It houses a fascinating collection of antiques and natural finds - the legacy of Escudero men, who travelled widely and were renowned for pursuing a variety of interests.
Address: Villa Escudero, Km 91, Tiaong, Quezon.
Telephone: +63 2 521 0830
Transport: Take a bus to San Pablo from the Buendia Bus Terminal in Manila. This should cost around PHP180, which you can pay to the conductor once you board.
Admission: High season: PHP 1,450-1,600; Low Season: PHP 950-1,150.