Villa Escudero is an old colonial plantation owned by the eponymous family. Located just south of San Pablo on Luzon Island, the property spans three municipalities in two provinces. It went on to become hugely profitable and featured the Philippines' first hydroelectric power plant. 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. An on-site museum houses the Escudero family's fascinating collection of antiques and natural finds, collecting thanks to their wide variety of interests.