This is the scene that would greet you as you arrive in this mansion in San Pablo Laguna directly in front of the Sampalok Lake. I was curious to check out this mansion cum hotel and restaurant which was described by the viaje del sol brochure as: " Tahanan ni Aling Meding is a tribute to the Borja sibling's parents, especially their mother, Meding, who kept hearth and warm, soothing and comfortable." One of my readers was also raving about the good filipino dishes they serve and that was enough for me to check this place out.
Just a side note: San Pablo, Laguna is a great alternative to tagaytay because it is merely 2 hours away. Imagine I already left manila at 10am and I was leisurely driving to this place and we still arrive at 12nn considering the traffic already in south super highway and in Batangas. Also, I tried to highlight the beauty of this mansion versus the scarry photos found in their brochure.
The verdict: Tahanan ni Aling Meding is San Pablo's version of Tagaytay's Josephine's or Leslie's. If you have a guest where you want them to taste authentic Filipino food at a homey Filipino Mansion ambiance, then this is the place to be. I love eating in their main dining area where you are served with good food with a hospitable service Filipinos are known for, while the Sampaloc Lake winds kissed your face through out your dining experience. Thanks to the Borja family for letting us enjoy their vacation mansion!!
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This our last stop of the tour, and unfortunately Carlito's was in Manila working on his exhibit in Megamall. BTW, his house is practically an exhibit of most of his works and I captured some more photos of his steel sculpture. Like an exhibit, It would be great if the host or somebody would be there to tour you around the exhibit to give you the stories behind the masterpieces. I posted earlier a mini-series on Carlito's Workshop:
Carlito's Workshop 1-- Intimidating House with Surprisingly Hospitable Host!
Carlito's Workshop 2 --Photogenic House with an Outstanding Garden :)
Carlito's Workshop 3 -- Carlito's Coffee
The only difference now, is that recently he is charging P100 as an entrance fee to Carlito's Workshop. Worth it if he is around to entertain you personally.
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By this time, it is already 1pm coming from the Kubli Springs. The highlight of the tour has always been Ugu Bigyan which is a sure winner in terms of food and overall ambiance. This is my first time to eat lunch here and we already know that the merienda is superb. For P350/head, you get a generous serving of the best Filipino lunch I ever tasted and looked forward to. This is not your usual Gerry's grill or Dencio's but home-cooked Filipino food at its finest. They don't have an ala carte menu but a fixed lunch set depending on what fresh ingredients would be available. C'mon lets savor Ugu's food via these food shots...
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