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“A glimpse of Taal's Pride and History”

Villa Tortuga Colonial Experience
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

A place where you can actually taste the spanish recipe- VILLA TORTUGA. From outside, you can totaly see how interesting this house will be. Its external structure designed to stimulate people's eyes to become more interesting from others. When you get inside, you'll see how beautiful the whole structure is. within it, you can actually feel the old era. it has lots of amenities that is very comparable and has been preserve from spanish years.

5  Thank Jl ryncy R
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

I recommend taking the Colonial Tour of Villa Tortuga because it is a unique and enlightening experience. The home Villa Tortuga is very well decorated and designed, it takes the guests back in time of a hundred years ago. The house has air conditioners to keep the guests cool and the food was well prepared and the waiters were atentive to our needs. I would definitely recommend a visit to Villa Tortuga.

5  Thank Adora B
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

If you have a penchant for history, and good food, then this tour is for you. I chanced upon a discounted online offer for a "COLONIAL EXPERIENCE" at Villa Tortuga, Taal, Batangas. I grabbed the chance and invited 3 couples to join me.
The drive to Taal, Batangas was pleasant with good views of the countryside. Arriving inTaal, we were met by Mr. Lito Perez, proprietor of Villa Tortuga and Mr. Rogie Reyes, who became our tour guide. He is a very good,knowledgeable guide who gave us historical details and some tiny bits of history not in the books. We were given a grand tour of the Taal Basilica - reputedly the biggest in Asia - built in the 1500's. We went to the "convento" or the priests' home beside the basilica which was turned into a museum, although parts of it were still livable.
Then came a museum tour of the house of Marcela Agoncillo, the heroine who sewed the first Philippine national flag. Everything was retained as it was in the Spanish times...the house, the furniture - you really go back through time. One can imagine the grandeur of that era.
The grand moment came when we were ushered into a room full of all kinds of long gowns, kimonas, panuelos, barongs for men, even a Spanish friar costume! We chose our gowns with care and were helped into the dainty outfits by a gentleman who seemed an expert in arranging the costumes and head gear. Then, the picture-taking began! We had fun as we tried all kinds of poses of the Spanish nobility...but had to given in to WACKY poses in between giggles and guffaws at each other's costumes. We will be given "sepia" or (brown colored) copies of the pictures.
Then we were asked to go up the house where lunch would be served. It was a 5-course meal with waiters in attendance. We were served suman and puto with"chocolate-batirol" done the Spanish way...to be dipped in. That was a bit of heaven!
The market tour came next and we went home laden with native suman, Taal beef tapa, and other things that caught our eye!
We wouldn't mind doing it again! It was really a fun tour..and when you're with good friends...then it becomes memorable!

10  Thank maryval
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