We only had a one day to visit pagsanjan and had planned to just do the boat tour to the rapids in the morning, followed by a leisurely lunch in the town before heading back to manila. I searched online for good eating places and realized that almost all were based in the urban areas. I chanced upon a good review of Villa Socorro from Trip Advisor and decided to reserve our lunch there. They offered a simple but hearty menu made from farm-grown produce; i decided that a farm experience for my kids would be a refeshing break as well. We werent disapponted! Plus, Mr. Aaron helped us with all the arrangements for the boat ride itself (boat dispatch to the falls is now centralized, and it is discouranged to deal with street runners/bikers). Leaving Manila bright and early at past 5am, we got to Pagsanjan at around 7am and had a quick breakfast at hmm... Good ol Jollibee Pagsanjan then proceeded to Riverview Resort ( very near Villa Socorro) for the rapids tour. Now THAT in itself is a different high altogether -exciting and definitely a must do, it was my kids' first time to do that and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Of course we got soaked but the resort allowed us to have complete showers and we changed to fresh clothing before heading to Villa Socorro for lunch. By that time we were VERY ready for lunch! Entering the gates of Villa Socorro, one is greeted by lush and neat greens and a short trellis walkway strait to the dining hall. It was a friday and we were the only ones there so it felt like a private lunch. While the food was being set up, the kids explored the place and found the gardens, playground, treehouse and many kinds of fruit bearing trees. We had freshly cut buko juice and the kids loved the Chicken Inasal ni Tay Manuel. After lunch we trekked to the nearby riverside where there was a little cottage/shed overlooking the river. Imagine a quiet probinsya scene- A man was midstream with his fishing basket, a woman washing clothes on the opposite bank, beside her were a bunch of small children frolicking in the water, some in their birthday suits ( far enough not to require censoring from our kids' eyes), jumping off from a cluster of big rocks near the shore. Something like what you would see in an Amorsolo painting! There were also three white cows grazing on our side of the bank, so the kids were inches away from them, up close. In this trip, the kids also got to see chickens, roosters, dogs, cats, goats and in nearby Caliraya where we went later that afternoon, horses. Our Villa Socorro visit was truly worth it, far exceeding value expected. Congratulations to the Aaron family for developing this rural haven, a refreshing oasis in a town that is poised to highly urbanize. My only regret- i forgot to get the famed Sabanana Chips from the villa itself, and had to make do with some packs from Aling Taleng's Halo-halo shop downtown. Also, we didnt have time to stay in the rooms, but next time we visit Pagsanjan, we will try to stay longer and we now know where to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Socorro Agri-Eco Village and Farm Resort is your destination for an enriching experience with nature. Here, you wake up to the singing of the birds; take a morning walk to the Balanac river where we suggest you to just let go and take a dip. After which, what awaits you are meals made with fresh vegetables from the farm together with coconut straight from the tree. Such a wonderful escape from the very toxic concrete jungle of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Socorro Agri-Eco Village And Farm Hotel Pagsanjan