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Villa Socorro Agri-Eco Village and Farm Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Pagsanjan
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“Day Trip Oasis”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

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!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

What a pleasure it was to stay here, pity we only had one night. Raymund Vincent Fernandez Aaron (General Manager) was wonderful to deal with in booking our stay before we left Australia. He kindly let us stay on a Thursday night, even though they are normally only open to guests on weekends (this also meant we were the only guests there). We were warmly greeted by Angelo when we arrived and taken on a personal tour of the property, which included a trip to the local river and a swim. The vegetable garden is amazing and it's just great to see what the Aaron family's vision has achieved. We enjoyed the collection of farm animals on the property & hand feeding the lone water buffalo with fresh bananas! The cottage accommodation was very comfortable and air conditioned - we appreciated the fact that our girls had their own room (next to ours in a cute cottage). The food (which we arranged when we booked) was magnificent, particularly enjoyed the chicken with green papaya. We discovered that Angelo is a very accomplished chef, tour guide and wonderful host who ensures the guests' experience is memorable (thank you Angelo).

We also arranged massages for us all at short notice (these were great). Our experience at Villa Socorro was the highlight of out trip to Pagsanjan. We visited the falls after breakfast on the Friday morning and were able to come back to our rooms, shower and check out.

Highly recommend Villa Socorro. It would be good for a group of friends/families to unwind, relax and connect with nature in a rural Philippine setting which promotes sustainable living. We loved it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Binan City, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We had a very relaxing stay. Service is excellent. Staff are so nice.The farm owner even spent some to time chat with us. Food is great. No swimming pool but the farm is beside a river.

A visit to Pagsanjan Falls (shooting the rapids) is a must do. HIghly recommended.

Room Tip: Be sure to buy their Sabanana Chips.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

Me, my wife and my six year old son checked in to Villa Socorro on the 19th of December, 2011. The trip to Pagsanjan was basically for us to experience shooting the rapids at Pagsanjan falls. It end up that the Villa Socorro experience became the more memorable experience.

We arrived around 8pm and the caretakers and the supervisor, Angelo, was waiting for us. Dinner with Pritong tilapia, ginataang manok with papaya, fresh buko juice and the delicious banana chips produced from their farm itself.

Angelo and the team is very hospitable and a wonderful personalized service. The room we stayed is a deluxe room called Kalabasa. It's more of a small probinsya type house with seperate kitchen and bedroom with an attached bathroom.

The next morning after breakfast, Angelo showed us around the forest-like banana farm. The tree planting experience was really memorable. My family planted a mangosteen tree. We are hoping to taste its fruit when we return in near future.

From the moment I called to enquire (I was assisted by the GM himself Mr. Raymund Aaron), to the warm reception, to the check out. The Villa Socorro experience is truly wonderful and memorable and a learning experience of a true Filipino way of living.

Thank you to Mr. Raymund, Angelo, Mang Joseph and the rest of the team. Keep up the wonderful job and continue to help preserve nature by recycling and being eco-friendly. We will surely be back with the rest of our family.

We really appreciate your hospitality.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

i visited villa socorro with global xchange team at the very end of our volunteering placement in the Philippines and it was one of greatest experiences i had in the country. not only pagsanjan is an incredibly beautiful place and the boatride to the falls was an amazing experience, but villa socorro has made it even better!
the acommodation is great, comfortable and very high quality, but there is so much around one doesn't even want to take advantage of acommodation itself ;) walking around the forest, the farm, visiting the monkey, a river, lying on the hammock with a book and cup of coffee, watching banana crisps being made and much more - there's just plenty to do around there :)
the food we've had was one of best i tried, it was also served in a beautiful way! i'am a big fan of sweet bananas so i've also tried and really liked the variety of banana crisps they had to offer;
we were on the tour around the farm, it was great, had a bonfire, planted the trees, and it's a unique and brilliant idea for everyone to have their personal tree growing out there ;) for me, especially, since i live in europe and the thought of a tropical fruit tree with my name in the philippines is just unreal ;D
last, but not the least, the owners as well as everybody who works there, were extremely nice and very, very helpful to us, SALAMAT PO !
i really enjoyed it and i would recommend it to everyone. and it's surely a must-see for eco lovers :)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

My boyfriend and I visited Villa Socorro last Aug 26-27 for the post-celebration of our 2nd year anniversary. We really enjoyed our stay here. Two thumbs up for their great deal offered in cash cash pinoy. We love everything we experienced in Villa Socorro, from the accommodation, the hospitality of all the staffs, the warm welcome given to us by Raymund and Sir Mars, the wonderful foods, the recreation and the very relaxing tree planting activity and forest spa massage.

We also like to congratulate the Aaron family for their amazing "sabanana chips". We bought a box of banana chips as pasalubong and our friends were really amazed with its delicious taste.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

My friend and I arrived at around 4pm. We were welcome by Raymond, the son of the owner. He is also the person who handles reservations. Very accommodating and friendly. I had to move my reservation a day later and he wasn't difficult to talk to. His ultimate concern was always "the convenience of the guest." Quite impressive... he understands hospitality and great customer service. The rooms are nice. Clean toilet and bath.
The experience was very unique. After putting our things in the room, my friend and I went around and took pictures. It was a hot day.. I asked for drinking water and was told to go to their dining hall. My friend and I just sat there to talk and was offered snacks. I think it was bibingka and kesong puti. It was different compared to the bibingka available in Manila. After 90mins dinner was ready. They served ginataang manok (w/ papaya), friend fish, rice fried saging na saba and nilagang mais.
The following day for breakfast we had dinaing na biya, lucban longganisa, fried egg and garlic rice. After breakfast, we did the tree planting. The guests in each room planted a rambutan tree. The owner, Mr. Aaron guided us during the tree planting. It was an interesting experience. After that Raymond brought the guests around the farm and gave us a little bit of history of the resort. We saw the classic scene: a lady washing clothes by the river and a horse taking a dip in the river and later was joined by a boy.
Before we left the resort, they gave us a small native bag filled with goodies: banana chips (their own product), key chain similar to what we had during our stay, ref magnet and a certificate saying we planted a rambutan tree. Overall, my friend and I had a great time. It was a birthday gift to my friend and surely, she enjoyed it. It was a fun, learning and unique experience. The place is easy to find and accessible to commuters. To Raymond and his dad, kudos!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Villa Socorro Agri-Eco Village and Farm Resort
Address: Barangay Dingin, Pagsanjan, Luzon 4008, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Laguna Province > Pagsanjan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Pagsanjan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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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