One of our favorite things to do as a family is to go on road trips and one of the places that we frequent is Tagaytay. Although what I'm going to share today is not located in that area, this mansion is just a few kilometers away. 'Ika nga, isang tambling na lang andun ka na (it's just a stone's throw away from the city).
Are you ready to explore it?
Located in Barangay Casile in Cabuyao, Laguna, we always pass by the Marcos mansion, primarily, to drink in the architectural beauty of that structure (by now you already know that we're homeschooling our kids and cultures and traditions are a part of their studies), and also to rest from the long drive from Santa Rosa City. We already have a suking beverage vendor there who sells the most refreshing buco juice. We drink our buco juice straight from the fruit.
Anyways, this ain't a post about our fave beverage but how enamored we are with this mansion. You can't just visit this mansion 'coz, you see, it's not situated in a very popular area or a national road. To see it, kailangang sadyain mo (you'd have to intentionally visit it). The road to that area forks from the usual Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road.
For those of you who dislike traffic jams, this is the alternate, traffic-less route to take. Here's a warning, though, you're going to drive through some dirt road, some gravel patches at times, and there are no lamp posts to guide your journey at night (turn on those fog lamps!). It's so creepy there at night, in fact, the first time we took that alternate route, we kept driving in circles (turn on the Twilight Zone theme) and our car kept going back to the twin mansions.
You would be fascinated by this 25-hectare property in Cabuyao which the family regained in January 2010 (see - http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/183533/marcoses-win-back-laguna-mansion-from-govt/story/) following the petition of former first lady Imelda Marcos and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos. It was supposedly built in the mid-80s as one of the rest houses of the then first family. This enigmatic twin mansion lies in the middle of the Canlubang Golf and Country Club and Matang Tubig.
The mansions may have been built in the modern era but they are, evidently, reminiscent of Spanish structures complete with tile roofing, adobe walls on the exteriors, ornate woodwork, and if I am not mistaken, those interior walls could be made of plaster. Those who love traveling back in time can expect to be transported back to those moments when the dons ruled the haciendas.
The mansions are so vintage that a film was even shot there in 2015. Starring Janella Salvador, Iza Calzado, Jerome Ponce, Janice de Belen, Dominic Ochoa, Joem Bascon, to name a few, the film managed to take sweeping angles of the mansion and, of course, we were privileged to finally see the interiors. I won't critique the film anymore, it's enough that I enjoyed the beauty of the mansions as the film unfolded.
I strongly encourage you to visit that place, too. It was a teaching moment for my kids as their dad talked of history and I discussed the architecture and interior design elements of the place.
It is surely one of tourist spots to go to when you're visiting Laguna.
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E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.