Cintai Corito’s Garden

It has always been my dream to visit Bali, Indonesia. It offers jaw-dropping sceneries, authentic culture, mouth-watering delicacies and welcoming locals. I guess these could be some of the reasons why it is one of the most visited tropical countries in the world. But due to a lot of things to consider even now that I have my own funds to finance my trip, traveling to Bali, Indonesia remains a dream travel destination for me.

Though this dream is still construction in the making, my feet could not be stopped when I knew about the Balinese-inspired sanctuary in Balete, Batangas, Philippines.

A brief of history of Cintai Corito
The Garden started out as an ordinary private family rest house that the family visited every weekend. In 2005, however, their mother Corito was diagnosed with a terminal disease. To help her recuperate from treatment, the family often brought her to the garden because the place made her relax and temporarily forget her sickness. Two years later, Corito finally succumbed to her illness.Her husband together with his 4 children then decided to focus all their efforts on making the garden a paradise since she loved the place so much. They wanted the beautiful memories they shared there to live on thus the creation of Cintai… love for their mother and love for his wife. (Source)

Getting to Cintai Corito’s Garden
Cintai Corito’s Garden is located at Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas which can also be easily reached thru public transport.

I arrived in Balete, Batangas as early as 9:00 am and considering that my reservation in Cintai Corito’s Garden was for a lunch buffet, I opted to pay a visit first at Marian Orchard Garden.  Thus, this was my point of origin getting to Cintai Corito’s Garden.

  • From Marian Orchard Garden, take a jeepney bound for Lipa and alight at Cintai Corito’s Garden.

It is really true that Cintai Corito’s Garden was built with love and passion. As I passed the doors and walk through the pathways, there were moments when I couldn’t do anything but be amazed. While the food/s they served were not really outstanding, the details of their landscape design outside the pavilion were terrific. Indeed, it was a Balinese-inspired experience for me.

Here are some tips that I can share about this trip:

  • Book a reservation 2 weeks prior your planned travel date.
  • If you are on a DIY trip, be prepared for a 5-10 minute walk from the entrance to the pavilion.
  • The guard at the entrance will contact the receptionist to verify if you have a reservation. In other words, no reservation, no entry.

Travel Photos
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Going back to Cubao, Quezon City
Cintai Corito’s Garden was my last destination in this Balete, Batangas trip so from here –

  • Take a jeepney/tricycle bound for Lipa and alight at Levi Town Market / Jollibee Maraouy / Caltex Maraouy.
  • From Levi Town Market / Jollibee Maraouy / Caltex Maraouy, take a jeepney / multi cab bound for SM Lipa and alight at SM Lipa.
  • From SM Lipa Grand Terminal, take a bus bound for Cubao.

Travel Expenses
Jeepney Fare (Marian Orchard to Cintai Corito’s) = Php 8.00 
Cintai Corito’s Garden Lunch Buffet = Php 530.00
Tricycle Fare (Cintai Corito’s to Levi Town Market) = Php 20.00
Jeepney Fare (Levi Town Market to SM City Lipa) = Php 8.00
Bus Fare (Lipa Grand Bus Terminal to Cubao) = Php 165.00

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The Yard Underground – Pasig

In almost every city here in Metro Manila, food parks are becoming a part of someone’s weekend stop whether to unwind, satisfy a craving, hang out with friends and spend quality time with family.

The night lights, noise, groovy music, food aroma and the variety of food to choose from make these food parks very inviting not only to the youngsters but to all food maniacs.

Getting to ‘The Yard Underground – Pasig’
‘The Yard Underground’ is located at #207 Hillcrest Circle Barangay Oranbo, Pasig City. From Edsa-Shaw Boulevard, take a jeepney/FX bound for Pasig and alight at Moneygram/ BDO Capitol or Nice Hotel Pasig. Turn left on Christian Route and walk straight ahead until you reach ‘The Yard Underground – Pasig’ which is in front of Dahlia Hotel.

Expenses (Php 315.00)
Jeepney (EDSA-Shaw to Christian Route) – Php 8.00
Jeepney (Christian Route to EDSA-Shaw) – Php 8.00
Buffalo Wings – Original Sauce / Large (Php 225.00 / 3 pax) – Php 75.00
Buffalo Wings – Honey Garlic / Large (Php 225.00 / 3 pax) – Php 75.00
Fried Squid with rice (Php 350.00 / 3 pax) – Php 116.00
Juice Drink / 1 Pitcher (Php 100.00 / 3 pax) – Php 33.00

Photo Gallery

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The food park is not as big as Mercato Centrale of 26th Street in BGC but it has plenty of food offerings to all of its visitors. The park opens at 4:00 pm and closes, I guess between 12:00 am and 1:00 am. I am unsure of the exact closing time since my friends and I left around 11:30 pm. Parking along the street of Christian Route is allowed but trust me, the slots are limited. So, better be early or be a public commuter. It’ll be less hassle for you.

So what are you waiting for!?!? Block your calendar this weekend and enjoy food trippin’.

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Mount Pinatubo

Located between the boundaries of Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales in the Cabusilan Mountains on the island of Luzon is where you can witness an active compound volcano called Mount Pinatubo, also known as “Bundok ng Pinatubo” or “Bulkang Pinatubo” in Filipino language.

In 1991, its eruption was recorded as by far the largest volcanic activity that took place in a densely populated area. It was extremely traumatic as it produced pyroclastic materials, giant mudflows and dark bed of clouds while it slowly grabbed the lives of every families who tried to evade the catastrophe.

The aftermath of this eruption unbearably escalated the death toll as Typhoon Yunya reached the area amplifying the effect of the disaster. Its effect also manifested on the agricultural livelihood of the locals while the entire nation felt the economic and social distress.

Although 25 years had already passed, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo did not miss to leave a trace – the ‘lahar’. As this ‘lahar’ solidified  and contoured the affected area, it is very inspiring to see and meet the resilient Filipinos of Central Luzon as they welcome all tourists who would want to see the beauty and calmness of Mount Pinatubo today.

Getting to Mount Pinatubo 
My friends and I decided not to make a DIY travel to Mount Pinatubo as we were suspecting the hassle of transferring from one PUV to another. In other words, we sought an assistance from a tour operator – Filipino Travel Center. Though we opted to have a private tour, I still did my research about heading to Brgy. Sta Juliana, the starting point of Pinatubo Trek. So, here it is:

Take a bus (Fivestar Bus Line) heading to Capas, Tarlac. Get off at Mc Donald’s in Capas. You may be wondering which Mc Donald’s branch you need to drop-off. I may not be able to remember but you can always ask the bus conductor/driver to drop you off at the right branch. Beside Mc Donald’s Capas, you can hire a tricycle for around 26 km ride to the tourism office in Brgy. Sta. Juliana.

The tourism office in Brgy. Sta. Juliana is  the starting point of the Pinatubo Trek and you must remember to complete the registration and leave the place on or before 6:00am. Otherwise, you may be asked to return the following day as they do not allow tourists to start their trekking later than the said time for safety reasons.

Travel Expense (Php 2,850.00)
As mentioned earlier, we sought Filipino Travel Center’s assistance for the sake of convenience. We had 10 members in the group and availed the tour operator’s promo for 10 pax with a visit to Capas Shrine.

Private Van, fuel, toll, tourist guide, 4X4 fees – Php 2,650.00
Visit to Capas Shrine (Php 500/10 pax) – Php 50.00
Food and Water – Php 150.00

The price of this tour may really vary depending on the number of your squad members. If you want to check the promo rates of Filipino Travel Center, please click here.

Travel Photos

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It was my 3rd trekking experience but my friends and I all agreed that we were caught off guard because of the need to exert more effort walking on the sand. Be that as it may, the over-all experience was awesome! Seeing the grandeur of Pinatubo lake at the end of the course pays off the pain of walking on the sand while under the scorching heat of the sun. Indeed, it was another paradise that our country must be proud of.

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