|Welcome to Villa Socorro
|Wake up to the different soothing sounds of nature|
I was looking for a cheap and nice place to stay. I did not want to spend thousands just for an overnight getaway. Since I have not really explored the farther towns of Laguna, I readily searched the net. Finding Villa Socorro was a blessing. First, it is near my hometown and second it is right within my budget.
|Children can roam freely in a large and quiet playground|
|Helpful markers are abound in the resort grounds|
|Balanac River flows at the end of the resort properties. One can hang out with cows resting lazily at the river banks|
Villa Socorro lies at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range with the Balanac River just at the edge of the resort. I swam a bit in this gentle-flowing river. I was really glad that provincial activities are still alive. Women washing their clothes the old palo-palo style. Men fetching their cows, letting them wander and eat in the abundant grasslands. Children either fetch water or swim in the river. I envy them since they are fortunate enough to spend their childhood in a very peaceful place like this.
The general manager of this resort, Mr Raymund Aaron, was very nice and accommodating in answering all of my questions during my reservation process. Unfortunately, I was unable to personally meet him since he had to tend to an important event in Manila. Since the resort is family-owned, I wasn’t really surprised by the just-arrived-at-home feel I had upon getting there. We were the only guests at the time and I was actually kind of shy from getting special treatment from the staff. 🙂
|As featured in a local publishing|
We were free to set up camp anywhere we like. However, since we were the only visitors, I chose to set up mine near the shower room, near the lights, sandwiched in between the dining hall and resort rooms. We had the opportunity to star-gaze. The skies were clear even though the promise of rain was seen earlier.
|Rows and rows of Banana trees!|
|Costs P 30 each, can be bought at the resort store|
Villa Socorro is also home to one of the tastiest banana chips I have, well tasted. :-). Their secret? From harvesting, to cooking, to packing, the process is done all in one day. As they say: From the tree to a pack in one day: Amazing!
|Resort rooms are either named after fruits and vegetables|
The resort also accepts weddings, corporate outings, team buildings and similar activities. A small but very private nature-themed wedding can be held here. With its spacious amenities and laid-back vibe, gatherings will definitely become more intimate here.
Daing na Biya, Egg, Fried Rice, Pritong Saging and Coffee/Tea
|Villa Socorro proudly and conscientiously promotes what I call ‘green tourism’|
I am very glad that they promote what I refer to as green tourism. They are not just in existence to provide a comfy place to stay. Promoting environmental awareness is really a plus factor for nature-lover guests like me.
|This room is good for group stays|
For nature lovers like me staying here was an enjoyable experience. Anywhere I look I am surrounded by trees, serenaded by chirping birds and greeted by little hopping frogs of different sizes and colors. It is a perfect place to be one with Mother Nature and commune with God’s wonderful creation.
Entrance Fee: Php 150 per pax
Overnight camping fee: Php 300 per pax (entrance fee inclusive)
Tent rental fee: Php 200 – tent good for two persons; Php 400 – tent good for four persons
Meal inclusions: should be advised upon booking
More detailed rates can be found here.
How to get here
From Manila, take bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna – Greenstar Bus Line in Buendia, Php 112 per head.
From Sta. Cruz Bus Terminal, ride in any jeep bound for Pagsanjan town proper. Advise the driver to drop you off at Iglesia Ni Cristo Church in Brgy. Sampaloc, fare Php 8. At the road facing this church, ride a trike towards Brgy. Dinggin where the resort is located, Php 50 per ride.
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