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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Hidden Garden in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 11

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It was scorching hot that afternoon and after doing some side trips in Vigan, our tour guide - a driver and a tourism officer in Vigan brought us here in Hidden Garden.

When we entered the place I thought that its just a regular garden, or a place where they just sell all kinds of plants, flowers and bonsai. But I learned that there’s a restaurant inside, a mini forest and a spa.



The place is no longer a hidden garden, because everyone knows the place already. I really want to stay here to eat and be refresh, but it will be better if they add a swimming pool and a shower ahaahha. I just want to cool down under the hot sun. I’m glad the plants and trees help us to get a shade.

Ohhh their halo halo is good. you should try it there when you do your own side trips in Vigan.

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
The Hidden Garden
a place that is no longer hidden hahahha


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The place reminds me of that classic movie -- The Secret Garden



Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
old banner tarp showing that there’s a café and resto inside

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
reception area.

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Im sure theres a lot of people here at night time..
The venue is surrounded by lots of plants and trees. I guess at night will be much cooler and the breeze is pure.

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
here’s the history of the garden according to their website

“Six years ago, Francis Flores, the owner of Hidden Garden of Vigan suffered from three heart attacks. Half of his body was paralyzed. He then realized to change his life. So he decided to start a garden and became a landscape architect. It was a garden therapy for him until it became a business. Now he is planning to place a health spa to help other people as well.
They not only look very atttractive and create a more pleasant environment for the visitors but also act as natural filters. This is what makes HIDDEN GARDEN of VIGAN special. “

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
now the fixtures welcome us and invite us for some photo ops

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
ohhh duyan duyan!!

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
There’s a pathway that leads to the heart of the garden, I’m sure it’s a romantic setting here at night.
Lovers can walk and talk about their future.

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
cobblestone pathway

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
lovers spotted inside the heart of the hidden garden


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bamboo trees are blocking the heat of the sun
thanks bamboo!! even that I always eat your bamboo shoots, you are always helpful to us humans

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
two path ways….now what..

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I just arrived at the bonsai area

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
here they grow their bonsai plants….I think it’s a nursery of bonsai


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grown up bonsai


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ohhhh lizard again!
they have some caged animals in the area, there’s a lizard, a snake and some birds.


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while everyone are busy taking pics, I took the initiative to buy my winter melon shake here


Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
yeah…it’s a fresh winter melon shake,, after I bought this.. everyone sat down at the resto area and ordered their own refreshments

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
my winter melon shake…. looks like that it came from Manila ahhahaha

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
two bloggers ordered this halo halo

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
trying my luck to get a nice communication device
bec. of my iphone went dead… I just play around and use this cucumber as my phone

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
everyone got their own refreshments

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
slurping halo halo is the best when you are out of town, each town and locals have their own halo halo mix.


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here’s how I enjoyed my winter melon shake….ahhhhh the life

Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
While waiting for the others to finish their drinks, I took a nap for about 30 minutes


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I want to take this hammock with me!!!! need to buy my own too.


Hidden Garden in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
If you are in Vigan… try visit the Hidden Garden, I suggest try to visit it at night time.



Hidden Garden

Brgy. Bulala, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
http://hiddengardenvigan.com
email: viganhiddengarden@yahoo.com
TEL # (077) 722-1450 , (0906) 332-8309 , (0928) 965-9190

How to go here in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
1. There are two travel options – ride the 8 hour bus from Manila to Ilocos Sur or ride the plane go Laoag City Airport in Ilocos Norte + 1 1/2 land travel to Vigan.

2. We went here via chartered plane of Gov. Chavit Singson, we landed at Vigan City airport, if you have a company trip and want to travel by air, you can try a chartered plane by Sea Air, just inquire to their office on how to get a chartered plane.

3. Air - Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Partas Bus, Fariñas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, and Florida Bus. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph

4. By Land - The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
5. Getting Around - The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Experience a calesa ride around Vigan at P150.00 per hour per carriage. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph

6. If you are in Vigan City, there are lots of transportation, you can ride the tricycle or the “kalesa”, horse drawn carriage. The “kalesa” can be rented at Php 100 per hour.

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/
For Schedules of City Events and Tours please contact the City Tourism Office. Tel No: (077) 722-8771,

Baluarte in Vigan City

http://chavitsingson.net/baluarte/index.html
Opens - 7am-6pm eve
ryday, entrance is free
Tel # 6377-722-7186

Historic Town of Vigan @ UNESCO

Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/502
 
Vigan.PH
http://www.vigan.ph

* Thanks to Governor Chavit Singson for inviting us to tour around Vigan City

Read my complete Vigan travel blog series
for any questions or inquiries, feel free to email me at azrael@gmail.com

Discovering Vigan City - Ilocos Sur trip part 1

WIP - Dancing fountain of Plaza Salcedo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 2
Cathedral of Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 3
Plaza Burgos in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 4
Calle Crisologo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 5

Party at Baluarte in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 6

Inside Gov. Chavit Singson's home - Baluarte citadel in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 7
Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 8

BurnayJar factory in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 9

Vigan Plaza Hotel - Ilocos Sur trip part 10

Hidden Garden in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 11

Syquia Mansion in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 12

St. Augustine Church in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 13

Bantayan Belfry in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 14

Café Leona in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 15

Vigan Empanada - Ilocos Sur trip part 16

Loom weaving - Ilocos Sur trip part 18

Mindoro Beach in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 19 ( last series)

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.


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