What used to be a vacation home of mom’s side of family became a full-scale mountain resort meticulously created with love and passion for over 16 years.
The first rest house equipped with two beds, dining, kitchen, bath and veranda became a venue for intimate family gatherings overlooking the majestic Laguna De Bay and cosmopolitan Manila. The view is just incredible. On a clear day, one could even see the famous Manila Bay.
I spent most of my younger years here running around, hiking, swimming until I get so dark, playing in the rain, roasting lechon, eating barbeque, bananaque and kamoteque. It was an endless excursion of family get togethers, parties, reunions and the like. We swam like there’s no tomorrow. We cooked, dined, created our own mini-gardens, built sand castles, harvested kasoy and manga, ate suman, bibingka and so on. Things to do were endless. There were no facebook then, no laptops, no digicams, no ipods, no DVDs, no cable, no cellphones not even pagers and a car for us young ones. We were simply being kids communing with what nature has to offer and enjoying every moment of it.
I fondly remember our first office was under a mango tree and I would even help collecting garbage if needed when we were short of people to do it. It was an experience I would never regret as it builds character and good attitude. Now there's a building dedicated for admin and marketing and there's one guy whose only job is to sweep.
Summer months were spent here welcoming guests, mostly weary urbanites, families and friends who seek a day of fun and bonding away from the typical trip to the mall. During its first years of operation, I was excited to see families upon families of guests coming in. I was overjoyed. Loreland was becoming famous even without subscribing to mainstream media. Our form of advertising then was word of mouth and giving away thousands of lifetime transferrable discount cards. It worked wonders. Now those cards are still being used by loyal patrons.
Kids who used to enjoy Loreland years ago are now grown ups, many of whom come back to celebrate their wedding, birthday parties and reunions. I have also heard of stories from guests who met their loved ones here and eventually got married. Loreland is a fun place for families and friends and it will continue to be one in generations to come.
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