Long drives to a so called 'provincial home' is non-existent. That's probably the reason why I get so excited whenever there's an out of town trip to a new destination. The long drives, plane rides and banca rides give me reasons to explore beyond my comfort zones.
When I heard about the construction of Sitio Remedios Heritage Village in Currimao, Ilocos Norte about six years ago. I promised myself to visit whenever I am in Ilocandia. I thought this would be my chance to experience a 'provincial home' far from Antipolo. A home reminiscent of a gone era. A home of vintage furnishings infused with modern convenience.
Sitio Remedios Heritage Village is a sister destination of Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. Both properties are owned by Dr. Joven R. Cuanang, one of the foremost neurosurgeons in the country and medical director of one of the best hospitals in the country, St. Luke's Medical Center. He is also an art patron and leader of foundations that support culture and arts. It was built to recreate and showcase Ilocano architecture reminiscent of his mid-20th-century childhood and as a fitting tribute to his mother, Remedios.
Six years after Sitio Remedios was constructed, I finally had a rare chance to visit and stay for one night during my one week sojourn in Ilocandia. On October 25, 2012, I took a one and a half hour bus ride from Vigan to Currimao. The bus dropped me off at the junction of Currimao where I took a five minute tricycle ride to Sitio Remedios. It was already five thirty in the afternoon and drizzling when I arrived.
I was welcomed by Resort Manager Josue Raymund "Rayboy" Barona at the gate and ushered me to my assigned guest house. Along the way we walked at Avenida de Azucao which is a replica of an ancient bridge made from antique bricks. Immediately, I felt like I was transported to a genteel era. I was impressed by the grand entrance flanked by reflecting pools planted to azucao lotus plants. On both sides of avenida are the fourteen Stations of the Cross placed on cement plinths in the shape of lotus flowers. It took me awhile to cross this path as I was just stunned by its beauty.
Balay Piddig is a one bedroom home equipped with bathroom, hot and cold shower, dining and living areas. It has capiz windows, hard wood flooring, nipa/sawali ceiling, Filipino furniture and banggerahan beside the dining area. The house also features dainty cut wood (callado) on the entry porch - such a relaxing place to pass time, read a good book and have coffee.
After settling stuff in my room, Rayboy and I continued to exchange stories about our experiences in resort operations, tourism opportunities in the countryside, customer experiences and much more over fresh dalandan juice. It was great to speak with like minded persons like Reyboy who is also in the same industry. He also shared his upcoming projects for Sitio Remedios like having a culinary tour featuring Ilocano dishes cooked by top chefs.
Sitio Remedios Heritage Village
A Village Resort by the West Philippine Sea
Address: Barangay Victoria, Currimao, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
General Manager: Raymund Baroña
Mobile No: +63-917-332-0217
Part 1 of 4. Next story about Sitio Remedios coming soon!