06 June 2010
Travel: Ugu Bigyan’s at Tiaong, Quezon
To make the most out of my 12-day leave, I knew that I would have to travel — either internationally or locally. I initially chose the former. However, given the limited time to prepare for an international travel, I decided to do a series of local photowalks slash tours and trips instead.
It was in mid-May when I decided to join an organized tour by Ultimate Philippines Tour. Coincidentally, the Ultimate Philippines Tour was organized by a group of bloggers (and one of them happened to be Anton Diaz, my teacher at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati for blogging and internet marketing). I didn’t want to go by myself. Hence, I asked Arman to go with me.
May 15, Saturday. At 3 in the morning, I and Arman drove from QC to Makati. The group attending the Ultimate San Isidro Festival and Viaje Del Sol Culinary Tour would meet at 6750 and would leave for Lucban, Quezon at 3:30 in the morning.
En route to Lucban, we visited Ugu Bigyan’s ceramics haven at Tiaong, Quezon.
“Augusto “Ugu” Bigyan is a ceramics artist. Ugu produces dinnerware sets, decorative tiles and accent pieces for finishing walls and flooring. He enjoys great patronage from well-known individuals, up-scale hotels and posh resorts such as Amanpulo, Campo Travieza, Casa Patricia, El Nido, Hidden Valley and Villa Escudero. His residence cum workshop is located at Lusacan, Tiaong, Quezon.
Aside from artistically displayed clayware, Ugu’s workshop/showcase offers quaint huts with which one can relax and leisurely enjoy a lush garden trimmed with terracotta chimes, fountains and koi ponds. Meals are served but must be arranged in advance.”
— from http://www.waypoints.ph/
Garden is a maze of paths leading to huts and gazebos
Gazebos and brick houses
Travel Date: 15 May 2010
Budget: PHP 4,800 per person (all-in inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner, all entrance fees and demonstrations, tourist bus transportation, the best personal guide in Quezon — Tina Decal), plus surprises along the way.)
Place: Ugu Bigyan, Tiaong, Quezon
Address: Alvarez Village, Lucasan, Ugu Bigyan, Tiaong, Quezon
Telephone Number: +63.42.545.9144 or +63.917.560.5708
Others: Ultimate San Isidro Festival and Viaje Del Sol Culinary Tour:
- Ugu Bigyan’s pottery (read blog here)
- Sariaya breakfast at Natalio Rodriguez Ancestral Home with welcome ritual of lambanog and observe Agawan Festival (read blog here)
- Graceland Estates and Country Club (read blog here)
- Tayabas, Quezon (read blog here)
- Lucban for Pahiyas Fiesta Tour with snacks at Cafe San Luis (read blog here)
- Sulyap Gallery Cafe for dinner (read blog here)
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