Finding Abe's Farm
1. From Cubao, take a bus bound for SM City San Fernando (less than an hour of travel)
2. Go to the transport terminal in SM and look for the Magalang-bound jeepneys. Travel will take more or less one hour.
3. From Magalang town proper, take a tricycle to Abe's Farm (about 10 minutes of travel)
It is easy, trust me :) I think it's easier to go there via public transport because I've read quite a number of stories from people with cars who had a difficulty finding Abe's Farm.
What they do have is this ancestral home that houses the receiving area and the restaurant. It has the lola vibes going on, and not in a bad way. It certainly feels...nostalgic, what with the traditional architecture and all. Vigan levels ang aura.
By the way, the restaurant is open to walk-in guests from 10am to 8pm daily, but check-in guests can have their complimentary breakfast from 7am onwards. It can get really crowded and noisy during lunchtime.
A few notes:
1. So we ordered Sikreto ni Maria because we got intrigued. It turned out to be a serving of home-made ice cream with suman and minatamis na saging inside. In fairness, the ice cream tasted better than regular vanilla ice cream.
2. Jeskelerd, the Halo halo was kinda hassle sa muscle. The serving is big but they didn't use shaved ice :(
3. The complimentary breakfast was just okay, we had tapsilog and tocilog.
4. But I must say that their iced tea is better than okay!
We were quite happy with the room they gave us - it's clean, spacious, well-lit and has everything that the guests need. It's airconditioned but also has a ceiling fan, has a telephone unit in case you need to call the receptionist for anything, has a clean bathroom with enough tissue to last a lifetime, has bidet (this is a must! :p), has the customary bath soap & shampoo, and it has a bathtub. That's right, it has a frickin' bathtub.
Perhaps the best thing about the room is its floor-to-ceiling glass windows that allow the sunlight to provide natural lighting. However, it's a different story at night because the room still uses incandescent bulbs (yellow light!).
What Spa "Village"?
- Swimming pool
- Ping Pong table
- Open half court for basketball and badminton
- Board games
BUT! What we enjoyed the most was the swing hanging in the big tree near the pool. When we were not eating, we were just hanging out at the swing :)
Abe's Farm also has a museum - the E. Aguilar Museum. Entrance is P40/person with tour guide. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm daily, except Tuesdays.
Emilio Aguilar Cruz, fondly considered as the “Son of Magalang,” was a well-known writer, artist and bon vivant who was born and raised in the town of Magalang. He was a great influence to his son Larry J. Cruz, founder of the LJC Restaurant Chain which owns and manages Abe’s Farm.
Past its prime but has potential to be revived
The thing is, other that eat and sleep, we didn't have anything to do here. I guess this is where "the art of doing nothing" comes in (hello, R&R nga eh! :))