Standing tall and proud in the Heritage Town of Taal is the Casa Regalo de Boda or Wedding Gift House. The house was given as a gift by Eulalio Villavicencio to his soon to be wife Gliceria Marella.
Wedding Gift House
During our travel in Taal, Batangas, this house became my favorite among the ancestral homes. It boasts of intricate Victorian wall decors and Filipino creativity.
All furniture in the house can be touched. You can sit on the chairs and get a feel of living inside an ancestral house. Aside from the wallpapers, what I also love here are the mirrors. Look at those details.
Having two bedrooms, one for the husband and wife and another for the children. Each room features one bed. The Villavicencio’s had 5 children. In the past, the eldest had the privilege to sleep on the bed while the others had to sleep on the floor. The bathroom was renovated which is why it has a bit of a modern touch in the picture below.
The house is composed of two floors, the first floor is where you will find the original copy of the first English Translated Noli Me Tangere and some antiques. The Villavicencio family once donated 18,000 pesos to Jose Rizal for the publication of the Noli Me Tangere. In exchange, they were given the copies.
There is also a bodega on the first floor turned into a bedroom where guests can stay for the night. Yes, you can rent a room in the house for an overnight stay. Once an ancestral home, it is now turned into a bed and breakfast. You can also book the house for photo shoots on weddings, thesis, small & big films. They also accept reservations for luncheons & dinners at the formal dining room.
- Entrance Fee : 80 pesos
- Small Room for 2 persons – 3000 pesos + 500 pesos for every additional person
- Bodega for 5 persons – 6000 pesos + 1000 pesos for every additional person
- Master’s Bedroom for 3 persons – 4000 pesos + 500 pesos for every additional person
Note: Rates are subject to change without prior notice
How To Get There
From Manila, ride a bus heading to Lemery. Ask the driver to drop you off at Taal Heritage Town.
Our trip here is definitely one of the best I’ve had so far. The house is very unique and when compared to the other ancestral homes I’ve seen so far is the most detailed and colorful. I will most likely use the house as the basis when I build my future home.
I will surely come back here for an overnight stay!
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Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She also likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.