Over the past decade, the sleepy town of San Antonio, Zambales, has been rattled by a unexpected surge in tourism as a lot more of its secluded coves ended up being a lot more understood to the beach-chasing urbanites. Barangay Pundaquit in specific cashed in on this new opportunity. It has transformed fishing boats into traveler vessels, ferrying tourists to paradise. It has made resorts as well as guesthouses sprout along the streets as quick as lightning encourages mushrooms to flourish. as well as amid the picturesque landscape as well as the overwhelming natural appeal of San Antonio, it is rather simple to walk past without a glimpse a side to the town that is similarly interesting — its cultural heritage.

Casa San Miguel aims to highlight just that. considering that its completion in 1921, this household retreat home in a 15-hectare mango orchard has sheltered as well as nurtured generations of skill including acclaimed show violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata. In 1993, he well established the Casa San Miguel Foundation, which aims to “integrate culture as well as neighborhood development” in Zambales. The group has initiated a number of programs as well as workshops to hone as well as showcase artistry of the locals.

Little kids playing around a little fountain greeted me when I hopped out of the tricycle. It was nearly midday however the trees, decorated with ripe mangoes, breathed great winds. I walked around the chateau-style brick as well as wood home only to discover the entrance closed. ideal on cue, a personnel member showed up, opened it, as well as welcomed me with a bright smile.

I bet this looks sensational at night.

Casa San Miguel foundation was established by distinguished violinist Coke Bolipata
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Even the washroom indications look impressive.
The short staircase as well as the door led me to the museum of neighborhood Heritage, which features the rich heritage of Barangay San Miguel as well as the town of San Antonio as a whole. The museum uses a look into the long history of the town that has enriched its culture.

Some of the exhibits on screen were the Ming Dynasty earthenware taken from shipwrecks in close-by villages of Pundaquit as well as Santa Cruz, photos of regional fisherman by Filipino professional photojournalist Nico Sepe, as well as old photos of Aetas taken by American anthropologist William Allen Reed. likewise worth a look is the collection of standard fishing devices as well as other artifacts.

A picture exhibit
Inside Casa San Miguel
Casa San Miguel likewise homes a guest spaces (bed as well as breakfast), a restaurant, a pre-school, as well as a show hall.

Casa San Miguel
Evangelista St., Brgy. San Miguel, San Antonio, Zambales
Contact No.: +63 915 6220335
Email Address: info@casasanmiguelph.com
Casa San Miguel entrance Fee: P125 (adult), P75 (kid)

How to get to Casa San Miguel: From Manila, trip a success liner bus to Iba, Zambales, as well as tell the motorist to decrease you off in front of San Antonio Public Market (P250, 3-4 hours). Take a tricycle to Casa San Miguel (P60 per 2 pax, or P30 per pax). If you’re in San Antonio for its beaches (Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove), you may decrease by on your method back to Manila.


Bus Fare (Manila-San Antonio): P250

Tricycle Fare (San Antonio-San Miguel): P60 per 2 pax, or P30 per pax

Casa San Miguel entrance Fee: P125 (adult), P75 (kid)

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