The panorama on the sunrise side: an awesome view of Malarayat

The quiet panorama on the sunrise side of the farm: an awesome view of Mount Malaráyat and the river below the gap.

25 June 2011

The Cabañas

Although we have yet to build a proper house, we have so far built cabañas to lounge and dine in, concrete structures with plumbing, an outdoor kitchen, and walkways connecting all of them.

Artist/potter Ugu Bigyan from the neighboring town of Tiaong, Quezon (some thirty minutes away) designed and built the cabaña structure. I bought an old house which lumber we transported to San Celestino and Ugu used some of the old muláwin posts here. The furniture is a mix of mostly hand-me-downs and some teak pieces I've collected over time.

The roof is made of the biggest anaháw variety called harábas and had to be obtained from a 3-hectare anahaw farm to complete the requirement. It was interesting to see the leaves fresh and still green when delivered and even when it was being installed, then eventually dry and turn brown as weeks passed.

The terra-cotta tiles are from San Juan (Batangas), three towns southeast. The earthy and chalky texture adds to the rustic charm of the hut.

Wooden walkways (left) made of new lumber make the entire area even more barefoot-friendly and gives more tactile pleasure on a relaxed and easy-going weekend. They connect the cabaňa and the gardens to the outdoor kitchen (above) and to the shower and toilet outhouse (below and further below).

More walkways, both wooden and stone (two bottom photos), lead into more huts, gardens, and the farms beyond.


  1. They're all so beautiful!!!! I'm eager to witness how your farm would organically develop into paradise.

  2. Thanks! Most of the design decisions were brought about not primarily for aesthetic reasons but more of solutions to problems of resource, manpower, the site, etc. The land tells us what to do :)

  3. Congratulations 1784! That's a fantastic spread you have there; just like a piece of paradise. I bet movie outfits are lining up to shoot movies there.

    Randy B.

  4. I would love to stay in place like this the next time I visit Philippines. I'm really longing to experience the authenticl Philippine experience. The country is blessed with so much unique natural beauty and rich culture. Your home shows just that. It's really inspiring.