One beautiful Saturday in Manila, i was tagged along by friends i consider family to San Pablo City. It was a spur of the moment trip and i did not really know where we were headed but since i had no planned activity for that day, i gladly joined them.
From Manila going to San Pablo City is around 87 kilometers or a two-hour drive without metro traffic.
In our part, we traveled for almost two hours going to our first pit stop, the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Brgy. San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Batangas. This church is designated as National Shrine by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines making it the first in the province of Batangas and in the CALABARZON Region.
I recommend this for my Roman Catholic readers. Although i was inappropriately dressed to visit the shrine i was still allowed to enter.
From the Padre Pio National Shrine, we traveled for roughly an hour (21.6 kilometers) going to Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant.
We were welcomed with serenity as we enter the property. I felt like i was taken back to an old era. It is like entering into a different realm. The structures were that of the old hispanic times similar to Vigan City and Silay City houses.
Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant offers you:
Boutique Hotel with swimming pool
Sulyap Art Gallery
It is a small gallery yet it has a very impressive art collection.
Let me take you to a virtual tour of the antique collections of Sulyap Gallery.
At Sulyap Art Gallery, admission is free. There is a staff that will be assisting you and will explain about the unique art collection and gallery. There are no items for sale. These are the collection of the Remedios family. The religious relics, paintings, antique furnitures and fixtures were from 1800’s – 1900’s.
After exploring Sulyap Gallery, we then head to the restaurant and we were amazed of how big and how much they have preserved the entire place.
You have many options of where to dine here, first option is this two-story structure. The whole place itself is like another antique gallery including all the fixtures and furnitures that you can see.
You can either go out from door at the side which will connect you the another restaurant or at the second floor where there is a connecting bridge towards another two storey building.
If you pass by at the side door, you will be directed towards this beautiful fountain that will lead you to the stairs going up the restaurant or going towards the tables near the fountain.
We ordered dinner and we were treated with sumptuous Filipino food dishes.
Food was great and they had generous servings!
At night, the ambience of the place just gets more beautiful as everything gets very dramatic when the lights start to lit up.
After dinner, we then explored the boutique hotel that is located across the restaurant.
At around 8:00 pm we head back to Manila. It was one of the most memorable road trips i ever did because it was the first time that i was able to explore this part of Luzon.I was able to travel with people i love and to the destination that i really like. Sulyap Cafe Gallery and Restaurant is a hidden gem in San Pablo City.
What are your plans for the long weekend? If you are up for art exploration, food trip and a whole lot of fun, this travel blog might interest you.♥