Junks can be turned into something beautiful. This is what this family-run, sustainable eco-resort and farm in Lubao can do. Suited to those who want to unwind, be inspired, or want to come up with new ideas on what to do with their junk, this is definitely the place to be.
A place of transformations
Its name Prado was derived from the place where it is nestled, Barangay Prado Siongco. Previously, the lot that Prado Farms occupies was a sugarcane plantation that was acquired by the husband and wife, architect Victor Gutierrez, and Amanda Ocampo in the 1960s. The frontage of the property was eventually converted into an LPG refilling station and warehouse. Since then, it has undergone several transformations. At present, the LPG facility was long gone and the five-hectare property has become a farm resort and recreational haven.
Recycled art Haven
The property is now dotted with artsy junks and oddly designed structures. Discards and rusty metals were reused and turned into something functional. Each piece produced is well thought of, and carefully designed.
The gate of the property is made up of rusty and empty propane tanks that were piled on top of each other. The material was used to salvage the scrap LPG tanks in the property. This gate is just a teaser of what lies more inside the farm.
2. Front Office/ Receiving Area
The receiving area has full of creative artworks, and novelty items. Nostalgic pieces include Marston Mats that were turned as foldable doors and Batibot chairs (wrought iron chairs).
Exploring the different houses and facilities in the property is like stepping back into a bygone period with a quirky twist. Old houses were transported and reconstructed on the farm. The colonial-style structures were re-painted and resulted in a look of shabby chic houses. It is accentuated with old doors, stained glass windows, Machuca floor tiles, artsy recycled decors, and colored walls thus resulting in a quaint appeal.
⚫ The Pink House
The pink house was previously used as a Waldorf school. At the time of writing, it is where the resort manager resides and also has other several functional areas
⚫ The Theater
The place of the theater house used to be the refilling station. The current structure, however, was salvaged parts of an old train station in Tarlac. It has an open space layout making it a suitable event’s venue for art workshops, recitals, and other stage performances.
⚫ The Blue House
The Blue House also used to be a part of the refilling station. At present, it is a two-story house painted in various hues of blue. It houses vintage collections, interesting handrails, and some old scraps that were brought from Betis that were formed together to create wonderful pieces. Across is it a fishing pen where kids can enjoy fishing.
⚫ The Yellow House
The Yellow House used to be the office of the LPG refilling station manager. At present, the two-story building has a balcony that was once used as a massage area for those who want to relax. It also has a charming library on the second floor that can be accessed through a spiral wooden stair.
⚫ The Function Hall
The spacious function hall of the resort is designed with colorful round art installations by the entrance. It also displays some kitschy and other nostalgic items inside.
⚫ Kera Kera Hotel
Kera kera hotel which means “to lie down and relax” in Kapampangan offers different room sizes for different kinds of groups of guests. A room on its ground floor serves a common area where people who are having a hacienda tour can spend their siesta time to relax, rest or nap. The hotel also has a coffee room inside.
⚫ Ifugao Hut
The resort features an Igorot House with “Dap ay” which are stone slabs formed into a round venue. To ensure that this structure was built accordingly to Ifugao architecture, some Ifugao people were invited to the farm to build it.
⚫ Bahay na Bato (Stonehouse)
Inside the resort is the family house called Bahay na Bato. Although one cannot enter the house without permission, guest can still come closer to the house to marvel at its facade.
⚫ The Farmhouse
At the far end of the resort is where the farm and its farmhouse are located. The breezy farmhouse has an open space layout with wide windows and sliding doors thus allowing open air. Unmissable details include capiz windows used as ceilings on its entrance and toilet bowl tank used as planters.
Activities During Hacienda Day Tour
1. Explore the Farm
Explore the bio-dynamic farm of the eco-resort to see the plants that the farm grows and the and animals it raises. Kids can enjoy animal feeding, and fishing while staying here. Most of the ingredients in their menus can be seen on the farm. Check out their Chinese Gumamela (hibiscus) which is one of the ingredients in their Prado Salad.
2. Swim on the chlorine-free infinity pool
The swimming pool of the eco-resort is chlorine-free and uses salt instead. Thus its water is safer to the skin, eyes, and hair. It has a bigger pool for adults and a small pool for kids.
3. Carabao cart ride
To experience a traditional way of living in the farm, you can ride a cart pulled by a carabao. Tour around the property with other guests as you enjoy riding the carretela.
4. Join a kesong puti or tsokolateng batirol worshop
Learn how to make kesong puti or tsokolateng batirol during your visit. There is a minimum number of participants for the workshop and can pre-arrange it with the eco-resort staff.
5. Enjoy biking leisurely
Bicycles of different sizes and colors are available around the property. You can use them to go around and go transport from one structure to another.
6. Slow down and walk under tree canopies
There are large tree canopies along the path walks which makes walking around pleasant and shaded. Also, it’s easy to find cozy chairs and couches inside the resort. May you intend to walk around or sit somewhere, you can take in the fresh air, and listen to the chirping of birds. A lot of nooks and corners in the resort are picturesque so you take a lot of photos during your hacienda tour or staycation.
Relax at Prado Farm
Prado Farms is perpetually growing and evolves. The creation here is never completed, hence, it represents development and growth. It creates experiences where you can relax and spaces where you can find inspiration. At the same time, it presents the charm of living in the farm.
Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga
Tel. Nos.: 400-2185, 0920-9030964
Live simply and happy 💛
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