Hillcreek Gardens, Tagaytay

After looking for Santorini-inspired venue, we headed to look for a garden setting which is also for the purpose of having a photo shoot. We only visited two places but Hillcreek Gardens won the heart of my boss and the photographer, because there are so many promising spots to strike a pose.

During our ocular, there was a wedding set up prepared by the Hillcreek team.

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Hillcreek Gardens

Let me share with you the pictures I took during our ocular and the actual shoot day.

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Hillcreek Gardens

We ask for their rate, reserved via email and settled the bill on the day of the shoot.

5 hours inclusive of 5 pax, 5 free cup of coffee and a dressing room – P6,000

exceeding rate – P1,500/hour

upgraded the room with air conditioner – P1,000

exceeding person – P150

Also, they do not allow of bringing food inside the venue but they offer food menu for P400/person.  In our case, we only ate outside the venue during the shoot. Teehee!

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Hillcreek Gardens

The place is magical isn’t?

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Hillcreek Gardens is a lovely and a reassuring place for your wedding day or if you are looking for a place to have a photo shoot in a garden concept. The sales or the reservations associate are all helpful and welcoming; they attended my queries about our concerns with a smile on their faces.

Hillcreek Gardens, Tagaytay


Address: 134 Luksuhin, Mangas Rd, Alfonso Cavite


Disclaimer: I am not being paid to write this review.


Villa Nonita, Tagaytay

My workmates and I did an ocular in Tagaytay for a good place to have photo shoot and we’re specifically looking for a Santorini-inspired venue. There are three places on our list: Meteora, Costiera Fermiliana and Villa Nonita. Villa Nonita is the last place we had for viewing because the way going to this place is not a joke. The road is steep to get there so we had to go down from the vehicle to go up by climbing. Yes, it’s a climb as Miley Cyrus would say.

After the climb, it’s worth it.Nonita exterior (1)

That view!Nonita view (5)

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the photo shoot day!

The rate they gave us is P10,000 for a 5-hour photo shoot. However, our shoot will run for whole day. Luckily, the owner of the villa was there so my boss and the owner did all the talking. Meanwhile my eyes are on feast and so my camera phone…

The living rooms! There’s a lot!!Nonita living room (2)

It’s not Santorini if there’s no stairs!

The view at the rooftop

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Villa Nonita is not just for photo shoot but also for accommodation and vacation, especially honeymoon! There were Koreans who just had their check-out during the time we had our ocular.

The bedrooms. Look, there’s a bath tub beside the bed! I smell romance ❤

The living room, dining area, and kitchen area. By looking at these pictures, I can attest that Villa Nonita is a best choice to relax.

The owner also put waterfalls at the second floor. She said that whenever she feels stressed, she would just look at the scenic view of Taal Lake, have her massage and turn on the waterfalls. What a life!


More details here!

I was really looking forward to have a trip in Ilocos because there’s also a Santorini-inspired tourist spot there but it just feel so awesome how God made it easier for me to not travel far just to experience the pseudo-Greece hehehe. The downside though in Tagaytay is the absence of the sea but Villa Nonita has a pool and picturesque view of Taal. Imagine from Manila, it only took me 2 hours to have that Santorini feels! Therefore, this place is enough to feed the hungry soul of travel experience.

For inquiries, you may contact:
Norman De Paz Santos – 09277970495

Address: LIGAYA DRIVE SUNGAY EAST Tagaytay City, Philippines

Anguib Beach, Cagayan

The sea touching the sand

The sea touching the sky

The picture looked perfect

Freedom and silence is what it gives

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But the sky is unreachable

The sea is unending

A bitter truth that it always meets

but being together will never be

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That’s just how most people are so wrong

Doesn’t mean that it looked perfect means it’s complete

Doesn’t mean it has everything means it doesn’t need anything

Sometimes, it’s the simplest thing is all that makes us fulfilling

The boatmen lead us to an area of Anguib Beach where there is no entrance fee. However, Bhing wanted us to transfer in a much better place. As we transferred, embarked to a new resort and laid our beach mats, there’s a guy who approached us and asked for an entrance fee of P100.

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Anguib Beach is a place to look for if you want white fine sand, a reason that it’s named the Boracay of the North. The water is crystal clear. Danicca was so happy like a kid when she saw a school of fish. On the other hand, the humility  of Anguib is the exact opposite of Boracay’s sociable and crowded environment.Cagayan Anguib Beach (7)

Because this place is not commercialized, the elders already informed us to bring our own food. As we roamed around, there’s a group whom I think shares the same age with us, exploring the beauty of the beach through drone. As I have observed, they are also having a great time in the tranquility of the place.

so effin’ true.

Aside from the cottages (P500), there are also tents (P800) but I forgot to take a picture. It’s a place to stay overnight because there are no hotels available.

We only had a problem when we finished beaching. The shower is not well-maintained because there’s an insufficient water supply. To be honest, we were grumping at the beginning because we paid an entrance fee but this. Then, we just laughed about when we went out in the shower room with our shampoos and soaps all over our body.

And I had sepanx as I took this picture before leaving the beach. Oh, good times!

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Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines