Casa San Miguel

I just came from a short trip to Zambales and it’s only deem to have this as my first entry before I forget the wonderful details I enjoyed on this trip. On the last 2 times I had been here, I stayed on a tent (we camped in Anawangin and Crystal Beach) so it’s my first time actually to stay in an “accommodation”. I’ve heard about Casa San Miguel for quite a long time already (probably thru Corey Wills who organized a yoga retreat here, am not sure). So finally, we made time to go here.

Casa San Miguel is located in Brgy. San Miguel (hence the name) in San Antonio, Zambales. We took a bus (Victory Liner) that goes to Iba and we went down at San Antonio Public Market. From there is a short tricycle ride to Casa. The ride took 5 hours but could be less if you’re bringing your own car.

It’s owned by the renowned violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata. The place is a community-based school and also runs bed & breakfast, museum and café. The place breathes art, culture and anything inspiring (there’s a Kombi which is converted to a bookstore beside the private property of Elmer Bolongan, resident artist whose house is an ART GALLERY in itself! So cool!).20150102_121319

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Kombi Book Store
Kombi Book Store
Private Property of Elmer Bolongan (we're privileged to be welcomed inside his home. So cool! Was too shy to ask to take photos)
Private Property of Elmer Bolongan (we’re privileged to be welcomed inside his home. So cool! Was too shy to ask to take photos as it is a private/personal space)

Museum

Their Backstage Café is a creative alternative livelihood project of CASA San Miguel for its scholarship program for gifted individuals from the local community. We wanted to try Bahay Kubo pizza, Brie and their famous polvoron (the one that was served during Pres. Obama’s visit) but they’re not available. The vegetarian paella and pizza, classic carbonara, pasta marinara and fries were good. I like that their paella can be served solo but you have to order them in advance. I’ve also tried all their sweets — avocado ice cream, mango mousse, chocolate mousse, cinnamon roll, carrot cake and cheesecake. Except for the cinnamon roll, they’re all good 🙂 Believe me, I know one I when eat one lol.Vegetarian Pizza, Avocade Ice Cream, Carrot Cake & Vegetarian Paella

The nearest beach is San Miguel beach. Yes, can walk. But I suggest to go to Pundaquit beach instead (take a tricycle). It’s more “swim-able” or maybe because of the time (of the day or of the year?), waves were quite big and strong.

San Miguel Beach
San Miguel Beach
Pundaquit Beach
Pundaquit Beach

I’m so glad to have this quick trip just before I go back to work. Casa San Miguel, with its structure and design, is an ideal place for relaxation. I really like places that are charming, quaint and homey. Hope to be back this year!

If you’re planning a visit, it is open for everybody with a P100 registration fee if you’re not a guest. It comes with unlimited coffee and you can roam around the property. If you wish to stay, you may call Arman for reservation 0917-8382752. This bed & breakfast has 4 deluxe rooms, 1 family room and 2 dorms (can fit 10 people each).

Loving this blue door!
Loving this blue door!
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