Published on October 03, 2014
Last June, my husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. We didn’t have any concrete plans, same as our first and second anniversary celebrations. This shocks a lot of people given that Boyet and I love to travel. Our travel expenses had to be cut because we’re paying for a house, and our medical bills shot up beyond our imagination. So for the third year in a row, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in the most laid-back way possible. He specifically requested if I could find a quiet place that’s also close to nature. He even asked me to find a place where he could go fishing! As soon as he let all his requests out, I immediately told him that I already knew where we’re going. I had always wanted to go to Corito's Garden, but they were always fully booked on my desired date. I remember checking this out last summer, but we ended up going to Widus Hotel & Casino in Pampanga instead. Anyway, luck was definitely on my side because I was able to book a room from their website.
Cintai Corito’s Garden is a Balinese-inspired haven in Batangas, which is approximately just a 2-hour drive from Manila. I knew it would be the perfect place for us to unwind and recharge. Things got crazier with our career. Bills are piling up. And some plans have not been materialized the way we hoped for. So Corito's Garden was undeniably the best place to celebrate our anniversary.
Imagine my relief when I saw the sign of Corito’s Garden after a 2-hour drive. I was actually so surprised when I saw the area where the garden is located. Given the photos in my head from the various blog posts I read before our trip, I was expecting it to be in the middle of nowhere. Well technically, it’s ALMOST in the middle of nowhere because the location is just along the road, and I could still see cars and some houses. But as soon as the security guard opened the gates (which is really, really, really big and grand) for us, an entirely different kind of world welcomed us!
Aside from history, we also got some botany lessons from Kuya Jeff as he would tell us the name of each plant that we passed by! Hehe! He told us that guests are welcomed to pick fruits to bring home. Boyet and I could not believe what he said. Boyet then asked if we could bring home as many as we could. Sabi ni Kuya Jeff, huwag naman daw sako sako. Abuso na ‘yun! Honganaman! :p Unfortunately, we went there after the harvest season so we went home empty-handed. Paasa lang. Hihi!
They also have a place where guests can go fishing. My husband was extremely excited for this! But the fishes were still too small during our visit. I proved something that day. May natatanging taglay na kamalasan ang asawa ko. Haha! I was a bit sad, too. I was looking forward to try fishing for the first time, and I knew how it would make my husband really happy. I do hope we can come back in the future to try the things we missed.
No fruit harvesting. No fishing. Siningit ang OOTD! Hahaha!
Corito’s Garden has pavilions which are ideal for private events such as weddings. Kuya Jeff told us that they sometimes have yoga sessions being held there, too. The pavilions are picture-perfect with the intricate designs adorning them. Wouldn’t you get married or do yoga in such a spacious space while you’re surrounded by a luscious garden?
I vividly remember booking a Deluxe Villa. According to their website, the one I booked has one queen-size bed and is good for two people. Imagine my surprise when were transferred to this villa. Pwedeng mag-practice ang cheering squad sa laki! I told Boyet that the villa we got is already good for 4 people. Out of curiosity, Boyet called the receptionist. We were thinking that the staff made a mistake. But they confirmed that they made the right room assignment. The receptionist told Boyet why we had to be transferred, but he wasn’t able to take note of it. I am not sure if their Deluxe Villas were already occupied. Our next door neighbor probably has 6 adults and 4 kids! As in buong pamilya with the yayas. Tapos kami, 2 lang?! Nagtalo pa kami saang bed kami matutulog! :p