Weekend Roadtrip: Tiaong, Quezon

It’s actually a rarity that I get to be home on a weekend since I usually have work or some prior commitment beforehand so when the time comes that I’m off on that certain weekend I usually make it a point to spend as much time as possible with my Mom and siblings.

We decided to embark on another road trip this time around in Tiaong, Quezon. We originally planned to venture out into Baler and go surfing in the waves however, due to the lack of time we just decided to go somewhere near while ensuring that we will have a great time.

I always search for new places to venture out to because I am such a Dora the explorer! 🙂 and I love going to various places, exploring different cuisines, immersing myself to the various cultures and trying out new stuff and experiences. (Hey, you only live once right?) YOLO!

So moving on, we decided to embark to Ugu (Pottery Garden and Restaurant). I first got acquainted with  pottery when I went to Bicol. Aside from taking photos against the old vestiges and with the locals, I also went swimming with the whale sharks in Donsol. (What an awesome adventure!) But that’s for another blog post.

So how do you get in touch with this Ugu place? Scroll down to the end of this post for the links to their website and also their contact details. Feel free to hit them up with inquiries.

Located roughly three hours south of Manila, it’s home to celebrated pottery artist Augusto “Ugu” Bigyan, who opened his home and garden to the public as an art gallery, workshop studio, and reservations-only restaurant in 2000.

The ambiance of the place was great! 😀 It was as if I was immersed in another world away from the usual humdrum of the bustling metropolis. We just walked in the venue hoping to be accommodated for lunch however it was only then that we knew that reservations must be made beforehand for a minimum of 5 persons and they did not have a Menu because they already had a set full course meal with buko juices in tow. Too bad we weren’t able to partake of the awesome food they had to offer because they were not entertaining guests during that time we visited and they just ushered us in to their souvenir shop to look at their pottery items being sold.

Outside the garden. Brings me back to the Spanish Era
Outside the garden. Brings me back to the Spanish Era
The Red Brick House
The Red Brick House
Their  pond with various forms of fishes
Their pond with various forms of fishes
Some of the picturesque sights
Some of the picturesque sights
Another one
Another one
Their garden
Their garden

We bought a couple of items to take home and while my Mom was poring over those souvenirs I went around the place (tourist style) haha taking in the relaxing ambiance of the place and snapping shots everywhere to whatever catches my attention.

Do we look alike now? Me imitating the look on this cute cup
Do we look alike now? Me imitating the look on this cute cup
My favorite items in their souvenir store
My favorite items in their souvenir store
Some of their much celebrated tableware
Some of their much celebrated tableware
Their ceramic plates
Their ceramic plates
How carefully crafted these handicrafts are
How carefully crafted these handicrafts are
Some of their pottery items being sold
Some of their pottery items being sold
A decent photo of me and their cup
A decent photo of me and their cup
Making silly faces with my sister
Making silly faces with my sister
The Pout with my braided hair
The Pout with my braided hair
Some of their items on disply
Some of their items on display
What an quiet respite
The view from the garden
Me trying out one of their hats on the deck
Me trying out one of their hats on the deck

This was definitely a good stop over for some tourists looking for a good and relaxing place to unwind and have a breather from the usual hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

490 Alvarez Village. Brgy Lusacan, 4325 Tiaong, Quezon
Tel: (042) 545-9144 / (042) 545-8689
Mobile: 0917-560-5708 / 0917-560-7973
Facebook: ugubigyan
Email: ugubigyan@yahoo.com
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 9AM-5PM
Payment Options: Visa / Mastercard

 

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