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Day 3 of my 6-day Cavite Expedition: Dasmariñas Edit

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Basil Mencias  • Contributor
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The third day started without much delay as we made our way from Kawit. We had quite a full plate for the day’s itinerary since we’re to spend half a day each in Dasmarinas City and Silang

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Museo De La Salle in Dasmariñas

We entered De La Salle University awestruck by how big the place is. We felt like outsiders as we passed by students, faculty, and staff alike. 


The university had so many roads that we found ourselves a bit lost and had to ask for directions. When we finally found the museum we were even more impressed. 

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Museo De La Salle in Dasmariñas

Situated inside the huge campus is a town square made to imitate its 19th-century counterparts. There was a park in the middle with a stone fountain. 


It had the road to its south, a munisipyo-like structure to its west, an old looking church to its north, and finally to its east, the museum, which was made to look like an ilustrado mansion from the 1900s or a Bahay na Bato.

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Museo De La Salle in Dasmariñas

Indeed, talk is cheap when describing the extravagance of the museum. From the outside, it had strong stone first-floor walls and foundations, and an elegant wooden second floor with countless wooden windows and bintanillas designed with capiz shells. The inside was even more stunning. 

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Museo De La Salle in Dasmariñas

Upstairs, we saw the many worldly possessions of the rich in those times. Everything from small trinkets to spectacular chandeliers and furniture is a surviving relic from well-off Filipino families. 


We imagined, with little hints of envy, how Ilustrados lavished in the finer things in life. 

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Museo De La Salle in Dasmariñas

After having lunch, we took to the road again to reach Silang. It was noticeable how cold it had become due to our rise in altitude. 


Upon arriving we met with Councilor Aidel Belamide, the officer in charge of the town’s tourism. He welcomed us warmly and gave us a brief presentation about Silang

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Shambala in Silang

We got lucky that some local tourism authorities, aside from the ones who were to accompany us, spent time to show us around. They took us to places that have not even been included in our itinerary for the day. The first of which was Shambala

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Shambala Living

With just a humble sign without any hints, leading the way inside, we weren’t sure what to expect. Once we went in though, it became clear that it was truly a must-see. Seven genuinely-made Ifugao huts of different sizes are scattered conveniently on a cool hillside. 


These huts provide accommodations for guests as the beautiful landscape serves as a place for different relaxing activities from massages to fishing. Groups of people even hold meetings and team-buildings there. While some just spend their stay quietly, taking in the scenery.

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Shambala Hut

Angel Fields in Silang

Another one of the unplanned venues was Angel Fields. Again, the name not hinting very much, we found ourselves in awe as we saw it. 


There was a vast serene field with hills and trees surrounding it. A noticeable building was located amidst the field. Still a bit clueless, we went inside for some answers.

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Angel Fields in Silang ( Photo by angelfields.info)

Almost everything was beautifully made of wood. The first floor serves as a restaurant while above it, an exquisite wooden chapel. We found out that the place was made for special gatherings, most especially, weddings

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Angel Fields in Silang ( Photo by angelfields.info)

We were also taken to the other buildings in the area which houses guests. The delightful rooms, the relaxing climate, and the breath-taking landscape add to the place’s unique appeal. That’s why we were shocked to hear their affordable prices. 

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Angel Fields in Silang ( Photo by Primo Venus)

Recuerdo’s in Silang

We were running a bit late for dinner. We went to a roadside family restaurant that had the look and feel of the class. We were seated in a special hut separated from the restaurant. It had a long table, enough for our party of eight, and our host.


 We had the pleasure of dining with the owner and manager, Ms. Cecile Medoza

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Recuerdo's Crafts

The marriage of the Ilonggo and Tagalog dishes birthed a unique and delectable cuisine fit for the elegance of the place. During the meal, we learned that it had been around for three generations. Recuerdo means memory, apt for its original business which was furniture. 


The first owners had a vision of making furniture using the strongest hardwoods and that would last decades and can be passed down from generations. With their success in the endeavor, they expanded to a restaurant that showcases both their talent in the kitchen as well as their excellent craftsmanship. 

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Recuerdo's Crafts

After dinner, we were led to their furniture showroom. I believe I heard and even spoke the words ‘marvelous’ and ‘superb’ to describe their work. From making simple paperweights to huge beds, they are masters of their craft. Some of the displays were even designed by Ms. Mendoza herself.


Recuerdo’s was definitely a feast for both our bellies and our eyes. 

Day 1 tour: Naic

Day 2 tour: Kawit

Day 4 tour: Silang

Day 5 tour: Alfonso

Day 6 tour: Mendez


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