Villa Elma, a Good Alternative to the Crowded ‘Kamay Ni Hesus’


A used-to-be private property has opened its gates for public in the city of Lucban, Quezon. This beautiful site is located right at the slope of a mountain facing the peak of the mysterious Mount Banahaw and is just a 15 minutes ride from the town proper. Villa Elma is a family owned property with sculptures and statues like those of Kamay ni Hesus along the Lucban-Tayabas road. In fact, some of the figures in both locations look exactly the same.

The thing that I like most in Villa Elma is the serenity of the place. I could hear the birds of different kinds singing all day long. And since the whole place is filled with flowers and trees, countless butterflies and insects can be spotted. It’s really a perfect place to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation. I could also hear water running down the side of the mountain. Indeed a fitting place for prayer, meditation, and reflection.

The other feature of the place is the option to stay for a night. They have some rooms available at a reasonable rate and I can tell you, you will never be disappointed with the deal. The rooms are very spacious and some of them with terraces. I was told by their care taker that high-ranking Philippine Officials have stayed in the place for a retreat and for leisure.

They offer food orders during daytime and you can enjoy it served at your room or at their canteen. They offer local dishes like the Pancit Lucban and Longanisang Lucban which are the best sellers in the area.

The most memorable moment I had there was swimming in a natural non-tiled pool of spring water. The water is so fresh you can actually drink it. Only I dared to dip in the water while my wife and kids enjoyed a shower of spring water nearby.

We had an enjoyable experience at the place and so I am confident you will also have the same. Learn more about the place via their website

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