A recent American survey revealed that Father’s Day ranks number 20 in the country’s most holidays, or 18 rungs lower than Mother’s Day. And with the strong US influence, it wouldn’t be surprising if our local scenario would be very similar.
Dads often shun the fanfare of this occasion, and would simply about the regular drill, but this time with the family which will make this day stand out.
For the man of the house, it is the adventure travels that really matter as we collect precious moments which will be stored in our family memories, and posted of social med ia.
Because of its proximity to the Metro, Tagaytay City and the adjoining towns are top-of-mind destination for short drives. This mountain retreat also never fails to surprise event frequent visitors with new restaurants, cafes, gardens, farms, boutique resorts, and intriguing spots coming up every so often.
A three-month-old hideaway is Tahana, a cluster of private villas in Amadeo and brainchild of Cathy Turvill, a leading figure on Filipino brand of wellness and farm tourism. Nestled among the greeneries, these elegant loft homes are tucked away from the madding crowd of the ridge city.
The resort’s name is coined from the Tagalog words “tahan na” which means “stay here” or “tahanan” or home, or hideaway for the family. Each villa is fully-furnished with high-quality furniture, living room and kitchen where you can cook for a home away from home feel.
Two villas face the infinity pool and the sprawling garden, which can be viewed from the individual balcony.
A prescribed activity is a morning guided tour to Tahana’s nearby sprawling farm, where guests will be briefed on the medicinal and nutritional values of vegetables and plants.
The family can feast on a hearty lunch at Farmer’s Table, which offers a wide-array of favorite Filipino and international cuisine. Situated inside Nurture Wellness Village a few minutes away, its tropical ambiance, in-house musician and solicitous crew enhance the dining experience.
As it easily gets full, it is best to reserve seats for a hassle-free lunch. And while waiting to be served, you can take snapshots around the Instagrammable farm resort or buy agricultural produce and pasalubong items at the counter store.
At dinner, the next-door My Country House, a refined casual al-fresco dining haunt, shouldn’t be missed. It serves “heritage classics” of French flair and fresh farm ingredients. Among the must-try global flavors in large servings are duck confit cassoulet, saffron lobster pappardelle, and seared foie gras canapes, as well as local fares, such as lengua estofado and country-style chicken relleno.
For takeaways, there’s a counter for freshly-baked goods like croissants, multigrain bread, pastries and an array of spreads.
A sister establishment of Farmer’s Table within the Raintree Restaurant and Hospitality group, it exudes a homey air which isn’t intimidating despite its opulent look. The soft-tone lights and acoustic musician will make dinners more unhurried to relish the family bonding moments.
Up north, for mid-distance drives and lots of things to see and do, Zambales is the place to be for dad even beyond Father’s Day.
The province is a sought-after destination for outdoor adventures, particularly for camping and its two variants—glamping or “glamor camping” and motocamping which makes use of the family vehicle as the core of the camp site.
Tucked in the interior of San Marcelino is Lake Mapanuepe, a popular motocamping site which has been dubbed as the “Little New Zealand” because of its rolling and grazing hills. Created by the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption, the 6.5-sq-km lake boasts of a relatively cool weather and vast spaces to set up camp, cook, and meet new friends.
Camp Kainomayan in Botolan will keep dads and everyone occupied with its plethora of recreation, such as ATV rides, wall climbing, horseback-riding river picnics, and trek to Mt. Pinatubo. It also has a huge swimming pool, family cabins and Likatu restaurant which has hotpot food.
For a camp feel with lodging amenities, there’s Funtasea Beach Resort in Iba designed by maverick local architect-designer Leah Baluyot Perol which seeks to capture the fancy of a diverse demographic market with its hip contemporary design and manicured garden. Fronting a 7-km of powdery sleepy shores and a beach volleyball court, its piece de resistance are the barrel glamping pods which can fit in 10 people in a spacious and classy quarter.
Come chow time, its dining outlet can spring up surprises in the usual dishes and tummy-filling snacks such as clubhouse sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, pastas and a variety of coffee and beverages.
For a consummate journey, go surfing in San Felipe, hop around the islands in San Antonio and Masinloc, go mango picking in the orchards, swing by old churches and museums, and pull over in the quaint roadside shops for snack or drink.