Sulyap is a Tagalog word which translates as glance in English. And you will surely get a glance of the past when you step foot inside the Sulyap Gallery Café and Restaurant. Get a dose of the old countryside lifestyle of the Tagalogs complete with old furnishings, music and food at Sulyap.
Roy and Arthur, the owners have a wide array of collections. Both are avid collectors of Philippine antiques which started in 1985. Arthur, a pioneer collector has a fascination with Santo’s from wooden to ivory sculptured icons. Then Roy, has a thing for wooden furniture. Over the years their collection grew and they decided to showcase these at a proper venue, the Sulyap Museum which opened last 2006. Here you can find an ample collection of Philippine antiques that ever existed in the province of Laguna.
Another aspect of Sulyap are their restored old houses specifically with Fil-Hispanic designs. Roy, an Architect by profession, loves and enjoys restoring old houses. “Plano ko talagang lagyan ng old houses, pero syempre hindi mo naman mamamadali yung gagawin mo kung hindi available. Kailangan pa maghanap ng bahay to restore.” -Roy. And these restored houses are turned into bed and breakfast boutique hotel, namely Casa de Obando and Casa de Alitagtag. Casa de Obando can accommodate maximum of 3 persons in a room. Then Casa de Alitagtagcan accommodate 4 to 6 persons in a room.
Now to complement the design of the Sulyap compound they have a swimming pool and an orchard.
Disclaimer: My visit was part of a press trip sponsored by the Department of Tourism Region 4-A Calabarzon. All views and opinions are my own. Received freebies but no money involved.