A Sulyap in Fil-Hispanic Era

Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels, & Restaurant

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, Boutique Hotels 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, for the resort feels.

So never miss a chance to have a glance of the past for a day or two at Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels, & Restaurant in San Pablo City, Laguna.

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.


Published by generosepomelo

Filipina travel agent turn travel writer / blogger / photographer.

2 thoughts on “A Sulyap in Fil-Hispanic Era

  1. This is really a captivating place to be in. I, too, share the same sentiment and interest with Fil-Hispanic houses since it’s really good to look at. At some point, I want to build my own house with a Fil-Hispanic facade to keep the history and heritage present. All these modern designs around me, yet I want a classic one. Still the best for me!

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