Exploring Naguilian and Driftwood Love: Chillin’ It Up North

Exploring Naguilian and Driftwood Love: Chillin’ It Up North

When In Manila and wanting to chill – literally, that is – the upper north is definitely the place to be. The “B” places may sound too familiar to most – Baguio and Benguet. Definitely, one would ask, “what’s new?”

Did you know that there are still more unexplored havens and “what-have-wes” in the city of pines and strawberries? If you are aiming for a solitary, cool and serene ambiance, the rest houses/vacation homes at Naguilian will surely give you exactly that. Exploring Naguilian means this: a breathtaking scene such as the photo below that is but a glimpse of what the luscious nature of Benguet can offer. “A picture can paint a thousand words,” they say. But no words can ever describe these magnificent, almost picturesque views when you are exploring Naguilian and you have laid your eyes upon them. Captivating, isn’t it?

Naguilian's Picturesque View

Naguilian’s Picturesque View

And here’s more: when you stay at a humble abode brimming with relics that depict the culture and folklore of the upper North settlers, you can definitely say that the experience is irreplaceable. Communing with nature will never be complete without the knowledge of the local culture and the place, after all. To be at home with a new place is to set your heart in it, as well. 

To do just that, I explored and acquainted myself with the interiors of the house that we stayed in. The fabulous wood workings around the house gave off a stylish, rustic and vintage feel. I found myself feeling like I was hurled back into the early log cabins built by Americans during the 60s here in the Philippines with its high ceilings, floor-length windows, and wood paneling that served as the walls of the entire house.

Native Decors

Native Decors

Vintage Table

Vintage Table

3D Wall Decor

3D Wall Decor

Living Room

Living Room

The exteriors of the house did not fall short in evoking a feeling of nostalgia and a separate house for special events just below the main house satisfied that same purpose.

Function Hall

Function Hall

Some parts of the house are built with ashlar.

Some parts of the house are built with ashlar.

Floor-Length Rustic Windows

Floor-Length Rustic Windows

At the second level, there is a balcony that can be a perfect nook for contemplating overlooking the beautiful scenery. I was lucky enough to capture this precious moment one sunset during our stay there. The setting sun, the laid back experience, the chilly weather – I was loving it all. Exploring Naguilian has never been this cool. Literally and figuratively, that is.

Sunset at the balcony.

Sunset at the balcony.


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