When in Manila, we are fond of celebrating special milestones in our lives and turning it to a momentous occasion. Its overwhelming success greatly depends on finding the perfect venue that will create such enchanting moments.
In my pursuit of happiness, I came across Hacienda Isabella. It may not be the easiest place to find, tucked in the off-beaten part of Carasuchi, Indang Cavite but this hidden gem is very well worth discovering. There is something about the rustic charm of countryside living that never fails to fascinate our senses.
The Hacienda is owned and built by the country’s “Pop Diva” Ms. Kuh Ledesma. It was named after her daughter and only heiress Isabella, who likewise shares her passion and love for music.
What used to be a small five bedroom farmhouse and coffee plantation became a topnotch dream garden wedding destination and ideal venue for retreats, team buildings, photo-shoots and intimate parties. Ms. Ledesma saw its business potential when a friend TV Personality Apa Ongpin held the first wedding at the garden. It was immediately followed by numerous inquiries for possible future bookings.
You’ll know it was designed with love as you look at each intricate details. Entering the main gate of this elegant white house, one is greeted by this unlacquered wooden antique door, whitewashed walls, cement floors. It screams vintage time-worn effect and the rusticity quickly engulfs you to a different time and era.
The high ceiling boasts of antique chandeliers
An array of heirloom decors like lamp shades, paintings, frames, trunks and chests were sourced abroad from various flea markets in Los Angeles where the pop diva had lived for six years.
No local nor foreign interior designers involved here. All that was needed to make the hacienda as tastefully picturesque as possible was Ms. Ledesma’s ingenuity and artistic talent. The beauty of the place radiates through her deepest expression of heart and soul. Balinese and Filipino antiques became the overall theme.
Better reserve this table by the gorgeous fireplace! It has been the perfect backdrop for many gorgeous celebrity weddings! To name a few, there’s TV host/blogger Patty Laurel, actress/beauty queen Precious Lara Quigaman, ABS-CBN’s newscaster Nadia Trinidad, Chef Luigi Muhlach, fashion models Anna Lloren and Sarah Meier.