For those looking for an inexpensive venue for trainings and conferences which location is not to far from Metro Manila, you may want to check out Tanay, Rizal’s many resorts and conference centers. One of those I would recommend you visit for ocular inspection is the “Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center located at Sitio Balimbing, Bgy. Plaza Aldea, in Tanay, Rizal.
Traveling to this resort from Marikina took us more than an hour by coaster considering we took our trip quite early in the morning. It’s a bit far but the scenery once you get to the outskirts Antipolo, the suburban scenery is truly refreshing. It’s entertaining to travel the long routes of Rizal than be stuck in traffic going to Tagaytay or Laguna.
Since Bakasyunan Resort is in higher ground, as in overlooking the mountainous area of Tanay, the view is beautiful. The main building housing the conference rooms and some suites/dormitories is actually the ancestral house of the proprietor. the restoration maintained the old, rustic and classic design of the house.
Let me walk you through my experience with Bakasyunan Resort through these pictures I took using a Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile phone camera.
The main building currently house two (2) function rooms, one at the ground floor and another at the second level. We took the ground floor conference hall and our breakfast was served at the dining hall/restaurant adjacent to it. The meal consisted of tocino for day one and daing na bangus for day two, aloing with fried egg, and fried rice. The tocino was too sweet, the daing na bangus was okay. The other meals were good but nothing extravagant. The place though, the dining area and elsewhere, is teeming with flies which were totally irritating especially during lunch and dinner where they dined with the guests.
Since we are a big group, our accommodation were in different parts of the resort. We booked the suites located at the second level of the main building, the large dormitory room at the basement of the main building, and the private cottages sprawled in the area. I stayed in one of the private cottages below.
The male members of our group stayed in this dormitory room good enough to house more than twenty people. The dorm room was simply decorated with double bunk beds and a table in a corner. There was a huge toilet and bath facility with multiple toilet bowls and showers to accommodate multiple number of users at the same time. Outside the dorm is a lounging area with comfy sofas and tables that is good for bonding activities. The boys loved that area!
The suite used to be the masters’ bedroom of the ancestral house, therefore, it’s heavily decorated with a huge walk-in closet area and very spacious toilet and bath.
The private cottage where we stayed was designed in minimalist, zen look. It was a small room with a double-sized bed good for two (provided none of the two is heavyset or the two would not move while sleeping because they would definitely bump into each other) and a toilet and bath that is too basic in design but clean. The cable works though but with limited available channels.
Two big swimming pool, not an eternity pool, are in front of the big mansion with a big inflatable donut-shaped balloon that is free for use by pool loungers. I was told there was another pool somewhere but I did not have the time to go to that area.
The Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center in Tanay is still expanding. A number of new villas and a very big conference hall were being constructed when we visited. There are facilities too for outdoor sports and activities such as horseback riding, zipline, ATV, mudslide, rappel, and wall climbing.
All in all, my experience with the resort is worth a good rating considering the cost per head we were charged with but the main spoiler are the flies in the afternoons and mosquitoes during nighttime. For more details, visit the Bakasyunan Resort at their official website http://www.bakasyunanresorttanay.com.
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