Laurel's Garden and Museum is situated on top of a small hill in San Pedro, Laguna. It's the family's rest house of some sorts. And this is also where you’d find the Salvador P. Laurel Museum which the family has built in the loving memory of our Vice President and Prime Minister, Doy Laurel.
Salvador P. Laurel Museum
The Doy Laurel Musuem housed not only the achievements and life of Doy Laurel but it also shows a huge part of our history that we won't find in our textbooks.
Would you believe that they transferred the entire room from their house in Mandaluyong all the way to Laguna? Yes. As in they recreated the entire study and transferred everything, as in every single thing. From the floor wooden boards to the window sills to all the muebles. Imagine? They said that they even have to number all the floor boards and everything so they could transfer it correctly and piece by piece.
The Great Man, Doy Laurel
Before coming into Laurel's Garden, I've only heard of Doy Laurel. I know that he is Cory's VP but nothing else. I barely know the man. Well, I know that he is Denise Laurel's grandfather, but that's all.
Alam nyo bang he is bound to run as President against Marcos? But because of the clamor for Cory to run as President, he gave way. Kahit na sya ang nanguna sa anti-Marcos campaign. Alam nyo din bang he has to sell some properties and nagsanla din sya ng ibang personal properties nya to finance the anti-Marcos drive. Kasi nobody wants to help. Nobody wants to openly show that they are against Marcos because of fear. But Doy is different. Lakas loob nyang ipinagsigawan that he is against the dictatorship and later on, narinig sya ng mga Pilipino and the EDSA happened.
On History and Motherhood
Meeting Mrs. Celia Laurel and Denise
While Mrs. Celia Laurel is a painter, musician, the author of a book she wrote for and about her husband, Doy Laurel. And a very beautiful woman.
The Laurel ladies are very very nice. Mrs. Laurel even gave us a signed copy of her book, Doy. Grabe! It'll be every historian's dream book. Mahal mahal nun! And punong puno ng details about our history and Doy's life.
The Laurel GardensThe entire Laurel Gardens property is so huge. Sabi nga namin, very #BaguioFeels. The place is very beautiful. Tara, let's photoblog!
Getting into the Laurel’s Gardens, you’ll be greeted by this huge iron gate. Sobrang ganda. I feel like I was transported to a totally different place.
This is the main door. For sure, this looks familiar because this house has been a favorite location for movies. Kasi nga ang ganda.
While this is the inside of the house. It’s a combination of cobbled stones and wood for flooring while the entire house was mostly made of wood and stones. Very rustic. Very old mansion feels. But super elegant and definitely shouts grandeur.
The other part of the house is their living room. Syempre, bilang bloggers kami – photo op!
Denise and her grandmother, Celia, also had a photo shoot at the place. They are very sweet. And they look so much alike!
The entire property is surrounded by lush greens, pine trees and grass. Very picturesque. Perfect rest house feels. No wonder it’s a favorite location spot for movies. Definitely very gorgeous.
This man-made falls was designed and built by Doy himself. It’s way way down the garden. We need to ride a car to get there coz it’ll be a long walk from the house and museum. Medyo malawak ang hacienda ko, Facundo! Sorry naman. Char!
They also have an orchidarium. Favorite place daw to ni Mrs. Celia and Doy. No wonder. It was really pretty here.
They also have a mini-chapel and a space for events. They are planning to open the Laurel Gardens for events, if I’m not mistaken. Sarap pakasal dito!
This beautiful work of art is a Manasala. This would welcome you the moment you enter the house. Very beautiful indeed.
If you want to visit the Laurel's, you may visit their facebook page or contact Joe Lad Santos at 09185949052.