The SpaceMatalatala is a village surrounded by green nature, either rice fields on the plain, or lush hill and mountain slopes covered in abundant natural greenery. Use the house as a base for touring the region and the nearby Pacific coast with its abundant seafood and beaches, as a place to relax and unwind, or as a staging point to rest after the "escape" from Metro Manila on a longer journey to the South.
This is a family home for me (Eva) and my two children (15 and 11). For rent is our large Terrace bedroom (23sq m) with double bed, private shower room, and east-facing terrace. You have free access to all of the ground floor (sitting room, TV, dining room, kitchen, laundry) and to our WIFI, or the PC with wired Internet broadband connection
The bedroom is perfect for 2 people sharing one double bed. The minimum rental period is normally 2 nights; for a 1-night stay, there is an extra fee of 200PHP. This will normally be included in the offer you will receive during the booking process
Extra guests beyond 2 are charged 300PHP/person/night, excluding children 6 years and under who are free. There is no baby bed, so please bring your own as necessary. We have an extra double-bed mattress for extra guests, that can be used in the Terrace Room or on the terrace itself
The room has an electric fan. The showers are fed by clean fresh water and do not have water heaters. For those of you for whom a cold shower is too much of a shock, the solution is a bucket shower - a large plastic bucket of cold with a kettle of boiling water added! After that, most people find the shower water very refreshing!
The doors and furniture are all locally made, and are sturdy and functional without being 5-star designer finish! The upstairs terrace has a table and chairs for sitting out in the morning in the sun, or in the evening for the cool fresh air and then star gazing, with a cold drink in hand!
All windows, doors, and the terrace are now protected by grills for extra security Guest AccessDuring the school week, the kids and I are up very early. Downstairs is virtually for the renters' exclusive use from 7am until after 4pm (apart from 30 minutes at midday for simple lunch for the younger one), when the family evening meal is prepared. Kids are off to bed just after 8pm, leaving the downstairs free for guests.
Kitchen access allows you to prepare your own evening meals if you want, or arrange with me in advance and I'll provide you with a cooked evening meal. Count on between 200 - 300PHP per person, depending on what you would like
For breakfast, either do your own, or tell me in advance and I'll prepare you a complementary continental breakfast with Filipino dishes (rice and fish/meat) available. Eggs always available, up to you how you want them! Tea/coffee unlimited! It's so important to enjoy a long, relaxed breakfast!
You can always ask me to take you as guide to the Siniloan market (the closest big market, at 15 minutes by tricycle), to explore the local fresh fruit/veg/meat/fish market, the local non-food market, and the small supermarkets.
You can also sample local traditional preparations, and of course the local spirit, lambanog! The house food has a strong western leaning, and has many western raw ingredients available, and amongst the best loose leaf tea (including Twinnings) in The Philippines!
Matalatala, the village where the house is situated, has many "sari sari" stores each selling a small range of products (fresh veg, tins, snacks, and booze). Best to shop in Siniloan, and use these sari sari stores in emergency only!
Pharmacies in Mabitac and Siniloan, doctors and hospital in Siniloan Interaction with GuestsThe two children and I speak very good English (Tagalog as mother tongue!), and all are friendly and welcoming.
We have an Internet connection with WiFi throughout the house (thank you, Belen!).
The NeighborhoodTHE NEIGHBOURHOOD
There is a lot of information on Laguna available on Internet, and I advise you to do some research before visiting. One useful address is the website "lagunatravelguide"
Matalatala is situated on a plain, with Laguna de Bay (Laguna Lake) on one side, and surrounded by mountains on the other sides. The plain is full of rice fields, where caribou are still a popular means of preparing the rice fields.
Local to the house there are numerous walks either through rice fields (with little shade) or up into the hills (shaded by trees) to visit remote villages and beautiful rivers and waterfalls. I will be happy to tell you about these.
For the more adventurous, there are more strenuous climbs up some of the local mountains – I can arrange a guide for that, need to count about 500php for a day! Also possible to do trips on horseback, that would be about 700php – 800php per person.
Mabitac is of some historical note, it was the site of a battle between the locals and the Americans in 1900, and it has an old Spanish church on a hillock overlooking the rice fields.
Search for "Battle_of_Mabitac" for details, also "Mabitac"
There are several simple resorts locally, where you can go to enjoy the swimming pools.
Further afield is Pagsanjan and its waterfalls – that’s easy to do in a day by public transport!
Already mentioned is the Pacific Coast, reachable by bus or jeepney. Some good sandy beaches there, but some rocky ones as well. Also doable in a day
Getting AroundGETTING AROUND
The house is ideal for people with their own car. I will supply simple directions when you book
For those using public transport, the village, being typically rural Filipino, has a team of tricycle drivers that will provide a customised service for very cheap prices, in addition to their regular routes to the nearby towns. Tricycle to the nearest town, Mabitac, where there is a jeepney service between Siniloan and Tanay (change at Tanay for a further jeepney direct to EDSA/Shaw). There is no timetable, jeepneys are very frequent. If they all arrive in Mabitac already full, then go a little further to the Siniloan jeepney terminus to get a seat!
A little further past Mabitac, to the bus station at Fame for the Raymond bus service that runs between Manila and Infanta/Real on the Pacific coast. The bus to Manila runs along Ortigas Avenue (stops at Robinsons Ortigas/EDSA junction), the terminus is Raymond's bus station in Legarda (well known to Manila taxi drivers). Buses leave Legarda for Infanata every hour (it is advised to take the bus from the terminus to guarantee a seat). Journey times depend on Manila traffic conditions, typically 3 hours between Ortigas and Fame. To Real on the Pacific coast, it's just a bit less than 1 hour from Fame. Great fresh fish available there (blue marlin, tuna, lobster, shellfish, and lots more ...). Buy them and get them cooked straight away in one of many family restaurants, bbq it yourself on the beach, or bring it home for dinner.
Just after Mabitac is the regional centre Siniloan, with a busy jeepney station with many routes, including those running south to Pagsanjan (famous for its waterfalls), and Santa Cruz, which has a wide network of bus services to Batangas, Calamba, Santa Rosa, many points in South Luzon, and a service direct to Makati that passes Santa Rosa and then quite close to NAIA (the airport). If you want to go to the airport, ask the driver to drop you at the closest point where you can get to the appropriate Terminal by taxi, and give yourself a good margin of time as contingency for bad traffic!