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A Beautiful Heritage Village That Is a Beachside Resort

Go back in time to this charming Ilocos resort of 11 bahay-na-bato-style vacation homes

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Photography: Ocs Alvarez Pictorial Direction: Carlo Vergara Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

In the sleepy beach district of Currimao in Ilocos Norte hides a delightful secret. Its heavy wooden gates hide myriad beauties inside: a beach, amazing heritage homes, and a Baroque chapel!

Such are the surprises of Sitio Remedios, a heritage village that strives to give jaded bakasyonistas an experience far removed from the typical beach resort with noisy bars. The resort is built like an idyllic Spanish-colonial community, with a chapel in the center, a “town plaza” facing the sea, and 11 different bahay-na-bato residences that you can rent out with your family or a group of friends.

The houses are made out of salvaged materials from demolished old houses in Ilocos, and are filled with vintage furniture and artwork from the owner of Sitio Remedios, art collector Dr. Joven Cuanang. Each bahay-na-bato features architectural details that are native to each district it is named after—such as the diamond-shaped etchings of Balay Bacarra, the whitewash paint of Balay nga Puraw, and so forth.

Sitio is also built to function like a real community, with the village’s guests living like family and touring the province together. It’s a great way to relax, meet new friends, and immerse in Ilocano culture at the same time. 

Living room, Balay Batac

Authentic vintage furnishings are used throughout the houses, such as this midcentury Ambassador set in the Balay Batac living room.

House of Heroes

Balay Batac, one of the biggest vacation houses in Sitio Remedios, honors the noted men of Ilocos Norte, like Juan and Antonio Luna, and Bishop Gregorio Aglipay. The mural of General Ricarte on the left wall is by Manny Garibay.

Dine in the past

One of Sitio’s staff members sets a crochet-laden table at Balay Batac’s dining room. The resort serves delicious traditional Ilocano dishes such as dinengdeng and bagnet.

Daybed dreams

Sitio Remedios uses a lot of inabel (Ilocano woven fabric) in their houses, such as the mosquitera (mosquito net) and binakol runner on this romantic daybed.

White house

Salakot (native hats) decorate the main entrance of the Balay nga Puraw (literally, “White House”). It has American-colonial influences, as seen in the balusters and whitewash paint.

Beachfront lounging

At the back of the heritage village is the beautiful beach that opens to the West Philippine Sea. Two other beachfront houses are situated here, as well as massage huts in the sand.

Capilla San Miguel

The resort’s chapel's design was influenced by the Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte, as seen in its familiar Baroque buttresses.

Plaza de Manzanilla

Once you enter the resort, you are greeted by the Plaza de Manzanilla, which has a fountain with a statue of San Miguel Archangel in the center.

Stations of the Cross

Plaza de Manzanilla is bordered by two lotus ponds with Stations of the Cross visitors can meditate and pray at while visiting.

To book a reservation at Sitio Remedios, visit their website. You can also e-mail them at sitio_manager[at]yahoo.com or call mobile no, (0917)-332-0217.

Read the original article in the April 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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