November is a very festive month for the municipality of Angono, the art capital of the country. Aside from the main Higantes Festival which usually happens on the 3rd week of November, there are pockets of activities leading to and after the event. If one plans to experience the Angono Higantes Festival, it’ll be a good idea to stay in town. One place I would recommend is Villa Jhoana Resort, a seven-room elegant pool villa strategically in the heart of Angono.
Villa Jhoana Resort
This beautiful villa used to be a home for a Korean family until it was renovated into a resort back in 2012. Seven spacious rooms of varying elegance. I was able to stay at the Honeymoon Suite B at the second floor. It was large that it fitted three of us in the room with an extra bed. Large ceiling-high wall cabinets, a couch, airconditioning, cable TV, refrigerator and good wifi access.
Our friends stayed at the huge Presidential Suite at the ground floor. Two large beds also with a personal fridge, cable but internet a bit weak. They do have a humongous bathroom with jacuzzi. The room also have direct access to the pool.
The pool from Villa Jhoana Resort is popular in Angono. For a fee, outsiders can get access to the pool. The slides are particularly fun. There are pool sections for kids and adults that have depths up to 5 feet. The place is quite popular for events, especially weddings and pre-nup shoots. While we were there, a couple were already into their photo shoot. I could just imagine how the grand stairway would look in their photos.
Breakfast comes with the room rates. It’s better to inform the reception upon arrival their preferred orders. Choices usually range from beef tapa, longganisa and tocino. They don’t have dining options on other times of the day but there are a lot of eateries and restaurants nearby.
Villa Jhoana Resort caters to everyone. From travelers wishing to witness the grand Higantes Fesitval, a venue for events or special occasions like weddings or birthdays, travelers wishing to explore Angono or simply locals wanting to cool down and have a little splash.
Villa Jhoana Resort (Book online here)
1070 Ibanez St. Carebi Subdivision, Brgy. San Isidro, Rizal, Angono, Philippines
Contact: +63 2 542 8975, +63 917 453 5311
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.