By Pauline Faye V. Tria
Nestled between tourist hotspot Tagaytay and the beaches of Nasugbu, Batangas is Batulao Artscapes, a little goldmine of food, arts, and music.
I found myself in a little community that celebrated all kinds of art during the #RoadtoBatulao festivities last Nov. 24.
Batulao Artscapes, under the Century Properties Group (CPG), is a 142-hectare land that is comprised of curated homes, low-rise condominiums, different vacation amenities, and more.
The first phase will cover 36 hectares with around 2,247 homes for people to spend their vacation during the holidays, or even to retire at.
The #RoadtoBatulao featured all kinds of local artisan products, from calligraphy souvenirs, henna and face painting, to even a live mural painting by local artists you can watch.
The center of the property, which is based around a lake with a beach, will have a wedding chapel, and an art park or what they like to call “art museum cafés.”
There will also be a small shopping village inspired by food and creative arts, and to its opposite is a sports bar where state of the art sports training facilities will be found.
Batulao Artscapes is a place that promotes the arts, such as local visual arts and music.
“A lot of the homes here are designed by local architects, but on top of that we are working with local artists for the retail side of it, the local artisans,” says Tim Hallet, head of CPG’s leisure, tourism, and hospitality division.
Batulao Artscapes showcases designer homes by notable Filipino and international names like Ed Calma, Kenneth Cobonpue, Budji Layug and Royal Pineda, Daphne Guiness, and Studio Libeskind Design.
All kinds of art will be featured at the soon-to-open art museum that will feature a whole roster of different local artists.
Through its leisure, tourism, and hospitality units, Batulao Artscapes will have four components: active, meditative, festive, and creative concepts.
Breathe in the fresh crisp Tagaytay air as the active component includes bike and jogging trails, a man-made beach, a sports park, and a wellness hotel.
Unwind with the meditative component that showcases a man-made lake for paddle boarding, clubhouse for yoga, spa, and other wellness facilities.
Explore the different food pop-ups in Batulao Artscapes that includes a flavor park with food and beverage such as local food trucks and parks and even crafted beer, and a floating chapel for weddings with its festive concept.
Enrich your soul with museums for performing arts, visual arts, art and technology, and design and architecture. The creative component includes the art park with pavilions and a maze, plus four Revolution Museums by Pritzker Prize-winning architects.