Of course while we were there, since it was Erick’s first
visit to the town of Lemery, we made sure he had a taste of the famous Batangas
lomi and goto, even if it meant we had to travel quite far to get to the
nearest Lomi House. Erick loved the lomi overload we’ve shared. It was so
overflowing with toppings: lumpiang shanghai, kikiam, fish balls, pork liver,
pork chicharon among many others. We didn’t finish the entire bowl because we
were too full.
|The popular Batangas merienda Lomi Overload|
We felt like we had the resort all to ourselves during our
visit since we went there on a weekday for an overnight staycation. It was a
good respite after working for almost a month like a dog for my recent writing
gig. There were three available swimming pools: one for toddlers, a kiddie pool
with a slide and the adult pool (around 5 ft).
|Erick Sabalza makes a selfie at Casa Corazon|
|Chef Erick Sabalza rides on this kiddie attraction from Casa Corazon|
|Chef Erick Sabalza enjoys lounging at the al fresco restaurant of Casa Corazon|
|Casa Corazon adult pool|
|Erick Sabalza swims at the Casa Corazon pool|
|Purple Plum Fairy with Chef Erick Sabalza at Casa Corazon pool|
|Purple Plum Fairy with Chef Erick Sabalaza enjoying the cool pool|
|Erick Sabalza feels like a kid again in this pool slide|
An absolute favorite for weddings, Casa Corazon offers more
than just a great locale for the sacred vows which makes it one of the best
Batangas resorts for couples. They have air-conditioned function rooms for special events such as weddings and baptisms. Even if I'm from Taal, the next town before Lemery, I actually came across this place because of a recent bridal event.
With their al fresco cafes cum restaurant with an
overlooking view of Balayan Bay, Casa Corazon is perfectly placed on Lemery’s
national road. Soak in the city’s spellbinding waters and the gliterring harbor
of the soon-to-open Balayan Port especially from the terrace rooms.
Casa Corazon, according to the youngest son of the owner, Ali,
was named after his Mom, Corazon, the late matriarch of the place.
Coincidentally, it is also a Spanish term for “House of Hearts”. The resort
pretty much reflects everything that the owner, Boy Tibayan loves.
The two-storey ancestral house, mostly made of brick and hard
wood, was converted into a Bed & Breakfast. The house is filled with antique wooden
pieces and furniture, family heirlooms, and a women’s shoe collection which
fashionistas will surely delight with.
Since the owner is also fond of birds, there is an aviary
with over 200 rare and exotic birds, including parrots and hornbills.
|Some of the birds owned by Mr. Boy Tibayan|
The main attraction of the house is the motorcycle and car
collection of Mr. Tibayan. They are actually housed in four stand-alone show
rooms, and are still in good working condition, looking brand-new. Boy has been
passionately collecting and restoring two (and three) wheels for the last two
decades, and they have now reached to more than 180, some were even imported
from abroad. The eye-catching of course are the BMWs.
Boy Tibayan was able to establish the First Motorcycle
Museum in the Philippines. If you’re fond of vintage cars or motorcycles, Casa
Corazon is definitely a must-visit. This is what sets Casa Corazon apart from
all the other resorts in Batangas—not everyone has a motorcycle museum + aviary
hidden inside their resorts.
Should you want a glimpse of what to expect on the Motorcycle Museum, please click this link. Entrance to the museum is around Php200++. An overnight staycation starts at Php4,000 for two inclusive of breakfast and use of swimming pool.
How to get to Casa Corazon: From Manila, Casa Corazon can be reached via bus commute.
Take Lemery-bound bus; upon reaching Lemery, take another jeep going to Calaca.
Tell the driver to drop you off at Casa Corazon, which is just along the
highway. It is near the border of Calaca and Lemery, just a few meters before
the Calaca arc.
Casa Corazon is located at Brgy. Calauang, Sinisian West, Lemery, Batangas
Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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