I think it was 5 years ago when we went to Eco Farm in Sto. Tomas, Batangas for an overnight Lent retreat. Not that I observe Lent, but in my post about the trip in one of my blogs, I said, "Lent should be a time for fun and celebration because when Jesus died, it was access for us to heaven for eternity!" or something to that effect. So, we had so much fun that time.
Eco Farm is a real farm where fruit trees and other plants abound. We didn't have time to explore the whole place but what we saw was impressive enough, especially the rambutan trees. There were also 3 small mansions (two of which have bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms), which were our accommodations actually, the kiddy and adult pools, the orchard, sprawling lawns where I conducted a treasure hunt, picnic area, a common dining on the ground floor, a video room near the pool, and the native huts.
Eco Farm is ideal for family, church or company outing. It is both far enough from town to enjoy peace and quiet and near enough to access commercial establishments easily for anything you need to buy. From Makati it's probably just 45 minutes. I hope we go back there one vacation time.
If you want to make inquiries or book the place, just Google it by typing Eco Farm Batangas. You'd see a mobile phone contact number. Last time I Googled it, this was the result:
Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Lalawigan ng Batangas