Stuck Between Past and Present: The Enduring Legacy of Hacienda Don Juan
Ever been in a place so bizarre in today’s age and time, you literally feel like being in between two eras at once?
While there can be many places that fit this description such as what makes popular landmarks, nothing is probably as fitting as an iconic place so true to its original, it literally withstood the influence of change throughout its time.
Yet, somewhere in the province of Sarangani—there lies a structure so enduring yet somewhat modernized, it literally set itself as an epitome—sort of—of witnessing a transcendence between the old and the new—Hacienda Don Juan.
From the outset, the Hacienda Don Juan main building is very telling to be a long-standing abode which was never sought neither change nor advancement by those who dwelled in it, apart from the minor amenity brought forth by electricity and water system which make its dwellers find comfort in living.
While this archaic edifice could be anything that an old architecture can be, it is not a bit short of being amazing. From the materials used such as solid hard wood, which proven to be durable each passing year, to the systematic planning, all these culminated to what the construction is now, in a word, the Hacienda Don Juan is quite a masterpiece.
Our visit to Hacienda Don Juan with the Mindanao Tourism Luminaries :(l-R) Jonalier Mana-ay Perez, President and Chief Operating Officer at Diggs-Jansen Development Corp. and Corporate Secretary – Director at Mindanao Tourism Council; Lodar Dagoy Escobillo, Tourism Officer of Glan Sarangani; Joseph Holguin, a banker and President of Glan Municipal Tourism Council; Jas Sagario, teacher at a local college in Glan and tourism stakeholder; Vienna Quinanahan Boro, Managing Director, LVA Travel based in General Santos City, yours truly and Ms. Aljean Antonio
But, like a tree so entrenched by its root, this 2-storey building that once lived by a succession of families for generations remains the exact same household as it was originally contrived.
While shy of calling itself ancient for being relatively young as was only built in the 1930’s in comparison to real historical sites, this old building nonetheless exhibits an influence reminiscent of it’s time—An era when Spanish influence still has not waned in many aspects of the Filipino life, including the choice of design.
However, there is an undeniable truth that this old establishment is also already aged as it nears a century of age in a couple of years from now.
Although the imagery from the outside alone is already exquisite, no visitation is ever complete without getting a view of the insides that make the overall experience complete.
Likened to a fort that has to guard the household’s safety on every side, Hacienda Don Juan employs astonishing verandas as part of its blueprint which gives sight to the nearby areas that surround the house and the ocean.
To be at any of these verandas is such a sight to behold, you will simply marvel at the lush green plants and trees that give fresh air to anybody enclosed by their presence.
The author at the sala of the house
Various Accommodations Available at Hacienda Don Juan
The Cabana- P 5,000
Maximum person: 7 | Extra: 100/person
This accommodation comes with king size bed, 1 single bed, cignal tv, refrigerator, bathtub, Shower and Comfort Room
A corkage of P300 applies for bringing outside food
White House- P 10,000
20 persons free entrance
The building has 3rooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 comfort rooms, a refrigerator, microwave oven, water dispenser, flat screen cignal tv, gas range with gasul
Rental includes a free open cabana fronting the white house
Captain’s House – P 10,000
20 persons free entrance
The building has 3 rooms, 2 comfort rooms, flatscreen cignal tv, refrigerator, microwave oven, water dispenser , gasrange with gasul
Cocoon 1-P 1,500
This unique accommodation at Hacienda Don Juan is Air Conditioned equipped with a Satellite/Cable TV (LCD/Plasma Screen)
Cocoon 2 – P 2,500
This accommodation is air Conditioned, equipped with Satellite/Cable TV (LCD/Plasma Screen), Shower and Comfort Room
Cocoon 3 – P 3,500
This accommodation is Air Conditioned equipped with a Satellite/Cable TV (LCD/Plasma Screen), with Shower and Comfort Room
Open Cottages – P 1,000
Address: Brgy. Lago, Glan, Sarangani
Telephone: 09369339831 / 09177120067
Photo from Hacienda Don Juan: 1- The White House; 2- Cabana,3 -Captain’s House ,4- Cocoon 1;5-Cocoon 2; 6-Cocoon 3; 7 Open Cotages
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