December 27, 2010
A side trip to RIVERSTONE CASTLE in Jomgao, Argao was the rainbow sprinkle on top of the chocolate syrup on top of the cherry on top of the whipped cream of the ice cream sundae that was our trip.
An entrance fee of P40/adult or P20/child gives you all out access to the authentic castle founded just last 2002. Cleverly designed by a Belgian national, the stronghold boasts real river stone walls as well as various facilities a resort has to offer.
You could simply explore the place just like we did or take a dip in the pool for P60/head but if you’d like an over night stay, they’ve got rooms to choose from.
Double (2 pax) : P1,200
Family (4 pax) : P2,000
Royal (8-10 pax) : P3,500
At first glance, one might feel like they’re somewhere in a country of princesses, royal crusades & knights in shining armor.
Pressed by lack of time, we rushed in & out of the many crevices of the place.
A rundown of what we came across:
Up front there is a draw bridge protected by guards in shields & real crocodiles in a moat;
step inside & be greeted by numerous dark nooks, crannies,
& winding stairways made of stone;
wine cellars, banquet halls, stone chimneys & wishing wells abound…
they even have a nice mini-zoo/courtyard where one can drown himself in the company of rabbits, birds & monkeys. It’s definitely worth a visit!
Despite not really being able to immerse ourselves in the rich culture of old-world Argao, that has been one stimulating trip! Perhaps we’ll find ourselves wandering around there again soon just to finish where we left off. I really want to see the Balay sa Agta cave. Really… I do. And maybe shake hands with one.