NEIGH­BOR­HOOD GUIDE: in & around Santa Rosa

There’s much to see, do, and dis­cover in this ru­ral des­ti­na­tion. Here’s what should be on your list

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Just about ev­ery­thing you need de­sign­wise―from build­ing your home to fur­nish­ing it―are right here

PASEO DE SANTA ROSA. A go-to place for out­let shop­ping, this houses brands like Pot­tery Barn, Marks & Spencer, and Debenhams. Santa Rosa-Ta­gay­tay Road, Don Jose

OUR HOME. If you’re lucky, you can score com­fort­able and fash­ion­able fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories on sale. G/L SM City, Sta. Rosa

ALLHOME. Come to this one-stop shop for build­ing ma­te­ri­als, fur­nish­ing, and dé­cor. Santa RosaTa­gay­tay Road, Sto. Domingo

HOME­PLUS FUR­NI­TURE. On top of a se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture, this store also of­fers free design ser­vices. 2/L Wal­ter­mart, Ta­gay­tay Road, Pu­long Sta. Cruz

FUR­NI­TURE REPUB­LIC. Pieces specif­i­cally for chil­dren are no­table in this store’s var­i­ous fur­ni­ture col­lec­tions. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

DESIGN ARMOIRE. Head here for prac­ti­cal and af­ford­able hand­crafted fur­nish­ings and unique light­ing ac­ces­sories. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

LUCINA HOME. Make your space stand out with so­phis­ti­cated, clas­sic, and unique fur­ni­ture and home dé­cor. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

ROBLES HER­ITAGE. Scour the racks for ex­port-qual­ity, hand­made prod­ucts like light­ing, house­ware, and dé­cor. Ar­ca­dia, Santa Rosa-Ta­gay­tay Road

WILCON DE­POT. Use the Wilcon Digi inside the store to gain ac­cess to a por­tal with prac­ti­cal home tips to aid in your shop­ping. Ta­gay­tay Road, Pu­long, Sta. Cruz

To Do

Ex­plore a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of in­door and out­door spa­ces to cater to in­di­vid­ual pur­suits LAKE AC­TIV­I­TIES. Go back and forth on a wa­ter taxi or bike ride, and keep the lit­tle ones en­ter­tained with a fish­feed­ing ac­tiv­ity. Nuvali Lake

OFF-ROAD BIK­ING AND RUN­NING TRAILS. Hard-core bike en­thu­si­asts can prac­tice at four-cross and pump bike tracks, with scenic views of Mount Mak­il­ing, La­guna de Bay, and the Ta­gay­tay Ridge. Run­ning trails are also avail­able. Nuvali

WILDLIFE AND BIRD SANC­TU­ARY. This 17-kilo­me­ter long por­tion of Nuvali is be­ing pre­served to al­low flora and fauna to flour­ish. Get phys­i­cal on the bik­ing and jog­ging trail, and take a break at the gazebo or at one of the view decks. Nuvali

THE FIELDS. En­gage in a game or two in these vast spa­ces for play­ing soc­cer, vol­ley­ball, and baseball. Nuvali

SEDA HO­TEL. Re­lax in con­tem­po­rarystyle gue­strooms in this ho­tel, which treats guests to stun­ning views of the lake and the land­scape be­yond. Lakeside Evo­zone, Nuvali MICROTEL INN & SUITES BY WYNDHAM SOUTH FORBES. Book a stay at one of its no-frills guest rooms with calm­ing lights and cozy fur­ni­ture. South Boule­vard, South Forbes Golf City, Bgy. Inchi­can, Si­lang, Cavite

LIFE ‘N ARTS. Catch an art show by up­com­ing artists, or join sched­uled arts, mu­sic, and dance classes. Aca­demic tu­to­ri­als are of­fered, too. San Lorenzo South, Phase 1 HOLY CARABAO HOLIS­TIC FARMS. Tour this or­ganic farm and learn

about how healthy food is grown. Plus, get tips on car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment. Sta. Elena Golf and Coun­try Es­tate

THE COCA-COLA PAVIL­ION. Get nos­tal­gic as you view fascinating ex­hibits of Coca-Cola memorabilia (there’s a vin­tage soda foun­tain!) in this mu­seum and theater com­plex. Coca-Cola FEMSA Bot­tling Plant

MUSEO DE SANTA ROSA. This for­mer mu­nic­i­pal of­fice built dur­ing the 1800s still sports a Span­ish look, with its recre­ated ceil­ings and an­tique pieces. P. Gomez Street, Bgy. Kan­lu­ran SKIDCART CIR­CUIT. Get be­hind the wheel of the kart of your choice and go for a drive no mat­ter the weather. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

Chat & Eat

You’ll find there’s more to Santa Rosa than its famed bu­lalo. Just check out these places.

THE MORN­ING AF­TER. This all-day break­fast place brings the out­doors in with a gar­den-themed din­ing area fea­tur­ing grass-lined walls and faux flower boxes. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

BAKE ‘N BA­CON. Have your fill of ev­ery­thing ba­con; and while you’re at it, take a mo­ment to ap­pre­ci­ate the Scrab­ble let­ters set on the wall as well as the pretty drop lights hang­ing from ropes. Nuvali Blvd., Don Jose

CAFÉ ARABELLE. Come in for pizza and pasta, and also for a look at the stun­ning com­bi­na­tion of bricks and wooden ac­cents in its in­te­ri­ors. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

HARRY’S CAFÉ DE WHEELS INC. Get more than just serv­ings of pou­tine and coun­try-style chicken in this food truck-in­spired resto that serves Aus­tralian dishes. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

MILKY MOUS­TACHE. The makeshift porch rail­ing at the en­trance makes you feel in­stantly at home. Choose from any of the bestsellers on the milk­shake menu, and take your seat at the coun­try-style din­ing area. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

SOCRATES’ SE­CRET. The crys­tal blue walls and tile-lined bar counter trans­port you to Greece, and so do the ke­babs and mous­sakas. There’s also a play nook with quirky wall art. Units 9 & 10 G, La­guna Cen­tral, Green­field City

RYUMA RESTAU­RANT. The brightly col­ored façade of this Ja­panese restau­rant is in­trigu­ing, as are the Ja­panese dé­cor and toys on dis­play (they're for sale). Paseo de Santa Rosa, Green­field City

PIG PEN CAFÉ. A sis­ter resto of The Black Pig in Metro Manila, this branch ex­udes a more laid-back vibe. The prices are more rea­son­able, too. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali

nonna's PASTA & pizze­ria. Their freshly made Ital­ian fare makes the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence au­then­tic, as do the brick wall fa­cade, bright-col­ored chairs, and pat­terned floor tiles. Sole­nad 3, Nuvali








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