Jardin de Miramar is situated on a three-hectare property along San Jose Extension in hilly Antipolo, a quiet, genteel area. Little used now by the family, the property has been converted into a garden-like venue for parties, and welcomed its first visitors this Christmas season.
Divided into different themed areas, Jardin de Miramar—as the place is called—hosts parties, receptions and other functions in its lush multi-level gardens landscaped by Tony Leano with stately royal palms and serenity waterfalls. Hammocks strung between tall trees tempt visitors to laze an afternoon away with a good book or a nap, lulled by the soothing sounds of water and the wind rustling through the trees.
A unique feature is a 30-foot boat, reconstructed from a real 50-year-old fishing boat previously used by the owner’s family in their deep sea fishing business- The Angelica was retired and some of its wood and other components was used to build the “Noah’s Ark” in the Galera section of the garden, which also features a lighthouse, totem poles and a marine-themed metal sculpture by Ed Castrillo. Dramatic lighting was done by renowned lighting designer Shoko Matsumoto, who also designed the Santa House.
The rest of the wood from the Angelica was used for the trellises, benches and other accents throughout the garden.
Behind the Santa House is an area called Intramuros, a mini version of Manila’s old walled city. Featuring adobe walls with an aged look, it is reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Spanish architecture.
This season—and any time of the year—visit Santa and all his relatives at this very special venue, and put some ho-ho-ho into your life. Likewise, enjoy the rest of the place and you’ll surely have a memorable day of your life!