REVIEW: Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa

Experience one of a kind pampering set in the hills of Antipolo, overlooking the majestic Laguna De Bay and Metro Manila skyline. Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa is an Asian inspired destination catering to clients who wish a more private accommodation at Loreland Farm Resort in Antipolo City.


To get here, take the LRT bound to Santolan Station then take a UV Express or a jeepney bound to Antipolo Church. From here, ride a tricycle and inform the driver to drop you off at Loreland Farm Resort. Proceed to their Concierge informing that you have a reservation to Luljetta's HangingGardens Spa.


There are two ways to make a reservation.

  • OPTION 1

Message Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa's Facebook Page. They will give you their email address & the information needed to answer. You will be receiving an email with the quotation. Deposit the full amount to their bank account. Take a photo of your deposit slip and email it back to them. You will then receive your booking order. Upon arrival at the concierge, present your deposit slip and a valid ID.
  • OPTION 2
If you have a Paypal account, you can easily make a reservation. Just go to their website, click Reservations, shop below Day Tour Packages, choose the package you're interested with, select quantity then click the Add To Cart button. Fill up the form then pay it through your Paypal account. Then, wait for the confirmation email.

If you're staying here for a night or two, you may book your rooms below.

  • Mondays to Sundays (except Saturdays)
    • 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Saturdays
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • LRT Recto - Santolan (Php 25)
  • Santolan to Antipolo (Php 40)
  • Antipolo Church to Loreland (Php 50/tricycle)
  • they have 50% OFF discount for the second guest
  • by reservation only and is not applicable for walk-ins
  • the promo is only good for this month!
  • be there earlier than 10:00 AM so that you have time to prepare
  • you will never get thirsty as they offer free Lemon Water and you can find it everywhere inside Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa and yes, its so refreshing!
  • it is advisable to go on weekdays to have the place by yourselves
  • first call for lunch orders starts at 12:15 PM
  • serving time of Suman and tea is until 5:00 PM

Special thanks to our contributor Shane De Aza

Tara Tulong Tayo: An Outreach Program For An Aeta Community

For the first time, I have met the Aetas in Dinalupihan, Bataan yesterday, March 29th through an outreach program organized by a Facebook group, T3 - Tara Travel Tayo (Let's Travel Together). Though I have been exposed to similar events, this activity in Bayan-bayanan Elementary School is the biggest and most fulfilling of them all. I was teary-eyed witnessing those genuine smiles from the Aeta children while receiving food and school supplies. Indeed, this is one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.

The Aeta is one of the many indigenous groups in the Philippines. Commonly, they are situated in the northeastern parts of the country. The Aetas are traditionally hunters which make them one of the most skilled in terms of jungle survival, not just in the Philippines.

The well-situated and more modernized Aetas have moved to villages and areas of cleared mountains. They live in houses made of bamboo and cogon grass. Most Aetas are found in Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Panay, Bataan and Nueva Ecija. They were forced to move to resettlement areas in Pampanga and Tarlac following the devastating Mount Pinatubo eruption in June 1991.

The Aetas in Bataan remain one of the at least known and documented indigenous tribes in the Philippines. The Aeta especially the children continue to endure dispossession, poverty and political discrimination through decades of protracted land rights processes.

The Facebook group coined an event, T3 - Tara Tulong Tayo aiming to provide these poor, underprivileged, and malnourished children opportunities to reach out their potential and be the best that they can be.

At least 50 mountaineers volunteered for the feeding program, medical mission and distribution of school supplies to at least 160 recipients, which is very timely for the upcoming school opening in few days. Most of these mountaineers met for the first time. How cool is that, right?

Dr. Jayvee Guerrero from Dr. Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center spearheaded the medical mission. He was being assisted by at least five nurses. Aside from the Aeta children, most parents in the community took advantage of the medical mission since their health center rarely sees a doctor or a village health worker. Later that afternoon, they were informed that sore eyes is becoming epidemic in the area and the most affected are the Aeta children. Without flinching an eye, the team decided to climb up the mountains to meet these sore eyes patients.

I remember, out of curiosity, one volunteer asked some Aata children the English translation of mata (eyes) and unexpectedly, they answered sore eyes.

Discrimination against the Aetas in the area is rather blatant. I have heard several times that most residents call the Aetas kulot (curly, kinky hair). I find it discriminating as they call the Aetas based on their physical attributes. The Aetas has several distinct features: skin ranges from dark to very dark brown and possesses features such as a small stature and frame; curly to kinky hair texture, blondism; small nose; and dark brown eyes.

Few hours before the distribution of school supplies, some volunteers led sports activities including drawing contests. Surprisingly, these kids actively participated to all of the activities.

The distribution of school supplies was spearheaded by three school teachers of Bayan-bayanan Elementary School with some volunteers, making the event properly organized and systematic.

I will never forget a phrase from Jefferson Oliveros' prayer before heading to Bataan. Gusto naming maramdaman nila na may mga taong mahirap din tulad nila na handang tumulong sa kanila. (We want them to feel that there are poor people just like them, ready to help them out). Jefferson headed the event. 

For Php 650 as the event fee, volunteers were able to put smiles on every aeta children's faces. If we can't do great big things, we do great little things. A volunteer received a shirt and a certificate of appreciation for being selfless, promoting goodness and providing positive benefits to the Aeta community.

Photo credits: Adrian Faustino, Izan Blanco.