Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Cinema Leonardo: Baguio Vacation House By The Hill


So the cab driver ditched us. He probably feared that he might be held up. By who? By a motley crew of four groggy backpackers? Well, we couldn't blame him. We were parked at some empty, unpaved street, far far away Baguio City's center. At ten in the morning the fog was uber dense. Like, the eerie kind of fog.

We were spooked ourselves.


Fellow blogger Marky of Nomadic Experiences who organized the whole shindig, knocked at some random house and asked for Cinema Leonardo as the rest of us (Monette, Melo and I) angrily stepped out of the cab. One resident directed us to follow an ascending road that branches off Luna Street. After walking a few meters, to our left we saw a gated, capacious lot. There's a house in one corner and a small gazebo opposite to it on the other side. In the middle, a familiar-looking wishing well.


Familiar to me for I saw it on Cinema Leonardo's website. We waved hello to the two caretakers, one ushered us inside the house. And what a far-out abode it is! After the laying the groceries on the kitchen counter, we mindlessly roamed in and out of the spacious rooms. Then up the stairs to the home videotheque which unfortunately was non-existent during our visit. Nonetheless we enjoyed the artwork on the walls... And rolling over gargantuan pillows.


Meanwhile downstairs, after Melo took awesome snapshots (all of ze photos on this post are his), he worked the stove. We followed as soon as we caught a whiff of the aroma of sinigang broth. At the dining area, I put my feet up and joined everyone hangin' out in Facebook. If not for leeching on Melo's pocket WiFi, we would have actually felt we were "away from civilization". Cause you know, Cinema Leonardo has that feel and uhm, geographic location. And that's something this mum needs once in a while.

Later that day we were joined by travel bloggers Kaiz in the afternoon, and cool couple George and Izzy past midnight. It was a weekend of piggin' out and chugging unpopular alcohol at nine in the morn. Grooveeehhh!


Cinema Leonardo
For bookings, email: cinemaleonardo at gmail.com
Or call: 0916-5169149


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27 comments:

  1. The place looks well maintained and had the typical wooden furnitures of a Baguio House.

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  2. AND with a fireplace! I miss Baguio already!

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  3. I suddenly craved for sinigang...perfect for this rainy season! hihi XD

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  4. Oo nga, sinigang! That made my mouth water. Dagdagan ng sampalok or camias! :D

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  5. I hope that I can also go there in Baguio and experience what you experience there. BTW, the sinigang looks good. May I taste it? lol

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  6. awwww!!! will visit this definitely on my vacation next year... Cinema Leonardo..

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  7. next pagbalik ko i'll visit the place

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  8. wow. how far is this from Baguio City proper? :)

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  9. Hi Chef Jasper, about 15-20 minutes. Depends on the traffic. It's one of those places you want to stay if you wanna "get away from it all" :)

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  10. Sarap ng sinigang kaya yung isa jan after mg nap sinabayan ulet si Kaiz kumain lol.

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  11. I was born and raised in Baguio but I haven't been there in 20 years. I miss my home... can't believe the driver ditched you. tsk tsk

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  12. Marky, hahahahaha! Skyusmee, it's because of the tuyo! But of course Melo's sinigang's a winner.

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  13. I had the chance to visit Cinema Leonardo when the cinematheque was functional. It was for an event Baguio.MOV. The viewing room upstairs overflowed with drinks and chips, and we watched Bernal, Svankmajer, and Johnny To. Fun times.

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  14. The last time I went to Baguio was few years ago. I didn't know that may ganito sa Baguio.

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  15. namiss ko magluto.... pero pero mas namiss ko kayo!!!! guys lets travel again.... wait theres one more.... namiss ko rin yung wishing well ahhahahaha

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  16. Meloooo! I miss you!!! Let's do 'wine tasting' next time.

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  17. Vacation house by the hill sounds nice! Mukhang nag enjoy talaga kayo sa trip na to. I love tuyo!

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  18. What a truly groovy adventure! It's something I wanted to do for a long (and recently did, though not so far from where I live). Great post! :)

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  19. When I go to Baguio I prefer to stay in a condo or new hotels coz I find most houses for rent eerie! ;(

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  20. Nice experience you got there. Just be careful saw a lot horror movies with the title "hill" word.

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  21. the place looks lovely! and sinigang is the perfect food! xx

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  22. Interesting adventure! I love your bucket list!.. and pritong isda!

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  23. what a nice vacation house, the food is mouthwatering ,pinoy na pinoy at miss ko ng kainin.

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  24. When are we doing this again? Mishu Hippie Mum! :)

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  25. I suddenly miss Baguio and its laidback atmosphere. You surely had a very interesting adventure.

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