January 12, 2021 San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines

Sulyap: A Bridge to the Past

To travel to new destinations is to absorb the beauty and history of a place, but some places truly take us back in time and allow us to get a glimpse of another world in a different era—Sulyap Gallery Cafe, Boutique Hotels and Restaurant is one proof.


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Our tour guide said the property was originally named as Sulyap sa Pamana because the owner inherited the land (if I remember correctly) from his father. However, since there are lots of establishments named Pamana, they decided to rename it to Sulyap instead. Sulyap is a Filipino word meaning to glance, to see something just for a moment. 


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As we set our feet on its ground, we were greeted by old traditional Filipino houses-turned-hotel and restaurant. The traditional Filipino homes may have dwindled but echoes of its presence can be seen and experienced at Sulyap Gallery Cafe in San Pablo, Laguna. 


These houses were brought from various provinces in the Philippines. The owner rebuilt the old houses and worked hard to maintain each house's original materials. He said he didn't really change much of it and about 90% of the houses have their original parts. 


sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando

sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando

sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando

Photos from Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels & Restaurant


There's also a museum across the restaurant where you can see a whole floor full of the owner's antique collection. 


sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando

sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando


And as for the food, I really can't say much except that it was undeniably good. All the dishes we ordered were fit to any person's taste. I love their sinigang na liempo (PHP 430), bistek tagalog (PHP 450), lechong kawali (PHP 430), and my favorite, the sizzling mixed seafoods (PHP 495). Best of all, it won't let you break the bank as its prices are reasonable. The crew also deserves a credit because everyone was very accommodating — giving you a complete Filipino experience because of their good traits.


sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando

sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando

sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando

sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando


More than being a restaurant and boutique hotel, Sulyap is a bridge to the past letting us in to an old world charm to experience the Filipino culture in all its glory.


sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando
sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando
sulyap gallery cafe laguna cielo fernando

Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels & Restaurant

Address: Brgy. Del Remedio, Cocoland Compound 4000 San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines

Operation hours: 10am to 6pm

Budget for meals: PHP 1,000 for two

Room rates:

With Breakfast

4 guests in a room - PHP 5,800

5 guests in a room - PHP 7,000

6 guests in a room - PHP 8,100

Extra Bed - PHP 1,000


Without Breakfast

4 guests in a room - PHP 5,100

5 guests in a room - PHP 6,125

6 guests in a room - PHP 7,050

Extra Bed - PHP 825


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