"..a bardy view!"

Sulyap – San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines

I have followed this dream develop over the past few years, and seen first hand the hard work and passion in its creation.

What is Sulyap?
Sulyap is a project to encapsulate and enrapture a time gone by. It has embraced  a vision and created a reality. The word means the past, but the past is the future. One man had a vision and made it so.

Consider that  the Philippines heritage has been systematically destroyed or exploited over many years. Traditional buildings have been bulldozed, and along with them so has history.

Sulyap is an outstanding place, it envelopes a lost world, which brick by brick, wood by wood has been restored.

The owner and visionary has sourced the buildings from afar and rebuilt them in their originality. It is a tremendous achievement.

Roy Empalmado has collected artifacts from a bygone age, but not content with that, he has endeavoured to associate traditional cuisine in harmony.

He has breathed new life into a world that almost died. It is a sensory place, encompassing vision, sound, touch and taste.

The Philippines has been raided and exploited over hundreds of years, yet their culture has survived through adversity. Sulyap proudly portrays this unique richness.

The word Sulyap embraces a history which is on the wain, yet, one man, through a unique vision, is trying to restore and regain that history.

This Sulyap is not about Spanish conquest, not about American influence, not about image,  but is everything to identify a unique Filipino heritage.

Sulyap is embracing a lost world.

There is a magic here. It is a magic that transcends reality, it is a vision of an age long lost. Beyond its walls the hustle and bustle of a major city lives and breathes in all its chaotic form.

But within the walls, the clock stops – time is forgotten. The world is a better place. For a brief moment, the past is alive, and the cares and woes of modern life are but a distant memory.


March 7, 2011 - Posted by | Arts, Conservation, Culture, Music, The Philippines, Travel

1 Comment »

  1. Wish I could one day visit and embrace it all.


    Comment by Spook Moor | May 17, 2011 | Reply

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