Many, many years ago, we stayed in a beach cottage in Currimao. I wasn’t impressed. The cottages were simple, rusty one-room affairs and the sand gray. Not so now with many Balinese-inspired beach cottages and thatched-roof Bahay Kubos lining the coastal town of Currimao. A far cry from those days when town folks would shout “Correr” (meaning run) and “Cumaws” (meaning pirates) from where the town got its name.
Trust Dr. Cuanang of Silangan Gardens and Pinto Art Gallery fame to put up an awe-inspiring coastal resort that would make you proud of your Filipino heritage. Weddings and grand corporate affairs have been held here. Each one leaving the guests enthralled with the old-world charm of Sitio Renedios. Because the Sitio offers airport transfers, it’s no sweat arriving in Laoag Airport and being shuttled for a weekend stay to this tastefully-done resort place.
There are two-storey casas or “balays” (Ilocano term for houses) to choose from depending on the number of guests. Canopied beds, white walls adorned with paintings, stairways with corner sculptures, Capiz windows and charming doorknobs! And you even get honest-to-goodness tables made with Kamagong wood in some balays. How would you like eating your ensaymada with chocolate batirol here?
Fronting the beach, the local scene gives a glimpse of everyday life here. Fishermen working on their harvest of local anchovies being separated from seaweeds. Sitio Remedios’ dining area is a good place to take in this local scene, or perhaps while cooling down in the resort pool by the beach. In between the rows of balays is a courtyard with a fountain and a tiny chapel. So like the ones you’d find in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, another destination hotel in Bataan.
I’m a big fan of doors, windows and benches. They always draw my attention. That’s to say I got busy here looking everywhere. Dr. Cuanang, an accomplished neurologist, is an admirable art patron known to patronize artworks of budding artists. His Pinto Art Gallery attests to that. For sure, Sitio Remedios is another repository of everything Filipino and artistic, in a Dr. Cuanang way. I wish to bring my young artist-grandniece to meet the good doctor someday and visit his lovingly-curated art gallery in Antipolo.