CASA San Miguel: 5 Reasons Why It Breaks My Heart To Leave
CASA San Miguel is a bed and breakfast, cafe, and artistic refuge in one, with renowned violinist and artist Coke Bolipata at the helm of this unadulterated paradise. Despite the short time I spent at CASA San Miguel, this only means there are more to look forward to upon my next return. Here are 5 reasons why it breaks my heart to leave CASA San Miguel:
5. The place’s serenity
CASA San Miguel is a sanctuary of sorts, a lovely place tucked away from the noises of the city. One of the favorite activities in this place is the yoga session by Corey Wills, yoga teacher and free surfer.
While Corey is well-versed in different forms of yoga and teaches hatha yoga, he was more than eager to share with us his own brand of yoga, which he calls Supernatural Yoga for this particular session.
According to Corey, supernatural yoga is meant for us to use our bodies in its most “natural” or uninhibited form. He likened this to babies who crawl and move in the most uninhibited ways before learning to walk– while it may seem alien and unnatural to us folk who have learned to move with social conventions in place, including shoes, it’s actually restoring our bodies to its natural balance.
Meditating while outdoors was definitely a pleasurable experience, making you feel one with nature.As a first timer, I appreciated how Corey’s brand of yoga was not intimidating in any way– while certain poses were challenging especially for a beginner like me, more focus was on creating balance and being at peace with yourself, that failure was nothing to be ashamed of. At the end, I felt light, calm, with a sense of clarity– perfect for starting the day.
4. The food
For a getaway that makes you feel right at home, CASA San Miguel’s Backstage Cafe offers the best of what this house has to offer: rustic, home-style cooking. Somehow, a lot of intimate vacation spots can miss out on great food, which can really deduct from the overall experience, but to this writer’s pleasant surprise, Backstage Cafe had a decent menu, taking special care not only of the taste, but the presentation of their meals as well. Backstage Cafe’s menu is reflective of the Magsaysay family recipes, which clearly has a rich heritage.
3. Every nook and cranny deserves to be captured in photos
While Instagramming every bit of your trip is a tired and trite concept these days, there’s simply no resisting the appeal for capturing feasts for the eyes and immortalizing them in photographs. Each part of CASA San Miguel is worth taking snapshots of, as you take home with you memories of its beauty.
2. CASA San Miguel is bursting with artistic inspiration
CASA San Miguel has also gained a reputation for being a haven for local art and music.
It houses its own gallery, the Anita Magsaysay-Ho Gallery and Museum, a gallery open to exhibitions from local artists. Its latest exhibit is “Rural” by Zaniel Mariano, a San Antonio native who is a self-taught painter. His works reflect the idyllic values of the rural community.
1. Its connectedness to the community
CASA San Miguel stakes its roots in the community, by providing livelihood projects and spearheading scholarship programs in the arts and music.