In the last four years, the quaint town of Pagsanjan, *Laguna has been a witness to the evolution of an ancestral house on Rizal street - from a nondescript home to what is now a famed bed & breakfast inn that showcases a part of history. One may not easily identify Calle Arco if not for a hanging signage in bright pink. Or you can get your cue from the Pagsanjan arc which is just a few blocks away from it. On the onset, you will be greeted by a washed-out blue door. As you step closer, you can tell right away that Calle Arco's holds the charm of its past albeit not forgotten.
One is immediately drawn to a mirror with an etched image of Our Lady of Guadalupe perched on a side table on the left side of the restaurant. It was a gift to owners and couple Anna and Ronald Cabrega by renowned director Louie Ignacio.
Adjacent to it is the bar and buffet area which is made more interesting by a suspended installation art and its yellow walls.
Using heirloom pieces from cutleries to plates to serve customers, meals in Calle Arco is always a surprise. Tables and chairs are reminiscent of family gatherings as they were also handed down from generations.
Ahh... the pink walls. It is a stark contrast to its old world charm but it definitely gives the restaurant more character.
Did we tell you we're starting to develop a love for chandeliers?
If you prefer to dine alfresco, Calle Arco has set up three tables for anyone who'd care less about the heat. We recommend you take your breakfast there.
Being originally just a home, Calle Arco has only two air-conditioned rooms and one common bathroom. They are very well maintained and the bed is just pure heaven.
We won't even start with their food. But for first timers we highly recommend their sinigang na baka with langka (beef tamarind soup with langka). You may join there Facebook fanpage here.
Clockwise: One of the houses that stood out among the throng of old houses; Pagsanjan arc; garden of the resort/jump-off point for river rafting; "history tablet" of Pagsanjan arc; snippet of an old church; snippet of Calle Arco's chair; one of the old houses; Aling Taleng's decor (famous for halo-halo)
*In a nutshell, Laguna is one of the provinces located in the southeast of Manila.