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    Lighhouse: The Greenery in Baliuag, Bulacan

    It's an eagerly awaited day for a photoshoot with renowned photographer Edwin Tuyay whose works included covers for publications Asiaweek, Newsweek, Readers Digest and Time magazine. For this we headed to The Greenery hidden somewhere in Baliuag, Bulacan.

    Going there was not easy as the Greenery's map displayed on their website was full of inaccuracies even for second-timers Edwin and his wife Ellen, the husband and wife team behind ePhoto Gallery.

    Arriving at our destination ahead of Edwin and Ellen, we wandered around the vast complex developed purposely for special events such as weddings, debut, prenup (pre-nuptial pictorials), parties et al. The venue has a dollhouse that can accommodate couples and celebrants, a grand ballroom, an operable small train and tracks going around the place and where a newly-wed couple may arrive on for such an uncommon, dramatic entrance, a driving range for golf enthusiasts, a pavilion built in the middle of a river, add to that the various trees, flowers and plants providing accent to the serene, romantic place. But the best feature of the place that got me attracted to it is the lighthouse along the river for the uber-romatic ambiance of any event.

    We waited a while around 4 o'clock for the lighting to be perfect and the heat to be bearable before we did the shoot.

    Let these pictures show you the beauty of the place, hidden gem of Baliuag:

    the dollhouse offers room accommodations and function hall encircled with greens (isn't it obvious the place is green?)

    Imagine your dream event held near this romatic lighthouse with its warm glow giving a unique ambiance you and your guests will cherish

    Haven't you figured that yet that I'm such a sucker for lighthouses? :)

    Edwin Tuyay on the Pavilion with one of the models.

    The best thing I learned from this experience was how to effectively use reflectors to illuminate certain parts of your photographic subject, posing, and various portraiture tips I learned from the affable master photographer, with Canon 5D and backup Nikon D40, who doesn't mind going into difficult positions just to capture the best shot possible.


    You may visit The Greenery (formerly TGI Pavilion) website here and actually located in Rio Vista Subd, Sabang, Baliuag, Bulacan. To go there, take Sta Rita exit on NLEX, pass by Plaridel and Pulilan towns and follow the map posted on their official site. Note that it's really hard to find. The place is a few minutes away from Mt. Carmel Church.

    Edwin Tuyay is one of the best wedding photographer in Manila and highly sought after by corporate clients for product shoots and photography contest judging. ePhoto Gallery's site is here.

    Note that I'm not affiliated with the The Greenery nor Edwin Tuyay in any way.

    Historic Lighthouses in the Philippines:

    Faro de Rio de Pasig (Pasig River Lighthouse
    Faro de Punta Capones (Capones Lighthouse)
    Faro de Isla Corrigedor (Corregidor Lighthouse)

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:25 PM,


    At Jun 6, 2007, 7:36:00 PM, Anonymous mousey said...

    pers ako!

    At Jun 6, 2007, 7:38:00 PM, Anonymous mousey said...

    may ganyan pala sa baliuag di ko alam salamat sa info. nice pics!

    At Jun 6, 2007, 7:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey... tutubi! nice pics... are you one of the models? :)

    At Jun 6, 2007, 9:47:00 PM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    there is beauty (hidden or otherwise) everywhere. thanks for sharing this. i did not know this existed.

    At Jun 6, 2007, 11:01:00 PM, Blogger Ymir said...

    hi tutubi... just wanna inform you that i am now blogging at

    i would appreciate if you could edit your link... thanks.

    have a nice day..

    At Jun 7, 2007, 12:37:00 AM, Anonymous banggigay said...

    ei tutubipatrol where is this beauty? :-)

    At Jun 7, 2007, 5:04:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    ganda ng lugar, ganda din ng pics. =)

    At Jun 7, 2007, 9:28:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi said...


    una ka na naman? tnx for anticipating my posts


    tnx for the compliments. models? I prefer to be the photographer to take pictures of the beautiful model we have that day :)

    photo cache,

    at least it's beauty not too many people see


    will edit my link now


    i edited the post to include the location of the place. It's in Sabang, Baliuag, Bulacan.


    tara na mamasyal hehe
    welcome back

    At Jun 7, 2007, 11:13:00 AM, Blogger Marco said...

    ayus yan assignment na yan ah... at ganda nga ng lugar!

    At Jun 7, 2007, 10:26:00 PM, Anonymous scott kho said...


    At Jun 8, 2007, 12:07:00 AM, Anonymous DatuPanot said...

    i'd like to view more of your photos. where can i view the rest of your photos?

    At Jun 8, 2007, 10:50:00 AM, Anonymous kyels said...

    Wow, beautiful pictures!


    Yep, like you I'll always choose to be the photographer rather than the model! Hehe.

    It's good that you have such event in Pinas though because it's hard to find one here in Malaysia and even if we could get one, the price that we have to pay is so expensive (for people like me; students po)!

    At Jun 8, 2007, 1:21:00 PM, Blogger Major Tom said...

    Oh, I never thought Bulacn could be so beautiful like these and many sights to visit...My wife's relatives came from here so probably we can visit it sometime in the future...

    At Jun 8, 2007, 10:49:00 PM, Blogger Dennis said...

    hi tutubi:
    beautiful shot! i've been to baliuag several fact i live sto.cristo..

    At Jun 8, 2007, 10:52:00 PM, Blogger Abaniko said...

    hey, ganda ng pics ah. baka pwede naman akong makisabit sa kodakan trips nyo, o. :)

    At Jun 9, 2007, 4:23:00 PM, Blogger jhenny said...

    wow..ganda naman ng place.. akalain mo no may ganyan pala dito sa pilipinas.. perfect setting for a wedding nga :)

    At Jun 10, 2007, 12:50:00 AM, Blogger dave (",) said...

    dramatic photos you have here!

    i'm wondering, is that lighthouse really being used, or is it just a prop?

    At Jun 10, 2007, 7:48:00 AM, Anonymous lasiate said...

    toujours des articles intéressants sur ton blog

    At Jun 12, 2007, 3:06:00 AM, Blogger punkiliciousss said...

    wow! nice photos! i really like the third one, i think i am also a sucker for lighthouses!

    At Jun 12, 2007, 11:18:00 AM, Anonymous SexyMom said...

    and that's baliuag. again, there are lots of surprises!

    At Jun 12, 2007, 11:54:00 PM, Anonymous ferdz said...

    Mukha ngang maganda yung place ah. Perfect for weddings and other events.

    At Jun 13, 2007, 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous niceheart said...

    Very nice place. Romantic nga ang dating. :)

    At Jun 14, 2007, 6:23:00 PM, Anonymous tutubi said...


    ganda nga ng place. if only they have place to unwind but purely events venue lang sila


    I have an old multiply account but rarely updated. just browse my archives for others :)


    you can organize the trips yourself as what I do

    better the photographer than the if I have the looks of a model :)

    major tom,

    just ask for an occular inspection of the place hehe


    baliuag is such a big place. look for TGI Pavilion :)


    one of these days i'll post photo-ops :)


    sa wedding mo..invite mo ako ha? :)


    that lighthouse is solely for their use as perfect backdrop and not like other lighthouses out there to guide the sailors at sea :)


    merci, mon ami. echangeons les liens


    suckers for lighthouses, eh?


    surprising, isn't it?


    sa kasal mo pwede dun kahit prenup hehe


    ganda nga ng ambiance e :)

    At Sep 17, 2007, 2:27:00 PM, Anonymous Hugs said...

    Hi there! Just want to ask if the lake is clean? I was wondering if pwede ba maglublob dun kahit legs lang for pictorial purposes lang?

    At Sep 17, 2007, 6:26:00 PM, Anonymous tutubi said...

    maglublob? maputik yun as I can see
    yung lagoon marami water lily so murky. there's a river over which the pavilion is built

    depends on your models though if they can get their feet wet.

    sa akin ok lang yun having grown up in laguna de bay :)

    At Nov 4, 2009, 8:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi there! puwede ba pumunta don just to see the place? will the management allow us to wander around? do they have a place where we could have lunch maybe? thanks for posting this...nice pics

    At Nov 4, 2009, 12:46:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, pwede just drop by the office and say you're just inspecting the place for a possible venue. didn't see any restaurant there but that may have changed

    At Mar 23, 2011, 7:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How much a fee for pre-nup?

    At Mar 24, 2011, 7:04:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, from way back 4 years ago it's around P2k prenup rates...additional rate beyond 6pm for electricity charges

    At Jun 30, 2012, 6:55:00 PM, Anonymous Tinakits said...

    I'm also a sucker for lighthouses. There's something romantic in it that I don't know what it is really. Great blog, as always :)

    At Sep 27, 2014, 6:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How much po angday tour and overnight nka. Thanks


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