Sampaguita Gardens Resort and Spa, more popularly known simply as Sampaguita Gardens in 506 Rizal Street, Poblacion, New Washington, Aklan, a 10-minute ride from the Kalibo Airport aims to be a world-class resort for local and foreign guests. Not a far out idea especially that Mr. Samuel J. Butcher, the creator of ‘Precious Moments’ and a stockholder of the resort is the one responsible for the creative design for most part of the resort.
The (Jojo’s) Christmas Cottage, a three-storey structure including the attic, with a very Western interior and majestically seats at the center of the resort is considered to be the most popular attraction in the resort and have served at its landmark since it started commercial operation in June 2003. Considered to be the only all-year round Christmas Store in the country, it manufactures and distributes Precious Moments dolls, not only of American influence but have extended to recognize Asian culture such as Chinese Angel Doll and Precious Moment Thai Doll which sells from Php 1,000.00 to Php 2,000.00 a piece online.
The ‘cottage’ also sells Philippine hand-crafted gift items, Christmas decors and souvenir items. Proceeds of sales from dolls sold are donated to the Samuel. J. Butcher Foundation which supports the Children Library and Feeding Program of the Province of Aklan.
Video and more Images at the next page.
I am sharing here a video I have made featuring the Christmas Cottage and it’s interior. In the video are also (in passing) images of the the Guest Rooms, the (Sammy’s) Circus Rides and the Convention Center, in order as presented after the first exterior shot of the Christmas Cottage:
There are other equally interesting sights at the resort such as The Precious Moments Chapel by the Sea, The Mansion, a Thai-inspired private residence (err public because everyone is welcome!) of Mr. Butcher, The Gallery which houses the miniature private residence of Mr. Butcher in the US along with his other collections, The Oriental Flavors Restaurant, claimed to be the first fine-dining resto in the Visayas, The Spa which is also Thai-inspired, among others – all of which shall be the subject of my next posts.
Meantime, I am sharing with you here images of the Sammy’s Circus Ride and the Cottage:
Two days before the start of the Christmas Month, here’s wishing you all advance Merry Christmas!!!
See you then!