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From Lugawan Business To Mountain Resort: The Story Behind Le Annabelle
PHOTO BY FACEBOOK/Le Annabelle Mountain View Resort
  • Let’s face it, the city can get too… noisy.

    From the buzzing noise of multiple cars stuck in traffic to the monotonous routine of that 9-5 job, the feeling of constantly being on the run can be draining in all aspects. The excessive stress of the city calls for only one thing: a family vacation!

    In this episode of Buhay Probinsiya, we follow the story of how parents of three, Jethro and Annabelle Obispo, built their family resort in the cozy municipality of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

    An Escape From the City

    Nestled in a valley in between the Sierra Madre and Caraballo mountain ranges, the Le Annabelle Mountain View Resort welcomes guests who are looking for an escape from the city. Just 15 minutes away from Dingalan, Aurora or the Batanes of the East, Le Annabelle is a modern way for you and your family or loved ones to enjoy the quiet of the province.

    After trying several business ventures, the Obispos were absolutely fascinated with the magnificent 360-degree view of the mountainside and its topography. They saw that this was the perfect “piece of paradise” to set up a vacation place for their family of five and for the public as well.

    “Lahat kami laking city, laking Maynila kami.” Jethro shares as he explained that you can’t necessarily get everything you need just from the city. The view was enough to capture their hearts and immediately start the construction of what seems to be their most meaningful project yet. Partnered with a trusted contractor, Jethro and Annabelle constructed the resort with a mere piece of paper that contained their vision.

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    A Family-Centered Experience

    The designing and construction of Le Annabelle was truly a family-centered experience. The Obispos constructed their cabins named after different family members. The resort consists of four cabins: the Magdalena, Mairah, Marcus Mikyllah.

    The view was enough to capture their hearts and immediately start the construction of what seems to be their most meaningful project yet.

    The biggest cabin of the four is the Magdalena. Named after Annabelle’s sister, this cabin serves as the main family cabin that can house up to six persons. This air conditioned cabin has a master’s bedroom for parents and a mezzanine that can fit 3-4 single mattresses, a perfect sleeping and hangout spot for the kids. Other amenities include a full kitchen and bath, a living area and the best view of the mountain ranges from the balcony.

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    Le Annabelle has three regular cabins - the Mairah, Marcus and Mikyllah, which are named after the Obispo children. Each cabin can house 2-3 people, is fully air conditioned and has a small veranda space. Like the Magdalena, these regular cabins also have a fantastic view of the mountains.

    Other amenities include the pool with a matching kiddie pool/jacuzzi and a mini-bar. They also have a “modern bahay kubo” in the property which serves as the Obispo family home when they stay in Gabaldon.

    “Not Just for Us, But For Our Future Family”

    Putting up the mountain view resort was not the first time Jethro and Annabelle were introduced to starting a business. Prior to the Le Annabelle, they had a lugawan then went into a shawarma business. The latter unfortunately coincided with the start of the pandemic and the eruption of the Taal Volcano in which they decided to sell that business and use the money as capital for the resort.

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    “The motivation, really, is to have a retirement place when we grow older,” says Jethro.

    He and Annabelle also shared that they want their resort to not just be beneficial for them as a couple, but also as a gift for their children and their future families. “We don’t want that culture na gagawin nating investment yung mga anak natin.” says Jethro.

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    The Le Annabelle Mountain View Resort for the Obispo parents is not just “a place to rest in our older days”, but a place for their children to go back to whenever they want.

    Though still in the works of adding and expanding, the resort is fully functional and ready to entice guests with the magic of Nueva Ecija, the same magic that captivated the hearts of Jethro, Annabelle and their kids. 
    Built with family and joy in mind, the Le Annabelle Mountain View Resort truly is a great place to get a break from the city life.

    They are located in Barangay Calabasa, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Check out their Official Facebook Page.

    Price Range: Whole Resort - Php 15,000-18,000/day
    Magdalena Family Cabin (Good for 6) - Php 6,500/night
    Mairah, Marcus, Mikyllah Regular Cabins (Good for 2-4) - Php 2,500/night

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