My husband first visited The house of Ugu Bigyan some 4 years ago when he accompanied his friend (Dr. D' Asis) who was visiting his girlfriend, Dr. Fleur. From then on, whenever we'll go to Quezon will try to find the place. Unfortunately, our many attempts were void of success because Ugu Bigyan Pottery Garden and Restaurant is difficult to find, unless, you know someone from Tiaong who can direct you to the place.
Last December 30, we were lucky to get the available time of Drs. Gilbert and Fleur D' Asis so we headed to Quezon. With the help of Fleur's grandmother, I finally got to see the house of Ugu Bigyan!
Augusto 'Ugu' Bigyan is a famous clay artist. One of his works include that of lavish Amanpulo. He built his house by himself.
I now understand why my husband was yearning to revisit this place. This is indeed a place full of beautiful and creative pieces done by the master of pottery.
|Ugu's personal work area|
Ugu's pieces are quite expensive but definitely exquisite so they get many orders for souvenirs for occasions like wedding, debut and reunions. They give out discounts on bulk orders and have a special sale during Ugu's birthday.
Lunch is serve but on a reservation basis. We will go back for their famous Tiaong lunch next time.
Currently being built is an inn where tourist may stay overnight.
How to get there:
How to get there: From Manila, take the South Luzon Tollway all the way to the south end. Then take the exit that points to Lucena until you reach Tiaong. From Tiaong market, continue further southwest along the national road. Turn you will see the Tiaong Municipio on your right. Continue travelling until you see the Tiaong Rural Bank on the left side. Turn left at the small street just before the rural bank, after crossing a rail road halfway, you will see a sign 'Alvarez Village'. Turn left and you will see a distinctly different house constructed from bricks on the left side. If you get lost, ask around.