Since she was a child, Genesis Canlapan, better known as Patricia Javier, had always wanted to have her own vacation house.
Her dream formed in her mind because her father worked in a resort owned by Lani Mercado in Sitio Maagay, Barangay Inarawan, Antipolo City. "'Yong bahay nila Lani Mercado do'n, meron silang resort, e. No'ng maliit ako, nakikita ko. Sabi ko, ‘Sana magkaroon din kami ng ganyan.'"
To realize her dream, Patricia made it a point to accept as many job offers as possible. "Lahat nga ginagawa ko na para matapos na 'to [the rest house], e. Lalo na out-of-town shows. 'Yon, lahat yata ng show kinuha ko."
Though her original plan was to have a private rest house for herself and her family, Patricia soon thought of turning it into something more. "Narealize ko, ‘Bakit hindi ko gawin private rest house but at the same time business siya?'"
Thus Villa Patricia was born. At 1,700 square meters, the medium-sized vacation house was specifically designed to accommodate vacationers who wanted a resort all to themselves. "Kung sino 'yong grupo na gustong mag-stay, sila lang talaga. Parang for one day, feeling nila kanila 'tong lugar na 'to."
Luckily for Patricia, it wasn't very hard to find a location for Villa Patricia. She only had to look at her own backyard. "Dito talaga ako lumaki sa lugar na ‘to," she says. "Bahay namin 'yan!" she points to a house sitting just a few feet from the resort's dining area.
Patricia bought the lot back in 2003 and spent the next nine months building the resort.