AN ECLEC­TIC AGRI­TOURISM DESTI­NA­TION

Agriculture - - Power Of Three -

PARADIZOO, a theme park and gar­den cum an­i­mal farm and zoo, has opened its doors to the pub­lic ev­ery week­end for a three month-long fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing three sec­tors of agri­cul­ture—flo­ral, veg­etable, and live­stock—called “The Power of Three.”

Each month high­lights one “Power,” with re­source per­sons and in­dus­try ex­perts in­vited to dis­cuss the best agri­cul­tural prac­tices forthat par­tic­u­lar sec­tor. Jan­uary fea­tured free sem­i­nars on the art of bon­sai, flower ar­range­ments, and plant care, while vis­i­tors in Fe­bru­ary en­joyed sem­i­nars on al­ter­na­tive and preven­tive medicine, health, and well­ness as well as veg­etable pro­duc­tion tech­niques and in­dus­try op­por­tu­ni­ties. March fea­tures sem­i­nars on rab­bit farm­ing, egg pro­duc­tion, and honey bee farm­ing.

Lo­cated at Men­dez, Cavite,Paradi­zoohas many­di­verse at­trac­tions that can ap­peal to all ages and in­ter­ests. There is an in­ter­ac­tive zoo where chil­dren and adults can feed and pet an­i­mals, in­clud­ing Voltes V, their five-legged cow, and an al­bino buf­falo; the more ad­ven­tur­ous can try rid­ing horses and camels. Farm an­i­mals and live­stock like rab­bits, pigs, goats, and cows, as well as fowls like os­trich, turkey, and ducks are raised at the farm in sep­a­rate cages while chick­ens are al­lowed to roam freely.They are bred for meat, as pets, or as stock to con­tinue breed­ing op­er­a­tions, and may be bought from the farm.

The Flower Gar­den, where as­sorted flow­er­ing plants are land­scaped into top­i­aries, hedges, and beau­ti­ful flo­ral de­signs, pro­vides color to the farm. It fea­tures a but­ter­fly gar­den, a bee farm, an eclec­tic gar­den, a med­i­ta­tion area, and a per­pet­ual park pet ceme­tery.

The Veg­etable Farm is planted to pineap­ples, root crops, leafy, and other culi­nary veg­eta­bles. Hy­dro­ponic and ver­ti­cal gar­den­ing are also used to grow let­tuce and other leafy veg­eta­bles. It has a wa­ter im­pound­ing fa­cil­ity and uses a drip ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem.The sprawl­ing farm also has an orchard planted to coffee, ba­nanas, and fruit trees. In­te­grated with the trees, or­na­men­tals, and veg­eta­bles are as­sorted herbs and medic­i­nal plants.

Within the farm are stores where its pro­duce of honey, milk, or­na­men­tal plants, herbs, veg­eta­bles, and small an­i­mals may be bought. It also has a coffee shop where the farm’s spe­cial “Par­adis­oup” is served, and a sou­venir shop with in­ter­est­ing items like hats, stuffed an­i­mals, and T-shirts.

On open­ing day, the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­monies were led by Zooman­ity pres­i­dent and CEO Robert L. Yu­pangco with deputy COO JB Badon and guests, which in­cluded Dr. Max P.

The Flower Gar­den pro­vides color to the farm.

Bon­sai dis­play at the sem­i­nar pav­il­ion.

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