More farm tourism des­ti­na­tions in Bu­la­can

Agriculture - - Contents - BY ANGIE M. VEN­ERA­CION

BU­LA­CAN’S PROX­IM­ITY to the Cap­i­tal Re­gion makes it a per­fect get­away desti­na­tion for tourists seek­ing a quick change of sur­round­ings from har­ried busy ur­ban life to a peace­ful tran­quil set­ting. An hour-long trip brings one within reach of its many farms.

JayM Rab­bi­try: Lo­cated at Brgy. Pu­long Yan­tok, An­gat, Bu­la­can, it is owned by Joseph Ma­mauag, an elec­tron­ics en­gi­neer. The farm’s unique fea­ture is a rab­bi­try in a man­sion. Ma­mauag thought that in­stead of let­ting the man­sion be a white ele­phant, the un­fin­ished four-bed­room house should con­trib­ute to the farm’s pro­duc­tiv­ity.

It was de­cided to turn the place into a cozy area for the rab­bits.

See­ing rab­bits com­fort­ably housed will cer­tainly arouse tourists’ cu­rios­ity, es­pe­cially that of chil­dren, who will delight in these cute, furry an­i­mals raised for pets and meat at the farm. Ma­mauag also raises free-range chicken in pens in­te­grated within the or­chard planted with mango, pa­paya, banana, and as­sorted fruit trees and cit­rus. For­age is also planted to pro­vide feed for the rab­bits.

Three Lucky Moun­tain Dragon Fruit Farm: Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cruz, this is also lo­cated at Pu­long Yan­tok, An­gat, Bu­la­can. The farm grows more than 100 va­ri­eties of dragon fruit and con­tin­ues to col­lect ad­di­tional va­ri­eties from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. It ships cut­ting and plant­ing ma­te­ri­als to buy­ers in the Philip­pines and also ex­ports them. Tourists will mar­vel at the very ef­fi­cient farm lay­out and the well-main­tained ter­rain planted to the mar­velous dragon fruits. The farm cul­ti­vates new plant va­ri­eties and in­no­vates with new prac­tices to make the dragon plant pro­duc­tive all year round.

The Daily Bread Or­ganic Farm: Lo­cated at Bonga Menor, Bus­tos, Bu­la­can, this is owned by Luzvi­minda Tan­cangco, a re­tired COMELEC Com­mis­sioner. The farm re­sort has ameni­ties that will pro­vide guests with ac­tiv­i­ties to re­lax and un­wind. It has two swim­ming pools and an or­ganic restau­rant where food is pre­pared from or­gan­i­cally grown live­stock, mush­room, veg­eta­bles, and herbs. Small huts are in­ter­spersed around the area where guests can stay to re­lax and en­joy the ru­ral am­biance. It also has a sem­i­nar room and fa­cil­i­ties for team build­ing and com­pany ac­tiv­i­ties. Dif­fer­ently de­signed houses for ac­com­mo­da­tions and overnight stays are also avail­able.

An­gelTolits Farm: Lo­cated at Brgy. Dona­cion, An­gat, Bu­la­can, it is owned and op­er­ated by Engr. An­gelito de Guz­man. This very promis­ing farm tourism desti­na­tion has mush­room pro­duc­tion as its main ac­tiv­ity. The in­te­grated farm main­tains green­houses where it grows high value and green leafy veg­eta­bles. It also grows fruit trees and plants that are not com­monly found in the low­lands like durian and straw­ber­ries. Or­gan­i­cally grown live­stock and poul­try like pigs, rab­bits, and ducks are avail­able at the farm. There also is a fish­pond where guests can fish for their Pan­ga­sius meal.

GH Farms: Owned by the San­tos fam­ily, this is an­other or­ganic farm in An­gat, Bu­la­can. Sur­rounded by rice fields, the prin­ci­pal prod­uct at the farm is or­ganic rice. Tourists and guests can par­tic­i­pate in farm ac­tiv­i­ties like plant­ing or har­vest­ing rice when they visit dur­ing the sea­son. They may feed the fish and catch some for a farm-grown meal. The farm also main­tains green­houses for its seedling prepa­ra­tions and grow­ing of veg­eta­bles. The farm has tasked it­self to re­ha­bil­i­tate the once se­verely quar­ried banks of the An­gat River, giv­ing the farm a unique water fea­ture that can be a main at­trac­tion for tourists.

Sun Pablo Farm: Lo­cated at Brgy. Mag­mar­ale, San Miguel, Bu­la­can, this is a hobby farm of the Tan fam­ily where fight­ing cocks are cared for and bred. The farm is now man­aged by the daugh­ter, Pamela Tan, a vet­eri­nar­ian, and is be­ing trans­formed into an in­te­grated farm. Tan en­vi­sions the farm to be in­te­grated with or­ganic live­stock and as­sorted fruits, plants, and herbs. An ad­vo­cate of grow­ing rab­bits for meat, she in­te­grated the rab­bits into the farm where they can be con­ve­niently housed un­der the full-grown mango trees. These cud­dly an­i­mals can at­tract tourists and farm vis­i­tors while pro­vid­ing fer­til­izer for the farm’s mango trees.

African Night Crawlers housed below the rab­bit cages will be fed with rab­bit ma­nure to pro­duce ver­mi­com­post for the farms’ plants and veg­eta­bles. Ed­i­ble flow­ers and plants, to­gether with for­age for the rab­bits, are also be­ing in­te­grated into the farm. Vis­i­tors will be en­cour­aged to stay and en­joy the cool breeze un­der the sprawl­ing mango trees which main­tain a pleas­ant at­mos­phere de­spite the sum­mer heat. (Ed­i­tor’s note: Part One ap­peared in the May 2018 is­sue of Agri­cul­ture Mag­a­zine)

Flow­er­ing plants are planted near the GH Farm’s farm pav­il­ion where com­mu­nity meet­ings are held.

A green­house is used for seedling prop­a­ga­tion and grow­ing of green leafy veg­eta­bles.

A bam­boo bridge con­nects the pavil­lion to a float­ing nipa hut.

Tourists may par­take in farm ac­tiv­i­ties like rice plant­ing and har­vest­ing.

A tent is pro­vided to ad­ven­tur­ous guests who wish to view the fish up close or take a nap in the mid­dle of the river. Vis­i­tors may feed the fish teem­ing in the wa­ters.

Mush­rooms, herbs, fruits and veg­eta­bles, as well as live­stock are grown at the farm and served at its or­ganic restau­rant.

Mush­room pro­duc­tion is the main ac­tiv­ity at An­gel Tolits Farm.

An­gel Tolits Farm main­tains green­houses where high-value and green leafy veg­eta­bles are grown. They grow straw­ber­ries and a wide ar­ray of fruit trees, plants, and veg­eta­bles. Live­stock and poul­try like rab­bits and ducks are grown or­gan­i­cally. Pan­ga­sius...

Huts are lo­cated in dif­fer­ent parts of the farm where guests can re­lax and en­joy the ru­ral am­biance.

The BFTA, to­gether with tourism and lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, met at the Daily Bread Or­ganic Farm’s or­ganic restau­rant.

Houses with dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs are avail­able for ac­co­mo­da­tion and team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Among the farm re­sort ameni­ties are two swim­ming pools.

Ad­di­tional plant va­ri­eties are con­tin­u­ously be­ing in­tro­duced at the Three Lucky Moun­tain Dragon Fruit Farm.

The en­trance to the Three Lucky Moun­tain Dragon Fruit Farm.

A tree house with slide will delight chil­dren and adults alike.

Tourists will mar­vel at the farm lay­out and well main­tained ter­rain.

The pond provides ad­di­tional charm to the farm.

The farm also in­no­vates on new prac­tices to make the dragon fruits pro­duc­tive whole year round.

The rab­bits are shel­tered in cages in­side the un­fin­ished four-bed­room house.

The un­fin­ished man­sion houses the JayM Rab­bi­try.

Joseph Ma­mauag (right), pic­tured above with Art Ven­era­cion, also raises chicken free-ranged in pens.

For­age for the rab­bits are also planted at the farm.

The Sun Pablo Farm used to be a hobby farm where fight­ing cocks were bred and cared for.

Rab­bits are con­ve­niently housed un­der mango trees on top of ver­mi­com­post bins.

For­age is grown at the open ar­eas to pro­vide food for the rab­bits.

Sprawl­ing mango trees keep the sum­mer breeze cool at Sun Pablo Farm.

Pamela Tan man­ages the fam­ily farm.

Ed­i­ble flow­ers and herbs are be­ing in­te­grated into the farm.

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