More farm tourism destinations in Bulacan
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.