May’s Or­ganic Gar­den bags Best Tourist At­trac­tion Award

Agriculture - - Contents - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

FOR IN­TE­GRAT­ING the ben­e­fits of good agri­cul­tural prac­tices to­gether with fun and re­lax­ation, May’s Or­ganic Gar­den bagged the 2018 Best Tourist At­trac­tion Award dur­ing the first-ever Ba­colod City Tourism Hos­pi­tal­ity Awards.

The pres­ti­gious event, which was held re­cently at the Ba­colod City Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter, cited the valu­able con­tri­bu­tions of the dif­fer­ent es­tab­lish­ments and tourism fa­cil­i­ties that can show­case the cul­ture and tra­di­tion of the Ba­colod­nons.

The com­pe­ti­tion was or­ga­nized by the city gov­ern­ment in part­ner­ship with the Power of Three Events Man­age­ment to rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ent es­tab­lish­ments in Ba­colod City which ac­tively par­tic­i­pate and sup­port the pro­jects of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment in at­tain­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and pro­mo­tion of or­ganic pro­duce.

Se­lect­ing the win­ners for each cat­e­gory un­der the com­pe­ti­tion has been very rigid since the cri­te­ria for judg­ing were based on the votes com­ing from five sec­tors – the City Mayor, the City Tourism Of­fice, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, a lo­cal per­son­al­ity, and on­line vot­ing.

De­spite the stiff se­lec­tion process, May’s Or­ganic Gar­den still emerged as the clear win­ner in the Best Tourism At­trac­tion cat­e­gory pri­mar­ily due to its dis­tinct fea­tures, fa­cil­i­ties, ameni­ties, and ad­vo­cacy, which pro­motes or­ganic agri­cul­ture and healthy liv­ing.

May’s Or­ganic Gar­den was es­tab­lished not only to cater to the recre­ational needs of the vis­i­tors, but also to ful­fil its com­mit­ment and ob­jec­tive to pro­mote the value of sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble tourism.

Com­pa­ra­ble to the leisure farms in Tai­wan, May’s Or­ganic Gar­den is a place where the vis­i­tors can en­joy good food, fun-filled recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, and valu­able lessons in or­ganic farm­ing and health­ful liv­ing.

Owned and op­er­ated by the hus­band-and-wife team of Ra­mon Uy Sr. and May Aileen S. Uy, the fa­cil­ity is ac­tu­ally a spin-off ef­fort of R.U. Foundry and Ma­chine Shop Cor­po­ra­tion (RUFMSC) to show­case the pro­duc­tion of dif­fer­ent or­ganic prod­ucts and to share the tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tions in or­ganic farm­ing.

“We ad­vo­cate sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble tourism, and we are pro­mot­ing ev­ery­thing that is or­ganic and nat­u­ral – from veg­eta­bles, or­na­men­tal plants, and farm an­i­mals which ev­ery vis­i­tor can see in the fa­cil­ity,” says Ra­mon Uy Sr.

This is part of the cou­ple’s com­mit­ment to the Filipinos, as well as their ob­jec­tive of ed­u­cat­ing the youth and pro­mot­ing or­ganic farm­ing.

Among the dis­tinct fea­tures which can be seen at May’s Or­ganic Gar­den is the so­lar-pow­ered wa­ter pump­ing sys­tem which pro­duces the wa­ter re­quire­ments of the fa­cil­ity.

The wa­ter pump­ing sys­tem, which con­sists of 12 Lorentz so­lar pan­els, so­lar power in­verter, so­lar charge con­troller, recharge­able bat­tery, and a sub­mersible Lorentz pump, pro­vides the wa­ter needed to ir­ri­gate the farm’s or­ganic rice, corn, and sug­ar­cane plan­ta­tion, and veg­etable gar­dens.

The so­lar pump­ing sys­tem also sup­plies the wa­ter re­quire­ments of the com­pound’s swim­ming pool, ca­banas, and other modern fa­cil­i­ties. With its main pav­il­ion lo­cated in the heart of the more than 6-hectare re­sort farm, May’s Or­ganic Gar­den is a per­fect venue for wed­dings, birth­day par­ties, busi­ness meet­ings and con­fer­ences, sem­i­nars and train­ings, team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tional trips, and other fam­ily-ori­ented get-to­geth­ers.

The agri-tourism fa­cil­ity is also an “out­door class­room” where vis­i­tors can wit­ness and learn how to cul­ti­vate dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of or­ganic veg­eta­bles, herbs, and other plants.

Other ameni­ties in­clude a restau­rant which serves or­ganic food, a swim­ming pool, swan pad­dle boat­ing in the fa­cil­ity’s man-made la­goons with a fish­ing area, horse­back rid­ing, and green­houses for grow­ing dif­fer­ent herbs and spices.

An­other in­ter­est­ing fea­ture to learn while va­ca­tion­ing at May’s Or­ganic Gar­den is how to pro­duce mus­co­v­ado sugar, which can be repli­cated to start a back­yard busi­ness.

‘Pick-and-Pay’ ac­tiv­i­ties are also avail­able on sched­uled ba­sis, where vis­i­tors and health-con­scious in­di­vid­u­als can have the op­por­tu­nity to har­vest dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of leafy veg­eta­bles and herbs.

“We ex­ist not just for busi­ness but to share valu­able or­ganic farm­ing tech­nolo­gies which can be adopted in the dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the coun­try,” Uy Sr. added.

Lo­cated in Barangay Pa­hanocoy which is just sev­eral min­utes away from the cen­ter of Ba­colod City, the fa­cil­ity is an ideal des­ti­na­tion for tourists and vis­i­tors who would want to make their travel to Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal more ex­cit­ing, fun, and re­lax­ing.

May’s Or­ganic Gar­den is the ideal place to ex­pe­ri­ence or­ganic life­style in the city.

May’s Or­ganic Gar­den owner and gen­eral man­ager May Aileen S. Uy (sec­ond from left) is joined by (from left) May’s Or­ganic Gar­den con­sul­tant Aljon Can­de­lasa, Ba­colod City chief tourism op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Ma. Elma A. Gerasmo, and May’s Or­ganic Gar­den op­er­a­tion in-charge Al­jec Can­de­lasa for bag­ging the Best Tourist At­trac­tion Award dur­ing the 2018 Ba­colod City Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Awards held at the New Gov­ern­ment City Cen­ter.

Lo­cated be­side the main pav­il­ion is the swim­ming pool with jacuzzi and kid’s wad­ing pool.

Uy shows the Plaque of Recog­ni­tion for win­ning this year’s Ba­colod City’s Best Tourist At­trac­tion award for May’s Or­ganic Gar­den.

The re­sort farm also has a cozy ca­bana with pri­vate pool.

One of the or­ganic gar­dens where ‘pick-and-pay’ ac­tiv­i­ties are con­ducted.

With its main pav­il­ion lo­cated in the heart of the more than 6-hectare re­sort farm, May’s Or­ganic Gar­den is a per­fect venue for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

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