Jeam Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – The Southern Tagalog region is among the quick weekend getaways for Metropolitan Manilans due to its proximity, good road network and family destinations.
Popularly known as Calabarzon, the region south of the big city is made up of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, and is known for its beaches, spas, dive sites, quaint restaurants, Spanish-era churches, ancestral homes, and the iconic Taal Lake and Volcano.
But beyond these all-too-familiar attractions, the area is home to some of the most exciting farm tourism sites that combine the charm of the agrarian way of life with a touch of basic modern comforts and leisure facilities for those offer overnight stays. And in this pandemic era, farms are safe alternatives to crowded tourist spots because of their vast open spaces, physical distancing, and wholesome farm-to-table dining experience.
As part of its efforts to revive tourism in the region, the Regional Office of the Calabarzon Department of Tourism recently released its culinary caravan to highlight agrotourism sites in the five provinces that have been hidden in plain sight. of all.
According to Marites Castro, Acting Regional Director of DOT-Calabarzon, the caravan consists of food tours that tour operators and travelers can customize to savor the rich culinary and cultural heritage of different localities in southern Tagalog.
She said the DOT launched the Green Corridor Initiative tours last December that have been validated to comply with government health and safety protocols, and these include farm tourism sites.
She noted that Calabarzon currently has 26 licensed agro-tourism establishments, many of which are also recognized by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Ministry of Agriculture as agricultural schools for the community.
While the number is down from 33 before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is still among the highest among regions in the country. In addition to this number, there are dozens of agricultural themed resorts and restaurants accredited by the government tourism agency.
Below are some of the exciting agritourism sites in Calabarzon that are definitely worth visiting.
Cavite: Terra Verde Ecofarm, a large animal and vegetable farm in Maragondon; Bounty Harvest Farm and EMV Flower Farm Indang, Luntiang Republika Ecofarms and The Weekend Farmer in Alfonso.
Laguna: Graco Farms & Leisure in Pila emphasizes animal care as a core business for guests, and also offers comfortable family-style accommodation and freshly picked food from the garden.
Silent Integrated Farm in Liliw is a fruit and vegetable plantation that operates people with disabilities (PWD), elderly and community farmers. Farmshare Prime in Calauan is an ATI-accredited farm school that is known for its Filipino culifarm cuisine.
In San Pablo City, there’s Jasif Integrated Farms, a mushroom plantation and sunflower farm sought after for its mushroom dishes and kid-friendly facilities, and Casa San Pablo, an artsy bed and breakfast that highlights the culinary versatility of the coconut palm in his dishes.
Batangas: Don Leon Nature Farm in San Juan specializes in organically-raised black pigs, poultry and livestock, and also has Spanish era-themed rooms for family fun breaks and family events. small groups. Mileah Bee Farm, located inside the city of San Jose, prides itself on its premium quality honey and derivatives in its compact space.
Lica Farms is a cattle ranch in the city of Lipa that produces premium dairy products under the Pinkie’s Farm brand in its produce store.
Rizal: Flor’s Garden and Nature Haven is a Balinese-inspired, art-themed flower farm located on the outskirts of Antipolo City. FDRJ Camping Sites Rental and Pili Paninap Farms, both in Tanay, are good old plantations that are also ideal for outdoor adventures.
Quezon: Francesca from Banahaw in Sariaya, a resort town at the base of the mystical mountain, showcases the province’s cuisine curated by Kulinarya Tagala food heritage advocate, Tina Decal. Bukid Amara in Lucban is an Instagrammable flower farm now venturing into edible flower-based delights. Linang ni LK, also in Lucban, offers gastronomic interpretations of typical southern Tagalog specialties, as well as its own unique creations. It also features a welcoming two-bedroom native farmhouse for a relaxing overnight stay with mesmerizing views of Mount Banahaw.
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