Farm with the perfect view

Farm with the perfect view

FarmPlate in Albay will put Old McDonald’s farm to shame with its view of Mayon volcano.

Nursey Rhyme line come to life: FarmPlate’s iconic red barn, the main reception. By Bicolano Man

There’s a new place in the town of Daraga in Albay that’s pretty hard to beat: FarmPlate, an eco place that offers camping, activities like kite flying, carabao riding, biking, vegetable picking, and mere chilling on its cozy foliage-wrapped cottages. It’s a nursery rhyme book come to life—a red barn on a hill with expansive greens overlooking Mt. Mayon, an active volcano at the heart of Albay dubbed the Philippines’ perfect cone.

Wherever you sit or stand there’s a view of the grand dame, Mt. Mayon
Forget gadgets and hit the kites. Families with kids will enjoy outdoor fun like this at the farm

If you wish to stay for the night, rough it out at the camp site equipped with tents and a bonfire area so you can bond over smores and some singing under the starry night.

At day time, the hammocks will lure you to it to dose off to clear fresh air.

Seedlings—there are pine and other backyard plants—are for sale to those who’d like a bit of the farm into their homes.

Seating cottages are as romantic as this. Guests are typically welcomed with fresh coconut juice they can chug from any of these seats

FarmPlate is at its soft opening stages—it’s a privately owned land that soft opened to the public with minimal facilities in September 2018—and will slowly be building more eco attractions best for families and groups. It will have a pool and a restaurant serving farm-to-table meals.

The basics
FarmPlate Facebook: @FarmPlateAlbay

Get there
SkyJet Airlines has regular flights from Batanes, Coron, and Siargao to Manila. It will resume its Caticlan-Manila flights in March. From Manila, take any Legazpi-bound bus from Cubao bus terminal such as Cagsawa Bus or Penafrancia Bus. The trip is a scenic 12-hour ride, or you can take the night trip. Book SkyJetAirlines.

Words by Monica De Leon

12 coolest eco-tours in Coron

12 coolest eco-tours in Coron

A true blue Coronon Al Linsangan, poster boy of sustainable tourism in Coron, personally tours Dash around his beloved hometown and together we come up with an eco-adventure hotlist that better be on your bucketlist. It includes a dip in a natural hot springs, snorkeling in a limited-access coral garden, immersing with a tribe when no one else could, and more.

Hike Mt Tapyas for that perfect sunset

 

On top of the world…errr…Mt. Tapyas

A grueling 734-step climb and you’re on top of Mt Tapyas.

“Mt Tapyas is ideal for sunset spotting. The sea is also calmest at this time, adding a bit of drama to the view. And once the natural light fades, the harbor lights start to bathe the town’s baywalk and this is best viewed from the peak,” says Al.

But the sunset is not the only crowd-drawer of Mt Tapyas. Stand at its peak and admire the 360-degree sight of the whole Coron town and Mt Dalara, the highest mountain in the Calamian. Also seen from the horizon is Coron Island shaped like a sleeping giant. The Tagbanwa believe that the sleeping giant is Dumarakul, an ancient hero said to have protected them from the onslaught of Moro invaders. The giant cross erected at the peak is a pilgrimage site during Holy Week.

Local curates Batanes

Local curates Batanes

Get to know Ivatan rockstar tour guide Ed Delfin, his aspirations for his hometown, and his favorite restaurants list

Ed enjoying scenic Fundacion Pacita. By Opal Bala

I started tour guiding visitors in Batanes in 1999. I was working on a World Bank-funded project on environmental protection and conservation at that time.

Im more of a cultural worker than a tour guide. I’ve always been an advocate of heritage conservation. My goal is to convert as many locals into becoming heritage champions and instill in them that tour guiding is about showing the dynamics of natural environment and cultural heritage that shaped our province into what it is now today.

Top 7 things do in Rizal now

Top 7 things do in Rizal now

Get a dose of the Rizal culture and its interesting art and adventure scenes. Local and tour operator Ramon Mariñas leads the way.

White-washed facade of Pinto Art museum

Rizal province is a place to be for a dose of art, culture and inspiration while keeping it really close to Manila. It’s home to homegrown artists, some of which made it really big like in the case of National  Artists for Painting Vicente Manansala and Carlos “Botong” Francisco, and National Artist for Music Lucio San Pedro.

Get art inspiration

Angono Petroglyphs

Angono’s numerous art galleries, museums and street art will give you your creative fill. Here you will find houses with muraled walls and sculptures depicting paintings of the late artist Francisco.

Dashing spot: Calayan

Dashing spot: Calayan

A grueling 20-hour travel that ends nice—to real virgin natural attractions

Picture-perfect Sibang Cove.

Your castaway dreams can be made of this: 20 hours of butt-numbing bus ride and (literally) a rocking boat ride to get to far flung Calayan, part of the Babuyan Group of Islands at the northernmost tip of Luzon, 528 kilometers north of Manila.

Calayan’s main lure are its wildness and complete detachment from the world allowing you to enjoy its virgin natural attractions all by yourself—or except for maybe a local or two. It’s fabled for its white-sand beaches, stunningly blue lagoons,and beautiful hills particularly Nagudungan Hills, which offers a breathtaking view of the island’s three coves Caniwara, Sibang and Cababaan. Trek to Bangaan Hills for an IG-worthy ocean view of Calayan.

Get there

  • Take a Florida or RJC bus in Sampaloc Manila bound for Claveria, Cagayan, a 13-hour ride.
  • Get off at Claveria bus station, then take a tricycle going to the Claveria port.
  • Hop on a lampitaw, a native outrigger boat, to Calayan, a five- to seven-hour boat ride depending on the sea conditions.
  • Boats leave at 5am and 9am only. Pre-book your boat transfers.

Stay
TPS Homestay owned by Tessie Pimentel Singun offers an accommodation priced at Php300 (USD6) per night and Php120 per meal for each person. She can also help with boat hire. Call days in advance to book.
Mobile number: +63929 837 5737

Photo by Norma Rei Villamater

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