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.

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

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.

Angel Tolits Farm maintains greenhouses where high-value and green leafy vegetables are grown.

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 feedthe 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.

This appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s June 2018 issue.