By Eula Dee Lañada
Photos by Aeron P. Bermudez

Found in the midst of gorgeous gradients of green in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, the integrated farm of the Perlas family is filled with rice, vegetables, fruit trees, and livestock. Dubbed as Perlas ng Palayan farm, it is the source of raw materials which the family use to make their products.

Ernesto Perlas Sr. and Josepine Perlas relied on their farm’s produce as a source of income.

Seeing the importance of value-adding, each family member painstakingly made products such as duhat, bignay, and watermelon wine; chili oil and paste, dulce de leche, peanut butter, banana and mango vinegar, which visitors could avail and bring to their respective homes as pasalubong. The family are eyeing sweet potato and rice as their next project for the wine making business.

One would often relate generous and helpful if they hear the name of the said family. Spearheaded by the patriarch of the family, Ernesto Perlas, Sr., fondly called as Jun by his family and friends, believes in sharing all of his knowledge and expertise so that his family can greatly contribute, especially the next geherations. Jun quipped, “ang mahalaga marami ang makikinabang, di bale na kung hindi maging mayaman.”

The family makes products such as duhat, bignay, and watermelon wine; chili oil and paste, dulce de leche, peanut butter, banana and mango vinegar.

The family also believes in instilling the love of agriculture to the youth. They have the desire to teach and adopt out-of-school youth to engage in farming, and eventually become 4-H club members. In fact, the children of the Perlas family are members of the said club in Nueva Ecija.

If you want to avail their mouth-watering products and have a glimpse of their integrated farm, you can visit Perlas ng Palayan farm in Brgy. Aulo, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. They would also teach you on how to add value to your crops.

This article was first published as Perlas ng Palayan Farm in Vignette A Travelogue of Central Luzon’s Agritourism Sites from the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center III.