(SPOT.ph) Are the idyllic blossoming flower fields in the Netherlands or Japan part of your travel bucket list? If time and budget are an issue, we just want to point out that you don’t have to cross international waters to see something as picturesque. You don't even have to go as far as Baguio.
Located less than three hours away from Metro Manila, Bukid Amara in Lucban, Quezon is probably one of the nearest flower farms you can visit just through the South Luzon Expressway Entrance ticket costs P150 for a regular day pass; and P120 for senior citizens, PWDs, and students. Admission is free for kids six years old and below.
Check out Bukid Amara's colorful flower farm, a tourist spot in Quezon province:
Bukid Amara is a 2.5-hectare field with landscaping inspired by the renowned painter of rural Philippine landscapes, Fernando Amorsolo. The vision became a reality when the flower farm opened its doors to the public—with its colorful diverse flowers and other crops, kubo (nipa huts), fish pond, and a backdrop of Mount Banahaw.
There are many plants to see and taste (yes, most are edible!) at Bukid Amara. The edible flowers are the torenia, French marigold, blue ternatea, cosmos, impatiens, angelonia, cosmos sulphereus, melampodium, zinnia, and begonia. While most of these flowers are for garnishing and don't alter the taste of a dish, the begonia—for those who haven't tried it yet—has a sweet and tart taste, almost fruity.
According to Bukid Amara owner Michael Caballes, there's a lot of planning that came into the landscaping. They are able to change the colors of the flower field because of their technical background, such as planting more pinks and reds for Valentine's Day.
Bukid Amara's fish pond has a short pier that's perfect for taking photos. If you want something more adventurous but also relaxing, you can go fishing for red tilapia or simply hop on the balsa and take a chill ride on a balsa.
For the plantitas, you can check the greenhouses as they also practice hydroponics. They have different kinds of lettuces, herbs, and fruit-bearing crops like melons. Bukid Amara holds annual melon-tasting tours (in partnership with government agencies) that use the melons they harvested in-house.
Once you've taken all the photos and videos, you can end your Bukid Amara tour at their café. We highly recommend trying their special #aesthetic spring rolls that use edible flower petals, shreds of Magnolia chicken, vermicelli noodles, carrots, cucumber, and a sheet of scrambled egg, which are then wrapped in rice paper. This is served with hoisin sauce for dipping and is best paired with cucumber-orange-infused water.
What you'll love about Bukid Amara is that, while it's not as cold as the highlands in Baguio and the Mountain Province, they have a milder, cooler climate as it's located 450 meters above sea level. It's less crowded, too.
Bukid Amara is in Barangay Malupak, along Lucban-Luisiana Diversion Road, Lucban. Each entrance ticket costs P150/regular day pass, P120/senior citizens, PWDs, and students, and free of charge for kids six years old and below. For more information, follow Bukid Amara on Facebook.