This Postcard-Perfect Nature Farm in Iloilo Makes Us Wish for COVID-Free Days
Sleep inside a hut atop verdant hills.
(SPOT.ph) Living in the Metro means you have to stay in cramped spaces, walk in crowded streets, drive past skyscrapers that often block the view of a beautiful sunset, and deal every day with pollution. There's really not much to like so most urban dwellers can't wait for the weekends—days when we can finally drive to the nearest nature reserve for some fresh air and green grass. But somewhere in Iloilo is a local farm worthy of a visit as soon as it's safer to travel: Igbulawan Farm in Barangay Cata-an, San Joaquin. It's about two hours away from Iloilo City.
"Igbulawan Farm is not a commercial resort, but rather a place to commune with nature," their Facebook page clarifies. It features sprawling camping grounds where you can hang out around a bonfire, hammocks where you can lounge around while taking in the clear sky, wooden swings where you can see the surrounding verdant hills, and bamboo huts where you can stay the night and be greeted by the warm rays of the sun come morning. You can also spend your day hiking and explore the rich flora and fauna this side of Iloilo. There are four big no-nos here: no plastic, no smoking, no unnecessary noise, and no trash.
Guests need to pay an environmental fee of P50 for a day visit, and P150 for an overnight stay. Huts are available for rent: P600 for a teepee hut that can accommodate up to four people, P1,000 for a big hut that has a capacity of six, and the biggest is at P1,500 for up to 10 people. You also have the option of sleeping in a tent (P300) or a hammock (P100 to P200).
As of writing, Igbulawan Farm is only open to visitors from the first district of Iloilo, including Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Tubugan, Igbaras, Miag-ao, and San Joaquin. Capacity is limited to 100 persons per day and three groups for overnight stays.
Igbulawan Farm is in Barangay Cata-an, San Joaquin, Iloilo. It is open from Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, follow Igbulawan Farm on Facebook.
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