Saturday, April 22, 2017

TRAVEL | The Farmhouse in Aloguinsan

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Part of the so-called "full tour" of the Bojo River cruise, The Farmhouse in Aloguinsan is a small-scale organic farm where we were served our snacks. Its couple of hundred square-meter area is mainly devoted to growing vegetables, a few livestock, and some fish.

A concrete house fronted by a native-designed porch of bamboo and thatched roofing sits at the rear center of the property. Its rectangular layout consists of a receiving area akin to a living room, a large dining area in the middle, and the kitchen in the rear. Outside, an adjacent structure offers massages and houses some crafts and a classroom, though I don't know for what.

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Ready for another round of food inside.

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The shaded pathway to the main house.

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Spaces like this remind me of my years growing up in the province. Hayahay kaayo! (Very refreshing and airy!)

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The living room area.

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The dining area takes up most of the space here. Guests are primarily here to eat after all.

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It's supposed to resemble a traditional kitchen, although this one's only decorative.

We were greeted with cold towels and a cold drink to freshen up. We weren't really hungry yet after that hefty lunch spread by the Bojo River, so it took a while before we finally approached the table.

We were served a slew of traditional Filipino snack fare: boiled plantains paired with ginamos (fermented fish), boiled camote (sweet potato) paired with a banana blossom concoction, bread, their version of biko (a local sticky rice delicacy) topped with latik (a sweet liquid preparation from coconut milk), and my favorite budbud (another local sticky rice delicacy, wrapped in banana leaves). It's the same budbud I went crazy over at Lunhaw Farm Resort! And then it's warm and rich sikwate (local hot chocolate) to cap our meal off.

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Carbo-loading!

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Their delectably good biko. Just look at that rich latik on top!

We were given a brief tour of the farm but we spent the most time with the pigs and goats, where we tried our hand at feeding them. They are fed malunggay (moringa) and some other plant which name I forgot. Geez, malunggay isn't easy to find back home, especially at supermarkets, but here they're casually fed to pigs. Amazing!

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Chickens roam free around the farm.

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Say "aah," little piggy.

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Goats gorging on malunggay.

It was nice dropping by The Farmhouse. The food, of course, was great, and it was a pleasure to be acquainted with organic farming, however small their operation is. And oh, how I wanted to bring a stash of budbud back home! Unfortunately Aloguinsan was just the start of our vacation and we still had a lot of other places in South Cebu to go to. Some other time.

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It's like this cute little goat is saying, "Take me with you." Just look at her expression, it's so aww...

For inquiries and booking, you can get in touch with Aloguinsan Tourism:
☎ +63 32 469 9042 or +63 933 120 9480
https://www.facebook.com/Aloguinsan-River-Eco-Cultural-Tour-321967567122/

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