Saturday, April 26, 2014

Simple Comforts and Rural Tranquility at EPHRATHAH Farm

poolside at Ephrathah, photo by Bombette G. Marin

Farm holidays open doors to a wonderful country experience where one can meet the locals, enjoy the food and the whole immersion into a different culture. And you cannot just get this if you book into a hotel. Farm holidays provide every visitor with wonderful rural aspects, peaceful location and total relaxation.

In Iloilo, visitors will sure find some quiet haven to relax, whether it be a mountain resort or a farm house set in an undulating countryside. Visitors will surely have an enjoyable family holiday that will remember.

This summer, staying on a farm or Agri-tourism destination is an entertaining and educational activity for the whole family and gets you up close with the rural heart of Iloilo.

Ephrathah Farm in Barangay Sariri in Badiangan, Iloilo, Engr. Eddie Cańuto employs 52 people, all locals of the municipality to oversee its 7-hectare organic farm and another 7- hectare inland resort.

Ephrathah is a campsite for the youth and retreat area. The farm offers camping opportunities for educational groups and schools to learn about the local environment. It also provides opportunities for walking and encourages students to promote conservation and habitat management. It has separate dormitories for boys and girls with 7 double-deck beds each with separate communal toilet and bath. Construction of an Olympic-size swimming pool is on its way and is expected to be done by the end of 2014 along with its 500 meter zip-line, wall climbing and rappelling area, boating area for kids, ATV lanes and motorbike trails.

bedroom good for 3 with private veranda facing the ancestral pond, photo by Bombette G. Marin

Ephrathah is an agri-tourism center. The bountiful 7-hectare family farm yields papayas, dragon fruit, peppers, pumpkins, leafy vegetables, eggplants, rice, organic brown eggs and other treasures. Rounding out the farm operation, the Cańuto’ sell Ephrathah juice, a very healthy and refreshing concoction of lemon grass, ginger, calamansi, malunggay and basil. The farm also offers a different experience of Ilonggo farm life. By request, the farm also offers seasonal fruit picking activities in their farm. Bed and Breakfast accommodation on the farm is very comfortable and all bedrooms are en-suite and decorated to a high standard. For those who would want to stay overnight, it has eight (8) air-conditioned rooms that can accommodate a group of 3 persons with its own private toilet and bath, cable television, wi-fi, its own veranda, free use of pool and breakfast for 2 that run anywhere from P2, 300 to P2, 500.

the organic restaurant that can accommodate a group of 50, photo by Bombette G. Marin

Ephrathah is a wedding destination. It has a pavilion that can cater to 150-200 maximum persons. A glass chapel is also under construction and is expected to be open to the public by the end of this year. It also has a restaurant that boast of organic menu such as steamed tilapia, pork or chicken pinangat, native chicken binakol, bicol express and chicken or pork sate. The restaurant can cater to a maximum of 50 persons.

healthy and refreshing Ephrathah juice, photo by Bombette G. Marin

The Cańutos’ promotes organic farming with their whole hearts and Mr. Cańuto expects organic farming to remain strong in the coming years. He believes that Ilonggos will not only nurture the sector because of its perceived environmental and social benefits but also because of its expanding market opportunity. And that by establishing the farm, it will help increase public awareness of environmental and potential health benefits, better organization and production techniques and that patronizing organic produce from local farmers will maintain a healthy environment.

At Ephrathah farm you will discover peaceful surroundings, wide open views across the fields, friendly hosts and a relaxing ambience. Indoors we have lovely comfortable bedrooms, cozy surroundings, delicious food, lovely country walks. 

The agricultural town of Badiangan is situated 40 kilometers from the city. It is politically subdivided into 31 barangays with a land area of 6,335 hectares. To get to Ephrathah, one can get a tricycle ride at the Janiuay Public Market. For more information and reservations please contact (033) 3931090 or at 09054304861.

1 comment:

  1. A very beautiful place for prayer and near to heaven experience, my family will be going there and spend time there and hopefully in the near future the place where we will be renewing our vows in the presence of our MAKER and LORD. GOD bless the Hearts and Hands of the Family, Owners and Workers of Ephrathah and the Farm and Resort as a whole.


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