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Revisiting Cavite: A New Take on Getaways

Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of the city can get a little too much and the congested streets of Metro Manila can be suffocating for most. Every now and then, we crave some peace and quiet. We desire to take a pause and enjoy the view or to simply find time to reflect and rediscover ourselves.

You don’t have to fly out of the country or travel several hours to get that much-needed respite from your busy schedule. Cavite is only a one- to two-hour drive from Metro Manila and is the perfect destination for those looking for a quick getaway.

What to Know

Gorgeous Farm view

    • Blast from the Past: Cavite is known as the “Historical Capital of the Philippines” and is the closest province south of Metro Manila.
    • Land of the Brave: It’s the birthplace of Philippine Independence. One of the top landmarks to visit is the Aguinaldo Shrine where the Philippine flag was first raised.
    • Tagaytay City: Cavite is made up of several cities and municipalities but its most popular tourist destination is Tagaytay City, which is home to sweeping lake views, hillside restaurants, and hotels overlooking Taal Volcano.

    Visit and Dig In!: With the abundance of grill houses, restaurants, and cafés, Cavite has become one of the top go-to dining places in the country!

  • Things to Do

    Sky Ranch Tagaytay

    • Explore Tagaytay: Known as one of the most popular holiday towns in the country, Tagaytay has a wide range of activities to offer and lots of spots to visit. Have a fun outdoor picnic with the family in Picnic Grove, go horseback-riding in People’s Park, spend time with adorable animals and go on fun rides at Zoori and Paradizoo, or dine in the many roadside restaurants serving the city’s famed bulalo.
    • Relive History: Being the historical capital of the Philippines means Cavite is filled with shrines, museums, and other landmarks honoring some of the country’s heroes. Enjoy a blast from the past and visit some of the historical sites like Corregidor Island, Aguinaldo Shrine, and all the other museums and monuments in the province.
    • Slow down and laze around: Cavite is the perfect setting for a peaceful and carefree weekend. Whether it’s enjoying the gorgeous view of Taal Lake from the many hillside parks, soaking up the sun by the beach, or strolling through its lush nature parks, you’ll definitely get that much-needed R&R.

    New Experiences to Check Out

    Looking for something new to explore other than the usual museums, parks, and landmarks? These will definitely give you a fresh view of Cavite:

    Farm Tourism in Cavite

    In partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT), Traveloka has joined in the initiative to promote accredited farm tourism sites located around the Philippines. This initiative aims to raise awareness on the importance of agriculture and to teach young people about farming and how it can be a form of entrepreneurship.

    These sites provide sustainable tourism and are aimed to provide an environment-friendly space where visitors can enjoy and learn about the benefits of agricultural business and tourism. Looking for a one-of-a-kind experience? Try these accredited farm tourism sites in Cavite:

    Bounty Harvest Farm

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    This farm was established with the vision of “having a place to enjoy God’s creations.” Owned by Mr. Balgamel Crooc and Mrs. Amy Crooc, this agri-tourism site features post-harvest products, charming facilities, and is an official learning site for agriculture.

    This 1.5-hectare farm used to be an unattended jungle in 2011, but with the passion and perseverance of its owners, they were able to turn it into a sanctuary for natural produce to flourish and a place where they can make people aware of the importance of and the enjoyment in farming.

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    Left to right: DOT Regional Director Joseph Francisco Ortega with Bounty Harvest Farm owners Mrs. Amy Crooc and Mr. Balgamel Crooc

    The farm offers farming activities and training. It can also be booked as a venue for events like weddings and team-building seminars and has several lodging options available.

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    Bounty Harvest Farm’s saleable products: Coconut Vinegar, Dried Langka, Banana Chips, Turmeric, and Lemon Grass powder

    The farm makes use of several farm technologies like hydroponics. The main selling point of the business is post-harvest processing, which allows them to have saleable produce of seasonal fruits. They also have a pick-and-pay offer from the 22 types of fruits planted in the farm like lanka, rambutan, and lanzones.

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    Left to right: Bounty Harvest Farm owner Mr. Balgamel Crooc with DOT Regional Director Joseph Francisco Ortega

    Address: Ulo River Road, Buna Cerca, Indang, Cavite

    Gorgeous Farm

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    Located on the hills facing Taal Lake, this farm boasts gorgeous views and amenities ideal for those who are looking for a new kind of getaway.

    Nestled in a unique farm terrain, Gorgeous Farm was one of the first accredited agri-tourism sites by DOT. It’s also a TESDA-accredited training center for organic agriculture production and an accredited learning site of agriculture by the Department of Agriculture.

    Gorgeous Farm owner - Thelma Murillo
    Gorgeous Farm owner Ms. Thelma Murillo

    With over 9 hectares of land, it’s an absolute sight to behold! Gorgeous Farm owner Thelma Murillo states that the farm advocates organic and natural farming, and encourages people to lead a healthy lifestyle.

    Ms. Murillo also joins the initiative on encouraging more people to take part in agriculture, saying, “We want to promote that agriculture is sexy. Farming is sexy.”

    Wild Juan Restaurant
    Wild Juan Restaurant

    After visiting the farm, have a meal at Wild Juan, which serves tasty dishes made from organic products from the farm.

    If you wish to stay overnight, Wild Juan also has charming accommodations. The Wild Juan Bed & Breakfast Inn has single rooms and family rooms with rates for as low as P3,500 and P5,575, respectively.

    Gorgeous Farm - Thelma Murillo
    Left to right: DOT Regional Director Joseph Francisco Ortega with Gorgeous Farm owner Ms. Thelma Murillo

    Address: Km 68 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay City

    WIN Farm

    WIN Farm_3

    Nestled in Alfonso Cavite is a farm tourism site where you will definitely “win” in experiences. The “We Lead Integrated and Natural” farm has everything you need if you want to experience farm life.

    The 9-hectare property has a hotel, a restaurant, a miniature rice field, as well as a convention center, making it a prime tourism site in itself.

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    WIN Farm Convention Center

    With the P400 entrance fee, you can already access the farm’s amenities and experience the many activities it has to offer, like their Farmville project, which allows people to experience real-time farming even from the comforts of their home. Visitors can buy a section of land, plant in them, and harvest their own vegetables.

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    Vertical Gardening at WIN Farm

    WIN Farm has a pick-and-pay activity where visitors can gather vegetables straight from the field and make it into a salad. They also offer several experience packages that include tree planting, harvesting, and animal feeding.

    In addition to all that, the farm has agricultural training programs and hosts school activities that teach students about sustainable living through farming.

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    Left to right: WIN Farm owner Mr. Emmanuel Fernandez with DOT Regional Director Joseph Francisco Ortega

    The owner of WIN Farm Mr. Emmanuel Fernandez stresses the importance of combining business and agriculture. He says, “It is not true that there is no money in farming. There is money in farming but you have to put technology, science, and business (together). We have to be like an entrepreneur.”

    If you’re looking for a bit of fresh air with a wide range of activities to do, you might want to consider visiting this natural farm in Alfonso, Cavite.
    Address: Brgy. Taywanak Ilaya, Alfonso, Cavite

    Where to Stay

    Crosswinds Resort Suites

    Check out some of the best accommodations in the area:

     

    Revisit Cavite and try new experiences. Book now on Traveloka and get the best deals for your quick getaway.

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