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Yamang Bukid Farm is dubbed as Puerto Princesa’s first “agritourism” destination. This farm which opened in Palawan for more than a year now already welcomed thousands of local and foreign tourists.
The secluded land in the rocky and mountainous area in Barangay Bacungan is initially planned to solely serve as a turmeric plantation to augment the scarce supply of turmeric coming from Baguio. Yamang Bukid has a Baguio-based Healthy Products that has a main product of Turmeric 10-in-1 Tea now being sold in retail stores nationwide. However, it was gradually transformed into a “relaxation place” for the local and now foreign visitors due to the needs of the local farmers and the community of Barangay Bacungan where it is located.
The farm experienced financial woes when it was starting so the farm’s initiators established a House of Kakanin to sustain the income for the farmers. They produced popular delicacies using the farm’s homegrown crops. The farmers also grow ornamental to medicinal types of plants, harvest different fruits, vegetables and plant other luscious flowery shrubs and trees. Some of these harvests are being sold in the market and some are sold at the farm.
Yamang Bukid farm packaged the food products with indigenous materials and they then gained traction from passersby, visitors, and tourists. Currently, Yamang Bukid farm attracts 5,000 visitors daily. The visitors increase during weekends and holidays.
Due to the influx of visitors, Yamang Bukid farm then opened a restaurant to cater to more people. This restaurant is also among the visited area at the farm because of its relaxing ambiance “characterized by canopies of mango and other trees. They serve farm-fresh meals for an affordable price. Visitors are encouraged to disclose any dietary requirements.
The farm is more to food and crops as it also has other amenities so that people can be one with nature and do some soul-searching. There are hammocks where tourists can enjoy their cozy stay at the farm. Also one of the added attractions at the Yamang Bukid farm is their golden sunflowers perfect for photograph souvenirs.
The 1.2-hectare land is also home to wild, endemic species of animals and insects in the area. There are butterflies, bees, hawks, hornbills, squirrels and dragonflies also dwelling and roaming at the farm and also serve as an attraction to tourists.
Yamang Bukid farm built a water treatment facility to make it even more eco-friendly. They also put up vermiculture to produce organic fertilizer from their organic wastes. For its sustainable model, Agricultural Training Institute recognized the Yamang Bukid Farm as a model farm tourism destination. The Department of Tourism also recognizes it as an agricultural tourism destination.
Yamang Bukid Farm will reportedly build glamping, overnight camp, hobbit house, art space "tambayan," wild honey station, and river as part of its expansion for tourists and locals.