Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013
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Viewing the Mayon Volcano is now made more interesting in the province of Albay from the plantation of sunflowers found in the city of Ligao. The area in California Village in Kawa Kawa is starting to be a favorite tourist attraction by Filipinos who love to see the flower farm with the distant Mount Mayon.


I recently visited Bicol and did not pass up doing a side trip at the farm with thousands of those sunflowers dotting the landscape of Ligao City. With the intense summer heat grilling the plains and hilltops, I settled for the plantation that was nearest to the highway.




Getting There

Getting off a tricycle, I found it odd that the tricycle driver discouraged me to go further near the Kawa Kawa Hill to see the part of the farm with sunflowers that have bigger heads and taller stems. He explained that with the summer heat, the stay would be unbearable. Since I was also going to visit a few relatives in the area, I heeded his advice and reckoned that I can always go back to Ligao City for it and even  visit two more attractions next time -- a waterfalls and Kawa Kawa Hill's Stations of the Cross.

Sunflower Season

I felt fortunate that the sky was clear and Mount Mayon was in full silhouette. I was previously told by a friend that February to March is the best time to visit the farm as the flowers are in full bloom during this time. It was almost April during my visit and the florets were beaming in yellow splendor against the sun from where I was standing -- under the shade of a tree.





Seeing Up Close

Since the flowers in the area were not as big as those near the foot of the Kawa Kawa Hill, I proceeded to check a few flower heads up close. I tried to be extra careful as to not step on anything except the soil partitions. It was interesting to see that all flower heads were facing the direction of the Mayon Volcano as if paying homage to the latter's majesty.

Sunflower Initiative

A few minutes later, my Ligao City-based uncle fetched me in a motorcycle and we headed to his family's house where I would spot three stems of sunflowers on their dining table. My gracious auntie shared that the flower cost P10 a piece from the farm. I have a hunch that aside from using the sunflowers as a residential ornament, some locals also use it for native delicacies. This effort may be something new as the sunflower farm only came to be in Ligao City a few years ago thanks to the initiatives made by Albay's former Governor Gonzales.

C O M M U T E   T I P   T O  T H E  S U N F L O W E R   F A R M 

From Naga City
Ride a van or bus bound for Legazpi City and get off at Kawa Kawa along the highway.

From Legazpi City
Ride a van bound for Ligao City and get off at Kawa Kawa along the highway.

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14 comments:

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    1. Yeah. Go further and visit what I missed to check out -- those with bigger heads and taller stem. There's even a grotto there that I failed to visit. Also, ask about a nearby waterfalls. Will revisit the city for it soon.

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  2. Hi. The sunflowers are in full bloom by Feb-March? Planning to do my prenup there by Feb 2016 :)

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    1. Yes. Just make it before the peak of summertime as the climate may not be good for the flowers that easily wither under the sweltering heat of the sun.

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    2. Thanks for your reply! :)

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  3. hi can i buy fresh sunflower?

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    1. Simply ride any Legazpi City-bound bus from EDSA (if you're coming from Manila) and get dropped off along the highway where Ligao City is. From the drop-off point in the highway, you can rent a tricycle to take you to the sunflower farm.

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  5. How to go there when you came from the airport in legazpi?

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    1. Ride any jeep or van bound for Ligao City at the Grand Terminal. Get off at the nearest corner of the highway that leads to the farm. You can specify that with the driver. There are tricycles that ply the highway which you can hail to take you directly to the where the farm is.

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  6. May i know who is the owner of the farm and if tney are selling seeds so i can plant also in my farm?

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  7. Hi i would like to know the owner of the farm and if they are selling seeds to plant so i can also grow some in my farm in Masbate.

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    1. You can contact the Facebook fan page of Ligao City for that info >> https://www.facebook.com/ligaocityal/

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  8. Does it have flowers this season? This oct.?

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