Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Ligao City's sunflower farm; Sipalay City's rice fields; Irosin Valley View; Baggao's cornfields
Ligao City's sunflower farm













It's human nature to have a predilection for open spaces. In the Philippines' countryside, locals have a lot of fields to get around to. From expansive farmlands to picturesque plantations, the rural landscape is where fields thrive. You easily gravitate toward unobstructed views of green or yellow, especially if there's no intimidating fence that discourages curiosity. In such an environment, you're free to frolic sans street labels and landmarks. In the middle of everything, the recalcitrant in you is suddenly so puny. From your point of view, there's just a dreamy contemplation of vastness -- it's just you and the outdoors.

After venturing into select provinces in the country for the past four years, I got the chance to visit some interesting destinations that let me experience open spaces whether from a vantage point or in the thick of the bounty. Usually romanticized in TV shows or movies, such places are not easy to forget. They lingered with me in my long commutes or short plane rides going home. Memories of lucid patterns even stayed with me in my sleep.

In a way, such places represent people's dreams for a better life. As sure as there's a season for sowing, there's also a season for reaping which is the best time to visit them. It's when everything is more crisp and colors are vivid. Seeing them in such a state definitely speaks about a blessed life.

Have you been to any of these places?

The sunflower farm against the silhouette of the Mayon Volcano
Sunflower farm in Ligao City

Ligao City's Sunflower Farm

Albay residents are blessed to always have a view of the majestic Mayon Volcano anywhere they may be in the province. Imagine pairing such a background with a vast field of sunflowers for foreground.

You don't have to imagine really because a sunflower farm already exists in Ligao City where Albay's former governor (Gonzales) initiated the efforts to have one. The yellow-crowned blossoms are not only a charming accent to one's view of Mayon, but it's also visible in street corners and in both sides of the city's major thoroughfares.

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Read more about Ligao City's Sunflower Farm.

Baggao's cornfields
Cornfields of Baggao
Cornfields of Baggao

When in Cagayan, cornfields are a regular sight. There's just so many of them that you can view one from the comforts of your bus commute window. In Baggao, where there's not a lot of regular commutes scheduled per day, you can book yourself at the Country Inn Hotel and Restaurant for a full immersion in the local scene where corn production is much more regarded over rice. You can rent a tricycle and pop open an umbrella to visit farming plains and hilltops where the crop is cultivated. In the afternoon, simply step out of your booked inn and have a street food of a grilled corn-on-a-stick at the town's public market.

Book a hotel in Cagayan.

Read more about Cornfields of Baggao.

The farming plains of Sipalay City
Irosin Valley View
Farming Plains of Sipalay City and Irosin

The view of Sipalay City's farming plains from the city hall roof deck



"Tourists are recommended to visit the roof deck of the city hall where the views are touted to be more expansive."



Sipalay City

It's easy to recommend Sipalay City for viewing the country's charming rice fields because it's known to have been named after the native phrase for "there is rice". Chinese traders that time found it hard to pronounce the "R" in the local word "paray" which led to the dissemination of the name Sipalay. In any case, views of the city's rice fields are hard to miss because they're abundant from the highway alone. Tourists are recommended to visit the roof deck of the city hall where the views are touted to be more expansive.

Book a hotel in Bacolod City.
Book a resort in Sipalay City.

Read more about Sipalay City.

Irosin Valley View


Irosin

From a view deck in the town of Irosin, you can take a gander at Sorsogon's largest rice granary. Going there will let you cross varying localized weather conditions from suddenly sunny to downright drizzling. At the vantage point of the Irosin Valley View, the farming plains is the scenery to behold. The seemingly endless carpet of rice fields will definitely soothe your tired eyes once you're there.

Book a resort in Sorsogon.

Read more about Sorsogon.

"From a view deck in the town of Irosin, you can take a gander at Sorsogon's largest rice granary. "

Sugar plantation in Silay City
A view of Silay City's vast sugar plantations from the airplane
Sugar Plantations of Silay City

A visit of Bacolod City is also a definite experience of viewing sugar plantations. Although pockets of these can be seen in parts of the city, the more vast ones are located in the neighboring city of Silay where the Bacolod-Silay International Airport is. If you arrived by plane, it's the perfect welcome you'll receive -- the dulcet sound of rustling grass from scattered plantations.

Read more about Silay City.

Visit Open Spaces

Most open spaces in the countryside really don't require any tourist fee for you to be able to view them. You can easily tackle pathways that showcase their presence for free. Simply ask permission from the farmer or the local entity in charge where it's necessary.

Eager for more travel recommendations? Check out the following posts:

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• 8 Less Explored Attractions In The Philippines
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