Tagaytay City is probably the first local holiday destination that comes to mind when people from Metro Manila think of where to go for rest and relaxation. However, they might not know there is one place a bit closer where they can restore their senses, and that is Silang, Cavite.
1. Cleanse your diet by eating organic food
Gourmet Farms, one of the first organic vegetable farms in the country, offers consumers a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, including but not limited to lettuce, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and tarragon, all of which are grown in the 11.5-hectare (28.4-acre) land. However, it is not just a purveyor of goods. The land is open for eco-tourism, with visitors not only able to tour around the property but also learn about the different ways that they themselves can grow their own organic produce. Visitors can also take lessons in cooking, salad making, and recycling.
Gourmet Farms has its own restaurant, so you will actually be able to taste for yourself the goodness of organically-grown food.
Address: Km. 52, Aguinaldo Highway, Buho, Silang, Cavite
Contact: +6346 414 0209 / +63920-9497728
Nearby Food: Gourmet Farms has its own restaurant
Website: Gourmet Farms
2. Purchase natural remedies from Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm
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Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm is a haven for those who love natural remedies, all of which are organic, and most honey-based. Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm cultivates Italian honeybees, which are known for choosing the ripest pollen in flowers.
Like Gourmet Farms, Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm supports eco-tourism. Guests can explore the bee farm and learn more about bee products and their health benefits.
Please note that strict rules are enforced in the farm itself to make sure that the bees are not disturbed. As such, it might not be a good idea to bring children if they are not old and well-disciplined enough to observe the regulations in the venue, as they might run the risk of getting stung.
Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm
Address: Km. 47 Aguinaldo Highway, Lalaan 1, Silang, Cavite
Opening Hours: Museum Schedule: 8-10 am, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; Tours: 9 am - 4 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays; Shop schedule: 8 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Contact: [email protected]
Website: Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm
3. Sample all-natural desserts
Those who have a sweet tooth but want to be a little bit more careful about their diet may want to try out Buffy’s Milk, a dessert café that serves only all-natural products. Carabao (water buffalo) milk is used in all their dairy products and milk-based sweets.
Address: Silang, Cavite
Contact: +63917 506 9531
Facebook: Buffy’s Milk
4. Go on a self-imposed retreat at Balay Indang
Good health is not just about nutrition. Equal focus should be given to mental health. A lot of good will come out taking the time to take a breather at Balay Indang, which is found in the municipality of Indang, a neighboring town of Silang.
Each room in Balay Indang is uniquely decorated with simple yet beautiful wooden furnishings. The grounds are filled with trees and plants, perfect for soul seekers, or for those who simply want a quiet reprieve from their busy lives. Meals are inclusive in the package price.
Pre-booking is required before you dine or stay here, so be sure to contact them before heading there.
Address: 88 Mahabang Kahoy Cerca, Indang, Cavite, Philippines
Price: Overnight stay starts at 2,900 PHP (58 USD)
Contact: +63917 837 4261/+63917 866 5825 /+63917 535 7218
Nearby Food: Balay Indang has its own restaurant
Website: Balay Indang
5. Try pottery making at Cornerstone Pottery Farm
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Sometimes, choosing a quiet hobby is all it takes to still your mind. At Cornerstone Pottery Farm, you can try pottery making to take a break from you busy lifestyle.
Cornerstone Pottery Farm also offers ready-made earthenware and ceramics for functional purposes, or simply for décor.
Cornerstone Pottery Farm
Address: Balubad 1st Rd, Silang, Cavite
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm. Closed on Sundays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Contact: +63932 851 6444 / +639199952022
Website: Cornerstone Pottery Farm
6. Go caving
If exploring is your idea of relaxation, you can also opt to explore Cabag caves, found in the neighboring town of Maragondon. Inside the cave is a 50-meter (164-foot) long river, where fresh, clear water flows into a brook. The valley where the cave is located is surrounded by lush greenery. The beautiful setting, coupled with the sounds of nature can do wonders to help calm your mind.
Address: Poblacion 2, Maragondon, Cavite
7. Visit a wellness spa
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Saujana Premiere is more than your average spa. Aside from the usual features, such as body and facial treatments, a sauna, and hot tub, it also offers alternative and complementary treatments such as traditional Chinese medicine, craniosacral therapy, autogenic training, acupuncture, detoxification, Ayurvedic healing, and even packages for anti-aging, wellness, and nutrition. Western medicine is also offered here, including but not limited to cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, dentistry, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and physical rehabilitation with hydrotherapy.
The 16-hectare (39.5-acre) village also comes with its own eco-trails, where guests can take a hike. Group activities, such as tai chi, are also offered.
Address: Putingkahoy, Silang, Cavite
Contact: +632 310 5602 loc. 106; 310 5600; 310 5599
Website: Saujana Premiere
8. Indulge your palate
Silang is home to a variety of restaurants that offer good food. One of the most well-known there is Balinsasayaw, which serves traditional Filipino dishes.
Aside from good food, visitors from outside the Philippines will be able to experience Filipino culture in this restaurant. Guests are seated in nipa huts, the traditional homes of the country. The Balinsasayaw restaurant overlooks a picturesque view of the Taal Volcano, so those who choose to dine here will also be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
If you have a hankering for other Asian dishes, you may also want to try out Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen, which offers authentic Vietnamese food - the restaurant is owned by a Filipino-Vietnamese family. The rustic décor of the restaurant adds to the ambiance. Do note that pre-booking is required in order to dine here, so make sure that you make a reservation before heading to the restaurant to avoid disappointment.
You may also want to try out the local wine in the town, which is called Silang Four Seasons, or simply S4S. It is made from a combination of fruits currently in season.
Address: Brgy. Luksuhin, Aguinaldo H-way - Silang, Cavite
Contact: +63928 5066485
Website: Balinsasayaw Restaurant
Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen
Address: J. Hernandez Street. Purok 5. Silang, Cavite
Contact: +63927 697 0445, +63915 403 5155
Find yourself again in Silang, Cavite
There are times when life can get you down, or you become so busy with things that you forget to give yourself a breather. While being busy is a good thing, it is also good for your body and mind to de-stress, at times. If you are feeling the need to escape from your busy city life, drop by Silang, Cavite to rejuvenate your senses.
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