From fruit-bearing trees, to assorted crops and amazing bamboo species whose color ranges from yellow, pink and black, it has hundreds of wide-canopied forest trees and stands of coconut trees that literally cover the sky above the entire five-hectare farm.
In 2013, owners Joel Frago, a former OFW who worked as an inspector in an international oil tanker in Europe, and his wife Myrna, an artist and landscape designer, thought that the time was ripe to open the sprawling farm to the public, even before R.A. No. 10816, also known as the “Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016,” was signed by Pres. Benigno Aquino III into law.
As ill-luck would have it, on July 13, 2014, Super typhoon “Glenda,” a Category 5 hurricane with a sustained wind speed of 252 kilometers per hour, hit Luzon, barreling its way from the east through the Frago farm, its strong winds uprooting small trees and cutting down big ones like matchsticks. “Glenda” ran a wide swath of destruction along its path that upended the Fragos’ dream farm.
RISING FROM THE STORM
But Joel and Myrna, both devout Christians, considered the devastation of their farm more of a salvation. They could easily plant new trees and straighten the felled bamboo; but the good thing was that “Glenda” did was blow away and kill all the cocolisap, or coconut scale insects, pests that feed on coconut cells until it kills the entire tree. S