FAMILY REST HOUSE IS NOW AN AGRITOURISM SITE THAT OFFERS A TASTE OF REAL FILIPINO CHARM
Agriculture|January - February 2021
ALMOST EVERY FILIPINO dreams of someday retiring into farming where they can relax in close proximity to nature, feel satisfied with growing plants, and even spend time with their family away from the usual bustle of everyday life.
PATRICIA BIANCA S. TACULAO

Following this dream, a family in Lemery, Iloilo established a farmhouse in Sitio Marangsi, Barangay Buenavista to escape the trappings of city life. Eventually, they decided to open it to the public so they can share the relaxing experience with others.

Pater’s Farm is a 10-hectare estate with a mixed type of land that includes rice fields, wood and bamboo lands, and hilly slopes.

“[The farm] is one of the other estates of my paternal grandfather, Paterno “Pater” A. Lapating has purchased through hard work and love for farming. He also used it as a source of livelihood to raise 10 children. It is located at Sitio Marangsi of Barangay Buenavista of the Municipality of Lemery, Iloilo and is approximately three kilometers from the town proper,” said Aldene Lapating Layug, a marketing officer for a private school.

He added that the farm has been around since the 1960s but it was only in 2014 when his mother decided to build a farmhouse that will serve as a resthouse for the Lapating-DuyagArmstrong families.

When the farmhouse was being constructed, Layug was tasked to oversee the process and its maintenance. Because of this, he often visits the farm where he manages to unwind and recharge from the toxicity of urban life.

“We want to share such healing and rejuvenation to those who are looking for such [to escape] the demands and pressure of the modern world. We also want the adventurous by heart to discover this gem,” Layug said.

By 2017, the farm was opened to the public and boasts of a unique and resort-like architecture. However, Layug’s family still frequents the establishment during weekends, holidays, and planned vacations, which is why they came up with the reservation only basis when it comes to accepting guests.

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