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  • I grew up in the province. The sound of the rooster, the sight of large fields, fresh air — all of them were part of my childhood, and I loved it.

    I miss it a lot now that I am a mom with a toddler living in the city. I crave the fresh air and the wide-open spaces where my child can run free and do grounding. I believe children learn so much just by observing and exploring.

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    Pasyalan sa Antipolo, Batangas, Pampanga, at Tanay 

    I don’t think my daughter's childhood will be complete if I only bring her to indoor playgrounds, the mall, school, and the like. So I was glad to find four "pasyalans" that are farms near Metro Manila. These are good for relaxation and perfect for nature family bonding. The best part: it's affordable.

    Pili Paninap Farms Resort and Campground

    Sampaloc Daraitan Road, Tanay, Rizal

    Call +63 (915) 787-7428


    The property, which has been family-owned since 1978, was initially planned to be an agricultural farm that focused on pili production, hence the name Pili Paninap — pili for the Bicol native nut and paninap for the Kapampangan word for dream.

    The owners have a large extended family and friends, and they would always invite them to come over to relax and eat. Over time, guest rooms became lodges, so more people could be accommodated and have a pleasant stay. And in 2012, with encouragement from friends, they opened it to the public.

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    The farm is situated closely to the Sampaloc river, which has become an added attraction for guests to enjoy its knee-high water. For families who want to really go swimming, they can follow the river and hike upstream for about 15 minutes and enjoy a deeper and wider portion of the river.

    You can bring your pets, by the way, although the farm has a host of animals like deer, ducks, pigs, and horses (kids can go horseback riding). Guests can also do bonfire and stargazing and play badminton and frisbee.

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    The guest lodges don’t have air conditioning, but it is well-ventilated and large enough to be comfortable. For an overnight stay, a group of up to five people can expect to pay Php2,500 for the room plus food. For a full board of three meals, it’s about Php1,075 per person.

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    Happynest Farm Bed and Breakfast

    Paroba Street, Brgy. Sta. Maria, Sta. Ana, Pampanga

    Call +63 (995) 133-1146


    Approximately a one-hour drive from NLEX Balintawak, Happynest Farm BnB used to be a poultry farm that operated for 50 years until 2013.

    The farm has Happy Seeds and Roots Edible Garden, where vegetables and herbs are grown to supply fresh ingredients needed in the kitchen. The garden, which doesn’t use chemical fertilizers and pesticides, hopes to plant a seed in children’s hearts, so to speak, that growing your own food is doable and worth it. Guests can plant their seeds and take home their baby plants. Harvested crops can be purchased by guests at an affordable price.

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    Other attractions on-site include a free-range chicken yard that showcases different chicken breeds, a game yard for kids and adults, a bonfire area, and it will soon have a fishing deck. The farm also has a pool.

    Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12nn, the farm has “Playdates,” a guided tour of the edible garden maze, a meet-and-greet with the farm animals, and a plant-based lunch buffet. Aside from the accommodation of day or overnight visitors, Happynest can organize your children’s parties, field trips, and family events.


    The facilities include cottages designed to give travelers an experience of sleeping on the papag, or native bamboo beds common in the province, in a communal style layout with natural ventilation.

    Overnight with breakfast is Php950/ person Php750 each for senior citizens and kids from 2 to 10 years old. Day trip costs Php 300/ person and Php250 each for seniors and kids from 2 to 10 years old.

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    Mount Purro Nature Reserve

    Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo City

    Call +63 (2) 542-3005



    Mount Purro Nature Reserve, along with its partner, MPNR Foundation, helps rehabilitate the Upper Marikina Watershed and empowers the communities living within, especially the indigenous Dumagat tribe.

    It offers activities like forest hike, river excursion, and interaction with the Dumagat tribe. It has rope courses for bigger kids, a vast nature playscape for smaller kids, mini zipline, swimming pools, and a lot more. The accommodations fashioned like bahay kubos are simple yet comfortable.


    The day trip starts at Php950, while an overnight stay starts at Php2300.

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    The Old Grove Farmstead

    Purok 5, U. Mojares St., Brgy. Lipa, Batangas

    Call +63 (939) 127-2347 or +63 (917) 895-2829 

    The Old Grove Farmstead, a five-hectare farm, has been called the Netherlands of Lipa City because of the barn with a windmill and the open fields.You may roam the entire farm, feed animals, feel the fresh air while taking majestic shots, and dine at their resto after a full day of fun. It also has swimming pools.


    The is still in a soft opening stage, so there is no overnight accommodation yet. A day tour is being offered starting at Php500 for an adult plus Php200 consumable food and Php350 for kids plus Php150 for consumable food.

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    Din Real Bautista is a proud full-time homemaker. Most of the time, she’s busy raising a kind-hearted and strong human being named Monica together with the most amazing husband, Beejay. And the rest of her time, she’s making sure her life is better outside social media.

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