2020 GARIN FARM ILOILO TRAVEL GUIDE

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Garin Farm, Iloilo

 GARIN FARM ILOILO TRAVEL GUIDE

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Garin Farm, Iloilo

Garin Farm Iloilo: A Slice of Heaven on Earth?

If the Christmas is not nigh, there are not too many places, aside from the churches, where you would get a sight of the visual depiction of the happenings that started in creation, the birth and the subsequent suffering of Jesus, and ultimately, a person’s notion of heaven. But not in San Joaquin, Ilo Ilo was a farm, a pilgrimage, and a recreational site coalesce subsequently forming what is the Garin Farm.

The Garin Farm may have tried to be everything of the three at once; however, when it is not catering for guests who are curious of what the place is about, the venue is fundamentally a farm still. This is evidenced by the cornucopia of plants and crops in addition to the presence of livestock animals being raised in the field, if not caged. As a farm full of greens and abundant harvest, Garin Farm serves its freshly-picked crops in its restaurant or otherwise sell them directly to willing consumers.

For a venue which capitalizes on its own products, it is quite understandable as to why outside foods are forbidden in the area. Entrance into the Garin Farm is not necessarily free. Although pricing may vary depending on a few conditions—elderly, children, and people with disabilities are eligible for a discount—an average person seeking passage into the farm must pay P150 individually.

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Garin Farm, Iloilo

But that is only for entrance alone as other facilities in the area requires added pay to be used. For instance, for visitors who are willing to spend the night in the resort—yes, the Garin Farm is also a resort as well—there are plenty of well-appointed and air-conditioned rooms that accommodate persons. There are even pavilions and conferences for people who come in groups for a certain occasion. Yet, while seeing the green environment, experiencing the crops, and seeing a diverse set of livestock are themselves a fun way to enjoy a farm, those were not the real “recreational” aspect of it.

When we talk about “fun” in Garin Farm, we speak of amusements such as a zip line that lets you cannonball along a certain distance at a high elevation; a swimming pool to dip yourself in; a buggy car to tread the expanse of the fields; a kayak in a still water; and fishing. However, another real highlight of being in Garin Farm in unsurprisingly the so-called “pilgrimage” across the farm which gives a simple depiction of life from the beginning, to the varying historical stages of the birth, the struggles, and the death of the Christ, up to the peak where a version of heaven in a farm rests, all of which based on the Christian perspective. As the idea of getting to heaven is not a simple feat—both metaphorically and literally—the journey towards the peak where a huge cross stands is not simple. Adding a little bit of challenge to the concept is the presence of 456-step stairs leading into a “dark tunnel” that subsequently ends in the far brighter peak where the imagined “heaven” resides. All of these sum up the Garin Farm experience.

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Garin Farm, Iloilo

Rates

  • Entrance Fee: P150 per person ( Free for Children 2yrs old and below
  • Zipline (300 meters X 2):  P250 (sitting) / P350 (Superman)
  • Hilltop Swimming Pool: P80
  • Hilltop Fishing: P30/kiloBilliards: P60/hour
  • Hilltop Horseback Riding: P60
  • Golf Cart (3 Pax ride): P60 (entrance to pavilion) / P90 (pavilion to cross)
  • Pedal Boat: P90 for 2 max
  • Rubber Boat: P120 (4 pax) / P240 (8 pax)Single
  • Kayak: P40Double Kayak: P90
  • All-Terrain Vehicle: P200 (20 minutes)
  • Executive Conference Room (15-20 Pax): P2,500

Room Rates

  • Hilltop Family Room (4 persons): P3,500 / room / night
  • Hilltop Twin Room (2 persons): P2,500 / room / night
  • Hilltop Single Room: P1,500 / room / night
  • All room rates come with free breakfast; free use of hilltop swimming pool.
  • All rooms are equipped with wifi and are fully airconditioned.  (Extra bed – P350 with breakfast and P200 without breakfast.)

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Garin Farm, Iloilo

How to Get to Garin Farm, Iloilo

To get to Garin Farm from Iloilo City, TAKE a jeep or van bound for San Joaquin at Molo, Super, Mohon Terminal or at Arevalo. The fare is approximately  P60 and travel time is approximately one (1) hour. Ask the driver to get you off at Garin Farm near San Joaquin Cemetery. From the highway, take a tricycle for P10 per person to bring you Garin Farm.

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Garin Farm, Iloilo

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