Junie has risen earlier than the sun. Outside it’s cold, dark and misty yet a sheen of sweat has already appeared on the young man’s forehead after trekking his way up the steep trail. At the hilltop, almost a kilometer away from his house, is Junie’s farm. It overlooks the rolling landscape and shoreline of Buenavista, a town some 23 kilometers west of Butuan.
Not the cow’s moo nor the cock’s cocorico but the horse’s neigh that thrills children and parents to visit the Mejares Fun Farm. Every time people hear the horse’s sound, they rush to the streets to watch in glee at the passing equine star. This new tourist attraction is located in Lianga, Surigao del Sur – a two-hour ride southeast of Butuan City. Tourists keep coming back here because of the Kalesa – a horse-drawn carriage which was the mode of transportation for nobles during the Spanish time. Nowadays, Kalesas can only be found in Vigan, Laoag, Manila and Iligan.
Many years ago this piece of land in Brgy. Sukailang, Surigao City was never a sight to behold. It was once barren and rocky. Later it was left pocked and scarred by a small-scale mining site that was only short-lived. Then it became a hideout of armed elements which caused the place to turn into a no man’s land. Thanks to this man, through his courage, ingenuity and eye for opportunity, he was able to transform a wasteland into a farm attraction in Sukailang. Meet Engr.
It’s not just the usual scenery of flora and fauna. For ‘agrophilics’ and nature-seekers, this farm is an intertwine of leisure, learning and adventure. In Alameda Farm, you experience the sights and sounds of nature, the taste of healthy, organically-grown produce, and the feel of adrenaline rush while being whisked over and yonder the sprawling landscape of coconuts, mangoes, and assortment of crops via sky bike and zip line. Truly, a unique experience and one-of-a-kind adventure in Caraga Region worthy of your bucket list.
Neither Lucio Tan nor Henry Sy serves as the inspiration of this successful organic rice farmer from Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. Instead, he looks up to a small, yet hardworking ant that never gives up and dreams big.
Engineer Carlos “Bong” Salazar, 61 years old, shares that his secret to success is emulating the qualities of an ant: wise, hardworking, responsible, and resourceful, among others.