MANILA, April 6 (PNA) -- A travel guide book which celebrates the best farm tourism destinations in the Calabarzon region was launched on the sidelines of Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM) 2017 on Thursday.
“Calabarzon: A Regional Farm-Tourism Travel Guide”, compiled by the Department of Tourism Region IV-A (DOT IV-A), features at least 12 MFM exhibitors accredited by the DOT as farm tourism sights.
The MFM exhibitors are Costales Nature Farms, MoCa Family Farm, Terra Verde Ecofarm, Gourmet Farms, Ato Belen’s Farm, Forest Wood Garden, Flor’s Farm and Garden, Kahariam Farms, and Teofely Nature Farms, Nurture Farms, Domingo Permafarms, and Chad’s Nature Farm.
Aside from the farm tourism sights, the book also featured many of the region’s top cuisines in culinary or food tourism fashion.
DOT Region IV-A Director Rebecca Labit, who initiated book project, stressed that the public should consider farm tourism as another option to the usual sun and beach tourism.
“Agri-tourism or farm tourism is seen to be an attractive option to usual sun and beach activities and contributor to sustainable source of income for farmers,” Labit said during the book launch.
She encouraged the public to appreciate “the beauty of nature and immersion experience in the farm.”
DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, for her part, congratulated DOT IV-A for releasing a guide, describing Calabarzon as the country’s “agricultural haven”.
“With the region’s natural beauty, cultural richness, its vibrant communities there is no doubt that Calabarzon is one of the country’s agricultural haven,” Teo said.
“Although Calabarzon is one of the highly urbanized regions in the country, it has a lot of rural areas where tourists could feel the cool breeze and experience the biodiversity of living things,” she added.
Teo, meanwhile, vowed to continue to promote agri-tourism in the country as it provided “a unique experience for visitors at farm fields.”
Calabarzon region consists of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon Province. (PNA)