Our next stop for OA Bloggers Tour Day 2 in Bukidnon was at the Binahon AgroForestry Farm, situated within the Kitanglad Mountain Range in Bukidnon. It was almost 6 in the evening when we got there and it was slightly raining that time.
From Malaybalay’s Jaya’s Secret Garden, it took us 3 hours to get to Lantapan.
We unpacked our things immediately right after we were assigned of our room and just aa right as we were charging our mobile devices, the place was hit by a power failure. We.were a little bit uneasy at that moment because we were concern that we might not get to charge our gadgets if the power interruption lasts longer.
Good thing that after almost 10 or 15 minutes, the power was restored back.
The home-stay of Binahon AgroForestry Farm was so laid-back and relaxing. It has two rooms on the first floor and 1 room on the second floor. They also have a ‘cave room’ and is only available when they have more guests to accommodate.
Due to the low temperature in the region, they also have a fireplace to settle for those who want to beat the coldness.
Overnight stay costs P800 per head with food, lecture, and tour which is available for 15 people.
Binahon is a family-owned and managed farm by Henry and Perla Binahon located at Sitio Bulugan in Lantapan, Bukidnon. According to Henry, the farm is an entry-point to Mount Dulang-dulang, the second highest mountain in the Philippines that has been frequented by mountain climbers from all over the world.
“Farms should be the contributor to the rehabilitation and conservation of our environment,” was Henry’s explanation of what should be the logic in farming. The Binahons are promoting sustainable and climate change resilient farming system that blends agriculture and forestry to provide food, income, other resources beyond basic needs, and provides and facilitates environmental services.
“While doing farming system matulungan mo rin ang pagbalik ng kalikasan. Yun ang tawag, conservation farming,” added Henry while guiding us on an early morning farm visit and tour on their property.
The agroforestry land includes plants and trees like guava, durian, calamansi, rattan, bamboo, abaca, mahogany, rubber tree, and a lot more. They also have their own carrot processing plant which generates additional income for the farm and job opportunities for students and newly-graduates in the area.
They also offer a campsite place for those who wanted to experience outdoor adventure while inside the organic village.
The farmland serves also as a viewpoint to different mountains that can be seen around Binahon farm such as Mount Kalatungan, Mount Kitanglad, Mount Dulang-dulang, and other mountains within the boundaries of Bukidnon and Agusan, and Misamis Oriental.
We stayed at Binahon Farm for one day/night and proceeded to Mt. Kitanglad Agri-Ecological Techno-Demo Center – a 22-hectare farm and forestry owned by Benjamin Maputi in Sinaburan, Imbayao, Malaybalay City, the day after.
Our chosen airline for this trip was Philippine Airlines. We were booked on a 9:30 AM MNL-CGY flight going to Mindanao last May 23 and had the 2:20 PM CGY-MNL on our way back to NAIA Terminal 3 on May 26, 2016.
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