[LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET, PHILIPPINES] ▬ The province of Benguet hosts iconic farms. It is known for its vegetables stereotyped as 'Baguio vegetables' sold to as far as Manila. The strawberry farm is also popular. The latter farm's town host is now regarded as the strawberry capital of the Philippines. The same town is the host of Bahong flower farm, considered as the rose capital of the Philippines. By the way, the Philippines' summer capital is also located in Benguet. P.S. - Probably, ukay-ukay capital of the Philippines is also found in Benguet. Dog-eating is also popular here. But no, not a dog-eating capital please.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ FELLOW BLOGGER, JUSTIN, PHOTOSHOOTING IN BETWEEN STALKS
You know, today, I'm not the pa-hardcore travel blogger. I'm pa-VIP. So I am ditching all the pains of commuting and walking. With us are 4 tour guides. I'm the pabebe tourist type this time! Pabebeeeee! Anyway, if you've met hyperbole once in your life, you'll know I'm not really a king.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ ROADSIDE VIEW: A TEASING VIEW
On our way to the flower farm, the beauty of Benguet is teasing me—teasing me to ditch the touristy itinerary, leave my comfortable seat, escape via the window of the van (which I think a stupid act done in romantic flicks but not in thriller films) and go on my own way. Pabebe no more!
Well, this is the downside of being with an organized tour group. You miss a lot of things not included in the itinerary. You miss the chance to talk with random locals, to buy local food in the carinderia and the beauty of discovering new things while you randomly ask people for the direction of your destination.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ THAT HELPFUL MARKER!
It is while on board a vehicle where I introspect. Seeing the mountains while inside the tourist van transformed me into a thought bin. Deymn. It's so fvcking nice to have full of thoughts.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ THE BAHONG MOUNTAIN VIEW
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ MOUNTAINSIDE VILLAGE
From the main road, we turned to a narrower road, a little wider than a standard lane, that continually descended. I know we're now in Brgy Bahong and I'm seeing mountainside villages with enviable surroundings. Around their village are beautiful mountains. The air is fresher too. Just wow! What a lucky community!
The road led us to a valley—a valley of flowers.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ UP CLOSE WITH ROSES
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ ROSES ARE GOLDEN, VIOLETS ARE BLUE
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ FELLOW BLOGGERS, SNAPPING A ROSE PHOTO FOR THEIR FB POST
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ RED ROSES, WHY YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL?
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ YELLOW ROSES: THEY LOOK HAPPY AND GAY!
I saw how these flowers that are mainstays in bouquets are grown. Like most of the life cycle of flowers, they start as little buds then bloom into mature flowers!
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ FLOWER BUDS! THEY ALL START THIS WAY.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ FEW WEEKS MORE AND THIS WILL BLOOM.
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ WAITING FOR THEIR TIME TO BLOOM
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ FELLOW WRITER, MARINETTE, TAKING PHOTOS IN THE FARM
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ A SECTION OF SEMI-BLOOMING FLOWERS
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ ALMOST THERE
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ CUTTING SOON
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ FULLY GROWN!
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ HELLO FROM BAHONG! I'M IN THE ROSE CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES!
I've actually been wanting to visit this flower farm when I saw it on TV. It feels fulfilling to see the place where the flower I bought for the birthday of the special girl came from. Without this flower farm, I should've not brought her flowers. You see? This flower farm is part of everyone's love life and I'm one guilty victim. ▬ to be continued...
INDEX: INSIDE THIS BLOG SERIES
[UP NEXT] ▬ FOR LUNCH, WE ATE IN A RESTAURANT + IGOROT MUSEUM IN ONE.
[BAGUIO] ▬ VIP Treatment Vacation the Azalea Way
TEASER ► Inside the room, I felt like I'm a VIP again. This is probably one of the best rooms in Azalea. I felt privileged. This staycation kicks ass.
| Part 2
[BAGUIO] ▬ Ilocano Food Reigns at Kalapaw Restaurant
TEASER ► This restaurant highlights the Ilocos heritage and culture in spite of the fact that it's located in Baguio City.
| Part 3
[BAGUIO] ▬ Night Market at Harrison Road: What to See and Expect?
TEASER ► The foot traffic is huge. Merchants shout to encourage passersby to purchase their products. But some are just hawkers.
| Part 4
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ 5 Interdependent Worlds in Strawberry Farm
TEASER ► I know they need something that's why they need to do something. You see great hope in their eyes.
| Part 5 | Part 6
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Restaurant: Non-Igorots Should Eat Here!
TEASER ► Say anything you want to say and this cool restaurant along the main road in La Trinidad will still find its way to become superior.
| Part 7
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Museum and the Maid-to-Millionaire Story
TEASER ► Greatness does not only come from huge quantities and fat funds. My conviction is something is already great when you are able to put up that something from scratch with a purpose to educate and inspire.
| Part 8
[BAGUIO] ▬ Discovering More of Baguio the Amazing Race Way
TEASER ► We've explored the city under time pressure yet we were awed by these destinations that are truly timeless.
| Part 9
[BAGUIO] ▬ 2600 Gastropub: When Zip Code Turns Into Night Life
TEASER ► Then, the playlist went on and it made me wild, almost shedding tears, remembering the good old days in favor of nostalgia.
| Part 10
[TUBA] ▬ BenCab Museum: History, Arts and Culture
TEASER ► ...everywhere is a learning realm. Everywhere is an answer if you have questions. Everywhere is a definition if you look for meanings.
[BAGUIO] ▬ Tam-awan Village: Old-School Igorot Living of Today
TEASER ► The present has almost erased all the things of the past but some individuals have always been interested in bringing the old back to present.
| Part 12
[BAGUIO] ▬ Tree Top Adventure: What to Expect? + Things You Must Know
TEASER ► The facilities are well-engineered—truly a work of the experts. Pine trees are part of the activities and they claim that no tree was harmed.
| Part 13
[BAGUIO] ► Azalea Residences Hotel Review: My Experiences in Details
TEASER ▬ The room where I stayed is even bigger than our house—complete with a kitchen, a dining area, a sala (with a couch and a twin bed) and another two rooms within the room. Swanky!
 The maps I used below as well as those that appeared on tooltips are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2
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