Ilog Maria – Bee Farm and Museum

Ilog Maria Bee Farm and Museum

Ilog Maria Gate

This unique bee farm is located on flows from seven natural springs within the Magsaysay Family’s farm in the highlands of Silang, Cavite. Silang-  is renowned as Manila’s source of fresh fruits and excellent coffee. The entire town of more than 20,000 hectares is planted to a variety of fruits intercropped with coffee trees.

The town is also known for its horticultural industry were almost every home had some plants for sale.

This pristine environment is an ideal setting for a healthy rural lifestyle. It is also perfect for keeping honeybees.

Products such as candle, gel,ointment , honey, bath soaps,  bee propolis, Ilog Maria souvenir mugs in their souvenir shop. Long queues of local and foreign buyers had went to their shop . Some of our tour-mates confesses that they always buy these products from the company .

There is a beehive shaped building within the property which serves as  a bee museum and a function area. Seminars and workshop are conducted by appointment and a short video presentation may also be requested.

For more details visit their website

Ugu Bigyan- Potter’s Garden & Workshop

Augusto “Ugo” Bigyan, the celebrated  artisan potter who has contributed to the fame of the province . During one of the field trips conducted by the Philippine Orchid Society, the tour  stopped by Ugu’s workshop in Barangay Lusacan, Tiaong Quezon . Philippine culture and arts  are evident with  the fusion  of   Mexican , Spanish , Asian -inspired architecture which dotted the entire compound.

The group was lucky  to meet the famous artisan conducting a short workshop

Ugo Bigyan’s art works are mostly the functional kind. One finds here plates made of soft stone molded after the shape of leaves; glazed three-colored glasses; the enchanting wind chimes; bracelets made from clay; bowls of different sizes and colors but all with simple but exquisite designs.

different potteries on display for sale

A simple candy receptacle or small plate is adorned with twigs where perched ceramic butterflies, bees, fishes  or birds.  The gallery bestsellers prove to be the big tapestries, big jars, plates and dinner sets, and other stoneware. And there are many more. These functional pieces can actually serve as objet d’arts.

jar with fossilized fern design

The gallery enjoys great patronage from well-known individuals, up-scale hotels and posh resorts such as Amanpulo, Campo Travieza, Casa Patricia, El Nido, Hidden Valley and Villa Escudero. Some of his potteries are  also exported to Europe, Japan, Taiwan , Canada, Latin America and United States.

Bigyan workshop and garden is a cluster of houses , with different motives and  architecture styles these also  include the house he lives in, a showroom, a workshop and several smaller pavilion type huts with Balinese and Javanese inspired . Bigyan’s main house was made from simple hollow blocks and coated with reddish terracotta. The front lawn was accentuated with a circular structure made of brick and equipped with throw pillows in woven buri cases, where family and friends can gather and chat, and at night, perhaps, create a bonfire. Another curious accent of the lawn was a rock, which was hollowed out and filled with water where little, floating quiapo plants grew. It was an innovative version of an outdoor potted plant. A winding pathways lead to other houses. The pathways themselves were interesting to look at. Some were made from cement and bricks with glazed, ceramic fishes served as accent. Others are made from old driftwood, which were actually pieces from knocked-down old houses, which Bigyan salvaged and gathered.

Collections of different works of art from different countries like figurines from Thailand, face masked from Indonesia , figurines from Mexico among others.

Broad-leaf-shaped pattern  footsteps made from cement. These footsteps were cast from actual leaves. Most of his clay works with flower and leaf motifs are cast from actual flowers and leaves.The process of embedding the leaves and flowers are called fossilizing .

These pathways lead to other houses. on the  the right of the terracotta house was another house that seemed to serve as workshop, storage and living quarter, behind was the showroom, where  Mr. Bigyan’s work were on display and were on sale. The two houses had a rugged  unfinished look.

interiors in one of the houses inside Bigyan’s compound

The houses are made  of bricks, natural adobe  and cement, they looked unfinished,quite similar to those in movies . The houses and pavilions inside the compound  looked  like ruins. Their  unfinished look was intentionally and was somehow intriguing.

tour group marveled at the orchids and ferns mounted on live trees

Aside from artistically displayed clayware, Ugu’s workshop offers quaint huts with which one can relax and leisurely enjoy a lush  landscaped garden with large mango trees  draped with native  orchids, ferns, creeping plants examples are Dendrobium anosmum, Dendrobium aphyllum, Dendrobium crumenatum , Hoya pubicalyx, Platycerium coronarium , Platycerium grande , Asplenium nidus , tillandsia trimmed with terracotta chimes, fountains and koi ponds.

Hoya pubicalyx a member of Asclepiadaceae

At the end of the tour , Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro gave Mr. Bigyan a copy of Philippine Orchid Review magazine.

Contact Information:

Ugu Bigyan: Potter’s garden
alvarez village, lusacan, tiaong, quezon
tel. no.: (042) 5459144
mobile: 0917-5605708
Rates: pottery workshops or demonstrations may also be arranged.

Helpful tips:

1.) They are strict that you pay for the exact amount of headcount that you reserved since they buy the ingredients in the market based on the reservation. Make a reservation at least several days in advance ( minimum of at least 5 persons ).

2.) Best time to buy pottery items in Ugu are during the sale season. There are three sale sessions: first, is the Pahiyas sale on May 15 ); second, on his even birthdays August 14 discounted depending on his age and lastly during the first Sunday of October.

3.) Lunch is usually a fix set depends on what they can buy in the market. You can influence this a bit and try to change some of the items based on your preference.Merienda is also nice time to visit and get a sampling of their sago and gulaman.

4.). You can learn pottery here and decide to stay for a night. Reservations is required .

Gintong Talulot Orchid &Ornamental Farm

Gintong Talulot Orchid and Ornamental farm had several farms and outlets within southern Tagalog provinces.

Cattleya hybrids, Kagawaras, Mokaras, Epidendrums

Some of the collections are semi-terete Vandas, strap leaf Vandas, Mokaras, Kagawaras, Cattleya hybrids , native orchids like Dendrobium anosmum, Dendrobium aphyllum , Vanda lamellata . Ornamental plants like Hoya pubicalyx , Hoya obscura are also grown.

The farm also produces cut-flower which were supplied in nearby towns and provinces. The retired former professor in UPLB said that they started growing orchids as a mere hobby in the mid- 1970’s and through hard work and perseverance . They were able to send their children in school and was able to purchase some properties in Laguna, Cavite and Quezon and turned them into productive cut-flower farms.

rows of  planted  cut flower orchid varieties

The proprietors are active members of the

Los  Baños Orchid Society, Philippine Orchid Society.



Steven Ang’s -Hydroponic Farm

several varieties of lettuce are grown in this greenhouse

Steven Ang’s Vegetable Farm – One of the features of this vegetable farm is the Hydroponics (from the Greek words hydro water and ponos labor) is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, without soil. Soil less culture.
Gericke originally defined hydroponics as crop growth in mineral nutrient solutions, with no solid medium for the roots. He objected in print to people who applied the term hydroponics to other types of soil less culture such as sand culture and gravel culture.

The distinction between hydroponics and soil less culture of plants has often been blurred. Soil less culture is a broader term than hydroponics; it only requires that no soils with clay or silt are used. Note that sand is a type of soil yet sand culture is considered a type of soil less culture. Hydroponics is a subset of soil less culture. Many types of soil less culture do not use the mineral nutrient solutions required for hydroponics.

Mr. Steven Ang is an active member of the Philippine Orchid Society , Philippine Horticultural Society , a certified  chef  and  an entrepreneur .

According to Mr. Ang,  he supplies several restaurants and supermarket in Metro Manila and surrounding areas. He had an interesting collections of cactus, hibiscus, roses in his farm.

members and guests bought hydroponic  grown lettuce

The tour group was treated with a free sampling of hydroponic grown lettuce and before leaving the farm , some of the members bought freshly harvested vegetables sold at an ex-farm price.

Victory Garden

Last May 23, 2009 the members of the Philippine Orchid Society went to the province of Cavite for a field trip.

collection of bonsai and ornamental plants

One of the gardens  that was included in the itinerary was Victory Bonsai & Ornamental Garden in Cavite. The place had an impressive collection of cactus and succulents, bonsai, fruits trees,  orchids, ornamental plants and also accepts landscaping jobs  . The family also sells beautiful ceramic and potteries at retail and wholesale price.

specimen sized opuntia cactus in a flat dish

The proprietors of the garden is also an active members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines, Philippine Horticultural Society , Philippine Orchid Society .

The garden is also perfect hub  for meetings, weddings and birthday parties. tour  group  was treated with late morning breakfast which consists of instant coffee ,   a pancake meal from a fast food restaurant.

members and guests posed for a group shot

The group happily pose for a group shot and  went into a buying spree .

For inquiries:

Telephone ( 632) 2531286

Fax (632) 255-8626

Mobile (0917)5397841 / (0922)875 7539

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