Y-LIEP CALABARZON FARMING & FOOD IMMERSION 7D6N

Y-LIEP CALABARZON FARMING & FOOD IMMERSION 7D6N

TOUR ROUTE
Manila (1N) – Laguna (2N) Quezon (2N) Manila (1N)

IMMERSION HIGHLIGHTS
Farm Life at Costales Nature Farm, Haciendero Life at Villa Escudero

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS
Farming at Costales Farms, Recreational Immersion at Batis Aramin, Cultural Immersion at Villa Escudero

INTRODUCTION
CALABARZON is one of the regions of the Philippines. It is designated as Region IV-A and its regional center is Calamba City in Laguna. The region is composed of five provinces, namely: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon; whose names form the acronym CALABARZON. The region is also more formally known as Southern Tagalog Mainland.

The region is in southwestern Luzon, just south and east of Metro Manila and is the second most densely populated region. CALABARZON is the most populated region in the Philippines, with a population of 12,609,803 inhabitants.

The region is also home to a host of important Philippine historical figures, most notable of which is the Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal, who was born in Calamba.

Just a few hours from Metro Manila, CALABARZON is a favorite weekend destinations of urban dwellers, the area is a colorful tapestry of mountains and verdant forests, springs, and beaches, rituals and festivals.

CALABARZON is the perfect destinations for the Manila-based tourist, providing the visitor a glimpse of life in these islands and an opportunity to feel their rhythm without venturing too far from the national capitol.

ITINERARY/HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1 Arrive Manila (-,-,-)
Welcome to Manila Philippines capital city! Our friendly guide will meet you at the airport. Should you arrive during the day, our guide will see to it that your first day will be productive by touring you around the city! You will visit the walled City of Intramuros and the famous Manila Bay among others. Should you arrive at night, our guide will bring you immediately to your hotel The Remington Hotel Manila at the Resorts World Manila.

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Terminal 3 Manila Airport (NAIA) Sunset at Manila Bay

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Aerial View of Intramuros Remington Hotel Manila

Day 2 Manila to Laguna (B, L, D)
After breakfast, your group will proceed to Laguna. Laguna is the next province after Manila. On our way, we will have stop over at Pagsanjan Falls. After which, we will visit Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. Our last stop for the day is Costalles Nature Farm.

Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines. The falls is one of the major tourist attractions of the region. The three-drop waterfall is reached by a river trip on dugout canoe, known locally as Shooting the rapids, originating from the municipality of Pagsanjan. The town of Pagsanjan lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Balanac River and the Bumbungan River

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Pagsanjan Falls

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is a national historical landmark and museum supervised by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. It was built in 1845 under the supervision of Franciscan priest, Fr. Vicente Velloc as a public burial site and its underground crypt exclusively for Spanish friars, prominent town citizens and members of elite Catholic families. It is dubbed as the only underground cemetery in the country.

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Costales Nature Farms is a prime agro-tourism destination that conducts ecological and balanced farming techniques, which aims to promote a sustainable agriculture, healthy lifestyle, and environmental biodiversity through integrated organic farming. The farm was adjudged as the Most Outstanding Organic Farm of the Philippines for the year 2012 recognized by, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines. We continue to create awareness about the ill-effects of chemical inputs in food production, the importance of organic farming, inspiring small farmers to become better agripreneurs, encouraging students to engage into organic agriculture and patronizing organic produce for a healthy lifestyle. The five (5)-hectare farm was developed in 2005, initially as a family week-end getaway and a source of healthy and steady supply of organic vegetables and livestock for the family. Went commercial in growing organic produce in 2008 and became the country’s biggest single producer of high- value vegetables and culinary herbs.

Upon arrival, you will be guided in your native huts for check in.

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Accommodation at Costales Nature Farm

Day 3 Laguna (B, L, D)
Today, you will have a Farm Ville Adventure! You will experience life at the farm. You will be provided a lecture on organic farming, a tour of the farm, fishing, planting and harvesting of organic vegetables and so much more. This immersion program will let you appreciate rural life and organic food. Of course, we will have food preparation and cooking demonstration for you!

24Day 4 Quezon (B, L, D)
Upon waking up, we proceed to the Poultry Farm to harvest fresh eggs. Then we ill pick up fresh lettuce after for our salad. After breakfast, we check out and will proceed to the nearby town of Lucban in Quezon for your Recreational Immersion at Batis Aramin. This day, you will be provided various team building activities you will surely enjoy. Our team building facilitators have prepared activities that will enhance your leadership skills and develop you social skills.

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Recreational Immersion

For dinner, we will proceed to Kamayan sa Palaisdaan – a floating restaurant where you will enjoy Filipino delicacies. We will have overnight at Batis Aramin Resort.

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Day 5Quezon(B, L, D)
After breakfast, we proceed to the nearby Villa Escudero. A self-contained working coconut plantation, It was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan. Originally planted to sugarcane, the crop was converted to coconut by their son Don Arsenio Escudero in the early 1900s. A pioneering agro-industrialist, he built the country’s first working hydroelectric plant to supply his dessicated coconut factory and Villa Escudero, where he and his wife Dona Rosario Adap built in 1929.

The plantation was opened to the public in 1981 as a tourist attraction, offering glimpses of plantation life. The family’s eclectic private collection was presented as a Museum tour. Carabao cart ride takes visitors to the resort area, surrounded by park-like setting while being serenaded by locals. Dining is offered in a unique al fresco restaurant where the dining tables are situated below the spillway of the hydroelectric dam (or the ‘Labasin waterfalls’) while diners enjoy their lunch dipped in the flowing calf-deep water. Later attractions include an authentic live cultural dance show choreographed by National Artist Ramon Obusan, performed with live music. The resort has since expanded offering accommodations, more restaurants, sports facilities, and a conference center.

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The haciendero (royalty) life at Villa Escudero you will experience

Day 6 Quezon to Manila (B, L, D)
This is a wrapping up day. This is a time for you to go around Hacienda Escudero. We check out at 12NN and we proceed to Manila. Overnight at Remington Hotel. For dinner, we will treat you to a Filipino Style Dinner at Mabuhay Restop. It’s a dinner and cultural show rolled into one!

912Day 7 Manila (B, -, -)
Breakfast, check out at 12nn. Our friendly guide will bring you to the airport for your flight back home. We take pleasure to have met and served you. We give you our sweetest smiles of thanks and gratitude as you go back home. We hope you come back soon!

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REMARKS:
1. Y-LIEP are designed for students at least 15 years old and above. However, minors must have their Guardian’s Consent.
2. This tour can be extended for maximum of 15D14N.
3. Additional activities will include community immersion as well as visiting schools.
4. Please coordinate with us for customized itinerary.
5. Minimum of 15 paying participants to run the tour.
6. Maximum of 45 paying participants per tour group per travel date.
7. FOC is 1:15. FOC should be Faculty Chaperon.
8. 50% downpayment is required 2 months prior to travel date.
9. Balance must be paid 15 days prior to travel date or full payment upon arrival in Manila.
10. During finalization, please send through email scanned biopage of passport for insurance purposes.
11. VISA, where required, will be on pax account

INCLUSIONS
1. All accommodation
2. All meals (Halal available) with daily bottled water
3. All local transportation
4. English speaking guide/facilitator
5. All related immersion activities and fees
6. Insurance
7. Others souvenir t-shirt, local sim card, tour ID, documentation

EXCLUSIONS
International airfare, gratuities, personal things, laundry, phone bills, and the like

RATE
Please email us to request contracted rates ( j8travelonline@yahoo.com.ph | j8travelonline@gmail.com )

IMPORTANT
As safety is our primary concern, we require all participants to be physically, mentally and emotionally fit to join our tours. Also, we ensure safety by having onboard nurse in all our trips. Our Guides and facilitators are trained with Basic Safety Procedures and First Aid. All our tours are also coordinated with local authorities in the communities we will visit to ensure success of our tour programs.

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