[Sponsored Post] Selected mommy bloggers, along with their kids, were recently invited to spend a day at Dewi Sri (pronounced as deh-wee sh-ree) Farm, a working farm in Victoria, Laguna. My daughters and I were privileged to have been part of this event, which was a Mother’s Day treat from Dewi Sri Farm, Breville Philippines, and Gastronomy by Joy.
Dewi Sri Farm is owned by the Laurentes, an OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) family based in Indonesia. They were said to visit the Philippines regularly for a short vacation, but as much as they loved their hometown, the kids, especially, would miss their beautiful home in Indonesia. One day, their youngest daughter Dewi, after whom the farm was named, expressed her desire to have a home in the Philippines that looked a lot like the one they have in Indonesia, i.e., surrounded by nature.
In time, the family found a land for sale in Victoria, Laguna. Apparently, many individuals and corporations had already expressed their intention to buy the same property, but the original owner insisted that he would only sell it to someone who would not cut down the trees in it. Needless to say, the land was sold to Dewi’s family, who found it most convenient to keep the way things were and only added a few amenities to it. They turned the property both into a vacation home and a working farm, creating another source of income not only to their family but also to the locals of Barangay San Antonio in Victoria, Laguna.
The Laurentes’ vacation home eventually became popular, since they would offer it as a transient home to visiting friends and relatives, especially those from abroad. It didn’t take long before their farm also became a resort and was opened to the public.
The following are just some of the photos my twelve-year old daughter and I took during our day tour, along with the list of things that you can do at Dewi Sri Farm:
- Take a stroll in the beautiful gardens and even do a walking meditation
- Appreciate both modern and indigenous architectural/interior designs
- Enjoy a fusion of Filipino and Indonesian dishes
- Get up close and personal with some farm animals
- Feed and even catch some fish
- Smell the flowers
- Learn about different plant species
- Take a dip in the pool
- Have siesta or just hang out at their modern bahay kubo (the only area with WiFi)
- Take a ride
- Experience rice planting (must be requested ahead of time) and hydroponic farming firsthand, as well as learn about growing fruit trees, etc.
- Pick your own fruits and vegetables and pay for them at market price. (Of course, as special guests, we had ours for free–bloggy perks, indeed!) By the way, their organic produce is also available at certain supermarkets in Manila, particularly where organic vegetables are sold.
- Conduct seminars, team buildings, an educational tour for kids, or just go on a retreat – not only do they have the facilities, but they could also create a program for your group.
Take staycation to a whole new level at one of the tastefully decorated houses on the farm.
- Host special events such as parties, a garden wedding, or a corporate and/or media event just like what Breville Philippines did.
I hope you liked what you’ve seen; more photos are up on SAHMot-sari and Big ‘n Lil Sis Facebook pages. If you ask me, this place is a must-see for city-raised kids and a haven for hard working adults. Who wouldn’t feel relaxed in such a beautiful place, anyway?
The Dewi Sri Farm also makes a perfect destination for field trips, especially for homeschooling families like us, as well as for youth camps.
For farm tours, events, accommodation, or weekend brunch specials, please visit www.dewisri.farm or call +63 917 524 5155 / +63 933 442 4571. ❤