Tourists are now welcome to the strawberry farm in La Trinidad, Benguet but will only be allowed at the viewing area for sightseeing, as farmers are preparing the site for picking.
Municipal Tourism Action Officer Valred Olsim said the local government plans to open the farms by the third week of the month in time for the growth of the strawberries.
The main farm is closed but the souvenir shops and orchidarium are open.” There will be no strawberry picking yet,” Olsim said.
Fresh strawberries are available at the souvenir shops near the farms.
With the opening of Baguio City’s tourism, tourists’ arrival in the capital town also increased.
Aside from the strawberry farm, other tourism sites in La Trinidad are also open to tourists.
Individuals working in the tourism sites are fully vaccinated and most of these sites are compliant to the minimum public health standards required set by the local government.
Olsim said the easing of borders for outside tourists is a boost to the local economy, considering that many of the tourism workers and business establishments have been in an open-close situation in the past months.
Open for tourists are Mount Costa nature reserve in Longlong, Puguis (contact 0977-409-7004); Darjanes Flower Garden in Shilan; Lily of the Valley Organic Farm in Ampasit, Puguis (0920-685-8281); Avong nen Romy Nature Park in Upper Wangal (0998-227-9343); Living Gifts Cactus Farm in Central Agno (0995-463-9824), Mt. Kalugong in Tawang (0929-302-4287); Bell Church (0933-150-4606); Garden nen Ynes Anthuria in Shilan (0908-780-7006); Cosmic Farm in Beckel (0926-724-9284); and Cordillera Farm Park in Longlong, Puguis. – Ofelia C. Empian