by - 5:07 AM

Babatngon, Leyte...this is a fourth class municipality in the province of Leyte.  But recently, this has been gaining popularity, being the seat of a landscaped haven named Rafael's Farm...a venue for reunions, coffee breaks and location shoot for photography enthusiasts and hobbyists.  The name seems to be misleading.  A farm is usually a tract of land devoted to cultivating for agricultural production and for raising livestock and cattle.  In in this place, no such thing can be expected.  If you're expecting for such, then you'll be disappointed.  Rafael's Farm is actually a well-maintained and beautifully landscaped garden.

This is a 30-minute ride from Tacloban City, where tourists and locals who wants to relax and be away from the busy and fast paced life of the city stay.  Personally, I have no idea how to commute to the said place.  However, as per my friends' information, since the place is along the national highway, there are jeepneys to Babatngon, Leyte where you can ride at from Tacloban City and instruct the driver to drop you off at Rafaels Farm.

Rented vans are also available and you can contact Vacazion, one of the best travel agencies in the Philippines located at Real Street, Tacloban City, to address your transportation concerns.  Parking is free inside the farms premises, however, you are obliged to order from their restaurant.  If no receipt is presented to the guard upon exit, you have to pay a minimal parking fee, probably for maintenance.  I forgot the amount, I think it's 30 pesos. 
Food in the resto is not that remarkable yet if you're looking for home-made Filipino food, then you would definitely enjoy the place.  Further, I just think that they need to hire more service crew due to the increasing number of customers that they have.  Ambience is perfect.  This is a perfect location for outdoor photoshoots and for loners who wants to meditate and feel close to nature. 

A coffee break in the farm is very much recommended.  Bring along your camera, this is a must!  This is a definitely well-landscaped haven, bringing a different perspective of what agri-tourism in the Philippines can offer. 

Location:  Brgy. Pagsulhugon, Babatngon, Babatngon, Leyte Province, Philippines

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