Are you yearning for a quick staycation to just lie down all day, detach yourself from the stressful work environment and breathe some fresh air? For a change, I suggest you pay a visit to Prado Farms, located in Lubao, Pampanga. Try this whimsical vacation house and support an ecoresort at the same time.
Prado Farm’s recycled art
The quirkiness of Prado Farms in Lubao, Pampanga starts at their distinct gate made of empty LPG tanks stacked on top of each other. The LPG gate was a genuine way of salvaging scrap LPG tanks from what used to be a facility for LPG tank refilling. The larger tanks weren’t wasted either as they were assembled into a belen (figures representing the Nativity scene).
Prado Farm's version of a Belen
Almost every corner of the property is a showcase of scrap turned into something functional or into a work of art. Even the now theater is actually a former train station. The artsy character of this family-run ecoresort is courtesy of its owners, Victor Gutierrez, an architectural engineer and his son, Reimon, a design consultant.
Farm to Table
Prado Farm also practices the concept of farm-to-table approach in the food it serves. The farm composed of a fishpond, vegetable garden, duck pond, rice field and pig farm is part of the 5-hectare property of Prado Farms. The farm claims to implement biodynamic agriculture, which I am not sure that I understood very well. From my meager understanding, it is much like organic farming but goes beyond the non-use of chemicals and also considers maintaining soil, animal and plant health.
They grow their own herbs, vegetable, edible flowers and medicinal plants. I am not a fan of vegetable salad, but I must say that Prado Salad was one of the best salads I’ve ever tasted. I simply love the mingling of the fresh vegetables with their mango vinaigrette. I also like the aromatic flavor of their lemongrass juice.
Activities at Prado Farms
Beside the theater, there’s one small pool for kids. A bigger pool built above a pond is also available. The pool at Prado Farms uses salt unlike usual pools that are chlorinated. Saltwater is safer to the skin, eyes and hair. I am not familiar, however, with how the saltwater pool fairs over chlorinated pools in terms of maintenance requirements.
Biking and carabao cart ride
Bikes are available around the compound and can be used to go around. For a more “farm” experience, visitors can also ride a cart pulled by a carabao. While I was there, I haven’t seen anyone use the carabao cart though. It’s probably Mr. Carabao’s day off.
Have a siesta in the Kera-kera Ecolodge
Kera-kera means “to lie down or “to chill”. The lodge is an air-conditioned room and a common area where you can relax should you feel the urge to recline, rest or nap. Right next to the lodge is a coffee room which is also perfect for, uhm…a coffee break?
Walk through the different houses and facilities
Every corner of Prado Farms is photogenic. Exploring the different houses or facilities is like stepping back into the colonial era with a quirky twist. You’ll be met by brightly colored walls, artsy recycled decors, old doors and windows, stained glass windows, vintage colored floor tiles, farm animals, hanging vines and rustic structures. It’s like a setting where Edward Scissorhands, the Grinch, Miss Peregrine, Jose Rizal and Little Red Riding Hood could all fit in.
I especially enjoyed exploring the pink house, the blue house, the library and the farm house. There are also ecolodges for overnight stays, a chapel and a theater (the former train station). Large tree canopies along the pathwalks also make walking around pleasant and non-exhausting.
The Blue House
The Pink House
What makes the chapel’s altar unique is the large molave cross beyond the glass wall
Have I told you how rustic Prado Farm is?
Eat. Sit. Lie Down. Sleep
It’s easy to find cozy chairs and couches inside Prado Farms. My favorite spot is the open farm house where the atmosphere is breezy. If you get tired of doing nothing, the Mangan Yaman Pavilion offerse home cooked food and opens during lunch and merienda time, or you can go to the coffee shop next to the Kera Kera lodge.
The Farm House
How to get to the eco-resort
Via private vehicle:
- Take North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)
- Exit at San Fernando
- Stay on Jose Abad Santos Avenue until Lubao, Pampanga
- Turn right on Lubao By-pass Road when you see intersection with ‘Bataan’ sign
- Turn right on Jose Abad Santos Avenue and go straight until you see Prado Farms
Take bus bound for Mariveles, Bataan. The terminal for Genesis bus is beside the MRT Taft Station. Prado Farms is along Lubao highway, across Pradera wake park. Distinctive gate is made of used/empty LPG tanks.
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