Text and photos by Bombette G. Marin
San Enrique, Iloilo is a laid-back but interesting municipality. It is not as popular as its neighbors, but slowly and surely it is beginning to become a favorite stop for travelers exploring the Fourth Congressional District of the province.
It is a tranquil and peaceful town guaranteed to help you relax, slow down, and connect with nature. Visit small scale farms— sugar cane and rice fields, corn, water buffalo, and more. Meet happy, smiling people and enjoy their local cuisine.
Amidst the bustling and progressive city pulsating with modern life, Pallon Farm is a unique haven for those who long for the solitude and enjoyment while communing with nature. Where the ambiance will surely soothe the senses and calm your nerves, allowing you to achieve one of the best farm holidays of your life.
Pallon Farm, a privately-owned farm in Barangay Bantayan, is one of the unique places in Iloilo where you can recharge in beautiful scenery and peaceful silence of farm fields.
Only four kilometers from the town center, Pallon Farm will remind you of a tree park where it was developed to promote nature preservation. It is also an ideal place nature lover who just long for fresh air and rustic outdoor space.
This 1.5-hectare area has a fishpond framed by fruit-bearing trees such as rambutan, lanzones, and chico and offers fruit-picking activities when in season.
For the kids, it offers dove and tilapia feeding, egg harvesting and an area for native pigs. Though not yet on a full scale but ostrich farming is another unique type of farming being introduced on the farm. It stands out of the box from the usual cow, chicken, pig and goat farming. Children can also enjoy feed the ostrich.
For the millennials, the farm also offers leisure spots which are not only worthy of visiting but are also Instagrammable. There are 10 areas on the farm that are a sure favorite picture-perfect spot.
Its unique details, ambiance, and warm pastel colors will surely lure visitors to capture candid moments and Instagram-worthy photos. These areas are perfect for kids and kids-at-heart. Have fun posing and bring a fun vibe to your Instagram feed.
The farm has fascinating spaces made out of recycled materials for visitors to enjoy. It has recycled chairs, tables, and benches from metal scraps.
Used tires, painted can create gardens for chilling out, and they can be molded into different seating arrangements. Certain pieces or parts of machinery, cars, tools, frames, and other items get old, worn out, or used up.
Instead of throwing them away, the owner takes these parts and recycle them into wonderful works of art. Thanks to the remarkable ingenuity of Mr. Eugene Pallon, who makes sure nothing is put to waste.
For family or a group of 20 people maximum, a bamboo cottage is available for day-time use. It has a canteen and a memorabilia board.
Pallon Farm is a welcoming, unique tourism attraction comprised of friendly people, the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene and Chona Pallon, running and working in the farm made sure that their organic and sustainable farm will not only put San Enrique in the tourism map of the province but will also provide food and jobs to the local people. A simple farm with heartfelt service to the community.
How amazing it is to be submerged and take part in the real farm life. A breath of fresh air in the hustle and bustle of life. The farm’s fresh and clean rural surroundings and its proximity to Passi City also have many interesting places to visit where you will enjoy the sites of the district.
For more information, please contact Mr. Eugene Baldonado Pallon at 09214022442 or Mrs. Chona Panes Pallon at 09293462015. You may want to visit their Facebook account at Eugene Baldonado.
The Third-Class municipality of San Enrique is situated in the north-central portion of the province and is 54 kilometers from Iloilo City via the Passi City route. It is bounded in the north by Passi City; in the south by Dingle; the east by Banate and Barotac Viejo and; west by Duenas. It has a total land area of 8, 772 hectares, and is politically subdivided into 28 barangays. The town is populated by 33, 911 (2015 Census on Population) San Enriquenhons.
To get to the town, busses via Passi City are available daily at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.