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By Justin Collins
They teach you that in life you should always expect the unexpected, as such, it is with great pride that I introduce you to Fiona’s Farm, an exclusive retreat nestled in Magalang, Pampanga, not far from Mount Arayat.
The journey of life is most certainly coupled with every single emotion that human beings have been inspired to have. It’s not often that we sit back to reflect on it during our daily routines. My journey to Fiona’s Farm was one of complete happenchance, but one that I will not soon forget.
Fiona’s Farm is named after a little girl, who, after 5-months of struggle, was summoned by her creator. Fiona’s parents, Ireneo “Bong” Alvaro, President of B&B International’s Midori Hotel & Casino, and his lovely wife, Irene, were given the opportunity to take over the property and lift themselves up with the earth beneath them; this ability to grieve together within nature helped inspire the family to create this serene habitat.
When they began in 2006 the farm was comprised of a single building surrounded by hundreds upon hundreds of mango trees. It is said that the fruit bearing giants were so abundant, that the branches would bow to the ground, as if they were kissing the earth. The trees helped remind the family to be humble, to also be thankful for the blessings they have witnessed, and to be reminded where they came from.
The Alvaro Family worked meticulously to expand the area whilst still preserving many of the sweetest mango trees. In the years to come they built new quarters adding function halls, kubos, swimming pools, water falls, fountains, private villas with hot and cold pools, dormitories, recreational activities such as ATV and horseback riding, koi fish ponds, and an on-site Tilapia farm chocked full of the freshest fish wherein patrons can catch their lunch from atop a floating restaurant, weigh it, and cook it right on the spot.
On the edge of the property, Bong took it upon himself to begin rescuing different species of birds, and spacious dens house various falcons, ostriches, peacocks, and other fowl. Guests can even camp nearby in tents, and return to their rooms for whatever comforts they desire.
It goes without contestation that the beauty of this place is reflected in the love the family has for themselves, for their daughter, and for nature itself. I felt privileged to share this space with individuals who have worked so hard to not only remember the path that lies behind them, but also use it as a means to do well for others before them.
There is a certain tranquility and freshness about the farm that you simply cannot find in Angeles City. When you are there, you feel as if you have been transported to some faraway destination where the only sounds are the ones produced in nature. Aside from the occasional small airplane practicing their rounds overhead or a team building activity with a group singing together, the only thing you hear is the sound of air, water, and the earth beneath you as you move around.
I urge anyone who visits to pay respect to the diligence that the Alvaro Family has poured into the farm, but at the same time, find a way to relax yourself and become one with nature again.
Fiona’s Farm is not open to the public like other destinations, although the family could certainly charge money for entrance; however, it would ruin the exclusivity of the location. Fiona’s is a private retreat for families, couples, weddings, celebrations, and corporate team building activities that arrive with a purpose. If the purpose of your visit is to better yourself as a person, for your friends, your family, or your colleagues – Fiona’s Farm is the perfect hideaway for you. For more information visit www.facebook.com/fionasfarm