Atok, Benguet: Northern Blossom Flower Farm

ON OUR WAY BACK FROM SAGADA, we stop by the Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Atok, about a two-hour drive northeast of Baguio. The farm has been in operation for a long time, although the owners opened it to the public just this year. And since then, there’s been a steady stream of visitors. The farm has also been featured in a lifestyle show, which has only added to its popularity.

The tour of the place is straightforward. We first enter the quaint reception area that feels like a home outside of the tropics, and the owner, Mrs. Ganayan, serves us coffee and crackers (The former is especially helpful in warming our stomach, given the frigid weather). We are then required to put on boots as the rains have made the farm muddy.

The farm must be a sight to behold on a sunny day, especially since it’s said to provide panoramic views with Mount Pulag in the horizon. Unfortunately our visit is out of the blooming season, and coupled with the heavy fog, the farm for the most part looks more like being in Silent Hill or The Mist. There are still flowers in part, though, and in those parts, the place is still beautiful. It’s in those places we linger, take pictures, and savor every moment.

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