Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino: Tourism development in agricultural landscapes

Even in the midst of global health crisis, small day trip adventure and weekend getaways are becoming our new normal of tours. Be it cycle tours, hiking, fishing or even farming, it’s great to get out and explore!

Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino

Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino—The 2 hectare farm land is composed of 4 facilities (The Barn, The Bodega, The Tower and The Piano House), with more than a thousand fruit bearing trees;

•Jackfruit

•Cashew

•Guyabano

•Lansones

•Rambutan

•Durian

•Lipote

•Avocado

•Bignay

•Abiu

•Mangoes

•Daranghita

•Chico

•Coconuts

•Bananas

•Santol

Activities & Points of interest – Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino  

It was founded by the Bondad Ancestors of Calauan, Laguna until Josefino Velasco Bondad managed it and built its infrastructures primarily to promote his love for nature and of course his hometown. He built the longest and only fibre optic hanging bridge combining the two hills and the tallest view deck in Laguna to see the beauty of the mountains surrounding the areas of Mount Makiling and Laguna De Bay. His vision is always to bring the tourists to appreciate nature more and to keep his legacy going.

New additional activities include; Fruit picking, lipote tasting, tree familiarization tour and hiking. The place is good for picnics and camping with friends and family. All are included in the PHP 100 entrance per pax.

THE NEW MANAGEMENT

Josefino visits the farm daily and his dedication paved the way for improving the infrastructures and making it more innovative to make a difference. He died last year and his family’s grief is still fresh. Grief doesn’t ever go away and some days will always be difficult. Josefino was 73 when he died peacefully in his sleep on December 18, 2020.

The Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino is currently managed by Josefino’s children; Grace, Dessi and Meg and headed by his son in law, Andrew Troy Nicolas aiming to continue his legacy guided by Josefino’s wife, Remy.

HEALING POWER

The family made a decision to focus and continue his goals, to make it a farm destination for people who are looking for some time away enjoying a rural location. Hidden Hills Farm was renamed Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino. A family farm that everyone can enjoy and promotes healthy living. It’s registered under Monte Medica Company since Josefino believes that the place has a healing power because of the medicinal plants and trees in the area like Lipote in which according to many can help those people suffering in Diabetis, High Blood Pressure and Hypertension. He even sold a lot of Guyabano leaves to some manufacturer of Guyabano capsules in Manila. In his heydays, he keeps on making tea from Lipote and Guyabano leaves.

“Ang pagtatanim, ay nakakahaba Ng buhay, kasi palagi kang may inaantay and better to eat fresh fruits and using alternative medicines. So inom lang Ng inom and heal yourself.”- Josefino Velasco Bondad

THE NEW GENERATION

The vision is to make Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino a world class agri-tourism destination in the country. Each day the new management is thinking of ways on its improvements. Josefino’s eldest daughter, Grace Bondad Nicolas handles different themed parks in the Philippines (Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoori in Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Cavite, Zoocobia in Pampanga and Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol as business and branding consultant for 9 years. She handled Tree Top Adventure in Subic and Baguio. She was also trained in Eco Tourism and certified under Programma Uitzending Managers (PUM) Netherlands for inbound and sustainable tourism and a certified Go Negosyo (Presidential Center for Entrepreneurship) for Marketing and Entrepreneurship. The family is confident and determined to accomplish the vision through the unity and cooperation of the young generation.

Josefino Velasco Bondad was a farmer became a successful entrepreneur. He retired as a farmer with a vision to help his community. He was always thinking of strategies to lend a helping hand, hiring indigent communities since he believed that everyone has a place in this world and that everyone has a big role to play. He built the tallest structures in his hometown though very modest and humble. He was always cheerful with family, his center and now his family is fulfilling his legacy to make Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino, a place to be.

Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino is opening its doors with new and exciting activities that’s tendered with so much love and passion for the entire family.

It’s a fantastic time to to schedule your tour of The Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino! Book your appointments today! For more information you may reach them at 09778978877, grace@tagmedia.asia

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