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Get the Feel of the Cordilleran Blossoms – Sayangan, Atok, Benguet, Philippines

The municipality of Atok is dubbed as The High Heart of Benguet. There are plenty of attractions in here, this is where you can locate the Philippine Pali or the Highest Point of the Philippine Highway System with an elevation of 7,400 feet above sea level. And you can also visit the 3rd tallest mountain in Luzon- Mt. Timbak.

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Despite of the cool and cruel weather, Atok’s main livelihood is farming. Vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, broccoli, sweet peas and cabbages are abundant in this place. Flowers are also bountiful in this municipality.
I called a few of my friends and my eldest sister, then we decided to visit Atok when photos of the cabbage rose became viral on social media.

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We gathered information on how to get there by asking some people on the internet. We were successful.

HOW TO GO THERE?
From Baguio City:

  • Ride any bus going to Bontoc or Sagada. (Sunrise Bus or GL Trans on Dangwa Station or Slaughterhouse Terminal)
  • Drop off to Sayangan, Atok, Benguet town proper. (You can see Marosan’s Restaurant, the church and the public market.)
  • Walk a few meters down the town proper and locate Northern Blossom Farm. (You can ask locals for directions, locals are friendly and approachable.)

*The bus ride is 1.5 hours from Baguio City. There is also another transportation option, a UV Express in KM5- Shell Station, La Trinidad, Benguet.
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We were welcomed by the owners, Ma’am Lany Ganayan and husband, when we arrived at Northern Blossom Farm. Ma’am Lany said that we went on a perfect timing because they were harvesting the flowers for the incoming Valentine’s Day. After that, we were asked to register our names and paid 100 pesos for the fee (which Ma’am Lany told us jokingly as a “disturbance fee”). After that, they provided us a guide and the visit started.

These are the beauty we witnessed in the garden. There are different varieties of floras. You can see fascinating colors of flowers. There are Snap Dragons, Matthiolas, Larkspur and of course the Cabbage Rose.

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We first visited an area filled with white gorgeous Larkspur. We have also seen workers harvesting and packing the flowers, this will be distributed in Metro Manila and is intended for February market.

And the highlight of the visit, the Cabbage Roses.

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Thousand cabbage roses and the sea of clouds.

The Cabbage Roses are planted as seedlings and emerged as an unbelievable beauty. These cabbage roses are edible! Can you believe it?!
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Every angle is surreal.

Walking further, we also saw a different Cabbage Rose variety.
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We also picked Snap Dragons and Cabbage Rose to bring home. It is 100PHP for the Cabbage Rose (price may vary according to size) and Snap Dragons which was 150PHP per dozen.
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Of course, we didn’t miss the chance to have some photo-ops.
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Travel Expenses:

  • Bus = 60 PHP (student) / 73 PHP (regular)
  • Entrance Fee to the farm= 100 PHP per head.
  • UPDATE: The entrance fee is now 300PHP as of OCTOBER 2019.

NOTES:

  • DUE TO PUBLIC DEMAND, THE GARDEN IS NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC. A 100PHP ENTRANCE FEE IS COLLECTED 💯

UPDATE: The entrance fee is now 300PHP as of OCTOBER 2019.

  • TIMING IS IMPORTANT WHEN YOU PLAN TO VISIT THE FARM FOR THE CABBAGE ROSE (most probably, December to February is the month for cabbage roses), BUT ALL THROUGH OUT THE YEAR, DIFFERENT FLORAS AND ORNAMENTS ARE PLANTED. A WORTH IT VISIT IS ASSURED.
  • YOU CAN PICK AND PAY THE FLOWERS AND PLANTS.
  • THE FARM SUPPLIES FLOWERS, MORE DETAILS HERE:

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When we visit a place, let us all adhere to the motto:
“Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time. Leave nothing but footprints.”
If you have questions, ask me and feel free to leave comment in the comment box.
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About the author

Aspiring to travel as much as she aspires to pursue her dreams, Hannah is fascinated with planned adventures and shares tidbits of her travel experiences and photographs on this website. Outside of travel, she mastered finishing an entire season of a TV series in one go or replenishes her soul by indulging herself in reading well-written novels and substantial non-fiction books.

Comments

    1. Hi! My friends went there last Sunday po and may naabutan naman po sila pero konti nalang po. If you want to take the risk po, go parin po kayo, madami naman pong ibang puntahan sa Atok kung sakaling wala na pong Cabbage Roses 😊

  1. Hi, we’re planning to go to the cabbage rose farm, may I know if all year round ba ung pagbloom ng mga ganun?

  2. Hi. What time yung pinaka maagang byahe papuntang northern blossom flower farm? We’ll be going there from Manila and gusto sana namin maabutan yung sunrise. Thank you

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