Manila, Oct. 20 -- Aside from surfing in La Union, island-hopping in Pangasinan, and revisiting history in Ilocos Norte and Sur, Region 1 also offers an authentic countryside experience to visitors with its growing number of farm tourism sites.
Farm tourism is a hybrid concept that merges elements of the agriculture and tourism industry to open farms as part of travel itineraries.
"We see the huge potential of tourism. With farm tourism, tourists would get to immerse with the back-to-basics concept that you can enjoy things living in a rural community," Lea Santiago, owner of OUR Farm Republic in Mangatarem, Pangasinan, said at the recent media launch of Region 1 farm tourism in Quezon City.
Santiago's five-hectare land is a progressive ...