OA Bloggers In Bicol Part 2 | Dacara's Farm And Gardens

I'm sure you've heard about those outrageous challenges that have already taken the internet by storm. The spicy challenge - known for being the most popular of all.
Although I long ago abandoned the idea of including chili peppers in my dishes, turns out, not only it activates the taste buds, it actually be good for you.
If you're up for it, you can always go for the Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenge Tortilla Chip, wherein you have to eat this chip that looks like a Dorito made with the hottest chili pepper on the planet, the Carolina Reaper.
But if you don’t want to pay the outrageous price from Amazon, you can always visit the Albay province in the Bicol region to see the real thing.
I was so fortunate to see it up close and touch the world's hottest chili pepper in the world!

Amazingly, it was easy to grow in the Bicol region. And it was actually so spicy you could smell it from a distance and they say it could literally kill someone who eats it.
I met pepper and wildlife expert Madam Angelita Luna Dacara when we went to visit Dacara's Farm and Gardens, and learned more about chili peppers and her wildlife sanctuary.
Madam Angelita grew up in Pili Camarines Sur where she first became addicted to wildlife and agriculture.
Only 250 per square meters back in 2010, no rental fees were ever accepted since Madam Angelita and her late husband were advocates of Couple's for Christ. They turned their whole farm into a traveler's Inn so anyone could stay there for FREE.
If she has another plan in life, she told us she'd like to work with animals as a career because they have a way of cheering her up. Anything with animals would be fun for her.
Her passion has gone above and beyond, donating her time or money to help protect animals. Started taking care of Ostriches, Peacocks, Philippine Barn Owls, Different kinds of birds, Malunggay-eating wild hogs, that was how Dacara's farm was created.

I have already seen an ostrich when we stayed in Region 2 years ago. There were huge farms, caves, with falls.

We were all given Peacock feathers for luck. You can put it inside the car to ward off negative energy and accidents.
There were also sting-less bees seen around the farm, said to be producing the best honey in the world as it tasted sweet and also sour.
A coconut palm plantation with acacia and mango bees can also be seen inside Dacara's Farm and Gardens.

I have learned a lot from Madam Angelita like a coconut plantation must have sting-less bees so that it would increase the culture by 80 percent pollination and to preserve traditional crops.
The native Atis which have a reddish color will bear fruits again in less than 6 months.

A variety of healthy local native snacks were made especially for us like Pancit Bato which we were able to take home after the whole tour. Pancit bato is made from bato (not really sure about bato), Pichi Pichi and Kutsinta with refreshing glasses of cucumber and lemongrass juices.
Lunch was comprised of Bicol express, native chicken Tinola,  Laing, Lumpia, and a wild hog!
This is the second part of my wonderful 3-day trip to Bicolandia. Will share with you fabulous photos from my trip to KOPPA Farm in Ligao City, Albay on my next post. Stay tuned!

I'ts fortunate that the trend in the Philippines towards healthier lifestyle continues to grow.
Many are now interested in organic farming and totally embrace organic agriculture. Although it can be a tedious task, still many are encouraged to shift into organic farming.
If you happen to be in Camarines Sur, book your stay in Dacara's Farm And Gardens in St. Paul Subd Palestina Pili. Madam Angelita definitely will welcome you with open arms.

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