UPDATE 2018: The blooming season has just begun! The Sunflower Maze farm of Tayug will be opened to public once again (they’re actually already open early this year but the flowers are not in their best blooming state yet). The Annual Open Days will start in the second week of March and the maze will be at its glorious state til May!
The Annual Open Days will begin on March 12, 2018 as confirmed by the Municipality of Tayug
After exploring the Cabongaoan Beach and witnessing the Death Pool upclose, we headed to another interesting place in Pangasinan ~ the Sunflower Maze Farm of Tayug. We almost lost our way but we’re glad we managed to make it on time. We were told that the farm will close at 5pm and we arrived there around 5 or ten minutes before they close. Luckily, it was their peak season and they are accepting visitors even until 6 or so.
Sunflower Maze Farm is located in Tayug, Pangasinan and is said to be the first ever Sunflower Maze in the country. It was owned by Allied Botanical Corporation and was opened to general public in early February but they went on a temporary closure as the plants started to wither and the petals began falling. On top of that, the farm was heavily damaged by the tourists. Weeks after replanting, the Sunflower Farm was re-opened to public on March 25. It was the blooming season for their sunflowers which will only last for a month (petals was expected to fall on the last week of April). So much like the flowers, Sunflower Farm is an attraction that is only seasonal and we are very thankful that we were able to catch the farm in its greatest condition.
The Sunflower Maze farm is divided into many sections with the Sunflower Labyrinth as the main attraction but there were areas that are equally stunning and absolutely picture worthy.
We were greeted by this stunning trail of red Celosia Cristata (we used to call this flower as “palong ng manok”)
The “Recycled” Section
There is an area in the farm that is called Recycled and as what the term suggests, most of the materials used in this landscape are recycled. Most materials here are salvage and scrap materials from the farm including old tires, used pots and gardening materials, drums, sprinklers, cabinets and more.
Old tire used as pot for these Vinca Mega Bloom flowers
This trip could be very educational too as you will learn the terms given for such breed of flowers
Every area in this place is picture worthy!
There is a bunch of different landscapes in this farm filled with colorful flowers. Each landscape will vary in terms of their designs.
It is not just for sunflowers but an entire garden of different ornamental plants.
I just love the fact how this place burst with colors! It just brought some kind of relaxing feeling and I just wish I have a garden as huge and as colorful as this one.
Another notable attraction in this farm is the so-called The Truck. They said that this old truck is the symbol of Allied Botanical Corporation (ABC)’s humble beginning. They said that it was the first service vehicle used by Mr Willy Co, the founder of Allied Botanical Corporation. He started this business in 1984 selling sorghum seeds.
Just few walks away from the Sunflower Farm, you will encounter an area filled with huge veggies. It includes a wide variety of gourds, melons and squashes and they are all extremely huge in sizes.
The main attraction of them all is the Sunflower Maze! It is interesting to note that it takes more than 8000 sunflowers to make such huge maze. The labyrinth covers the 2100 square meter portion of the 3 hectare farm. You were lucky enough if you manage to visit the site in its blooming season as you will witness a remarkable view of the sunflower field. The maze was made in collaboration of the landscape designer Toni Rivera. Interestingly, the maze has three secret gardens (they are dead ends where visitors can take a rest while figuring out where the exit is).
So I guess that is safe to assume that this place in Tayug, Pangasinan is safe from zombies right? With such amount of Sunflower, I think it is good enough to gather great amount of sunlight and summon the best plants to guard your lawn haha.
Things You Should Know Before Visiting Sunflower Maze Farm
►Sunflower maze farm is owned and operated by Allied Botanical Corporation
►The entrance fee to Sunflower Maze Farm is Php100 per head
►The farm is only open during the blooming season. The Annual Open Days is usually every first quarter of the year.
►The date of blooming usually start from March and the petals are expected to fall the next month (April)
►In the last days of their season, the labyrinth is no longer accessible but they have such “Cut and Pay” area where you can buy freshly cut sunflowers
►There is an elevated platform in the Sunflower Maze where you can get a nice aerial view of the entire maze but you were only given 5 to 10 minutes of taking pictures or selfies (groupies) especially if the place is crowded.
►They do accept Prenup shoot for Php7000 but then again, this could be seasonal as you can only appreciate the view during their blooming season.
►There is a bazaar near the farm. There are food stalls and even souvenir shop. You can also buy seeds and other farm and gardening items too.
The farm , as of this moment, is ALREADY CLOSED and they will reopen the place in the next blooming season. There is no specified date yet but this could probably take place on the first quarter of the year.
How to Get to Sunflower Maze Farm
►The farm is situated within the Allied Agro-Tech Inc. (AATI) in Barangay C. Lichauco, Tayug, Pangasinan. You can reach this place by riding a transit bus that is bound to Tayug. Five Star and Viron Transit both have terminals in Cubao. Drop of to Sta Maria Pangasinan Crossing. From there (7/11), you can charter a tricycle that will bring you to AATI.
►You can also ride a bus bound to Baguio or Dagupan and drop off to SM Rosales Bus Terminal. From there, you can ride a jeepney or van bound to Tayug. Get down to Cebuanna Lhuiller corner and ride a tricyle and ask the driver to take you to AATI.
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This concludes my Day Trip to Pangasinan series. Just in case you missed it, feel free to visit these links below
►Cabongaoan Beach ~ Boracay of the North
►Death Pool of Cabongaoan Beach
►Sunflower Maze Farm
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