The second volume of “Calabarzon Agriculturally Awesome,” a travel guide which promotes the region’s scenic spots, indigenous delicacies, and the various farm tourism and learning sites, was officially launched at the Agricultural Training Hall of Lapidario village, Trece Martires City on Monday.
A collaboration project between the Region IV-A offices of Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Agrarian Reform’s Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), the first-ever regional tourism guide now boasts of 17 DOT-accredited farm tourism sites, (from the 10 featured in volume 1) and other updates, ATI 4-A center director Marites P. Cosico said.
A fusion of agriculture and tourism, the travel guide aims to offer “agriculturally awesome” alternatives to the usual hotels and resorts in the Calabarzon provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon- considered the nearest destination from Metro Manila.
Cosico said the travel guide will take one to the region’s inspiring and admirable places that will provide harmony and serenity, healthy options, historical and cultural perspectives, delectable cuisines and a lot more.
The 83-page travel guide features each province for its known “branding”–Cavite as the Coffee Capital of the Philippines; Laguna for its top organic farms; Batangas as world class livestock producer; Rizal as the “green” province; and coconut capital of the Philippines for Quezon.
Authored by Jamila Monette B. Balmeo, the travel guide provides information on various DOT accredited farms, ATI’s learning sites for agriculture, regional festivals, delicacies, and Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers in Calabarzon, among others.
The ATI has printed 100 copies which will be distributed for free to different DOT, ATI locations. (Gladys Pino)
News source: Philippine News Agency