Balik Bukid 3 – A Slice of Heaven at Holy Carabao Farm

Apr 30, 2013 by

Balik Bukid 3 was a slice of heaven that I experienced at Holy Carabao Holistic Farm. It was like entering a different kind of world where everything happened according to how nature planned it. It helped me remember that leading a lifestyle that is a lot kinder to the human body and the environment is possible. It made me laugh heartily and once again I saw how beautiful life is.

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Holy Carabao Holistic Farm

Holy Carabao Holistic Farm is located at the Sta. Elena Golf and Country Estate in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It is especially proud of its 100% farm fresh goods produced through organic and biodynamic farming. While organic farming involves the use of natural compost and nutrients instead of chemical fertilizers and  pesticides, biodynamic farming  is done in relation to the natural rhythm and cycle of life.

The farm is the braincild of spouses Gippy and Hindy Tantoco. A long-time vegetarian, Hindy was compelled to consider planting their own vegetables after her second child was diagnosed with a rare medical condition. Soon, she and her husband were doing it not only for their family but also for their friends and family and it did not take long for the venture to evolve into a business.

It has become a most sought after venue for weddings, birthdays , and other occasions as well as  a field-trip destination for kids. Information on farm visits, party bookings, and photo shoots can be seen at their official website. Directions going to the farm can be seen through this site as well.


holy carabao altar

 balik bukid activities

holy carabao fishing

Holy Carabao Products

All Holy Carabao products are naturally grown and cultivated and are therefore subject to weather conditions. The farm provides a weekly harvest list which buyers can constantly check. Buying local and in season comes highly recommended.

Orders are accepted through calls, text, email, or online by filling out the order form found in their site. The farm likewise offers various prepared and customized gift crates filled with their products. The Holy Carabao products as well as other environment-friendly products are showcased in the farm’s country fair called “Balik Bukid”.


holy carabao products


Balik Bukid 3

Balik Bukid held its third event last April 28, 2013 and welcomed families to an affair filled with fun activities, healthy food, ecological products, and music that is good for the soul. It was a chance to go back to basics and be close to nature providing opportunities to ride horses and carabaos, feed rabbits and guinea pigs, and catch a fish or two. It was also a chance for vendors to show their unique products that were all made from sustainable materials and produced with care for the environment.

The main family event for Balik Bukid 3 is the Mud Dash Event. Towards the evening, the attendees were treated to the music of Noel Cabangon and Up Dharma Down. It was certainly a perfect day for a “bukid” adventure with the family and other people who have the same appreciation for such a relaxing opportunity.

 balik bukid event

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holy carabao animals

My Say

Visiting Holy Carabao Farm gave me the perfect opportunity to reassess my priorities in terms of going for what I really want in life. I want to be happy. I want to be healthy.  I want to have my own slice of heaven here on earth with my family.

Thank you Holy Carabao for this very wonderful experience!


Teresay at Holy Carabao Holistic Farm

Teresay at Holy Carabao Holistic Farm


The Balik Bukid 4- Country Fair is scheduled on November 24, 2013, Sunday.  100% percent of ticket sales will go to Typhoon Yolanda victims. 

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  1. Such a lovely place to be one with nature and God’s cute critters. I didn’t know we have this kind of farm in the Philippines. I will definitely make a point to have this in my itinerary the next time we are home. :)

  2. I have always wanted to live in a farm. Simple living, away from the noise and pollution of the concrete jungle. I know that is a far cry now and I have to accept that I will always be in the city. Thank you for letting me know about this place. I could live my dream for at least a day.

  3. That looks like a lot of fun! I love that really fun and beautiful looking umbrella tent.

  4. Great pictures! That looks like a wonderful place to have some healthy family fun :)

  5. This looks like a great place to spend a fun day with the family!

  6. Wow, that looks amazing! I could spend a day, or a week, hanging out there.

  7. That looks like so much fun! Sounds like a great place for a family get together! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Pam

    This looks like a wonderful place to spend a day with your family. What a great cause this fundraiser is for. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the Philippines.

  9. Sometimes you have to get as far away from your real world to put things back in alignment. This looks Fabulous!

  10. That looks like a really nice way to spend the day with the family. I also agree with reassessing what is important in life. Many times it is the simple things that matter.

  11. What amazing pictures. They’re simply amazing. I have never tried the carabao chocolate I like that they are naturally grown though.

  12. That looks like an amazing place to visit. I could only imagine how much you could learn and enjoy while there.

  13. What an interesting place! I love that they are living a simpler life and helping to share and promote that lifestyle with others.

  14. Great pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Sounds like fun.

  15. I love the farm atmosphere. It makes you focus on priorities. The place is really nice with activities and natural products.

    • Coming to Holy Carabao Farm made me think really seriously about what I really want in life since I liked everything I saw there.

  16. I only see “real” carabaos when I’m in the province. And for the statues, sa park ko lang din nakikita Hehehe – Algene

  17. Is that you on top of the carabao? If it is YES. Wow, you’re so brave. Great experience indeed. Hahahaha…I am afraid riding on top of the carabao.

    • Yes, that is definitely me. Looking back, it was something I did out of a sense of adventurism and actually without much thought but to enjoy the day.

  18. Lapit lang nito sa amin- will visit this spot this coming June. Open na ba sa public? thanks for the info.

    • Farm visits are done by appointment. You can find the complete info through the links to their official website contained in this post.

  19. What a nice place. This post just makes me want to go back to my tito’s farm. I miss farm living. Everything is fresh. I used to ride a carabao with a cariton before. :)

    • It is a beautiful place. Visiting it made me feel alive and well. Who would have thought I will finally get to ride a carabao at my age? Certainly not me.

  20. Wow!!! such a lovely place… i sent the link to my vegan friends in the Philippines. I always love places like this where the world slows down a bit and you’ve got to enjoy healthy treats as well… i’ve always loved countryside life on the side…

    • That was quite nice of you to send the info to your vegan friends. I’m sure they will find plenty of products to their liking at Holy Carabao Farm.

  21. I think with the advances in biotechnology and medicine more and more people are switching to organic products because food is poisoned by the different fertilizers and sprays used on them. The dangerous chemicals in these sprays and fertilizers are passed on to people creating diseases. Glad that there is an organic farm here near the Metro.

  22. this is the kind of institution or establishment that will get my full support and proud to promote. why can’t most people do not realize the better benefits of natural grown crops …

  23. What a very beautiful place! I’ve been dreading to ride a carabao ever since I was young.

    • It is indeed a beautiful place. I didn’t expect that I will have the chance to ride a carabao but as you can see I did.

  24. i once went to carabao farm in bukidnon when i visited the place. i tried the carabao chocolate milk, it tasted okay but not really my type. -___-

    • Food and drink good for our bodies may probably take some getting used to since our taste buds have grown accustomed to more mainstream flavors although we could always try and find more acceptable but equally healthy alternatives.

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