Go Organic at Ilog Maria

Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm or simply “Ilog Maria” is situated along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Cavite. It is known for its honey (of course) and other organic products.  I went there with my aunt to buy a citronella spray for mosquitoes; and also for me to feature something here. Hahaha!

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Whenever I go there, I just visit the shop to buy something that interests me and I’m done. But I decided to be a tourist (in my own home town) to know what can this farm offer us aside from their shop.

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Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm Shop

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The shop is okay. You’ll see a lot of products from different kinds of soaps to candles made from beeswax. If you are looking for a product that is organic, handmade, and has honey in it, there’s a big chance that you’ll see it there.

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Lavender Soap

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Beeswax Candles

Some of the products you’ll see in Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm are soaps, honey cider, beeswax, extra virgin honey, bee propolis, bee pollen, mosquito repellent, beeswax candle, and a lot more.

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At the back of the shop, you’ll be able to see the mini factory where they make some of their products like the soap. The place was so open that you can see and observe how they make their products. Visitors aren’t allowed inside though.

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I think this is their mini factory. There’s no sign saying that it’s the factory but I saw some people making stuff there so I assume that it’s their factory. haha! 🙂

I walked further down and I saw these fantastic “stingless” bees. Who knew that stingless bees exist in this world?!? I had a chance to observe them closely. They looked like black ants with wings.

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They also have a museum-like area in this farm. In this place, you’ll be able to observe bees in their respective beehives. Some facts about the Farm and the bees are also present here.

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Ilog Maria has a wonderful history. Check out Ilog Maria’s about page to know its history.

Have you visited this place before? How was your experience? Are you interested to visit Ilog Maria and you want to know more? Don’t be shy to hit the comment box!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

BALUARTE DE SAN DIEGO
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Baluarte de San Diego is located along the walls of Intramuros (The Walled City) in Manila, Philippines. And it is one of the oldest stone structure in Intramuros.

The place was first called as Fort Nuestra Señora de Guia. And the plan was to build a three tiers of circular walls, with the outer tier 28 feet high, 12 feet thick at the bottom, and 4 feet thick at the top. The construction was stopped when the tower threatened to collapse as it got higher. It was completed sometime between 1586 to 1587.

In 1593, the upper portion of the tower was demolished to form a new stone bulwark. This was also the year when the place was named Baluarte de San Diego. The construction was again completed sometime between 1653 to 1663. It was then shaped like an ace of spades.

In 1762, the Baluarte was damaged by the british forces. It was restored and strengthened when spanish people returned, but it was again damaged and abandoned after the 1863 earthquake. The World War II destroyed whatever remained of the structure.

The place was forgotten until 1979 when the excavation was done by the Intramuros Administration and the National Museum. The place was again restored in 1992.

The area is now managed by the Intramuros Administration.

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