Garin Farm / We had a unique experience visiting Garin Farm. It was both recreational and spiritual. You will surely like this place if you are a nature lover. It has a farm that produces poultry products, milk, and meat. Then, there is a resort with a swimming pool and an artificial lake, plus a worship place; they call it pilgrimage hill, wherein you can take time to personally talk to yourself and find meaning in all your experiences in life.
We passed through the vine-covered passageway from the main entrance to the farm’s amenities. Because of the vine curtain and big shady trees, we did not feel any discomfort whatsoever despite the hot weather.
We had a 20-minute walk before reaching the main area of the property. For us who live in the city, it is always refreshing to see chickens in coops laying eggs, a flock of doves flying freely in the air, goats and carabaos in their natural habitat, and other farm animals I can no longer remember at this time.
Aside from the agricultural feature of Garin, we were also treated to the breathtaking view of the resort area. The hotel rooms are neatly lined in one area overlooking the swimming pool and an artificial lake. Since we were on a day tour, we did not check the resort’s amenities. Visitors can try out the zip line, ride an ATV (all-terrain vehicle), and go night swimming, kayaking and fishing.
We took our early lunch at the resort’s restaurant. We had corned beef and spam with a sunny-side-up fried egg. They also served fresh goat milk and chicken empanada – both the farm’s products. There were pasalubong items on sale in the restaurant too.
The most important part of this sprawling property is Pilgrimage Hill, which is the favorite subject of many pictures on Facebook and Instagram. We climbed around 500-step stairs leading to the symbolic white cross at the end of the hill.
While climbing the steep hill, we were transported back to the days of Jesus as we saw the recreation of the major biblical events leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Pilgrimage Hall
The tableau features life-sized images of the biblical characters, and yes, the emotions on their faces were artistically differentiated. I can feel the pain and agony Jesus endured with his tormentors when He was sentenced to death.
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