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Fri. May 14th, 2021

My asawa and I were riding the banca boat from Parola Wharf in Iloilo City back home to the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. Guimaras is the island province we call home. Since we had a load of groceries, I sat in the front row bench reserved for Senior Citizens and PWDs. I’m a senior but only use the old geezer section when I want to keep an eye on our stuff. Another senior sat in the front row. The gentleman had a tourism farm in Guimaras. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Elias Sustituido. Therefore, today’s post, “Guimaras’ Thriving Tourism Farm: Sustituido,” is the result of that encounter.

We had an interesting conversation on the way home. Mr. Sustituido lived in the Chicago area, Tinley Park, for 10 years. The gentlemen informed me he had a farm in Guimaras.

I later learned, through a little research on the InterWeb, that his farm in Concordia Sur, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras is a model of an Integrated Farming System (IFS.) Mr. Sustituido was also recognized as the Most Outstanding Integrated Farmer of Western Visayas for DA Achievers in IFS.

Mr. Sustituido invited us to his farm. Consequently, we decided to make a trip yesterday morning to visit him. My wife has a large garden and is always on the lookout for new plants and flowers.

Guimaras’ Thriving Tourism Farm: Sustituido

The Sustituido Farm is a five-hectare property. It has plentiful cashew trees, chestnuts, hazelnuts, citrus and other fruit bearing trees.

Here’s the directions we used to locate his farm in Concordia, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras:

From the Trappist Monastery, Jordan, Guimaras: Head south on Guimaras Circumferential Rd. about 8.4 km.

Once you arrive in Concordia, Nueva Valencia, look for a fruit farm sign and turn left. You’ll see the Sustituido Farm farm approximately 600 meters from the main road on the left. Here’s the location displayed on a water tank located on the farm:

Elias Sustituido Farm, Concordia, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
Guimaras’ Thriving Tourism Farm: Sustituido
Path to the main building

I drove our Ford Ranger XLT through the path to the main cluster of buildings and parked. While we had a brief shower earlier in the morning, the scorching sun was taking its toll on me. I managed to find some shady areas, however, and took the following pictures while my asawa looked for some plants with Mr. Elias Sustituido as her guide.

Workers are renovating the Reception Cottage
A Dorm Room for visitors is guarded by an impressive carabao
An array of rainwater caching systems are located throughout the property
I liked the folk art displayed on the entrances of some of the buildings
Lots of plants and beautiful flowers at this tourism farm in Guimaras
My asawa shielded herself from the hot sun and took home a truckload of new plants

Mr. Sustituido was an extremely gracious host and very knowledgeable with a lot of tips on growing plants and vegetables in the Philippines. Hence, we thoroughly enjoyed our time visiting him and plan to return in the future.

If you would like to visit one of the premier tourist farms in Guimaras, I highly recommend a trip to Sustituido Farms in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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