Motag Living Museum: Planting rice (near Boracay) is fun!

Motag Living Museum Malay Aklan

If you are looking for one more thing to do before leaving Boracay, do check out the Motag Living Museum in Malay, Aklan – just a half hour from Bora.

It was the brainchild of  Nenette Aguirre Graf, barangay captain of Motag in Malay, Aklan, but a lovely English lady named Louise has brought life to the project.

Louise will meet you and your party at the entrance with this greeting:

Then you start the tour. First, Louise will show a basic Aklanon home – their kitchen, their toilet & bath, how they get water (note how she pronounces ‘timba’ (pail) like Simba (the lion) haha) …

I love how their kitchenware are all made from coconut!! And how the stove is made of stone!

Motag Living Museum After a tour of the house, we were brought to the fields where you get to experience what it’s like to be a farmer. I gamely took off my Toms and plunged my feet into the mud. I was surprised to find that it wasn’t icky at all – the mud was soft and warm and it felt like my feet were getting a massage!

Motag Living Museum Aklan Philippines farming agriculture

The view of the rice fields is absolutely breathtaking – although it may be very hot!

Motag Living Museum Malay Aklan Living Museum 7After planting rice (like one plant haha), I got to ride a carabao sleigh. I felt bad that the carabao would have to carry such a heavy thing – me! But if you ever get there, do get on and watch out for the surprise that the carabao will give you midway through the ride!

Motag Living Museum Malay AklanAfterwards, you will be shown how the locals manually mill and grind rice grains. It’s a fun activity for kids and adults alike! Motag Living Museum, ChabeliWhen you are done making rounds, they offer the freshest buko juice you will taste. Sooo good! You can cool down with that and watch these kids at play with their toys made from coconut shells!

The tour is then concluded with this touching farewell song.

 

What an experience! So happy I got to participate in this. Thank you to Krip Yuson, Mike Marasigan, Binggoy, Nina and Chabeli Remedios and Louise! ❤

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The Motag Living Museum is in Malay, Aklan. Details on tours, location, etc on their website: http://motaglivingmuseum.com/

 

 

 

How Dos Mestizos’ Binggoy Remedios Escapes from the Bustles of Boracay

Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay Aklan

Boracay is one of the most popular beaches in the world, ranked 7th best beach in the world by Trip Advisor. But it’s become quite the party place, compared by some to Ibiza, more than the laid back pristine beach that Boracay originals first fell in love with.

So what have the originals done? The guys who moved to Boracay decades ago before techno became a music genre?

Well I don’t know about the rest but Binggoy Remedios, owner of Dos Mestizos, has managed to leave the bustles of the new Boracay without actually leaving the island: he has created his own little paradise just half an hour away, in Malay, Aklan. So he’s near the sand and the restaurants that have grown with the Boracay’s development, but still able to maintain the lifestyle of serenity and oneness with nature that he moved to Aklan for to begin with.

He calls his home Finca Verde. It started out as just his home with Niña Bustamante and daughter Chabeli but now the 1.5 hectare property has four huts that are available to guests. We were privileged to stay in this one with this gorgeous bed:

Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay AklanFinca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay AklanI was amazed at what they had done with the property. Binggoy admits that he just “ouido’ed” building it and Niña proudly shares that the labyrinth was built by Binggoy and even the “tiles” in the toilet were rocks from the river attached to the property.

Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay Aklan
The labyrinth at Finca Verde using rocks from the property’s attached river

Daugther Chabeli’s playground is pretty huge! She literally crosses a river and says hi to the cow on the adjacent property!  Finca 12Mommy Niña, meanwhile, keeps busy with their little “farm”. They grow arugula, special greens and herbs.

Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay AklanThey literally just pick from here if you want a salad or just want to jazz up your dish with tarragon or cilantro. And when they want juice? Buko doesn’t get fresher than this!

Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay AklanThey also showed us this 100 year old tree just down the road.

Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay AklanAnd in the afternoon, Niña showed us these local berries, just below the hut.

Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay Aklan
My sister Goldee picking indigenous berries at Finca Verda

If you have time, visit the Motag Living Museum, where Englishwoman Louise personally gives a guided tour for a fresh perspective of our agricultural history, which we so awfully take for granted. She makes it all sound exotic and interesting – which it really is! We totally underappreciate our farms and our peoples. Louise lives right next door to Binggoy and Nina and we caught her by her hammock as we walked around the grounds.Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay AklanFinally, at night, you can make a bonfire right here and cook smores to match a bottle of whiskey. Then look up. The stars here are so bright you almost believe you can reach them.

Finca Verde Binggoy Remedios Nina Bustamante Resort Farm Boracay AklanAn unbelievable escape!

Finca Verde
By reservation only.
Brgy. Nabaoy, Malay, Aklan
+63 998 545 7279

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