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Luzon is the biggest island and its primary livelihood is Farming, fishing, and most Filipinos are working in the corporate offices in Metro Manila.
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Salt Farm Tour
Recently, I together with 5 other Travel Bloggers went to a special Farm Tour in Bolinao Pangasinan. We first settled in Alaminos Pangasinan hoping to visit thee hundred islands but unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating and the organizer decided to let us just chill in their family house just across the port of Alaminos.
Pacific Farms Incorporated has a 500 hectare of the evaporator and currently harvesting 15,000 metric tons of salt.
- Did you know that what we are buying in our local market / palengke came fro China or Australia and is not intended for human consuming / cooking? It is actually a commercial-grade is used for fishing etc.
- If your salt is too salty then the process of making it is obviously not for human consumption.
- According to the research of PFI, their salt has 60 variations and different uses from cooking, baking, food preservation, making sauces, and a lot more.
Station 1: Viewdeck
We started our day 1 the following day by visiting the Pacific Farms Incorporated Salt Farm in Bolinao Pangasinan. From Alaminos it’s 45 minutes to 1-hour drive. Located in Barangay Zaragosa, Bolinao Pangasinan.
We left Alaminos at 5 in the morning and we had our breakfast in their view deck inside the vicinity of Pacific Farm Incorporated. We had Binungey for breakfast. It’s made of sticky rice, paired with sweet mangoes.
This is best paired with Aro-En Salt by the farm. It’s surprisingly really good and didn’t think that sweet rice and salt is good combination.
Station 2: Chapel Ruins
After having breakfast, we head straight to the second station which is the ruins. Originally this is an Aglipay Church and after years of acquiring the property by the 2nd owner they changed this to a Catholic Church however in 2009, it was destroyed by a strong typhoon.
Also, the whole farmworkers, staff, and management have been having church mass at this ruins before the harvest time of the salt at the salt farm. This is to celebrate and give thanks to the Lord by giving the province nice weather and an abundant amount of salt.
Station 3: Love Bridge
During the time of the first owner of the farm, there has been a conflict between the management and the workers where civil union is present and after acquiring the farm by the second owner this bridge witnessed the settlement between the two parties.
Station 4: Salt Harvesting and Salt Pile
Before going inside the vicinity, we were briefed by the head on how they are harvesting the salt from the (pool-like) area. It wasn’t easy to harvest salt because they are harvesting it during summertime and just imagine the heat, humid that these farmers and workers are dealing with every day. Not an easy job!
Erica of thegirlwithamujihat.com tried it and she said it was a bit heavy.
After trying to harvest the salt we head straight to the stockpile of salt. I mean it’s really huge!
Station 5: Salt Lake
In this area, we’re able to try their famous and own version of the salt egg called Mighty Energy Egg. Their man-made lake is composed of salt that has 90-degree temperature and about 1 meter deep and in this temperature duck eggs are cooked in just 3 days.
We’re able to try these egg and to be honest, I liked it compare to the normal salt egg we could buy in the market because the saltiness is just enough and it’snot oily.
This is best paired with Sea Purslane where we also tried harvesting ourselves in the salt evaporator area.
Station 6: Locomotive
Their own built locomotive to give easy transport of their harvested salt also for visitors for easy viewing of their 500-hectare salt farm. This is customed built by their engineers and electricians.
Station 7: Lunch in the Pacific Farms Admin Office
Our last stop of our Salt Farm Tour here in the Pacific Farms Incorporated is having lunch at the PFI Admin Office. We were served by their version of Pinaupong Manok in a Bed of Salt and Conchinillo.
We also had a few minutes of meaningful conversations and heard the amazing and inspiring stories of these hard-working staff of PFI.
If you wanna experience a different kind of tour then you must visit PFI here in Bolinao Pangasinan.
Daytour: 1,800 Pesos / 36 USD per pax. Minimum of 20 pax when availing the Salt Farm Tour
Salt Farm Tour: A Different Kind of Farm Tour at the Pacific Farms Incorporated