BALIK BUKID is a Country Fair organized by Gippy and Hindy Tantoco in Sta. Elena Fun Farm in Laguna. It’s usually held twice a year — one during summer and one during the BER season.
We were completely blown away by the unique back-to-farm experience like riding a carabao with the kids, buying organic and natural products, feasting on healthy and organic food, and jamming with some of the best performing artists in the country.
You have to bring your family to experience the BEST Country Fair in the Philippines!
Here’s a photo essay of our 2nd Balik Bukid experience last November 17, 2012…
BALIK BUKID is held in the Sta. Elena Fun Farm located inside the exclusive subdivision of Sta. Elena in Cabuyao, Laguna.
It’s 60-90 minutes away from Manila. You have to take the SLEX and exit at Cabuyao. After the Cabuyao toll gate, turn right. You should see the Sta. Elena main gate on the right side. Follow the signs to the Fun Farm.
Entrance fee to Balik Bukid is FREE if you just want to shop or eat but…
…you have to pay P350/person (including kids) if you want to join the family activities and enjoy the rides and playground too.
We love the inspirational quotes all around the fun farm.
You can have your souvenir photo taken…
…and make a wish in their wishing well.
There are art installations like this truck that you can hop on and take photos with your kids.
Our boys had a fun time in the playground,
riding a mini-boat,
jumping on a trampoline with other kids,
riding a horse and…
…the signature Balik Bukid Carabao ride.
You can also join the arts and crafts sessions of Acacia Waldorf school.
We just love the rural ambiance — the trees, greens all around, and the colorful, parachute-like tents.
If you like natural, eco-friendly products, this is the best place to shop.
(TIP: They only accept cash, so make sure to bring enough. There are ATMs inside the Cabuyao Technopark if you forget to bring some pesos.)
Check out the handmade rag dolls and doll houses,
unique handmade home products and toys,
a cool variety of wooden toys,
soft and natural toys,
sculptures and paintings,
and other organic home stuff.
Of course, a visit to the food stalls should be part of your itinerary too. Here are our favorites:
We love the Grass-fed Beef and Organic Greens of Down to Earth. Check out their yummy burgers! 🙂
For home-cooked continental cuisine, check out Massimo’s Farm booth.
For a complete fiesta experience, check out the Filipino stalls and street food carts.
A country fair in the Philippines is never complete without eating Lechon!