GK Enchanted Farm Blogger Weekend Event Series : A Glimpse of Paradise

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I posted a blogger event at the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan a month ago and nearly forgot about it. Then I got an invitation to spend a weekend last May 24 to 25. At first, I thought it would be just like any other outing so I came with a shallow heart. But what I saw and experienced were far more than I expected. There are too many places, too many gastronomic experiences, too many lessons learned that I decided to make this a series of sorts.

So for the first in the series, let me introduce the GK Enchanted Farm. It is located in Brgy. (Village) Encanto, Angat, Bulacan. As the place suggests, it is indeed an "enchanted" or a very special place. The  GK Enchanted Farm comprised of an integrated community and a farm university, set in the heart of a highly sustainable environment.

The GK Enchanted Farm is Gawad Kalinga’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs, help our local farmers and create wealth in the countryside. As we learned that the road out of poverty is a continuing journey and therefore, providing homes is merely the beginning, we also realized that our country is abundant with resources (land included) that we can harness for every Filipino to continuously lead a life with dignity.


 The GK Enchanted Farm Blogger Weekend composed of a tour of the farm, a visit to different social enterprises, wonderful food and company, and an informal talk with Mr. Tony Meloto himself.

This is the walkway leading to the guest dormitory at the far end and the GK Village on the right. I forgot to take pictures of the houses as I am busy looking and experiencing the sights :)

Walkway in Tita Cory's Garden 
ARCH ANGEL-GK CENTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
Interior of Arch Angel Multipurpose Hall

HYUNDAI CENTER FOR GREEN INNOVATION - A state of the art green center where the ethnicity of bamboo and modern glass and concrete are fused together.

Chandelier made of recycled plastic cups.

LIFEBANK CENTER FOR BAYANIHAN ECONOMICS - Still in construction stage. According to GK website,
The LifeBank Center for Bayanihan Economics will serve as the innovation, development and commercialization hub of LBF and GK's combined effort to advance social enterprises and 'bayanihan economics' as a key strategy in breaking the chains of poverty.
What caught my eye was how the roof was made. I imagine it would look like an umbrella above. With the GK's vision of sustainable environment, the roof is specially designed to catch rainwater into a reservoir. See that tube ("alulod") connecting the roof panel to the next? 

BAMBOO PALACE CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT DESIGN

Grass Roots Kitchen







Lunch (organic vegetables and meat from the farm)

Roasted Chicken (Free Range)

Fabien Courtelle, our tour guide, is also a  Plush & Play social entrepreneur. He is one of the European (he's French) interns of the Farm.


There are is so much to see and to experience here that I forgot to take important pictures, only crappy ones:) What I want to convey is that the GK Enchanted Farm is not just a  place to build houses but to build lives.

Where the sky is vast and blue.

And everything is green and self-sustaining.

Where children who previously lived in the urban slums are happy and has a future. They are polite and well-mannered, who can converse well in English and French.

That's all for this post. I'll be posting about the social enterprises that we visited soon! Next in the series:

Demos:
Plush and Play
Golden Duck Egg
Gourmet Keso
Hamon
Organic Multicrop Farming

My Hauls:
Human Nature Haul
Bayani Brew
Theo Philo Artisan Chocolates
Herbs

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