Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ilog Maria Bee Farm, A Nature Visit


During our overnight trip in Tagaytay, the girls in the group was deadset on visiting Ilog Maria. Blame it on Dear Almskie who got us hooked on her Christmas gifts and made us all excited with her purchases. I've actually heard of Ilog Maria, but even if I'm a hoarder of anything naturally-made Ilog Maria has somehow skipped my radar. I really don't know why I took this long to vist or buy anything of them. When buying them is so easy via their online shop. Maybe I was just waiting to share it with people who were as excited as I am to visit Ilog Maria.

That't why the boys didn't have a choice! After breakfast at Bag of Beans, we headed to Ilog Maria which was a short drive from the "rotonda" of Tagaytay. Ilog Maria was pretty much easy to spot even if it's your first time, just try not to drive too fast for you might miss the billboard (as shown above).



Going inside the bee farm is quite a challenge as the road is very narrow. There's a separate entrance and exit so no worries on how to get out the place. Ilog Maria is fully solar powered so their office are only open from when there is daylight. If you have a lot of things to do while visiting Cavite and Tagaytay, keep this first on the list.


Parking is also difficult. We had three cars with us and the space could only accomodate 6 to 7 cars. So, you really should wait your turn or park somewhere near the exit, which is quite a walk back to the farm. But yeah, we need to sacrifice something to see the beauty of nature nowadays.


Oh! What a beautiful sight! I've never seen a bee farm and I really really enjoyed taking pictures of the place and their very popular honey-made products.










It's amazing how such small creatures can create something so powerful and yummy! It's not frequent that I get to interact with Mother Nature this close and really, it's humbling. Nature sometimes scare me. My friends and I got talking that nature could take over anytime and we wouldn't even notice it and we doubted if we could even stop it. Somehow, I don't think I'll mind if it think it's the best.

I love how respectful Ilog Maria is with nature, the place looks incredibly clean and well maintained. The place was in great shape... but there seem to be a struggle for the bees to create honey.. It's nature's way of telling that we humans are doing something wrong... Hai... somehow going here is both inspiring and yet depressing seeing how when I get back to MNL, it's all population and dirt..















I bought a lot of things from Ilog Maria. I wanted to haul their soaps but I still have many Embodyment Organic soaps at home so I settled on a few things I still don't have. So far, I'm liking them. Will surely post my haul here. :)

Be(e) sure to visit Ilog Maria, beauty addict ladies! This is definitely the place for anyone who enjoys naturally-made products. And I've read a lot of testimonials how good bee propolis and honey is to our health as well as skin. Sadly, they don't accept credit cards. :(

I loved it in Ilog Maria, it's a fun place to visit as there's not many Bee Farm in the country. This should be in your itenerary when you visit Tagaytay!

Have you gone to Ilog Maria? How was it?



10 comments :

Askmewhats said...

Alam mo sis, I first heard about Ilog Maria from Rica Peralejo way back when I was in college pa on a magazine, I even ordered their lotion , facial wash and moisturizer and that was my first "order products to be delivered to your doorstep" thingy! hehehe brings back old memories, never visit their farm pa!

Askmewhats said...

Alam mo sis, I first heard about Ilog Maria from Rica Peralejo way back when I was in college pa on a magazine, I even ordered their lotion , facial wash and moisturizer and that was my first "order products to be delivered to your doorstep" thingy! hehehe brings back old memories, never visit their farm pa!

skysenshi said...

Wah! I've always wanted to visit their farms in person. I used to buy from them before (kaso may Paypal ang Human Nature eh). Plus, the owner was a student of my dad's (since pareho silang engineers).

Kaye said...

Hi Shen!
Thanks so much for bringing me back to this amazing place through your wonderful stories and photos. Early last year, I wasn't really into blogging that's why I didn't take enough photos of our Tagaytay sojourn.
I also loved our experience at Bag of beans--so gorgeously rustic..
More power!
Kaye
http://kayelangit-luistro.blogspot.com/2011/02/propolis-and-beeswax-lip-balm-by-llog.html

Alice mate said...

wow.. I've never heard of this place before but their products look so unique! will definitely visit this soon! thanks for sharing Shen!

Mandy said...

I love their lavender soap. Smells so good. I also love their throat spray (to prevent cough, colds, etc), propolis ointment, feminine soap, leather soap & leather balsam. So affordable pa.

Michelle said...

I have their Honey and Propolis shampoo and I LOVE it! You should post your top picks and things you think people should try. I'm thinking of placing an order. :-/ LOL

jared's mum said...

wow, sounds like a fun place to go + i would love to try their products too^^

Pipay said...

May entrance fee ba? How much?

E. d. R. Lim said...

My group was just there and we were really dismayed at how they displayed their products.....in direct sunlight and heat. What was more flabbergasting was the fact that in their product literature specifically states for Storage : OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT and HEAT.

When we called the Shop girl's attention to the fact that their products were displayed in DIRECT SUNLIGHT and HEAT, she did not pay attention to our admonitions. Since our counsel was ignored, I decided to write my comments on Ilog Maria's site. However, the reply of Mr. Joel Magsaysay was "Product replacement and turn over is always done every half of the day." I think that that is most incongruous to their Storage Instructions.

Then today I used their massage oil. Oh my!!! The floral scent was just way too overpowering. I started sneezing and sniffling. I told my masseuse to stop using the Ilog Maria Massage Oil and we resorted to using the Spa's regular oil.

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