LIST: Sunflower fields across the country for IG-worthy sablay pictures
While the University of the Philippines recently welcomed new “Iskolar ng bayan”, the clock ticks for senior Iskos and Iskas to bid the university adieu as their graduation draws near.
But because of the pandemic, graduates are nowhere near the UP campus to have their photos taken with the beautiful sunflowers which are traditionally planted to bloom just in time to add festivity as students don their hard-earned sablay.
Fortunately, there are many sunflower fields in the country today that people can visit to continue the UP tradition.
For those who want to see the flowers bloom as a parting gift to the graduates or for the few who simply want to shoot IG-worthy photos with the mirasols, here’s a rundown of sunflower fields in the country:
Sunflower Camp at Tayug Ecopark
This sunflower field in Tayug Ecopark is truly a feast for the eyes of those who are traveling north. Located in Tayug, Pangasinan, this eco-park showcases sunflowers that serve as a hedge for a maze where visitors can shoot photos while strolling. The park also features a field filled with other blooming varieties such as marigold and morning glory.
The sunflower camp is open every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, children below five years old, pregnant women, and people with health risks are not allowed to enter the park.
Entrance fee: P100 for regular visitors, P80 for senior citizens, students, and persons with disabilities (PWD)
It’s always a bright and shiny day at the Sunshine Farm in Tiaong, Quezon. Not only do the sunflowers bloom for visitors but also for workers on the farm. The fields of Sunshine Farm also spark joy and hope for persons with disabilities (PWDs) as the farm fosters an inclusive environment by providing employment and skills training to people with different abilities.
Entrance fee: suggested donation is P100 per person to support the continuous employment of their PWD staff.
Operating Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends
Angel’s Sunflower Field
Not far from Sunshine Farm is another sunflower field in Quezon province. Looking for a place where you can enjoy the ambiance of an urban farm with a view of eye-catching flowers of different kinds and colors? Well, look no further because Angel’s Sunflower Field in Candelaria, Quezon got what you need. This farm greets its visitors with blooms carefully arranged so that the colors of each flower complement each other. It also features structures decorated with colorful patterns that will surely make you feel welcomed in Quezon.
Entrance fee: P80 for regular visitors and P60 for students and PWDs
Operating hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day
Julyan’s Farm is not your typical farm as this eco-agricultural farm brings you the first sunflower field in Zambales. Built on a heartwarming story between a loving mother and her child with autism, Julyan’s Farm radiates joy and hope as it is filled with bright yellow sunflowers guaranteed to make you smile.
Sirao Flower Garden (Cebu City)
Dubbed as the “Little Amsterdam,” Sirao Flower Garden is truly a gem of the south. Sirao Flower Garden is not your ordinary garden. It also features aesthetically pleasing structures that complement the beauty that radiates from the colorful flowers. Located in a mountain barangay in Cebu, the 1.2-hectare flower garden boasts a breathtaking view from the mountain as you capture a selfie with the sunflowers.
Entrance fee: P100 per head
Operating hours: 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day
Amid the pandemic that brought students away from their beloved campus, sunflowers blossomed across the country to bring a symbol of joy and hope. From the north to the south, sunflower fields are here to stay, not just for the graduates but for every traveler on a journey to discover beauty in the flower fields.
About the Author
Jean Loriele Raoet is a third-year journalism student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. When she is not holding her pen, she loves to watch videos of puppies and babies playing together. During her free time, she plays the guitar and delves into music production. Apart from music and cute animals, she likes engaging in talks about mental health and children’s rights.