SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan – Buying calamansi or Pinoy lemon has been made more exciting at a farm in Barangay Lekep-Butao here which has opened itself to tourists who want to experience farm life at an affordable cost.
Pangasinan 4th District Rep. Christopher de Venecia said Tuesday the two-hectare calamansi farm, referred to as Calamansian ed Lekep-Butao, offers a one-of-a-kind experience where tourists have the chance to pick fresh calamansi directly from the trees.
“There is a lot to discover if we go around places in the fourth district. I encourage all our kababayans, before they venture into other places, they should first discover what we have here,” de Venecia said.
He said he urges friends to support and promote agri-tourism in his district which started when he had the chance to see the list of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the Department of Trade Industry wherein a manufacturer of calamansi concentrate is from Mangaldan town, Pangasinan.
With the farm tourism in the area, resident farmers will be able to earn extra income alongside the tourism activities in their village, which is expected to receive a boost, aside from marketing its calamansi produce.
Barangay Lekep-Butao chief Fernando Estayo said the entrance fee is at P80 per person, with a 20% discount for seniors and children less than seven years old.
“We hope the agri-tourism in our barangay would be patronized),” Estayo said, adding that for orders and online bookings, interested individuals may send a message to their Facebook page: Calamansian ed Lekep-Butao or visit www.explorepd4.com.