Pinoys visit Liliw, Laguna for its baroque churches, unique architecture, and booming local shoe scene that are comparable to Marikina’s. But beyond these are hidden spots that would give you a slice of paradise. While we can only dream of traveling far, for now, this farm would definitely make you feel like you’ve just traveled to Bali or Siargao.
Esmeris Farm is a family-managed farm on the outskirts of Liliw, Laguna. According to owner Victor Esmeris, the farm is a combination of conventional farming, farm tourism, and nature conservation. They started with growing crops such as tomatoes, coconuts, bananas, lettuce, and more.
Mr. Esmeris has been working as an architect overseas and decided to apply his experience in building facilities to jump-start their farm tourism. Esmeris Farm sits on top of a hill, which will require guests to do a bit of hiking. But the views once you get there are breathtaking.
Several giant swings can be found around, which are inspired by the swings found in Bali, Indonesia. You don’t have to fly overseas anymore to have the same experience! The family promotes sustainability and the materials used in building their facilities are from all-natural materials found on the farm, like their bamboo plantation.
Some of the main attractions in Esmeris Farm are their stilt huts that sit on the edge of the cliff, which offers the best seats for watching sunrises and sunsets. It gives a 360-degree view of the horizon where the Mounts Banahaw and Cristobal Protected Landscape can be seen. Be ready to pose for the ‘gram and take in the beauty of nature.
Esmeris Farm also cares for farm animals where they’re free to graze around. As a part of their farm tourism, guests can enjoy a horseback riding experience.
With a thriving coconut plantation, guests can also witness Esmeris’ lambanog-making process.
Camping and Glamping
Guests who wish to stay overnight and watch the stars can stay in the farm’s Daang Hari Campgrounds. Conventional tents cost P250-350 per person for an overnight stay.
Those who wish to take it up a notch and experience glamping can rent one of their tents for Php 2,000, which is good for 5 persons. It’s a fun way to recharge in nature and enjoy nature’s cool breeze at night.
How to get there
Esmeris Farm is located at Barangay Ilayang San Roque, Liliw, Laguna. For those driving, you can search “Esmeris Farm” on Waze or Google Maps. For those commuting, take a bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna and drop off at the terminal. Ride a jeepney to Liliw, Nagcarlan, and take a tricycle ride to Esmeris Farm.
Due to the pandemic, their operations remain limited. They also don’t accept walk-ins and operate on a reservation basis. For more information, visit this Facebook page.