THERE is a place up north, far from the monstrous traffic in Cebu City, that offers the best site for selfies and pre-nuptial pictorials.
It is a flower farm in Sirao, a mountain barangay of Cebu City, about 17 kilometers uphill from JY Square in Lahug.
Up there, one becomes a tourist ready to cup a coxcomb or peep through the multi-colored celosia and stage selfies worthy of Facebook (FB) and Instagram (IG) likes.
The privately-owned BJ Farm grows ornamental flowers whose names many selfie tourists may not have bothered to find out.
There are the flame-like celosia, or “burlas” in Cebuano as it is suggestive of tassel, and the “brain celosia” called coxcomb, or “tapay,” as suggestive of a rooster’s comb.
There are also the deep-hued daisy, or gerbera, the solemn-white chrysanthemum, and the playful aster, or what one flower arranger calls baby’s breath. There are roses somewhere, too.
The flame-like celosia flowers; in red, yellow, orange, and pink, are in bloom all year round as per the management but the whole hillside is covered by soaring flowers around October to November where there is an abundant supply of water in the highlands. Celosia flowers take three months to grow from its seed and the owners plant them during the month of July making it fully bloom on the months mentioned.
With the tourists raving to visit the flower garden, the management already installed a windmill copying the ones in the Netherlands for their guests to have the Amsterdam vibe. I arrived at the flower farm a bit dismayed because the flowers in the garden were not as many as seen on the photos trended on social media.
HOW YOU CAN GET IN SIRAO, FLOWER FARM?
Private Vehicle: You can take the road from JY Square Mall, Lahug and just straight ahead. (You can always ask the locals or residents for the exact location since they are very familiar with the place.)
Commute: You can ride a habal-habal motorcycle with a fare of200 pesos back and forth. (Don’t be fooled by drivers asking for the overpriced fare.)
Since Sirao Flower Farm is currently a one stop destination for almost everyone, the owner asks for a payment of 50 pesos.
Reminder: Please be advised that the first flower garden is not the Original Sirao flower farm garden. They just copied the concept of the original Sirao Garden which is located after the first garden. That is why the owner puts the name on the garden “Little Amsterdam”. BJ Farm is the names of the farmers.
So if you are planning to visit the Garden and will take habal-habal. Please do tell the driver to bring you to the Original Sirao Garden.
Thanks to: Maria Elena Sy Chua- Owner of the Original Sirao Flower Farm Garden