Garin Farm- Visiting Heaven on Earth
Updated: Jan 15, 2022
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In this photo, there is a modern llonggo man tilling the ground for crops.
This is a photo of the San Isidro Labrador Catholic patron Saint of Farmers. He was a humble Spanish farmer who cared for the poor and animals.
This photo is the Bahay Kubo, which is Hiligaynon for Nipa hut in English. The Bahay Kubo is very commonly observed in the Phillipines.
When you enter through the Garin Farm gate after paying 150 pesos ($2.84), you can observe farm animals, including ducks, cows, pigs, and chickens. Once you pass that area, you will be looking at a beautiful pond where you can rent kayaks.
Other activities involve zip lining, horseback riding, swimming, boating, and and fishing.
To the left of this pond was a gigantic sign that read “Garin Farm Pilgrimage– a Journey from Creation to Ascension.” This is the alagyan padulong sa kalangitan or area that leads to “heaven.” It is indeed a journey of meditation.
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The place offered a seemingly realistic biblical scenery starting with the Garden of Eden and Noah’s ark before we climbed 480 daunting and tiring steps to the top of a cross. You have the option of a Filipino transporting you by golf cart to the top of the cross for 90 pesos ($1.70). However, we wanted to experience the journey by foot.
Along the way, you may observe a replica of Christ’s birth, three wise men, Christ’s baptism, Christ’s entrance to Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ’s scourging, Christ’s crucifixion, as well as His ascension. After the ascension, you will take the rest of the stairs to a nice cross. When you successfully make it to the cross, you will enter into a meditation cave that leads to a white cross that is surrounded with white angels. You then enter through another area where Christ is found. There you will hear the song of Hallelujah playing and may observe angel sculptures. You can feel the presence of God. It was such a wonderful place of meditation.
Garden of Eden
The גַּן עֵדֶן Garden of Eden is found in Genesis 2:4-3:24. This picture depicts אדם Adam and חוה Eve along with the animals in the Garden of Eden (meaning paradise).
תיבת נח Noah’s ark is found in Genesis 6-9. This picture depicts Noah and the animals leaving the ark after the flood.
The Ten Commandments
The עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדִּבְּרוֹת Ten Commandments is recorded in Exodus 20. This picture depicts משה רבנו Moses holding the Ten Commandments.
The Birth of Christ
The לידתו של ישו Birth of Christ is recorded in Luke 1:26-27. This picture depicts יוסף Joseph and מרי Mary with the baby ישועJesus along with the shepherd and their fields.
The Three Wise Men
Matthew 2:1-12 addresses the three מָגִים wise men who came to meet ישוע Jesus bringing gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This picture depicts the wise men bringing these gifts.
Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Jesus’ triumphal entry into ירושלים Jerusalem is found in Matthew 21:1-11. This picture depicts a crowd of people observing ישוע Jesus riding onto a חמור donkey into Jerusalem.
The Last supper is found in Matthew 26:17-30. This picture depicts Jesus having a final supper with His 12 disciples.
Garden of Gethesemane Kasakit sa Hardin (Garden of Pain)
The גת שמנים Garden of Gethesemane is found in Genesis 26:36-56. This picture depicts ישוע Jesus תפילה praying in agony the night before He was betrayed.
Jesus’s scouraging is recorded in Matthew 27:33-44. This picture depicts two Roman soldiers physically beating Jesus with a great whip.
Jesus crucifixion is located in Matthew 27:32-56. This picture depicts a Roman soldier brandishing a spear.
תחייתו של ישוע Jesus’s resurrection is recorded in Luke 24. This photo depicts Jesu’s rising from the dead.
Angels worshipping Jesus
מלאכים Angels worshipping Jesus is addressed in Hebrews 1:6, 9:28, and Revelation 7:11.
I traversed to the Garmin Farm in October 2018. My girlfriend and I took a jeepney there. After at least 20 stops, we arrived at the Garin Farm. Indeed, it was a long and tedious 2 hour trip; but, the experience was very interesting.
For those who have never ridden in a jeepney, it is a unique experience and difficult for tall people because the jeepney ceiling is very low. Nevertheless, for 150 pesos or $3.00, you can take a jeepney from Iloilo city to Garin Farm.
While riding to our destination, I observed a man, an Ilonggo, who was hanging on the rail of the jeepney. Between each of his fingers were neatly folded peso bills.
When we reached a stopping place, the assistant yelled “stop” or sa lugar lang in Hiligaynon and people disembarked from the back of the jeepney.
That day it was very mainit (hot). The bright and scorching sun constantly beat down upon the jeepney’s roof. I was sweating profusely as the sun gradually repleted my energy.
Exiting the jeepney was such a great relief. It was a tremendous blessing to stretch my arms and legs. Across the street was a man an Ilonggo called “Manong” who was sitting on a tricycle. This is not a tricycle in the states. A tricycle in the Philippines is a motor cycle with two seats on the side. We took a tricycle to the Farm. We paid the fare, retrieved the driver’s phone number, and walked to the front entrance of the farm.
We arrived at the Garin Farm in the evening. When we reached the flight of stairs to the cross, the sun was slowly descending and the darkness started to creep in.
By the time we completed the tour, it was dark outside. We bought some bottles of cold water and we called the tricycle driver who took us to the farm earlier. He picked us up at the farm and took us to the inner city.
Ten minutes later, we boarded a bus back to Iloilo. In 1 hour and 30 minutes we arrived in Iloilo.