A Serene Sanctuary in the Heart of Laguna: Hidden Hills Farm by Josefino

Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino — The 2-hectare farmland is composed of 4 facilities (The Barn, The Bodega, The Tower, and The Piano House), and more than a thousand fruit-bearing trees;

  • Jackfruit
  • Cashew
  • Guyabano
  • Lansones
  • Rambutan
  • Durian
  • Lipote
  • Avocado
  • Bignay
  • Abiu
  • Mangoes
  • Daranghita
  • Chico
  • Coconuts
  • Bananas
  • Santol
  • Pineapple

ACTIVITIES

It was tendered by the Bondad Ancestors of Calauan, Laguna till Josefino Velasco Bondad managed it and built the infrastructures with the objective to promote his love for nature and his hometown. So he built the longest and only fiber-optic hanging bridge combining the two hills and the tallest view deck in Laguna to see the beauty of different mountains surrounding the area, including Mount Makiling and Laguna De Bay. His vision was always to bring the tourists to appreciate nature, and to have his legacy.

New additional activities include; fruit-picking, Lipote-tasting, tree-familiarization tour, and hiking. The place is also good for picnics and camping with the family. All are included in the Php 100 entrance per pax.

THE NEW MANAGEMENT

Every day, Josefino visits the farm, improves the infrastructure, and always tries to innovate to make a difference. Josefino died in his sleep on December 18, 2020. He was 73. The grief and void were too deep, that nobody could fill.

The HHFH is now managed by Josefino’s children (Grace, Dessi, and Meg) and headed by his son-in-law, Andrew Troy Nicolas with an objective to continue his legacy guided by Josefino’s wife, Remy.

HEALING POWER

The family decided to focus and continue his goals, to make it a destination. So they renamed it under his name, from simply “Hidden Hills Farm,” to “Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino.” A family farm that everyone can enjoy, as it promotes healthy living. It’s registered under Monte Medica Company since Josefino believes that the place has healing power because of the medicinal plants and trees in the area like Lipote which according to many can help those people suffering from Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Hypertension. He even sold a lot of Guyabano leaves to some manufacturers of Guyabano capsules in Manila. In his heydays, he keeps on making tea from Lipote and Guyabano leaves.

“Ang pagtatanim, ay nakakahaba ng buhay, kasi palagi kang may inaantay and better to eat fresh fruits and using alternative medicines. So inom lang ng inom and heal yourself.”

Josefino Velasco Bondad

THE NEW GENERATION

The vision is to make Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino a world-class tourism destination. Every day, the management is thinking of ways to improve. Josefino’s eldest daughter, Grace Bondad Nicolas handled different theme-parks in the Philippines (Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoori in Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Cavite, Zoocobia in Pampanga, and Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol) as a business and branding consultant for 9 years and handled Tree Top Adventure in Subic and Baguio and trained in Eco-Tourism and certified under Programma Uitzending Managers (PUM) the Netherlands, for inbound and sustainable tourism, and a certified Go Negosyo (Presidential Center for Entrepreneurship) for Marketing and Entrepreneurship. The family is confident and determined to achieve the vision through the unity and cooperation of the young generation.

Josefino Velasco Bondad was a farmer who became a successful entrepreneur and retired as a farmer with a vision to help others. He was always thinking of ways to help out, hiring indigents since he believes that everyone must have a place in this world, that everyone has a role to play. He also believed in legacy, so he built the tallest buildings in his hometown, though very modest and humble. He was always happy with family, his center and now his family is continuing his legacy, to make Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino, a place to be.

So with so much joy that HHFH is opening to the public with new and exciting activities that were tendered with so much love and passion for the whole family.

For tours (by schedule only); 09778978877, grace@tagmedia.asia

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