Pangasinan opens giant sunflower maze with Baguio’s Panagbenga
Tourists from the country can feel the flower power this February. Aside from the annual Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City, tourists can now also visit Pangasinan’s giant sunflower maze.
The sunflower maze is located in Barangay C. Lichauco, Tayug, Pangasinan, and is the first of its kind in the Philippines. The new tourist attraction takes up 2,100 square meters inside a 3-hectare farm in the agricultural barangay. It was constructed with the joint efforts of the vegetable seed breeder, producer, and distributor Allied Botanical Corp. (ABC) and landscape designer Toni Rivera. The maze officially opened on February 17, at the same time of the agricultural company’s open house.
The space between the walls of the maze can accommodate up to four people walking side by side. In overall, the attraction has a capacity of 100 people. Each tour lasts up to at least 30 minutes. The entrance fee is Php 100 per head. The attraction is open as early as 7 AM and closes at 5 PM.
ABC estimated that about 8,000 sunflower plants were used to complete the giant maze. Aside from being composed of sunflowers, however, the maze was also constructed to look like one. From a drone camera, the circular labyrinth looks like a huge sunflower in bloom.
Environmental friendly attraction
The entrance of the maze has a spectacular display of walls decorated with ornamental and edible plants. Some of the flowers include celosia, marigold, petunia, and torenia. Aside from plants however, the bulk of the decorations used in the maze are recycled materials, such as blue water drums, old tires, and even office furniture.
The old Ford truck of the company’s founder, Willy Co, has its own special place in the attraction and is also included as a decoration with the plants and flowers. According to ABC President Michael Caballes, the aim of this creative use of materials and plants is to give tourists ideas on how accomplish “urban and edible landscapes”.
Apart from the maze, tourists can also visit the vegetable exhibit just beside the maze. The vegetable farm showcases more than 500 varieties of vegetables, some of which are still being bred in the Philippines.
An 8,000-square-meter watermelon and melon farm is also located near the maze. Visitors can pick their own melons, place them in their own bayong, and pay accordingly.
Just in time for Panagbenga festival
Interviews from previous reports stated that ABC deliberately opened the maze in time with the Panagbenga Festival, so that tourists en route to the City of Pines can stop by the sunflower maze. Visitors from Manila can drop by the maze with a short 30-minute ride from the Carmen exit of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway or TPLEX before or after going to Baguio.
Meanwhile, the Grand Street Parade and Grand Float Parade, which are the highlights of the annual Panagbenga Festival, will be held on February 25 and 26, respectively. The bulk of tourists are expected to visit the city during this time.
How to get to Sunflower Maze in Pangasinan