MALAYBALAY CITY - If you are a fan of fictional movies like "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," then the 22-hectare Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm in Barangay Imbayao, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon is a must-see destination.
Since 2001, the Maputi family has been developing the farm and this year the family decided to add a new attraction -- the "hobbit homes."
Since the farm is open for campers, the hobbit homes will soon be their new accommodation for tourists.
"'Yung husband ko nakita niya ito sa Facebook at dahil nga may hobbit house na-excite ako," said Richelle Matias who visited the farm for the first time.
The farm is also known for producing pure citronella oil from their planted citronella grass, an effective mosquito repellent.
"Yung kita sa citronella ginagamit din namin sa sustainability ng farming namin," said Benjamin Maputi Sr., the owner of the farm.
The farm is located at 1,300 meters above sea level and offers a perfect panoramic view of Malaybalay City.
The 6.5-hectare eco-walk, which is a home of different tree species, is a favorite spot of bird watchers and photographers looking to have a perfect shot of many bird species.
Jean Maputi said they want to preserve the farm as much as possible as a way to give back to nature, admitting that their family was once into illegal logging in the '80s.
"Nakonsensya ako kasi marami kaming kahoy na naputol. Ngayon 'yung husband ko talagang nagtatanim ng kahoy para mapatawad kami ng Panginoon kasi 'Queen of Loggers' ako noon," Maputi said.
Barangay Imbayao is 10 kilometers from the city and from the village, the farm is a further 1.5 kilometers away.
As of now only motorcycles and four-wheel drive vehicles are advisable to go to the farm because of the rough road.
But the owners of the farm are counting on government agencies to develop the roads leading to the farm, especially now that it is drawing tourists.