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There seems to be nothing quite like the GK Enchanted Farm and with all things new and unique comes numerous questions and inquiries. We hope to answer a few of them with the information found below.


  1. What is the GK Enchanted Farm?
  2. Where is the GK Enchanted Farm located and how do I get there?
  3. Is the GK Enchanted Farm open to the public?
  4. What activities can guests do at the GK Enchanted Farm?
  5. What are the activity or tour packages that guests can avail of?
  6. What are the accommodation options inside the GK Enchanted Farm?
  7. Can I visit the GK Enchanted Farm as part of field trip, company outing, or group tour? Can I request for a customizable Farm experience?
  8. Who will I meet at the GK Enchanted Farm?
  9. What pioneer centers for sustainable development can I find at the GK Enchanted Farm?
  10. What social enterprises can I find at the GK Enchanted Farm?
  11. Is GK Enchanted Farm a social enterprise?
  12. Do you offer short-term and long-term volunteer or internship opportunities?
  13. Do you offer discounts to children, PWDs, and senior citizens?
  14. How do I contact the GK Enchanted Farm team?



What is the GK Enchanted Farm?


The GK Enchanted Farm is Gawad Kalinga’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs, help our local farmers, and create inclusive wealth in the countryside. We have learned that the road out of poverty is a continuing journey and therefore, providing homes is merely the beginning. At the GK Enchanted Farm, we can challenge rising entrepreneurs to dream beyond themselves through the resilient idea that the profits of society outweigh that of individuals, and ultimately enabling them to maximize social impact and create purpose with a profit.


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Where is the GK Enchanted Farm located and how do I get there?


GK Enchanted Farm

California St., Pandi-Angat Road,

Angat, 
Bulacan, Philippines


To estimate travel time, the GK Enchanted Farm is a two-hour commute from Quezon City (50km) with moderate traffic.



By Private Vehicle


VIA NLEX (Bocaue Exit)


1. From NLEX Balintawak Toll Gate, take the Bocaue Exit

2. After the toll gate, turn right towards Sta. Maria via Bocaue Road

3. Take a left when you see PTT Gas Station

4. Turn left upon reaching the Walter Mart Intersection

5. Take the first right turn, there will be a Win Gas Station to your right

6. Follow Pandi-Angat Road by hanging right until you reach the Encanto Elementary School

7. Turn left at the road right after the school

8. At the end of road will be the GK Enchanted Farm


VIA NLEX (Balagtas Exit)


1. From NLEX Balintawak Toll Gate, take the Balagtas Exit (Note: This exit is found right after the Tabang Exit)

2. After the toll gate, travel straight down this road until you reach an intersection with a sign indicating to turn right for Pandi

3. Turn right at this intersection and continue down this road until you reach the end

4. Turn right at the end of the road, then turn left at the end of the next road

5. Continue on this road, Pandi-Angat Road, until you reach the Encanto Elementary School 

6. Turn left at the road right after the school

7. At the end of road will be the GK Enchanted Farm







VIA COMMONWEALTH AVENUE


Heading away from the Quezon City Circle, take Commonwealth Avenue past Sandigan Bayan. Turn right at Regalado Avenue then go straight until SM Fairview. When you get to the end of the road (Jollibee on the right, SM on the left, the Redwood Residences in front), turn right at Quirino Highway. Go straight down that street and follow it. You will pass a Caltex and RUSI sign, and you will pass La Concepcion College on the left. When you see Star Mall on the left side of the street, the road veers to the right. Follow that road towards San Jose Del Monte.


Follow the winding road and enter Barangay TungkongMangga. You will pass the Classica Northgate Village on the right side of the street. Keep going straight and you will pass Ebineezer Christian Academy on the right. The road continues and you will cross a short metal bridge. Keep following the main road. You will pass a Shell on the left side.


Keep going straight until you enter Norzagaray. You will see a cement factory in the horizon. Pass through the arch of Norzagaray. You will pass a small wet market on the right. Then you will reach a fork with a round-about. Turn left. You will pass by the entrance of the Holcim Cement Factory on your right side. Keep following the road. Get ready for a zigzag.


After the zigzag road you will enter Barangay Poblacion, Norzagaray. Almost there! The road will fork again at this small yellow Z Energy gas station - turn left. The road will head upwards. After heading upwards, you will reach a rotunda/roundabout/fork. Take the road on the right side, by the BPI. This will lead you to the Enchanted Farm-Angat Dam area. Keep going straight and you will pass a cockpit on the left side. The road may wind. You're getting close!!! About 500 meters away you will be turning left into the Pandi-Angat Road. Keep your eyes open because people usually miss this turn as it is a small street. Turn left at a SMALL corner - it's a small street with barely any signs. On the right side you will see Pitang's Furniture Center, facing the street you will turn left into. This is the first left after passing the cockpit. Follow the road into Barangay Encanto. The road has small pot holes so be careful. It also winds a bit. After the winding road, watch out for the houses on the right side with red roofs. Turn right at a small corner where you see an elementary school. It goes to a very small cemented side road which leads straight to the Enchanted Farm. The road will fork again. Take the left trail and it will bring you to the farm entrance.



By Commute

  1. Take a bus from SM North EDSA to Del Carmen going down at garden/Bocaue exit on NLEX
  2. Head to the Sta. Maria Walter Mart
  3. Get off at Walter Mart, then walk to the jeepney station across the street
  4. Take a jeep to Brgy. Encanto and get off at Encanto Elementary School on the left side of the road. There is a tall gym on the left side. This is at the corner of California St.
  5. You can walk into the farm following California St. or flag down a tricycle to take you inside

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Is the GK Enchanted Farm open to the public? 

Yes, the GK Enchanted Farm is open to the public but majority of activities require a booking prior to the visit through info@gkenchantedfarm.com.


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What activities can guests do at the GK Enchanted Farm?

FARM HOPE TOURS

Like all things enchanting, the GK Enchanted Farm has a very unique story built by heroes from the GK community and volunteers. Journey through the chapters of our story as we stroll through Asia’s first Farm Village University in a 2-hour walking tour. See 10 of our 43-hectare facility and hear our message of radical hope for the Philippines!


FARM-FRESH MEALS

We serve fresh vegetables, free-range meat, rice, and juicy fruits for a hearty buffet meal. Our produce is sourced from our fields and neighboring farms to provide you with the freshest farm-to-table experience!


SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEMOS

Learn the stories behind our very own social enterprises. Be a social entrepreneur for a day and try your hand at making our farm-based products: cheese, plush toys, salted eggs, and vermicomposting!


ANIMAL FARM

Visit our child-friendly animal farm with goats, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and 3 species of ducks! Kids can watch the animals in a very friendly and peaceful environment and even feed them during certain hours of the day.


FARMING ACTIVITIES

Don't just visit the animals. Feed them! In this session, you have the option to feed the animals - goats, chickens, ducks, fishes early morning or harvest some of our produce. Other options include weeding, potting, digging a canal for water irrigation, or mixing your own fertilizer. This is subject to availability since we take into consideration the needs depending on the schedule of your visit.


COMMUNITY INTERACTION/SHADOWING

Spend a few hours of your day with our mothers in the GK village. Join them as they work on their daily chores and get to ask more intimate questions regarding how their lives were changed here at the GK Enchanted Farm.


FARM VILLAGE UNIVERSITY (FVU) SESSIONS

Get to hear powerful speakers from the GK community share their first-hand experiences on Community Building and Development. This will allow you to have a more in depth understanding of Gawad Kalinga's nation-building approach towards ending poverty in the country.


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What are the activity or tour packages that guests can avail of?



VISIT THE GK ENCHANTED FARM

The GK Enchanted Farm is Gawad Kalinga’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs, help our local farmers and create wealth in the countryside. As we learned that the road out of poverty is a continuing journey and therefore, providing homes is merely the beginning, we also realized that our country is abundant with resources (land included) that we can harness for every Filipino to continuously lead a life with dignity.


* About the GK Enchanted Farm

* Schedule a visit to the Farm today

* GK Enchanted Farm FAQs




ABOUT THE GK ENCHANTED FARM


We envision the Enchanted Farm to be three things:

A Farm Village University

A Silicon Valley for Social Entrepreneurship

A Disneyland for Social Tourism




A FARM VILLAGE UNIVERSITY


FARM


Our country’s land area and tropical climate set us up to grow our own crops but instead we import 70% of our chocolate, milk and cheese demand, among others. If only we made productive use of our lands and started to hammer away and innovate on the structure that makes farming a discouraging venture, there’s no reason for any Filipino to be poor.


VILLAGE



The village aspect of the Enchanted Farm lies in the belief that it is our disconnectedness from our land, from the poor, and even from one another through artificial barriers such as economic status, 'public and private' distinctions, that sustains poverty in the country. GK EF is one physical space where we can all come together and plant seeds of goodness side by side with the very poor whom we wish to help.


UNIVERSITY


Our current educational system can do better in instilling appreciation for the agricultural industry and love for the poor. Coupling these two with the courageous spirit of an entrepreneur, the possibilities for our country become endless!



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A SILICON VALLEY FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP


What Filipino entrepreneurs need today, especially young and rising ones, is an environment that will help bring their ideas to life and challenge them to aspire for greatest social impact. This means keeping connected to Community and gaining access to good mentoring, value-adding networking and basic facilities and resources – what the GK Enchanted Farm offers and even more!


* Click HERE to learn more about the social enterprises you can find at the GK Enchanted Farm.


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A 'DISNEYLAND' FOR SOCIAL TOURISM


The GK Enchanted Farm, true to its name, shall enchant its visitors from all over Philippines and the rest of the world through lived stories not only of successful enterprise but also of concrete acts of caring and sharing. It is gearing up to house pioneer centers and social enterprises for sustainable development, farm high value crops and gather a robust selection of plant species. See for yourself and rediscover the beauty of the Philippines and the magic of being Filipino!


* Click HERE to learn more about the pioneer centers for sustainable development that you can find at the GK Enchanted Farm.


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SCHEDULE A VISIT TO THE FARM TODAY


To book tours, demos, or meals at the Farm, please send us an email through info@gkenchantedfarm.com.



BOOK A DAY'S TOUR


Farm Experiences

Components

Rates

Package A ●  Buffet Lunch only

PhP395.00

Package B ●  Orientation
●  Farm Hope Tour
●  Buffet Lunch

PhP695.00

Package C ●  Orientation
●  Farm Hope Tour
●  Buffet Lunch
●  1 Social Enterprise Demo

PhP895.00

Package D ●  Orientation
●  Farm Hope Tour
●  Buffet Lunch
●  2 Social Enterprise Demo

PhP995.00

 

   * All rates found above are VAT Inclusive.




Notes:

  1. The 1-hour orientation and 2-hour walking tour of the Farm includes stories of GawadKalinga, the Enchanted Farm Village University, and the numerous Social Enterprises.
  2. Buffet lunch includes farm-fresh vegetables, free range meat or fish, and delectable desserts, with rice, salad, and fruits on the side.
  3. Social enterprise demonstration options:
    • First Harvest (Peanut Spread)
    • Golden Ducks (Salted Eggs, Duck Burger)
    • Plush & Play (Stuffed Toys)
    • Make Peace Bakery (Bread, Cookies, Cake)
    • Hamlet (Burgers, Sausages)
    • Karabella (Carabao's Milk Ice Cream)
    • Enchanted Nuts(Peanut Brittle)
    • Ambension Silk Enterprise (Eri Silk)
    • Vermicomposting
    • Cheese Making
  4. Farming activities include digging, planting, watering, weeding, and others tasks depending on the season.
  5. Social Enterprise and Farming Activities are subject to the availability of the Entrepreneurs and Farmers.
  6. Tours and Demos require a minimum of 10 pax. Groups smaller than 10 will be slotted with other groups if available on the day.


BOOK AN OVERNIGHT STAY

To book tours, demos, or meals at the Farm, please send us an email through info@gkenchantedfarm.com.





Accommodation Type

Room Capacity

Rate per Night

Dormitory Room

6 people

PhP800/head

Private Room

2 people

PhP2,500

Pool Villa

2 people

PhP3,500

   

* All rates found above are VAT Inclusive.

Notes:

  1. All rooms are with air-conditioning units.
  2. Accommodations also include the use of the swimming pool.
  3. Check-in time is 2:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 NN.
  4. Additional mattresses may be requested for a fee.
  5. Dormitory Rooms are subject to room sharing with other guests.




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* All prices found above are VAT Inclusive.



Notes:

  1. The 1-hour orientation and 2-hour walking tour of the Farm includes stories of GawadKalinga, the Enchanted Farm Village University, and the numerous Social Enterprises
  2. Buffet lunch includes farm-fresh vegetables, free range meat or fish, and delectable desserts, with rice, salad, and fruits on the side.
  3. Social Enterprise Demo options:
    • First Harvest (Peanut Spread)
    • Golden Duck (Salted Eggs, Duck Burger)
    • Plush & Play (Stuffed Toys)
    • Make Peace Bakery (Bread, Cookies, Cake)
    • Hamlet (Burgers, Sausages)
    • Karabella (Carabao’s Milk Ice Cream)
    • Enchanted Nuts (Peanut Brittle)
    • Ambension Silk Enterprise (Eri Silk)
    • Vermicomposting
    • Cheese Making
  4. Farming Activities include digging, planting, watering, weeding, and others tasks depending on the season.
  5. Social Enterprise and Farming Activities are subject to the availability of the Entrepreneurs and Farmers.
  6. Tours and Demos require a minimum of 10 pax. Groups smaller than 10 will be slotted with other groups if available on the day.

To book tours, demos, or meals at the Farm, please send us an email through info@gkenchantedfarm.com.


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What are the accommodation options inside the GK Enchanted Farm?


Accommodation Type

Room Capacity

Rate per Night

Dormitory Room

6 people

PhP800/head

Private Room

2 people

PhP2,500

Pool Villa

2 people

PhP3,500

   

* All rates found above are VAT Inclusive.


Notes:

  1. All rooms are with air-conditioning units.
  2. Accommodations also include the use of the swimming pool.
  3. Check-in time is 2:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 NN.
  4. Additional mattresses may be requested for a fee.
  5. Dormitory Rooms are subject to room sharing with other guests.

To book an overnight stay at the Farm, please send us an email through info@gkenchantedfarm.com.

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Can I visit the GK Enchanted Farm as part of a field trip, company outing, or group tour? Can I request for a customizable Farm experience?


We can accommodate both small and large groups from a class of 25 to a batch of 400 people availing of any of the packages above. Orientation, tours, and demos may be modified given the objective of the group’s visit. 


Day trips or multiple day immersions can be customized for groups upon request. The Farm’s facilities are also available for reservation to accommodate personal itineraries. 


For large groups, give a month’s lead time for the GK Enchanted Farm Team to efficiently prepare your customized Farm experience. 


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Can I visit the GK Enchanted Farm as part of a field trip, company outing, or group tour? Can I request for a customizable Farm experience?


The Farm boasts one of the most diverse communities in the Philippines, both in terms of nationality and background – all the while having the residents connected through the dream of ending poverty for oneself, one’s family, and one’s country.


The residents of the GK Enchanted Farm are: 


oOur Father and Founder Tito Tony Meloto

oThe students of SEED Philippines

oThe families of the GK Community

oThe social entrepreneurs of the various enterprises

oThe foreign interns and volunteers from Europe, North America, and Asia

oThe full-time management team of the Farm


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What pioneer centers for sustainable development can I find at the GK Enchanted Farm?


ARCH ANGEL-GK CENTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE


Since 2006, Angelo King Foundation, Inc. has shared the GK vision and has become integral in bringing 'building communities' to life by constructing 55 community centers nationwide. The Arch Angel-GK Center for Arts and Culture at the GK Enchanted Farm is used for community gatherings and celebrations, values formation, training and mentoring, and for learning and education.

BAMBOO PALACE CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT DESIGN


With support from GK USA partners, Singaporean architects, French engineers, and top local designers, the Bamboo Palace Center for Development Design showcases innovative indigenous materials and what designing the best for the least looks like.It is currently used for design camps for students and practitioners of architecture, interior design, engineering, landscaping, and industrial design. It is also the perfect venue for conventions, trainings, and special events like weddings, yoga camps, and corporate team building sessions.


BERJAYA GARDEN RESTAURANT AND CULINARY CENTER


The Berjaya Garden Restaurant and Culinary Center (BGRCC) aims to showcase the best of Filipino food, architecture and people. Food is locally produced, sourced, and served, creating value for our local farmers and encouraging the agriculture industry. As the primary food center of the Farm, BGRCC will cultivate the culinary talents of the poor and provide livelihood as it caters to partners, entrepreneurs, and students who visit the GK Enchanted Farm annually.


HYUNDAI CENTER FOR GREEN INNOVATION


The state-of-the-art green innovation center, built by architects and engineers commissioned by HFI (HARI Foundation, Inc.), fuses the ethnicity of the bahaykubo and the Hyundai design philosophy of “Fluidic Sculpture.” It is envisioned to be the epicenter of ideas, talents, and resources committed to growing a sustainable green economy and community for the Filipino and stands as a symbol of the evolution and progress of Hyundai and GK’s enduring partnership to build empowered, self-sustaining Filipino communities from the grassroots.



LIFEBANK CENTER FOR BAYANIHAN ECONOMICS


LifeBank Foundation (LBF) is a leading provider of micro-finance and an important partner in social programs towards empowering individuals, families and communities through a culture of caring and sharing.The LifeBank Center for Bayanihan Economics serves as the innovation, development and commercialization hub of LBF and GK's combined effort to advance social enterprises and 'bayanihan economics' as a key strategy in breaking the chains of poverty.





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What social enterprises can I find at the GK Enchanted Farm?


Since we are an incubator for social enterprises, the following list includes numerous social enterprises at different stages from incubation to business expansion. 

Ambension Silk Enterprise 
Revitalizing the Philippine’s textile industry through artisanal Eri silk products

Apicuria
Sore throat soother using honey, propolis, and natural herbs

AuraeNatura
Selection ofexceptional essential oils using citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, and more

Bayani Brew 
Homegrown iced tea infusions using native ingredients that are sourced from local organic farming communities 

CalaBoo
Naturally healthy dairy products made from the milk of grass-fed carabaos.

First Harvest 
Delectable spreads and jams made with nutritious ingredients and no extenders

Free Birds 
Free-range organic poultry raised in natural conditions

Grassroots Kitchen 
Filling the big stomachs and bigger hearts of the residents and guests of the GK Enchanted Farm

Golden Duck
Range of high value duck products from premium salted eggs to award-winning burgers

Hamlet 
Serving delicious burgers, sausages, and dumplings using good meat without artificial preservatives

Human Nature 
Genuinely natural beauty and personal care products that are pro-Philippines, pro-poor, and pro-environment

Karabella
Local and natural ice cream and carabao’smilk

Kayumanggi Organic 
Envisioning communities nourished by organic and nutritious foods that are both good and good-for-you

Mad Travel 
Fun, authentic, and impactful travel experiences across the Philippines

Make Peace Bakery 
Empowering the youth through baking with a French touch

Palamigan Co. 
Gourmet ice lollies and natural shakes with a wide range of flavors

Plush and Play 
Hand-stitched fruits, veggies, and crop themed stuffed toys with a Filipino twist

Along with these social enterprises are those being incubated by the students of SEED Philippines. Products like Friendchips, Putoni Papa, and Oh GK! remain to be available on select days as the students maintain focus on investing in themselves before their business. Don’t miss your chance in trying out their products by asking us when the next Countryside Fair will be.

To place an order for any of the enterprises’ products or to simply get in touch with the, please contact us at info@gkenchantedfarm.com.

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Is the GK Enchanted Farm a social enterprise?

Often overlooked by our guests, the GK Enchanted Farm is in itself a social enterprise. We value each centavo we are able to bring into the Farm through our tours, demos, and accommodations as it all goes back to the community that farms our land, prepares our food, and maintains the sustainable practices of the GK Enchanted Farm. We are wholly committed in re-investing our profits to provide, first, a better home and environment for our residents, and second, a superior and invaluable experience for our guests.


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Do you offer volunteer or internship opportunities?

The Farm has been home to many young and old, local and foreign people through the years from various educational and professional backgrounds. These duration of the stay for these agents of change through the years range from those choosing to stay for 10 days to those unable to leave after 10 months. 

To inquire about opportunities for yourself, you may email Louis at louis.faure.ph@gmail.com.


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Do you offer discounts children, PWDs, and senior citizens?

Discounts are provided to Persons with Disability and Senior Citizen cardholders. To avail of the discount, those eligible are required to deposit the full amount for reservation and may refund the discount due to them upon presentation of their proper IDs. Children ages 7 years and below need only pay an entrance fee of PhP 395 and can avail of their meals for free.

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How do I contact the GK Enchanted Farm team?


For any more questions we were unable to answer, please email info@gkenchantedfarm.com or call/text +63-916-225-3363.


To stay up-to-date with the ever-changing landscape of the GK Enchanted Farm, like our Facebook Page (/GKEnchantedFarm) and follow us on Twitter (@gkefarm) and Instagram (@gkenchantedfarm).


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