15 Filipino Celebrities Who Are Secretly Farmers
One thing celebrities seem to love as much as their multi-million mansions are their homes away from home. On their time off, many celebrities get away from city life and retreat to their provinces of choice. We're not talking about your regular ol' boring vacation homes, though. We're talking about hectares of farmland that have somehow become a celebrity essential as of late. From backyard mini-farms to more traditional agriculture plots, here are 15 Filipino celebrities who are secretly farmers. (Not in the literal sense, of course, but you get what we mean.)
Bea Alonzo calls her Zambales farm one of her best investments. She bought the 16-hectare land in 2011, and it's become a haven for her family. In a YouTube vlog, the actress shared a look inside her farm, which has mahogany trees, mango trees, solar-powered light posts, and a cattle pen.
At Angel Locsin's farm in Bulacan, she plants trees as a passion project. In a YouTube vlog, she called this initiative Project Green. She added, "Without trees, life could not exist on earth. There would be no rain, our soils would be unprotected, and the air would be unsuitable for breathing. If you're looking for a powerful and affordable way to make a positive difference to the environment, go out and plant a tree today."
Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres
Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres keep a home in Ormoc, Leyte that houses a backyard mini-farm. Torres has shared that the home has turned into a full-fledged farm with "animals roaming freely [and] fruits and vegetables growing happily."
Zsa Zsa Padilla
Zsa Zsa Padilla gave people an inside look into her farm in Lucban, Quezon through a vlog. The five-hectare property is still under construction, but it's already full of various plants. Eventually, the singer says she wants to grow fruit-bearing trees.
Dimples Romana owns a 3,000-square-meter agri-coco land in Alfonso, Cavite. The property, which grows mangoes, has been a dream for the actress for years. Recently, Romana proudly shared her bountiful mango harvest.
Before he deactivated his Instagram, Coco Martin shared a bunch of posts about his mini-farm. You might say we're cheating here since the actor farms from his Quezon City home but, considering that his lot totals to 2,000 square meters, it's definitely not your regular backyard. Martin has mango trees, papaya, ampalaya, talong, petchay, and sili, among others.
Not content with just a rest house, actress-turned-politician Marjorie Barretto planted produce in her Bulacan home. The backyard has alugbati, kamoteng kahoy, okra, malunggay, talbos ng kamote, calamansi, as well as guyabano, rambutan, kamias, and mango trees.
Chito Miranda and Neri Naig
Together, musician Chito Miranda and actress Neri Naig own a vacation home and farm in Alfonso, Cavite. It's really Naig, however, that's more into farming fruits and vegetables. On her Instagram, she shares her harvest from her garden, which includes bananas, eggplants, tomatos, and more.
Kiko Pangilinan and Sharon Cuneta
Along with their kids, senator Kiko Pangilinan and actress Sharon Cuneta have embraced farming. The family's farm, located in Alfonso, Cavite, has lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber, to name a few. In an Instagram post, the senator said, "Farming teaches us to be patient and to learn to wait and say that in all that we do, there is a time and place for everything."
Katrina Halili has a 15-hectare farm named—wait for it—Katrina's farm in El Nido, Palawan. According to a Real Living feature, the property has a "creek, a lush forest, and a never-ending view of greenery." Aside from the farm, she also has a rest house and diving resort in the area.
It's not really surprising that Mylene Dizon has a farm as she's always spoken about her healthy lifestyle. Her fondness for just that has extended into planting and growing organic vegetables in her Silang, Cavite farm, which has sugarbeets, carrots, and fennel, to name a few.
You can't have a list of celebrities with farms without veteran actress Isabel Rivas. Her Instagram, @isabelrivasfarmgirl, is all the proof you need about her love of agriculture. In an interview with PEP.ph, Rivas spoke about her 10-hectare lot in Iba, Zambales, which has 500 mango trees, St. Croix sheep from Australia, and more.