I'm sure you've all heard of Ilog Maria. It's that lip balm, hair oil, shampoo or soap made out of honey extracts which your friends swear by. I first heard about it in 2006 when my kikay boss excitedly told me she just came from a secret bee farm and went home with winner all-natural skin care products. Looking back, I've no idea why that information was shared to me but it did keep me wondering about the place and the products (and the name). Fast forward to 2011 and I finally had my chance to visit the farm(talk about a 5 year path-to-purchase journey).
I kinda knew that the dirt road leading to the farm was supposedly a few meters after turning right on the Tagaytay rotunda. Some people say its 1 or 2 km after Gourmet's Cafe. Another blog said it was right on KM47. Ok ok ok so many leads from different sources but Gelo and I got lost and had to go around 3 times before we realized we haven't even reached the supposed dirt road. Cruising down slowly on the highway, I was looking for some kind of "dirt road" that was really "dirt" - like something only a 4x4 would only dare to go. Here was how we finally found it:
1.) From Sta. Rosa, turn right on Tagaytay rotunda
2.) pass Gourmet's Cafe, Station, Iglesia ni Cristo and Unioil on the right
3.) pass Petron on the left
4.) Watch out for a Blue signage with Ilog Maria written on it in Yellow (approximately 10 mins from Rotunda while driving at 50kph)
5.) Follow the dirt road (it'll fit most cars, unless you're driving those huge Ford SUV types). The road is supposedly one way on weekends so no need to worry about incoming traffic. Maybe except for motorcycles or livestock.
6.) Upon reaching a small clearing, go inside the open grey gate passing the black iron gate to your left which says "exit".
Welcome to Ilog Maria! Happy Shopping!
One last thing. If visiting the farm is not your thing but you still want to shop, you can buy their products online. See the complete Ilog Maria product range here and download the official map (in word doc).