The Project Site

The Project site is located in Barangay Pideg, Tubao, La Union, Northern Philippines. It’s about six-hour drive from Metro Manila, an hour from Baguio City, and a few minutes from the La Union towns of Agoo, Pugo and Rosario.  Existing rice fields occupy about a third of the property.


The hill at the south side has a bamboo forest of mainly one kind, locally called “bolo.” There are some hardwood trees like acacia, narra, madre de cacao/kakawate and some other trees.  There are also some fruit trees like soursop (guyabano), guava (bayabas) and pomelo (suha).


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At the north side is a clean creek, a good source of irrigation water, river rocks, gravel and sand.  It’s also used as a source of food of the community.  There are some fish, river shrimps and even eels (igat).  It’s also good for wading after a day’s work.

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A good sign that the place is still healthy is the existence of wildlife.  There is a variety of wild birds in the area including egrets, orioles, wild quails, shrikes, sparrows and even wild chickens (labuyo).  There is a couple of indigo branded kingfishers, locally called salaksak, residing in the project site.  Other wildlife includes monitor lizards, geckos, bats and snakes! Of course there are lots of frogs and all sorts of insects because of the creek.  This biodiversity is mainly due to the maintained forested surroundings.


(Photos by Cye Reyes)


12 thoughts on “The Project Site

  1. Hi, am really interested learning about your journey on cob and permaculture. When is the best time to visit? Please respond soon. Thanks!

  2. I live in San Fabian south of you ,You are a short drive away from us. It would be nice for us to meet you and learn about alternative building material . your project sounds very interesting.When is a good time to visit ??.

  3. Hello, very nice project u have. Congrats. I’m amazed about what u did in a short time. We also have “future” plans to devellop a permaculture farm on our property on polilio Island (Quezon). Its a very remote site so still need to learn a lot to be self-sustainable. Thank u for ur information and keep on writing about it! Salamat po. Pascal and Marigien Bos-Manlugon (Belgium)

    • Hi there Pascal and Marigien, this is Cye. Thanks for dropping by our blogsite. We really need to promote and popularize permaculture here in the Philippines. It’s good to know that you also have plans to set up a permaculture farm. Please do update us with your plans and maybe we can do exchange visits in the future so we can learn from each other. Good luck!

      • Hello again, this is Pascal. I will go Philipines from April 23 up to July 21 to set up our permaculture project in Burdeos Quezon. I really would like to visit your farm and if possible stay over for a couple of days. I can bring a tent and help u in the farm…its the best way to learn. Kind regards, Pascal

    • Hi Pascal, sure you can come and visit us anytime. We’ll gladly accommodate you. We need extra hands to help us around. Yeah that’s the best way to learn, hands-on learning. Please send us an email ( so we can coordinate your visit. We’ll see you soon! Regards to Marigien.

      *I replied here because I can’t seem to reply to your recent comment 🙂

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