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2012 • 7 • 29

The Poor Traveler and his friends walked into the cafe without a care in the world other than to be seated and to be seated for a long time. The trek to Bomod-ok Falls while totally rewarding was also absolutely exhausting. (Imagine four hours of walking up and down the hills to the waterfall and back.) We picked a table, pulled chairs, and sat like the chairs were our long-lost lovers. What comfort! It was only when a waiter handed us the menu when we realized we were there for lunch and not just to be seated.

Cafe Bodega

Ponkan na ponkan!

The place was Rock Inn and Cafe. While it offers accommodations to travelers, the cafe — called Cafe Bodega — is open to everyone. Cafe Bodega used to be a barn but was later transformed into a large dining hall, fostering a truly rustic and homey atmosphere. The interior is embellished with Igorot products such as rice baskets to pine wood plates, converted into functional furniture pieces. The restaurant is huge, good for over 70 guests at once, and there’s still plenty of spaces outside. Cafe Bodega serves mostly Filipino food including some local favorites. Every serving is big enough for group sharing.

But this post is not about the food at Cafe Bodega. It’s about the bright and citrusy ponkan na ponkan oranges!

The Orange Orchard

It was my third time at Rock Inn and Cafe and every visit, I did the same routine: Sit, order food, and, while waiting, head to the orange plantation at the back of the building for a date with the poster fruit of Vitamin C.

I guess this is the usual routine for many guests as the waiter who entertained us thoroughly suggested that we go orange-picking while they prepared the dishes we had ordered. You see, tangerine trees are not very common in the Philippines and the idea of being in the middle of an orange grove was enough to boost whatever little energy we had left. Every time I visit Sagada, I always look forward to orange-picking because I really, really enjoy it. Off to the orchard we went with a plastic bag in hand and a pair of snips! Let the hunt for the sweetest citrus balls begin!

First things first — entrance fee. The farm now collects P50 just for entering the orchard. While it sounds too much for an entrance fee, it actually is a pretty good deal. While you are within the premises, you can eat as many fruits as you want. (That’s part of the P50 fee.) Although I clearly remember that they did not collect entrance fees the first time I was here three years ago, I was more than happy for I know I’d be devouring as much as I could for I was impossibly starved that time.

Orange groves at Rock Farm

A staff member explained to us the various types of oranges (sunkists, hamlins, and ponkans) and how to pick properly using a snip, which they provided. The area where we were had mostly ponkan oranges. He said that to make sure we pick the best tasting fruits, we sample one from one tree and stick with it. Again, it was an eat-all-you-can affair so we were not reluctant at all to try fruits from different trees. Our group kind of parted ways and picked ponkan on our own — in between camwhoring, that is.

By the way, it was P50 per kilo for “take out” ponkans.

After 40 minutes of picking, tasting, and gorging on ponkans, we decided it was time for lunch, finally! We were more than delighted that our order was already served when we arrived. The downside, though, was that we were kind of full already as we packed our tummies with ponkans. We dug in on our lunch with great panache, as if the orange groves brought the groove back.

Entrance Fee: PhP 50 (you can eat as much as you want inside)
Rate per kilo: PhP 60
Orange Picking Season: November to February


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mervz |

Haizz! Someone told us about it when we were there… Bakit ba hindi namin ‘to pinuntahan nung nasa Sagada kami? hmmm… maybe that’s a reason to be back soon! Cheers!!!

The Poor Traveler

Hi Mervz! Yep, ok lang kasi masarap naman balik-balikan ang Sagada. :)


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Iam Pugeda

Hi! I came across your entry, and I would like to know if it is easy to commute to The Rock Farm from the town proper? I plan to visit Sagada two weeks from now. Thanks!


Hi, Bomod-ok Falls — is this the Big Falls? I remember, when we were in Sagada, we trekked for hours just to get to this Falls.

Marla Balao Litam

What is a good month to visit for the oranges? Thanks.

Dji Bonifacio

i missed Sagada apples also

Trice Baloran Dangao

Sagada Orange is the best!!!!!

Mencie Carino

matamis kesa orange at manipis pa ang balat..

Mon Franco Abelarde

Will definitely visit this place again in the future. :)

Rose Jean Barbers Bulong

Sagada orange is the best.

Maricor N. Sandig

Super sweet..

Chelly Valderama

Can’t wait to eat this when I go back to Baguio.

Nicole Burnett

my home sweet home

Nerissa Sta Maria- Galt

Lol no wonder why they’re sweet, the farm is near the Sagada Anglican Cemetery.

Bellen Santos

I love sagada orange super sweet talaga

Lulu Tecson

May Fav one…the sagada oranges.. sobra sweet..

EyriluKeli Alfredo

Ate Venüs, Kuya Marlon. Lam nyo toooooo? Hahaha! Grape picking tayo dyan sa malapit sa tin tapos orange picking sa Sagada! Wahahahaha!