The panorama on the sunrise side: an awesome view of Malarayat

The quiet panorama on the sunrise side of the farm: an awesome view of Mount Malaráyat and the river below the gap.

12 April 2012


Any group who arrives will have someone seated in this planter's chair in the first five minutes. Not only is the shape inviting everyone to lounge, but the texture and airiness of the solíhiya (rattan cane weaving) beckons anyone to relax and unwind with some búco juice to boot!

It is actually a contemporary piece; something that I had customized some years back when the cabaňa was new. It is made of mulawin (also known as molave, a local tropical hardwood) that resists rotting even if exposed to the elements. I had the dimensions slightly exaggerated to make it roomier, so it feels more like a day bed than a chaise longue.


  1. Did you know that it was traditionally used as a birthing chair? The woman is perfectly positioned when on the chair. The extended arm rests served as stirrups, the space in between wide enough for the midwife. It's a very comfortable chair. If you've made it even roomier, I can imagine a lot of your guests dozing off.

  2. I heard of that word "butaka" but didn't know it refers to that. It's good you have good carpenters in your area. In ours that is my problem, as good old ones already died and new ones are very difficult to engage because they have big projects or members of groups! I wish i am nearer to Lipa.

  3. Alex, beautiful butaka! :) They still make a lot of those in Lingayen. Maybe I can also have one customized! Uhm, can I borrow the blueprint for your oversized butaka? ;) I agree with Bom, that should be perfect for dozing off. Hey, aren't you going to host an EB for your blog "fans" soon?? :)

  4. Glad you all like it! A visit to the farm is a welcome idea anytime :)

  5. By the way, nice to see you around here again, Bom!