DUPAX DEL SUR, Nueva Vizcaya –Are you looking for a unique tourist destination for your next travel?
Why not the Dupax del Sur, a hilly town in Nueva Vizcaya province.
The town is fast becoming a preferred destination for food and nature lovers, thanks to its beautiful sceneries and a new attraction called the Green Oasis of Dupax.
The Green Oasis of Dupax is a unique dining concept that combines the freshness of farm-to-table cuisine with Italian inspiration. It is situated in an ancestral farm in the inner part of the town, which is famous for the 18th Century St. Vincent Ferrer Church, declared a national treasure by the National Museum in 2001; the Spanish era Dampol Bridge, also a declared National Treasurer; Clouds in the Sky and the oldest acacia tree in Northern Luzon.
The Green Oasis has a restaurant that offers Italian and local cuisine using fresh ingredients from the fertile soil of Dupax. Guests can enjoy fresh food, stroll around the lush garden and purchase local produce as “pasalubong” or giveaways.
“We believe we are the first in Nueva Vizcaya to offer a variety of services — from food, garden park and shops — in one destination,” says John Lacanlale Danao, Managing Partner of the Green Oasis of Dupax.
Danao says the name of the destination speaks for itself. “As what oasis connotes, we foresee it as a haven of greens — from different plants, fruits trees, flowers and vegetables.”
“We get most of our ingredients from the farm, especially the herbs and vegetables. Nueva Vizcaya is known for delicious citrus and is considered the vegetable basket of Cagayan Valley region,” he says.
“The project site is an ancestral farm inherited from our Mendoza ancestors whose heritage are Tagbanuas from El Nido, Palawan,” says Danao.
The Green Oasis is situated five kilometers from Saint Vincent Ferrer Church or a three-minute drive from Poblacion. Green Oasis welcomes both local and foreign visitors who put a premium on their food and health.
The oasis’ restaurant — Green Oasis Kitchen — is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 730 p.m. and Saturdays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 730 pm. It offers Italian staples as well as all-veggies pizza which is loaded with tomatoes, eggplants, onions and black olives; Teriyaki chicken, Paella; vegetable soups; Mulberry smoothie; Tarragon tea; and many other dishes made from fresh produce from the area.
Aside from the fresh food, diners and visitors can go around the greenhouse, herbal and medicinal plants area and lush garden with colorful flowers.
“You can try walking our reflexology path. Kids can play at our playground and view different animals at our animal world. You can also shop for native goods and organic products and different plants and flowers,” says Danao.
Green Oasis will soon open a fish pond area, hold Sunday farmers market of organic products and showcase the arts and crafts of local artists.
“With this, we hope that we can help Dupax del Sur and Nueva Vizcaya become a favorite tourism attraction, not merely a transit point for the Banaue Rice Terraces. We also hope to be a venue for local farmers and local artists to showcase their products and talents,” says Danao.
Dupax del Sur is located some 280 kilometers from Manila but travel to this national heritage site has been shortened to four to five hours by the North Luzon Expressway (NLex), the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex) and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLex) and good highways in Pangasinan and the adjoining province of Nueva Ecija.
Nueva Vizcaya aims to be a premium ecotourism destination for local and international tourists. Among its attractions are cascading waterfalls, majestic mountains, unspoiled caves, crystal-clear rivers and brooks, historic churches and sacred sites. It also offers a unique cultural experience with multi-ethnic and indigenous people.
Gifted with temperate climate and bountiful agricultural lands, Nueva Vizcaya is also a major producer of high-value crops, vegetables and cut flowers. (email@example.com)