Finally arrived in Cebu with my friends since high school! And this one would be a memorable trip for us since we haven’t seen each other for years.
We arrived before lunch time in Cebu City, just had lunch, checked in, and headed straight right away to the “Little Amsterdam” in Cebu. Though most people come here through ‘habal-habal’ or backriding a motorcylce, we opted to rent a private van for the 5 of us for the whole afternoon.
The entrance fee is P50.00 per person (USD 1), locals and foreigners, and you can already take unlimited photos of the garden. You may check more of my photos on my Facebook page.
Overview of the place:
Sirao is a barangay in Busay, geographically, located 17 kms from the city proper.
Sirao Flower Garden, fondly dubbed as Little Amsterdam in Cebu, was a buzzing and trending topic that headlined our social media channels few years back. This hidden place has been flooding my Instagram feed with colorful beautiful flowers and stunning landscapes, so as a curious millenial, this became one of our ‘must-visit’ stop. With its immense popularity and extraordinary beauty, the place instantly became a hot-spot for selfies, nature photography and pre-nuptial pictorials.
Celosia is the main flower grown in Sirao Flower Farm. This flower is considered to be a genus of edible and ornamental plants of the Amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. Its name was derived from the Ancient Greek word “kḗleos” which means “burning” and it refers to its flame-like flower heads.
The flowers are planted in tiers along both sides. There are also spaces provided in between tiers to allow the guests to pass through and take photos, and at the same time, protecting the plants from being stepped on.
Outside the garden, there are stalls selling drinks, corn, chips, and fruits to keep you refreshed.
My personal insight:
When we entered, my first thought was “Ito na ‘yun?” (This is it?). I was actually expecting more – a more beautiful and organized garden. It was still beautiful though. But at that time, there are plants stepped on and an area is still being cultivated for planting. Regardless, we still enjoyed the place despite the scorching heat and were able to take beautiful photos.
I would still recommend you to visit this garden. I’m sure, the owners are improving the area. We also noted that there are swimming pools on the other side of the garden which can be used by guests for an additional fee.
Head on to my Facebook page to see more of our beautiful photos!
After this spot, we headed to visit Temple of Leah, a very intriguing spot in Cebu. Check in out too!
Have you been to this place? How was your experience? Feel free to share!