The Curious Case of Sirao Flower Farm in CebuNovember 1, 2015
I first heard of Sirao Flower Farm in Sirao Peak, Cebu City when I was riding a taxi. Little did I know that Sirao Flower Farm (aka Mini Amsterdam in Cebu) is a trending topic in social media.
For sure, everyone who have heard about the beautiful celosia flowers in Sirao Peak will surely search on how to go there and take a selfie. For only P20.00, you will be able to take a picture that you can post in your Instagram and share it on Facebook. For P100.00, you can take a video and upload it online. Add popular hashtag like #SiraoFlowerFarm, #SiraoPeak, #MiniAmsterdam, and #MiniAmsterdaminCebu to increase visibility and engagement.
NOT JUST SELFIES
On the other hand, here’s the sad reality: the celosias aren’t treated properly. People are not just simply taking pictures but ruining the beautiful celosias in Sirao Flower Farm. With hundreds of Cebuanos flocking to Sirao every day, I cannot help but feel sad about the status of the celosias and how they are treated by the visitors.
What can we do? Educate our friends what to do in visiting Sirao Flower Farm. As Mark Anthony Razonable shared on this Facebook post, make sure to “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time, and hold nothing but your camera.”
To wit, here are the things you need to consider when visiting Sirao Flower Farm:
- Do not touch or step or hold unto the flowers.
- Do not throw your garbage anywhere in the farm.
- Do not forget to share these tips to your friends.
This new attraction is Cebu is a great news to the farmers, but tourists should know proper etiquette upon taking selfies in Sirao Flower Farm. It's sad to hear from people around that we don't know how to discipline ourselves. We will never be successful if we can't even teach ourselves proper manners, even in small things.
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More photos from Mark Anthony Razonable below: