15,000 sunflowers, flower mandalas and more at Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park in South Cotabato (with guide)

Sunflowers, sunflowers, sunflowers. Everywhere I look these sunshine-yellow blooms are surround me, facing toward the sun already setting in the horizon. If your favorite flowers are sunflowers like me, the experience walking in a sea of sunflowers is bliss.

One of our stops in our South Cotabato trip after we had a heritage experience with the Blaan indigenous people was Mariano’s Blooming Petals. Also known as Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park, this park, I later learned, has 15,000 sunflowers in perfect rows at any given time. It is indeed a sea of sunflowers.

Mariano's Blooming Petals, sunflowers, Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, Tupi, South Cotabato

My first time walking through a sea of sunflowers

Mariano's Blooming Petals, sunflower field, aerial, pattern, Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, Tupi, South Cotabato

It is indeed a sea of sunflowers. All photos with Mariano’s watermarks are courtesy of Mariano’s Blooming Petals

The park does not just have sunflowers, though. Outside the sunflower rows is a giant mandala of marigolds. Some of the marigolds and cosmos also form flower shapes when seen from afar, like flowers in a flower. I learned from Mariano’s that they change the patterns of flowers from time to time. In February, for example, they have blooms in heart mandalas.

Mariano's Blooming Petals, marigolds, Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, Tupi, South Cotabato

Marigolds in a mandala during our visit

Mariano's Blooming Petals, marigolds, cosmos mandala, pattern, Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, Tupi, South Cotabato

Mariano’s Blooming Petals usually has a giant flower mandala and other interesting patterns.

Mariano's Blooming Petals, cosmos, Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, Tupi, South Cotabato

Bright cosmos up close

Mariano's Blooming Petals, carnations, dwarf dianthus, Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, Tupi, South Cotabato

Dwarf dianthus, a carnation variety

Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park covers a huge 13 hectares. Flowers occupy 1.5 hectares. The rest of the park houses a bird sanctuary, a farmer’s market, and a café. 

As our time was short in the park, we only explored the flower park. We also had a hearty meal at Mirasol Cafe, the park’s restaurant.

fresh salad, butterfly pea flower, ternate, Mariano's Blooming Petals, Mirasol Cafe, Tupi, South Cotabato

I loved this fresh salad topped with ternate, or butterfly pea flower.

 

We were not able to visit these areas, but Mariano’s was kind enough to share more photos.

peacock in Mariano's Blooming Petals flower park, South Cotabato

A peacock at the park’s bird sanctuary

farmer's market in Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, South Cotabato

Fresh produce at the farmer’s market. Mariano’s is also about agriculture for food, not just flowers.

My favorite part at Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park, is of course, still the sunflowers.

Mariano's Blooming Petals, sunflowers, maze, Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, Tupi, South Cotabato

Sunflowers all looking toward the sun

Mariano's Blooming Petals, sunflowers, golden hour, sunlight, Mariano's Blooming Agritourism Park, Tupi, South Cotabato

Golden hour at sunrise or sunset seems to be a perfect time to go to Mariano’s. I would go back around this time if I could.

 

I would recommend at least two hours in Mariano’s Blooming Petals only for exploring. Allot another hour just for eating, as they have quite a spread of food choices. My favorite is the fresh salad with the ternate and the chicken binakol served in a coconut.

Enjoy your visit!

Important information:

Entrance fee: P50 for weekdays, P70 for weekends
Hours: Weekdays at 7 am to 530 pm, weekends at 7 am to 6 pm

How to get there:

Take a flight to General Santos City. From the airport, you can already ride a bus to Marbel,  but ask the conductor first if they are stopping by Tupi. Alternatively, you can head over to Bulaong Terminal first then ride a Tupi-bound bus or van from there. Once in Tupi, ride a tricycle to Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park.

Contact details: 

Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/bloomingagritourismparkofficial/
Contact numbers – +639972042560 for the park in general, +639105470020 for Mirasol Cafe

 

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