‘Tuminugan’ is a Binukid term taken from an epic which tells of a paradise that has sprung from nothing.
Over 35 years, since the planting of the first set of trees in 1981, an area that was virtually barren, Tuminugan has grown into a “Nature Sanctuary” full of lush green forest with indigenous species and where an amazing array of biodiversity has once again returned.
Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary is also aptly called The Hineleban Farm where the Foundation has its model sites for demonstrating its methodology for “rainforestation” is displayed. We are replicating this methodology in some of our mountain rainforestation sites in Mindanao, starting with Bukidnon and Lanao de Sur in the central part of the island.
Within the farm, there are farming tree species, giant bamboo and fruit trees. The dense forest has attracted a diverse range of wildlife, including over 70 endemic and migratory birds, two herds of Philippine barking deer, civet cats, reptiles, river fish and eel in ponds, three species of bees and fruit bats. There is also a water reservoir where folks can enjoy a barbeque picnic, just simply relax and soak in God’s gift of nature.
Hineleban Coffee has its own separate area at Tuminugan. Coffee produced by Indigenous tribes is brought here and is processed all the way from de-pulping and de-hulling to roasting, and is then shipped to various destinations around the country.
Tuminugan maintains a tree nursery for Hineleban’s rainforestation initiatives, an organic farm for high-value as well as indigenous crops, bee hives for honey, and Robusta coffee as well as 8 varieties of Arabica coffee for research and development. We also grow turmeric and are testing with other indigenous medicinal crops.
Amongst the livestock there are native horses, free-range chicken and mixed-breed goats bred for the eventual dissemination to our partner Indigenous People farmers.
Tuminugan has hosted many of Hineleban’s friends and dignitaries from the Philippines and around the world. May you wish to visit us, you may book your tour to Tuminugan by contacting our Farm Manager, Mr. Niko Binayao at:
Mobile: + (63) 0917 8798669