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Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm in Silang

Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm is located in Silang, Cavite that produces natural and organic products ( yes, no SLS, parabens, and chemicals whatsoever ) ranging from, soaps, body wash, facial scrub, feminine wash, lip balms, to even wood polish! Anything that can be made from the by-products of bees, using the most natural method, for they believe that products are more effective when made using natural methods and not processed at all. They believe that the benefits that keeping honey pure, and unprocessed lets it retain is “healing and nutritive properties.”

Virgin honey, is of course, their number one product!

http://ilogmaria.com/index.asp – Visit their website for more information

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm-bees in action

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm-bees in action

Ilog Maria Virgin Honey is produced by Italian honeybees who collect nectar from avocado, sunflower, mango, coffee, citrus, fruit trees, and wildflowers. A 500 gram bottle of honey is made out of the nectar from over 5 million flowers. Who knew that bees were such hard workers? It takes around eight weeks for honey to ripen in the beehives. Once eight weeks have passed, the bee farmers choose only the ripest honeycombs for the best honey. The honey is then bottled and sealed to preserve its nutrients and healing properties

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm colonies

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm colonies

Besides its medicinal uses, the Ilog Maria Virgin Honey also has a distinct flavor you might never taste again. That’s because they migrate their beehives to different farms every summer so that the bees can collect honey from trillions of different flowers. The texture, taste, and color of the honey bees produce all depends on the kind of flowers they forage, giving you as many as 3 dozen unique and subtle flavors.

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm signboard at the entrance

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm signboard at the entrance

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm soap products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm soap products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm soap products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm soap products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm lip balm products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm lip balm products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm Honeymilk lotion and Sublime massage oil products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm Honeymilk lotion and Sublime massage oil products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm aroma therapy oil products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm aroma therapy oil products

Ilog Maria Honeybee cider vinegar products

Ilog Maria Honeybee cider vinegar products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm products

Sarap

Sarap

Ilog Maria Honeybee Museum

Ilog Maria Honeybee Museum

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm owner-Joel Magsaysay

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm owner-Joel Magsaysay

Believe it or not, bees can also be mans best friends! However, many people are afraid of bees’ sting although actually bees don’t sting unless they are frightened or hurt.

For instance, bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by man. Likewise, we use beeswax to produce candles, soaps, lip sticks and all sorts of things. We also use honey in cooking and as a sweet spread on our bread.

Above all, trees and plants would become extinct if the bees weren’t there to help them pollinate.

As a frequent traveler to Tagaytay, I would always see the sign that says, “Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms” along Aguinaldo Highway in the stretch of Silang, Cavite. Finally, during Holy Week, I had a chance to visit the place and it was quite a discovery.

The sign indicates that the honeybee farms are 700 meters away from the highway. That is a long walk, if you’re going by foot like trekking through a mini jungle of trees and wild growth. Further down the road are seven natural springs.

So, take the car over the dirt road to the Magsaysay residence and honeybee farms.

A one-story building with huge glass windows with a spacious terrace in the front awaits visitors to Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms. The place is so peaceful, a wilderness of pineapple, coconuts, coffee, papaya, mangoes, langka trees and other plant species. It makes you want to linger.

People come from all over the country and even parts abroad to check out the products of Ilog Maria, a wide selection of soaps, shampoo and conditioners, candles, massage oils, facial scrub, fly repellent, lip balm, coffee, cider vinegar, wine, royal jelly and bee pollen. And they’re all made from honey and beeswax.

These products have been considered “marvelous” as each of them has its own phenomenal purpose.

The bee propolis for example, is what Ilog Maria calls “nature’s most powerful antibiotic” because it carries natural antibiotic action that strengthens the immune system. It also fights bacteria, viruses and fungi; combats arthritis; rheumatism and hypertension and is rich in Phytochemicals.

The Bee Pollen is best for increasing stamina and alertness. It can also boost one’s mental capacity. Likewise, it’s good for losing, gaining and even maintaining weight.

In addition, it aids in eliminating fatigue, hypertension and is believed to alleviate impotence and prevent prostate cancer.

Virgin honey promotes health, vitality, strength, stamina, growth and healing. Furthermore, it activates the body’s chemical reactions, principally in digestion. It is an effective burn and wound dressing because it accelerates healing while minimizing infection and scar tissues.

Meanwhile, Ilog Maria’s soaps are made from pure honey, beeswax and propolis from the beehive along with high grade essential oils that are ideal for cleansing, healing, moisturizing and even skin whitening.

“Honey cider vinegar and virgin honey” are recommended for diabetics and people who want to lose weight. Believe it or not, these products work as excellent agents for losing weight.

Because their products are so good, the owners don’t see the need to market them in Metro Manila or at the malls. Their reputation is purely “by word of mouth.”

And evidently, “word of mouth” has reached all the way to the United States, Europe and other Asian countries because orders come in from abroad and the owners Joel and Violaine Magsaysay will gladly ship it for you wherever you are.

You may wonder how can something as sweet as honey can be transformed into vinegar.

“You mix honey with mineral water in a bottle, put a little bee pollen in it, close it and it will ferment because pollen has yeast and honey is simple sugar….after it stops bubbling, you’ll have ‘honey wine’ but if you want to have vinegar all you have to do is leave it open and you’ll have vinegar,” explains Joel.

Joel has been propagating the bees for about 25 years together with his brilliant wife, Violaine, who formulates all of Ilog Maria’s products.

Although the business has been around since 1979, Joel considers 1987 as the year that Ilog Maria was born. It was also start of Magsaysays’ blessings.

“It was in February 1987 (I wasn’t married yet), when we experienced the first ‘El Nino’. It didn’t rain for five months and so our plants started dying. It got so bad that one day, my mother asked me to pick her up in Mandaluyong and drive her to our farm in Silang. She said she would pray that it would rain.” So, Violaine who was then my girlfriend and I picked her up and went to the farm,” Joel relates.

According to Joel, her mother began praying at 10 a.m. in their house at the farm and continued doing it so till the afternoon. Well, it started to downpour at 3 p.m.

“My mom’s prayers were heard…It wasn’t ordinary rain; in fact, it was hailing hailstones with thunder and lightning. My mom cried and she kept on crying. When she stopped crying, the rain immediately ceased as well…” he continues.

After 45 minutes of nonstop rains, Joel together with Violaine and his mom decided to go back to Manila. Ironically, when they reached the main road they realized that it didn’t rain because the road was dry.

Joel registered the business under the name of “Ilog Maria” because he and his family believed that the virgin Mary has blessed them.

From 1979 to 1998, Ilog Maria only produced honey. But as Joel puts it, “ We hit the jackpot in 1998 when we started to come up with all these other products that we have now…”

Before long, Ilog Maria will come up with shaving soap, wood polish and propolis toothpaste. And you can expect more ‘inventions’ to come in the future because Violaine never stops experimenting in the basement of there house. Although she took up fisheries in college, Joel believes “ she must have been an alchemist in a previous life.”

Joel, by the way, took up engineering in college

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22 Responses to “Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm in Silang”


  1. February 13, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I never heard anything about honeybee farm and all those product you can get out of honeybee, like soap,lotion, vinegar, etc. I thought you only get honey and being so close to my hometown Indang, this is one place I should see on my homecoming this Holy Week. Thanks Nelson for the tip. Your articles and website is a must to visit and explore. You are one of a kind. I’m so happy and proud to have you as a member of our Tropang Indang. Cheers and kudos is all i can say.

  2. 2 indangbeauty
    February 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I also want to visit all of the places in my website because most of them are new to me.I’ll bring my camera so that I can get better picture of them to be posted here.Thanks for the encouraging comments.Cheers also to your new found love website “TROPANG INDANG”.

  3. February 14, 2009 at 5:27 am

    don’t address it yours…..it is OUR group website.

  4. 4 Virginia San Juan
    March 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    how can i buy your product?

  5. 5 aschel
    December 22, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    JUST WANNA ASK IF U HAVE AN AVAILABLE ROYAL JELLY? AND WHAT TIME U ARE OPEN AND DAYSM THANK YOU AND MORE POWER…

  6. 6 Rosemarie B. Etruiste
    January 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

    can i have yr address/location cz i plan to visit Tagaytay soon and i plan to drop by here since a friend recommended the bee pollen for wt loss and i also want to see the place.also i want to know the price.tnx

  7. 7 MARITES ELLAZAR
    June 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    gud pm po ask lang po kung po kung nagbebenta po ba kayo ng ng bee? kung sakali po ba magkano po ang 1 box?
    nagbibigay din po ba kayo ng mga seminar ? sa tulad kong begginer ? pwede po ba kong mag start s back yard lang
    wla po kasi akong malaking place,thank you and GOD BLESS!

  8. 8 maxima tiu
    August 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    where to buy the ilog maria healing massage oil. nasa manila po ako. maganda sa masssage body mo

  9. 9 Pipay
    September 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Hi, does the farm require an entrance fee? If so, how much? Thanks

  10. 10 gina
    October 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    One of the greatest products of Ilog Maria is the Stingless Mosquito Repellant. I have been ordering this online through ilogmaria.com since 2009 for a minimal price and it’s worth it. Online purchase is best esp if you don’t want to travel all the way to Silang. I know Ilogmaria has a satellite store somewhere accessible (near the highway).

    I hope to visit Ilogmaria one day. For now, online shopping is the best way to get the products.

  11. 11 gina
    October 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Good thing about Ilog Maria, they manufacture their products by hand, they don’t mass produce (because of shortage of bee byproducts) and they don’t mass advertise. It’s just enough for them to be able to sell their products. They are a staunch supporter of the environment, as much as possible leaving the least carbon footprint.

    SInce they don’t mass produce, you have to expect a limitation in the number of prodcts you can buy (esp those with royal jelly components).

    For those who have kids and who want to protect their loved ones from mosquito bites minus the chemical componets (like DDT), you should try Stngless Mosquito/Insect Repellant.

    Check out other products at ilogmaria.com and register.

  12. 12 Masaru ishizawa
    January 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I interest your product,especially Loyal Jelly.
    I’m foreigner ,japanes
    Can I visit your farm ? if it’s ok ,
    pls teach me your adress & Cel No
    thank you.

  13. 13 candice tiamson
    May 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    gud pm. may delivery b kyo sa pampanga? im interested in your honeybee syrup?how much po per bottle if im going to market them here in pamp?tnx candice tiamson p.s what day n time kyo open so we can visit your farm

  14. June 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

    can i have your exact address ang location where your place are,. i am planning to go there maybe next week,. im from davao city

  15. 15 SHIRLEY BERNARDO PARADO
    August 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your place tomorrow with my husband and two kids…

  16. 16 E. d.R. Lim
    January 31, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    My group was just there and we were really dismayed at how they displayed their products…..in direct sunlight and heat. What was more flabbergasting was the fact that their product literature specifically states for Storage : OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT and HEAT.

    When we called the Shop girl’s attention to the fact that their products were displayed in DIRECT SUNLIGHT and HEAT, she did not pay attention to our admonitions. Since our counsel was ignored, I decided to write my comments on Ilog Maria’s site. However, the reply of Mr. Joel Magsaysay was “Product replacement and turn over is always done every half of the day.” I think that that is most incongruous to their Storage Instructions.

    Then today I used their massage oil. Oh my!!! The floral scent was just way too overpowering. I started sneezing and sniffling. I told my masseuse to stop using the Ilog Maria Massage Oil and we resorted to using the Spa’s regular oil.

    I bought a variety of products amounting to almost PhP3K. I haven’t taken any product that needs to be taken orally because of fear that their products may have broken down and its efficacy may have been compromised because of being subjected to direct sunlight and heat.

  17. 17 leo
    April 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    im in sialng where in silang is the farm?

  18. 18 mario
    May 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    do you do bee sting to patients? how much does it cost please…

  19. 19 anthony panerio
    June 24, 2013 at 7:17 am

    ano po number nyo?

  20. October 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    gud day i would like to inform to all of us if you know michael rigor bautista one of security guard from alfonso cavity he have bad record here and cases here in central azucarera in nasugbu batangas ( kasabwat sa pag nanakaw) pls. contact me on my number 092796100873 o mag sadya sa aming opisina d2 sa central … baka po kayo ay mabiktima rin kagaya namin maraming salamat po

  21. 21 girlie
    November 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I already used the shampoo , its really good


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