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Coastal Clean Up
Activity

Published: June 5, 2019 07:30am | Palawan


Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Nancy Socrates headed towards the one-kilometer stretch of Talaudyong Beach from the mountains of Barangay Bacungan.

A coastal clean up activity was held wherein in just a span of an hour, around one hundred kilograms of solid wastes were collected. This initiative was conducted to not just to raise awareness on the threats imposed to our marine life, but also to take part on micro efforts that would create macro effects on the preservation and conservation of our environment.


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  • For Tintin Moreno Zamora, turning her back on the family religion to follow her heart was no easy feat.
    “It was difficult because my family and friends might not approve of it,” recalled Tintin. But she was adamant on her desire to follow the religion of her husband, a Muslim. “I was also moved by the fact that not all Muslims are bad. Most of them are deeply religious. I saw that on my husband,” she said.

    For two years now, Tintin has been working as a sales staff for Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc., the Baguio City-based maker of the hugely popular Turmeric 10-in-1 Tea. Her colleagues have known her as a Christian, so her plan to convert to Islam may have come to them as a surprise.

    So when she was able to muster enough resolve to tell family and close friends about her change of faith, Tintin was equally surprised and elated they accepted and respected her decision.
    “They were happy and did not judge me. They treated me as same as when I still shared the family religious beliefs,” said Tintin, adding her co-workers and superiors also did not mind it.

    “How YB (Yamang Bukid) treated me when I was still a Christian remained as is,” she said.
    As a would-be Balik-Islam (convert), Tintin said she will try to accustom herself to the practices of her newfound faith.
    “We agreed that we will serve Allah as one family,” Tintin added.
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Handog Sa’yo Tay
(Father’s Day)

  • Wide and unending smiles were seen on the faces of Yamang Bukid Farmers who are also the pillars of their homes. A day-long, full of exciting and tear-jerking happenings were given to them as an expression of gratitude and for the farmers to realize their value in the daily lives of their families. A new set of boots and brightly colored coveralls to protect them from rains and sicknesses were given by Yamang Bukid Healthy Products, Inc. with matching free haircut from Bong Villanueva Salon. Yamang Bukid Farm is indeed a happy place for everyone as there were non-stop singing, dancing, feasting, and showcasing of art to the farmers and visitors – handog naming sa’yo tay (for you, dad).


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Kids, hundreds others run for ailing infant

  • More than 200 runners from all walks of life joined the first-ever run for a cause organized by turmeric beverage-maker Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) in Baguio City.

    Donning orange and green shirts, at least 274 runners took off from Burnham Park and sprinted in three to five-kilometer categories in designated routes around downtown Baguio amid an overcast sky and chilly Saturday morning for the Run for Life charity event.

    The fun run was aimed at generating financial support for Ariel Fesetan Jr., a one-year old boy from Baguio who has been suffering from biliary atresia, a congenital liver disease that needs surgical treatment abroad for him to live normally.

    (Photos by Redentor Glen and Brother George)

    It was a fun-filled event, with a zumba exercise at past 5 a.m. pumping up the joiners. Participants included employees of the Philippines’ number 1 turmeric tea brand, Yamang Bukid Turmeric 10-in-1 Tea, as well as school-based organizations, sports groups and even entire families.

    “This is my second run. I’m excited to finish the full three kilometers,” said Jasmine Guadana, an 11-year old student from Baguio Patriotic High School, as she and 14 other students were doing pre-race warmups.

    Other participants included Team Cordillera, a sporting group based in Baguio that had earlier raised funds for baby Ariel.

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    Runners also included several children with disabilities (CWDs) as well as entire families.

    Among them is the father-and-son tandem of Jenard and Jerald Christopher, both surnamed Cervantes.

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    “It was somehow painful in the legs but fun. I would love to run again,” said nine-year old Jerald Christopher.

    His 52-year old father, Jenard, is an athletic man who often brings along his family to events like Saturday’s.

    “We are fond of joining fun runs to stay fit,” said the elder Cervantes, adding his wife was not able to take part due to health reasons.

    He said he also felt happy the registration fees he and his son paid would go a long way to help save an infant’s life.

    Ariel Fesetan Sr. said he and his wife Mary Grace were grateful to the organizers and participants of Saturday’s fun run.

    The family needs about P2.5 million to shoulder Ariel Junior’s operation, which is clinically-ideal to be done in an hospital in India.

    “I’m thankful to Yamang Bukid and to those who joined for helping my son. Whatever amount we will get will come a long way to help save my child,” said the 29-year old Ariel Senior, a construction worker. His wife, also 29, is a public high school teacher. The charity event coincides with YBHPI’s sixth anniversary.

    (JL)
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