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Published: June 16, 2019 10:18am | Kibungan


We braved the bad weather… We conquered mountains and slippery slopes. We dared walked on dangerous hanging bridges.We carried heavy loads of goods. We want to continue Doing Business with a Heart by Living Life for Others... We want the Igorot children of a highland village of Cordillera smile. We love doing outreach missions.


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Farmers feted in Yamang
Bukid Farm’s ’Agros
Festival’

  • PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—A farming community at Barangay Bacungan here was transformed into a festive place awash with Filipino games, bountiful harvest and sumptuous food during the fourth Agros Festival last Feb. 16.

    The festival, which roughly translates as community of farmers, was organized by Yamang Bukid Farm here to honor all its farm employees—90 percent of whom farmers who are former illegal loggers.

    “We want to recognise our farmers for their contribution to society. Without them, we could not eat to survive,” said farm operator Rene Maduro.

    The day-long event was highlighted by the visit as guest speaker of Undersecretary Evangeline Lavina of the Department of Agriculture, who was all praises with the farm’s socially-conscious brand of agriculture.

    Capping the day were various contests involving Filipino games such as the sack race and palosebo—wherein contestants race to climb a slippery bamboo pole smeared with grease to reach a prize.

    Local and foreign visitors were also entertained by a “fashion show” of well-dressed and painted carabaos. It was a fun day for the farmers and everyone else.
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Want to learn organic farming? Go to Palawan

  • PUERTO PRINCESA CITY——This city’s emerging farm tourism destination is fast becoming an immersive site for learning organic and sustainable agriculture with the visits recently of farmers and experts who wanted to observe and learn from its agricultural practices.
    Over a dozen agriculturists from the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan spent three days at Yamang Bukid Farm-Palawan as part of their season-long training on good farming practices.

    Agriculturists from the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan pose with Bro. George Maria, vice president for community relations of Yamang Bukid Farm-Palawan (first row, extreme right) during their visit and exposure to organic farming practices of Puerto Princesa City's emerging farm tourism destination.
    (Photos by Aris Leoven)

    The visit on Tuesday was facilitated by the Department of Agriculture through its Agriculture Training Institute (DA-ATI).
    The farming experts were toured to Yamang Bukid Farm’s 2-hectare main tourism area where they took part in planting lettuce on plots, observe huge pens of native chicken breeds like the Zampen (Zamboanga Peninsula) and interact with farmers as they go about with their different farming practices.

    According to Cristina Gonda-Magnaye, ATI-Mimaropa extension services head, they were overwhelmed by what they saw at YBF.
    “What we saw were beyond our expectations. The technology and good practices are there. The people, especially the farmers are warm and welcoming,” Magnaye said. Fernan Hubo, one of the farm’s agriculturists, said the visitors learned about the Farm’s sustainable agriculture practices such as inter-cropping, contouring and vegetable production.

    The farming experts interacted with farmers as they work on the field and the two groups exchanged ideas on traditional and modern farming practices, said Liza Jean Yocte, another YBF agriculturist.
    “They are able to adopt latest trends in (sustainable) agriculture such as making organic concoction as pesticides in lieu of commercial pest repellants. The farm is continuously developing techniques to make it sustainable,” said Jane Siscar, an agriculturist of the city government of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. For Jocelyn Bernardo, another DA-ATI agriculturist, the experience was “very inspiring and worth sharing.”

    “You will really love the experience of being in a rural farming place with people and farmers around who are accommodating and friendly,” said Bernardo.
    During their stay at the farm, many of the guests turned emotional as they felt the genuine warmth and care of worker-farmers whom they had interacted with.
    Karen Tulay, an agriculturist of DA-ATI said she was moved by the values espoused by the farmers and the way the farm management takes care of them.

    “Technology can be transferred but the farm’s values cannot be quantified. Here at Yamang Bukid, I found my purpose as a public servant by the way they showed love and care to the farmers,” said Tulay, weeping openly before her fellow participants.

    Roxanne Fadriquel, an agriculturist from Baco town, Oriental Mindoro, said her visit to the farm opened her heart and strengthened her resolve to help farmers in her community.
    (JL)
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Muslim convert finds love, acceptance from family, colleagues

  • 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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