Yamang Bukid Healthy
Products pamper moms
with gifts, massages

Published: May 12, 2019 02:18pm | Baguio


Mothers were honored and pampered by Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. during a series of activities in Baguio City last May. Dubbed “Wow Mom—A Mother’s Day Special” the event was held “to commemorate our mothers on their special day by giving them gifts and some discounts,” according to Kim Malipe, Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. vice president for special events. “The event was successful. A lot of locals came to visit and participated in the activities,” Malipe said. Aside from selling the company’s products, the mothers were also given freebies like groceries and merchandise and treated to body massage. Games with prizes were played too, and a raffle draw conducted. “It was received positively and numerous photos of the event were published on Facebook,” said Malipe. The event was supported by the company’s Baguio City office management and sales teams.


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    Undersecretary Mano Verabathran of Malaysia’s Ministry of Communication and Multi-media led the delegation of representatives from the four-country sub-regional bloc.

    The foreign guests were accompanied by their Filipino counterparts and representatives from the provincial and local governments in the hour-long tour around the six-hectare farm at Barangay Bacugan here

    Upon arriving, the visitors were greeted by a flash mob performance of flag-waving farmer-employees of the farm. Hope Alas, Yamang Bukid Farm’s tourism officer and several lady-farmers led the guests to a guided tour around the farm, visiting the picture-perfect sunflower garden, nursery of herbal and ornamental plants, the farm’s bee yard, clamping tents and other parts of the sprawling upland getaway before being treated by performances of Filipino folk dances from some young farm workers and a sumptuous lunch featuring authentic Filipino dishes. “It’s a very beautiful farm, and I like the way that you all have the farming going back to the people,” Verabathran said.

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