Earth Day

Published: April 21, 2019 12:00am | Palawan


Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc., continues to show its commitment to take care of the environment through the Yamang Bukid Farm as it led a tree-planting activity during the annual Earth Day celebration on April 22.

The said activity was participated by different government and private organizations, planting 1,000 different tree species in Brgy. Bacungan, Puerto Princesa.


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Millennial Muslim finds deeper meaning in Eid al-Adha

  • Meet Clarck, a shy young man. He’s a millennial and a Muslim. “I’m 100 percent proud to be a Muslim. I believe that Islam is the perfect way of life,” said the 18-year old who works as a food crew for Yamang Bukid Farm, an emerging farm tourism destination in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. “Islam is the way for me to become a good Muslim,” he said in mixed English and Filipino.

    As a Muslim teenager working in a predominantly Christian company, Clarck—whose real name is Sabdano Ian Clarck Longno—was elated that he was warmly embraced by fellow employees and company officers.
    “As a Muslim, I saw no religious discrimination here in Yamang Bukid. They do not look on people based on their religion. They treat me as a son. They would scold me into eating if i skipped meals,” the soft-spoken teenager said.

    Clarck is among the four young Muslims in Yamang Bukid Farm and its parent company Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) who will join with the 10.7 million Filipinos and over 1.8 billion others worldwide in observing Eid ul-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, one of Islam’s most revered religious holidays.
    The holiday that starts in the evening of Aug. 11 and ends the next day, remembers the sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) when Allah commanded him to kill as an offering his only son Ishaq (Isaac). As in the Bible, the Quran tells that before Ibraham could carry out the deed, Allah intervened and sent down a lamb to be slaughtered instead.

    “I felt valued and respected despite being a Muslim. I also observed that we are the same in giving value to the family,” Clarck said. And how will he celebrate the holiday?
    Like most Muslims, Clark said he will go fasting a day before Eid al-Adha. He plans to attend the salah by going to the masjid to pray and do any good deed towards his fellow Muslims (zakah).
    “After the salah I might go celebrate with my siblings. We will enjoy the celebration with limitations based on the teachings of Allah (Swat),” said Clarck.
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Yamang Bukid calls for joiners in run to save baby with liver disease

  • Live a life for others and be healthy!
    Join Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc.’s run for a cause and help save the life of an infant suffering from a life-threatening disease. In line with the sixth anniversary of Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI), the Baguio City-based maker of health and wellness product Yamang Bukid Turmeric 10-in-1 Tea is inviting participants to its first-ever run for a cause to be held in Baguio City’s Turnham Park on Sept. 14.

    Named Live a Life for Others: Run for Life! Run for Baby Ariel C. Fesetan Jr., the fun run is composed of 3-kilometer and 5-kilometer categories, with registration fees amounting to P350 and P500 per runner, respectively. Proceeds of the activity will go for paying the surgery of Baby Ariel Jr. who is suffering from biliary atresia, a congenital liver disease which if left untreated could lead to the infant boy’s untimely death.

    The family needs P2.5 million to P3 million to have Baby Ariel Jr. go under the knife. The baby’s surgery will be performed by specialists at Apolo Hospital in India, hence the family needs to raise a considerably huge amount.
    Included in the registration fees are racing kit (race bib and singlet) and certificates of finishers for each category.

    Special prizes consisting of business packages and YBHPI products will also be awarded to the first five racers of each category.
    Groups or organizations may wish to make their participation more meaningful and do a greater help for Baby Ariel Jr.’s surgery by becoming sponsors under the following categories: gold, silver and bronze, with sponsorships amounting to P10, 000, P6,000 and P3,000, respectively.

    Participants may also opt to avail of the barkada packages, consisting of 20, 15 and five-person groups, in order to avail of special discounts.
    Registration areas in Baguio City are in SM Baguio (3rd floor), Yamang Bukid Sales Office (Leonard Wood), Yamang Bukid Office (#79 Lower Lourdes Subd. cor Morning Star), Yamang Bukid Baguio Showroom (no. 83 Rosalinda Mansion, Sixto Gaerlan St. Campo Filipino).
    In Metro Manila, registration is at the following areas: 5F SM Mega Mall B
    GF Waltermart (North Edsa)
    2F SM Valenzuela
    GF Robinsons Ermita (Pedro Gil wing near supermarket)
    LG SM Manila Foodcourt
    GF Tutuban Centermall


    CALABARZON outlets:
    2F SM Sta. Rosa
    2F SM Batangas
    3F SM Calamba
    GF SM Lucena
    LG Waltermart Balibago


    Registration dates are between Aug. 7-Sept. 10.
    Race kits will be handed out at the starting venue on the day of event, so racer-participants are encouraged to come early.
    The event is YBHPI’s way of promoting fitness and doing business with a heart.
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UP expert urges farmers: Keep forests in farms

  • PUERTO PRINCESA CITY——A University of the Philippines-educated crop scientist has urged farmers engaged in natural and organic farming to plant trees and take care of the forests in and around their landholdings to ensure the sustainability of their areas. Dr. Elderico Tabal said farmers should understand the need to balance their farming needs with nature in order to help stabilize the soil and benefit their crops.

    The thick forest cover on the fringes of the 20-hectare Yamang Bukid Farm at Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan is an excellent buffer zone and breathing space for crops grown within Palawan's emerging farm tourism destination|JM Zap

    “Agriculture without a forest is a dead agriculture. The only way to be resilient is to put a forest within your land,” Tabal, an agronomist, told farmers and officials from the local government units of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces as well as representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA) during the 7th Regional Organic Agriculture Conference (ROAC) at the A&A Plaza Hotel here, Sept 25.

    Dr. Elderico Tabal, a UPLB-educated agronomist stresses the importance of forest cover in agriculture during the 7th Mimaropa Organic Agriculture Congress at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Sept. 25.|Jennifer Milante

    Tabal, who is a faculty member at state-run Western Mindanao State University (WEMSU) and consultant of tourism destination Yamang Bukid Farm, said putting or keeping forests within their landholdings can help farmers or farm owners maintain biodiversity and maintain sufficient water supply to the Farm.

    Tabal, said Yamang Bukid Farm, which has over 20 hectares of landholdings in Barangay Bacungan here, follows the natural and biological ways of agriculture. Composed of six sub-farms, two of it are open for the public as Yamang Bukid Farm’s agri-tourism site, while four others are off-limits and planted with high-value commercial crops and herbs (HVCCH).

    “At Yamang Bukid, we follow the natural and biological farming system. We try to understand the way of Mother Nature in agriculture,” said Tabal. While the Farm is not certified as organic by the third-party Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP), Doctor Tabal said the Farm follows both the natural and organic way of farming to enhance production output.

    For instance, the Farm uses natural way of controlling pest infestations on its crops and plants by utilizing bees and other natural pest predators. The Farm also practices contour plowing and intercropping as it is located in an area of mostly rolling hills and few flat lands.

    Tabal urged farmers and farm owners to support planting of diversified crops to help attract and support population of natural predators and stop relying on commercial and harmful pesticides.

    “We also do minimal to zero tillage cultivation in order not to disrupt the soil structure and prevent erosion.

    Tabal said farmers, particularly those still starting up, should understand that organic farming is not an easy way of agriculture in its initial stages. “It’s a system that needs to be developed. It takes years to rebuild our lands to their original intended state. It takes years to rebuild your land. Be patient,” the forest scientist said. “It’s not just planting but growing the right crops in the right soil.” During the event which was participated in by over 300 farmers, farm owners and agriculturists, the UP-educated Tabal also discussed Yamang Bukid Farm’s various best practices that include, among others, propagating and raising native chickens and livestock, the introduction of herbs and other plants as pest control as well as the propagation of different animal species like over two dozen of colonies of stingless bees and the use of natural plant-based concoctions as fertilizers and pesticides.

    Tabal also announced the various expansion efforts at the Farm’s tourism destination component, saying the farm has become among the must-see destinations in Puerto Princesa and the whole of Palawan.

    It has nearly 300 employees, over 90 percent of whom are former illegal loggers.
    (JL)
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