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Benedict   03/24/2014 - 6:29pm
Recently I was in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur for the mass graduation of season-long School-on-the-Air on Sustainable Rice Production. Upon reading that first statement your initial question might be – ‘Where is Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur?’ and your second question might be -‘Is it near Vigan?’ If you check google maps, Sta. Maria is almost 40 Kilometer away from Vigan City, so you can just imagine how far it is from Manila. An overnight travel by bus is required just to get there. This ought to answer your first two questions. And for your next question I was hoping...
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Meitats Piquero...   03/20/2014 - 12:11pm
This is my first blog entry in 2014 and I should start it with a blast. Though the event is not-the-typical-kind-by-which one must brag about. But, allow me to share it with an absolute subtleness for this is a first-hand-experience that nobody or no one wanted it to be. Our region (specifically the Visayas) made waves in the multi-media outlets with what had happened to us later part of the year (2013), the 7.2M Earthquake. With all the ‘powerful’ adjectives one can describe, that include ours, such as: ‘prayers,’ ‘second chances,’ and ‘magnificence...
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nbmacario   03/18/2014 - 8:54pm
The stress of modern day living is taking its toll. It is not uncommon to hear friends and family members succumbing to stroke or heart attack. The culprits include stress and unhealthy lifestyle, not to mention pollution. As a “probinsyana” (a girl from the province), I feel so out of sync when I go to Metro Manila. The noise, air pollution and the temptation of fastfoods makes me wonder why many would like to live in the Metropolis. Give me the province anytime. Life in the province is at a slower pace. We have enough land to grow fruits and vegetables, thus assuring us that what we are...
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ggacutan   03/15/2014 - 7:51pm
Lately, I noticed that every morning when I enter in our office, some of ATI MIMAROPA staff spends few minutes in organic learning site opposite to the entrance gate before starting office works. With curiosity, I joined them walking around and to my surprise there’s a big transformation in the area! From being idle, it is converted into productive organic learning site. I can’t help but took photo of these plants and appreciate the effort of the people behind the scene. The 2000 sq.m. area was established last September 2013 managed by Mr. Ruben Jugno (OA Focal Person) with Mr....
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YovClaire Pauig   03/14/2014 - 10:49am
I have been into a good number of agriculture and fisheries enterprises in the country and with every farm I visited is a new trade idea I wanted to venture in.  Be it vegetables or fruit production… poultry or livestock raising… even mariculture! I have taken all that into consideration.  And now, I’m all on organic farming (thanks to my exposure in various organic farms!).   Just recently, I was able to explore the Bangkong Kahoy Valley (BKV) Nature Retreat and Field Study Center because of the 4th Bloggers’ Event for Organic Agriculture we conducted...
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YovClaire Pauig   03/13/2014 - 10:33am
I love to travel.  I enjoy going to different places every time and I always look forward to discovering new things…but most of all, I particularly love the wonder communing with nature brings.  I relish experiencing nature in its crude form – simple, serene, natural, and unadulterated.  It gives me a unique sense of peace.   Then…there’s also another thing I love – capturing emotions.  That is, encapsulating the feelings and wonders of the places I go to in photographs.  I take them as reminders of how each and every scene touched...
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Benedict   03/11/2014 - 7:59pm
I’ve wanted to write blogs for the longest time. But somehow I did not get to start writing blogs because I lacked the inspiration to do it. I did not have a good reason to blog.  I have always believed that if you write blog for all the wrong reasons then for sure your entry will just feel bland and your readers will likely be confused on what you’re trying to convey to them. I needed that motivation to start a blog. Fortunately, this came last February during our yearly KM Updates. ATI director Asterio Saliot was talking about the importance of documenting all the...
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hazelgracett   03/11/2014 - 12:16pm
Once there was a tree, which had a strong bond with a boy.  The tree let the boy climbed its branches and picked its fruit.  The boy did and he was happy. When the boy became a man, the tree offered its trunk for him to make a boat so he could sail to other places and be happy.  The man did and was happy.  When he became old, the tree offered its stump for him to sit and reflect and be happy.  The old man did and was glad. The latter is true with Bangkong Kahoy Valley, a place where one could sit (in wooden chairs and benches) and be still and glad. But the place is...
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Vic Thor Palarca   03/07/2014 - 4:51pm
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life” --- Wayne Dyer In Pursuit of Passion Nestled at the foot of Mount Banahaw is a place where one can unwind and leave the worries of the world behind. Upon arrival, it beckons weary souls in the workplace for rest and respite. The Bangkong Kahoy Valley Nature Retreat & Field Study Center in Dolores, Quezon (2 hours travel time from Metro Manila) is a must travel destination for trekkers who seek to commune and be one with nature. We were greeted by Mr. Dion Pullan, the amiable caretaker of the retreat...
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ggacutan   03/05/2014 - 5:16am
After the 5-day Updating of Knowledge Management and Briefing of Rice Crop Manager, I was bolstered by the magical words “KM Squirrels and Bulls” used in the workshop. Squirrels are targets which are quick highly visible KM activity that show measurable impact on the bottom line even without budget while Bulls are goals that are large, costly and require approval. (from the sharing of Ms. Neomi Beth Macario). I was also hooked by the presentation of Mr. Dennis Prosianos, Center Director of ATI Region 9 with their e-lounge launching. He said the famous cliché “If...