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hazelgracett   09/14/2013 - 8:24am
Right combinition seldom fails like magic. It's true with RU Foundry and May's Organic Garden in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The husband and wife tandem created and is creating health and wealth. Their engagement is for keeps, which extends to more engagements sealed with trust and confidence. It started with machinery as import substitute then to production then to marketing. As it expanded, their engagements widened. They partnered with people who are also passionate on organic agriculture and in helping improve the lives of farmers. The latter, they engaged to help produce more. Their...
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nbmacario   09/13/2013 - 1:30pm
 I always associate Dr. Albert Jo of Rapha Valley, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental with Safeguard soap. He is like the famous brand for a number of reasons. First, he wants to cleanse our body from toxins; second, he advocates for clean and healthy living; third, he serves as my conscience. Everytime I have the urge to drink softdrink or eat burger, his face and his voice seem to mock me and I have to stop the urge to eat and turn towards the more healthy alternatives. In my “feeling deprived” moments, I often ask myself if my meeting with Dr. Jo is a curse or a...
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hazelgracett   09/12/2013 - 1:52pm
"A farmer who doesn't pray is not a good farmer". This was the last but not the least of the principles, which Magsasaka Siyentista Mr Ramon "Mon" Penalosa shared to the group. This vertical focus enabled him to remember that blessing comes and is limitless from above. It was my nth times at Mon Penalosa Farm, this time with the bloggers. But the farm has always something to entice me. His small farm (he has other sizes) in Victorias City, Negros Occidental is just 4,000 sq m. It is a limited space to earn million. But it is the limited space that made him see the...
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Meitats Piquero...   09/12/2013 - 12:31pm
This cliché is the most common parlance among the many of us. We are aware perhaps that before we became good and successful in our chosen path, we had first-hand experiences that we sometimes can’t afford to forget because of the degree of significance that had put an indelible marked of our lifetime. With this rainbow, my Negros Occidental visit is indeed a perfect time to be grateful for all the gifts in our lives. In the first week of September 2013, I had another double ‘take’ of first-hand experiences where I am one of the participants of the Organic...
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hazelgracett   09/11/2013 - 3:08pm
It took us sometime going uphill for the briefing. It was neither the slope nor the distance. It was an easy climb (no sweat!) and a stone-throw from where we took off. It was the learning rail. From a distance it looks like a handrail and a side road block, enabling one to have an easy climb when it's slippery or from getting off the track. But it was more than that. It was a learning material, creatively done sans sophistication of latest technology. It slowed our steps. We took our time learning while going up. Bloggers' cameras captured every lesson simply written at the side of the...
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nbmacario   09/09/2013 - 11:22pm
 If there is one person who can inspire me to get out of my comfort zone and shift careers, it is Mr. Mon Peñalosa of Victorias City, Negros Occidental. I visited his farm recently together with a group of bloggers. As always, Sir Mon doesn’t cease to amaze me. From the first moment that he talked about his farm, he had the group at the palm of his hand. I’m willing to bet (though I’m not a betting person), that after his talk, majority of the group (composed of young urbanites from Metro Manila) are convinced that farming is the key to riches. The Peñ...
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nbmacario   09/09/2013 - 7:45pm
Back when I was still in School, I always get bored during History class. I couldn’t get myself to memorize dates, places and persons of long ago. In fact, History or Social Studies is way below my fave subjects that I may have missed many sessions during those times. However, I realized that History is fascinating when the right person is the one telling it. I was fortunate to have joined a historical tour organized by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) to Cavite. The tour was aptly titled “ CAVITE: Aguinaldo’s Strategic Victories and Bonifacio’s  Tragic...
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ggacutan   09/09/2013 - 4:15pm
Going to Negros Occidental can’t satisfy tourists’ savour if for the sake of “pasyal” or excursion only. Even if it is named as the city of smile, the province is not a must-visit place in terms of pristine and natural wonders like other provinces. But have you ever noticed why people love to go in this place? It’s because Negros Occidental is the “Organic Capital” of the Philippines. Yes, the province has embraced the organic farming system. I have been in the place twice and I may say that my experience there is really extraordinary. The very...
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nbmacario   09/08/2013 - 7:13am
An emerging agri-tourism destination especially for organic agriculture enthusiasts is the Province of Negros Occidental. Being in the agriculture sector, I always embrace every chance I get to visit the province. I am inspired by the leadership and determination of the Provincial Government to become the organic capital of Asia and the full cooperation of the different stakeholders in Agriculture and the DOT. In my nth trip this time to the province, I joined a group of bloggers, a young and enthusiastic bunch who have brought blogging to a higher level through the promotion of organic...
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nbmacario   09/07/2013 - 7:56pm
I attended an activity in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. This was graced by Hon. Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Dir. Asterio Saliot of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). This activity was attended by MILF Rebel Returnees who have given up their arms to go back to their farms. Sixty three (63) of these returnees under four Commanders are presently undergoing a season-long training on agricultural production technologies sponsored by the Agricultural Training Institute in collaboration with the Local Government of Kauswagan and the 15th IB Philippine...