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Believe in bougainvillea

He is a civil engineer who loves farming and gardening. He holds a high position in a government agency, yet he finds time to pursue his own brand of farming. He is John Teodoro of Solsona, Ilocos Norte, currently the general manager of the Ilocos Norte Water District. John may as well be the Bougainvillea King of the Philippines. After all, he has […]

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Urban farming trade show at Rockwell Tent

Agriculture Magazine of the Manila Bulletin is staging an Urban Agriculture Trade Show on May 1-3 at the Rockwell Tent, corner of Estrella St. and Rockwell Center in Makati. The event aims to promote the trend that is becoming increasingly popular in urban areas like Metro Manila, i.e., growing food crops wherever it is possible […]

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Something new at the MMSU in Batac City

Whenever we visit a place, we always look for plants or farm animals that we think will interest our readers. Just like when we visited recently the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City in Ilocos Norte. We met Dr. Gliceria Pascua, a recent retiree, who used to be in charge of the fruit […]

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The grass is greener where you water it

If you are tired of reading or hearing about crimes, corruption, and the like from media outfits, here’s one piece of good news from Ilocos Norte for a change. Last March 1, we visited Ricarte J. Corpuz, an award-winning farmer from Laoag City. He was so excited to tell us about a rice “discard” that […]

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Joint venture to boost farm mechanization

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food cited the entry of Yanmar Philippines in the local market as a big boost to the farm mechanization efforts in the country. Sen. Cynthia Villar was one of the main speakers during the launching of the farm machines from Yanmar of Japan that include tractors […]

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Free lectures at agri-bazaar in Quezon City

You can avail yourself of free seminars on farming and gardening, wellness and health, if you attend the three-day AANI Agri-Bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan held every month at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. Very interesting topics were discussed during the three-day event that was held last March 13-15. One of the speakers was Greg […]

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Of micro cherries and puccini cucumbers

Every time we attend the annual field day at the experimental farm of Allied Botanical Corporation in Tayug, Pangasinan, we are always amazed at the many varieties that are showcased. A number of new varieties that fascinated us most are a micro cherry tomato, sweet peppers, and two cucumbers. MICRO CHERRY TOMATO –This was the new vegetable that caught […]

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Piddig poised to become coffee bowl

Great things are happening in the agricultural scene in Ilocos Norte. For one, Piddig town is poised to become a major producer of organic coffee, both the premium Arabica and the lowland varieties. The coffee project which is spearheaded by Mayor Eddie Guillen, 50, may be considered a most ambitious agricultural undertaking not only in […]

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Bougainvillea King and his agri projects

The Bougainvillea King is not found in Bay, Laguna, where many landscapers in Metro Manila source their requirements for their landscaping projects. Rather, he is found in Brgy. Manalpac in Solsona, Ilocos Norte. Considered the Bougainvillea King is John Teodoro, currently the general manager of the Ilocos Norte Water District, but who finds time managing […]

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Profit in tomatoes

Three years ago, Jay visited us at our farm for some advice on farming. He was born in Manila Chinatown and had first worked in the family’s textile store and then later, in their hardware store. The business was financially rewarding but in Jay’s own words, the daily routine was simply boring. This Jan. 29, […]

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