Story Behind Duran Farm in San Ildefonso, Bulacan

Duran Farm Agribusiness and Training Center Association, Inc., The farm specializes on quality and affordable vegetable seedlings sourced from East West Seed Company. The seedlings are sold to farmers and backyard hobbyists who do not have the luxury of time growing them. This makes planting easier and the survival rate of these seedling is higher compared to manually sowing the seeds directly on ground plots.

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seedling trays in various stages of growth (photo courtesy : Ms. Daryll Reese Villena) 

Inspirational Story

Mrs. Desiree ‘Daisy’ Duran started growing tomatoes at 1,000 square meter plot in the humble backyard of Daisy Duran who worked as a fish ball vendor in 2001.

She is also the coordinator of the San Ildefonso Vegetable Growers MultiPurpose Cooperative. The proprietor of this farm is a model story and their rags to riches story inspired many people to set their own farm in their community.

Ms. Daisy Duran

Mrs. Daisy Duran

17 years later, Mrs. Daisy Duran now dubbed the “Seedling Queen” has transformed the farm into “The Vegetable Paradise of Bulacan.”

She recalled the times when her family struggled to make ends meet in the slums of Payatas and how she spent 12 years selling street foods like fish ball and isaw to support her family. Duran also recalled how difficult it was in the beginning when she had to borrow money from several people to finance her capital, in order to upgrade and expand her business in the agriculture sector.

A short audio-visual presentation was shown to the group and was met by Mrs. Desiree Duran.

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Training Institute and Tourism Farm

Duran Farm has carve a niche market by being a pioneer in seedling production by producing high-quality, low-cost vegetable seedlings. It also promotes sustainable agriculture through organic vegetable production,  TESDA accredited agricultural training subsidized by the government through scholarships  of rural disadvantaged youth, and farm tourism. Duran Farm also imparts knowledge to communities in the form of workshops on urban gardens, backyard vegetable gardens set-up, organic poultry and vermicomposting.

Different kinds of flowering and ornamental plants are also planted within the area. These provide year round flowers and adds colors to the farm.

As of June 2018, over 18,000 individuals were educated on the benefits of sustainable agriculture through the agri-trainings Duran Farm provides, 350 events were conducted that imparted knowledge on agriculture through agriculture tours and workshops, and 25 recovering drug-users were provided with agriculture training as part of Duran Farm’s partnership with the national drug rehabilitation program.

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sinampalukang manok ( chicken tamarind soup) 

Aside from being a farm training site, They also serve good regional dishes like sinampalukang manok, steamed corn, fried liempo, crispy mushroom sisig.

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bloggers, vloggers and media group  (photo courtesy : Ms. Daryll Reese Villena) 

There is also a mini fish pond , where tilapia fishes are grown.

Website: http://www.duranfarm.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/iloveduranfarm/

Address: 124 Luciano St. Basuit, San Ildefonso, Bulacan

Contact number: 09178909406

Exciting Visit at Daily Bread Farm Resort

Daily Bread Farm is 3. 1 hectare farm, resort and venue center at the heart of the town of Bustos, Bulacan province.

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capuchine pigeon

The farm is not just known for their mushroom culture but also vermi composting, ornamental plant production, herbal plants, native pigs and other poultry products which uses the organic way of caring them.

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The farm was owned by Ms. Luzviminda Tancangco ( a former COMELEC officer), organic farm, health and wellness advocate.

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wedding venue

The center had a library, restaurant, greenhouse, swimming pools , club house, conference area and several cottages which reflect several architecture of different styles.

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Dendrobium anosmum and Dendrobium aphyllum mounted on tree trunks

The farm resort had been featured in several television shows and ideal venue for weddings and convention.

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Mr. Gilbert Dino together with vloggers, bloggers, online writers and media 

The group had a wonderful stay at at the farm resort. We enjoyed the early morning dip and sumptuous breakfast together with other bloggers and local government officers from Mindoro, Ilocos Sur and San Ildefonso, Bulacan.

For those who are interested in having a different kind of experience and its different kind of hospitality. Please try to visit the this farm:

Address: Daily Bread Organic Farm and Resort -Don Claro Santos Street, Bonga Menor, Bustos, Bulacan 

Contact Person: Ms. Anna  Katrina D.C. Tangcanco -0999 883 0779

Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/DailyBreadOrganicFarm/?rf=104503639662998

Lakad Pamana Community Outreach at Basuit Elementary School

Basuit Elementary School is located within Barangay Basuit in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province.

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Donation of school bags and school supplies

This town is an agricultural community. Majority of the people earn their livelihood from farming, driving tricycle and services. Some of the people living there had a hard time buying school supplies because of many factors.

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elementary school children

Lakad Pamana together with several online bloggers, civic leaders, MRRD NECC members were on hand to give away school bags, umbrellas, school supplies , candies, biscuits, pencils, notebooks, writing pads, eraser, scissors among other items.

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Ms. Dems Angeles and the author

The mood was very festive with school teachers, barangay officials on hand to meet the group.

Ms. Jenny See also brought some 30 plastic school supplies the the school children. The group was offered some coffee and pan de sal by the local elementary school teachers.

Princess Amirah Shine R. Magdangal gave 100 school bags while Ms. Cherry Castro and her immediate family gave some umbrellas and snacks.

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school children together with the author

There were about 237 school children from nursery, kindergarden, elementary level. A student needed between 8 to 11 notebooks . One for each subject. A more comprehensive lists is needed for those students in other grade level.

The school also needed a audio-visual materials, books for the school library and reference materials.

We managed to give each student between 2 to 4 notebooks and there are still room for more donations. The group is again planning to come back in the near future.

Madaming Salamat po sa lahat ng mga tumulong!

Photos courtesy of Ms. Daryll Reese Villena , Mr. Gilbert Dino and Ms. Vance Madrid

For those people with a kind heart , Do not hesitate to contact Lakad Pamana or the author ( 0928-6604819 ) for donation.

Email:L_rence_2003@yahoo.com

 

 

Great Mushroom Dishes at VC Teodoro Farm

VC Teodoro Integrate Farm is not your typical farm. This farm had mushroom, rabbits, fruit trees, vegetables,poultry and ornamental plants within the property.

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Ms. Vicky Teodoro picking osyter mushroom 

This is our first stop at the Lakad Pamana advocacy and farm tour. The farm is slowly getting noticed by local government units, schools and private individuals. There are also guided tours and package meals that are available.

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l-r mushroom sisig, mushroom lumpia ( deep fried mushroom spring roll),  fried mushroom and mushroom goto. (photo courtesy of Ms. Jenny See)

Among the specialties served was mushroom goto, deep fried lumpia ( made from mushroom) , mushroom tempura and mushroom sisig.

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The fried lumpia and fried oyster mushroom is best paired with Paombong vinegar ( Sukang Paombong) dip. It is crispy and one will not know that it is made from mushroom.

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vloggers, bloggers, media group photo ( courtesy of Ms. Jenny See)

The group had a short tour of the farm and had a great time picking some mushroom. The farm had some mushroom chicharon, fresh mushroom which can be bought at farm gate prices.

The farm also have some rabbits, native chickens and pigs.

VC Teodoro Integrated Farm

Address: San Pedro Highway Bustos, Bulacan

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/VCTeodoroIntergratedFarm/

 

 

Kalayaan Stamp to be Issued by PHLPOST

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue new stamps to commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2018.

Considered as a National Holiday among the Filipinos, the annual observance of Philippine Independence Day was signed into a law by former President Diosdado Macapagal through Republic Act No. 4166 on August 4, 1964.

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According to Philippine history, the declaration of Independence was held on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo and Filipino revolutionary forces from the Spanish colonization.

Designed by graphic artist Rodine Teodoro, the stamp features the vibrant color of blue and red depicting a silhouette scene of men and women in the Philippine revolution proudly waving the Filipino flag and native bolos used to fight colonial forces.

Imprinted in the stamp are the word Kalayaan and the sun that shines – which symbolizes freedom gained through sacrifices made by Filipino revolutionary forces.

PHLPost has issued 50,000 copies of the single stamp design which can be bought at P12 each.  Another 3,000 pieces of first day cover envelope were printed to highlight the Philippine Independence Day logo.

The stamps and its official first day cover will be available starting June 12, 2018 at the Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.