Monday, October 24, 2016

Relax and De-stress at Terra Verde EcoFarm

There is no refuting that human beings thrive in nature. Communing with nature is a therapeutic way to reconcile the world and human beings into one family.

It is no wonder why employees and executives who thrive in the city's energy and excitement would spend their vacations and weekends out of town to shed the pressures of city life and break free from the habits of stress. Some would even spend most of their retirement income into acres of farming land to rediscover a more balanced state of being.  Getting down and getting their hands dirty in planting to get people to relax and sink into a more balanced place.

I came to appreciate the healing powers of organic farming when I joined in the Department of Agriculture invitation to explore the Organic Agriculture Practices in Southern Tagalog last October 12-14, 2016.
The Terra Verde Ecofarm in Maragondon, Cavite was our first stop,   According to its owners,  the organic was borne out of a medical prescription in 2007.  Emerson Atanacio had a thyroid condition triggered by stress.  His job as a school administrator was taking a toll on his body.

Instead of  turning to prescription medications to keep his hormones balanced and under control, his doctor recommended that he takes up farming.  In most cases, the chemical adjustments simply mask the issue and does not actually put stress hormones under control.

He and his brother Ericson acquired a one-hectare farm in no time and ventured  into a farming project..  Emerson and his extended family cultivated the farm and planted crops on spare time to de-stress.  Emerson found the time spent in nature planting and harvesting organically-grown food beneficial that they benchmarked with other farmers and sought the help of farming experts from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) to train them on growing vegetation suited for the land they toil.

Today,  Terra Verde EcoFarm sits across  15 hectares farm land  of lush green garden  waiting to be explored.  They have opened up the peaceful family hideaway to the public recently to inspire other.  Moreover, Terra Verde EcoFarm is now an ATI learning site, where aspiring farmers and organic agriculture enthusiast can learn more about best practices in organic farming.

Mr Emerson Atanacio shared the 3 E's in their organic agriculture advocacy--- Entertainment through agri-tourism,  Education and Enterprise development.

The Atanacio's are pushing farmers to gear toward Agri-Tourism to augment their income.  By inviting the public onto any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness  to experience the outdoors, the farm owner generates supplemental income.

Their homegrown vegetation is based on the  'Bahay Kubo' concept as they grow all the vegetables and fruits mentioned in the local song  Terra Verde produces legumes, fruits, vines, plus herbs which they incorporate in the food they serve at the farm.  And the Atanacio family  help educated the visitors and would-be farmer to  commercially produce pesticide-free food.   They teach them the value of organic farming and encourage Enterprise Development in effect, as  there is a high demand for organic produce nowadays.

Outdoor recreations like fishing,  horseback riding and fruit picking await the visitors at Terra Verde EcoFarm. Guests can spend time exploring the farm trails while learning about flora and fauna.  Along the way.  a variety of friendly animals like geese, turkeys,  ponies and guinea pigs makes the  farm tour exciting for kids.

Walk and learn about the plants in the ranch  and discover seasonal fruits in their orchard.  After the nature walk kids can play in the rolling grassland for simple, unstructured, and fun. Terra Verde is a conducive play area for everyone to get enough green exercise, and breathe in fresh air!

Remote controlled toys offers a fun alternative to spending time outdoors!

There is also a café, where adults can enjoy delicious homemade food or relax as kids roam around.

Terra Verde EcoFarm is the ideal place for a day out for kids. There is a host of activities you can do to bond over with your family.

For overnight accomodations, they offer “kubins” (kubo-cabins)  enough to hold 27 persons and offer a camping site with with tents rentals good for 60 people.

A children’s play area and a zip line is on its way soon according to the  management as they gear their efforts towards the promotion of Maragondon tourism. Check out  for more updates.

Terra Verde
Km. 89, Alfonso-Maragondon Road
Pantihan 2 Maragondon, Cavite

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Securing a Child's Future through Education

All parents dream of a bright future for their children. Hence, they select the best teaching method when it comes to educating their children. This was the main spirit of the sixth annual Philippine Himeschool conference Expo (PHC) held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura.

With the theme "From Roots to Wings", PHC hopes to nourish the firm foundation that they have with parents by continuing to equip them with knowledge and virtues that would help them soar together. The event gathered some of the country's experts on homeschooling to share their insights on the importance of homeschooling.

Homeschooled by their parents, Edric and Joy Mendoza shared that their main reason for homeschooling is  to raise up their children to love, know, serve, and follow God.  While  Harvard is a great university, they would rather  raise their children for heaven.  They encourage parents to set their sights on eternity.

Both believe that  teaching should always weigh heavier on the character side rather than the academics. Eric is the President of TMA Homeschool. As a homeschool champion, he is also the founder of the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI).

Eric Nicdao, District Manager of PhilamLife urged parents tostart planning for their child's financial future. He explained that while there are distinct advantages to homeschooling, it is never without a challenge.

"Education is expensive, but ignorance costs a lot more ", he related. "The cost of of education for homeschooling a child is not expensive as other perceive it to be." This is because homeschooling entails the presence of one of the parents at home, which reduces the family's overall income. With only one breadwinner, it pays off to plan early for the child's education as the cost of college education continues to increase annually.

"As a parent myself, I umderstand the real-life struggles that parents go through to give the best to their children.  It is wise and even necessary to invest in a plan with guaranteed education benefits even if school-going children are quite young.  Plans like this should have the potential to grow and cope adequately with annual tuition fee hikes", Nicdao added.  "A parent and child should not have to guess what the future brings.  There are too many uncertainties already and having something secure allows a family to focus on learning and academic excellence rather than trying to make sure that there is a school they can afford."

To help address these concerns, PhilamLife launched its new education product, Future Scholar.

Future scholar offers guaranteed education benefits and long term growth potential through access to expertly-managed funds.  In this scheme, the educational plan will continue without the need to pay future payments should the payor passes away or suffers from total disability.

PhilamLife's Future Scholar plan guarantees educational benefits and features premium adjustments in times of great need.

Visit to know more about Future Scholar.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Meet your favorite trio at the Powerpuff Townsville this weekend

Treat your kids to a fun afternoon at the Powerpuff Townsville where sugar, spice and everything nice all belong as the re-launch of the Powerpuff Girls happens this October 21-22, at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium!

The whole family will surely enjoy an action-filled weekend with lots of activities lined up at the the grandest launch of the Powerpuff Girls!

Watch how superhero-sisters Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup continue to protect the bustling metropolis of Townsville and its citizens against the sinister evildoers!

Powerpuff  fanatics can put their maze-solving skills to the test with the 'Catch the Villain' activity, The 'Buttercup Mini-Training Grounds'  awaits to unleash the inner Buttercup in you.  Kids get a  chance to defeat their nemesis at the Mojo Jojo Obstacle Track.

They even a freehand designing their own Powerpuff merchandises like shirts, and bags and more!.

Enjoy delightful Chemical X popcorns and cotton candy treat as well.

Powerpuff  toys are exclusively distributed by Richprime Global Inc. and are available at leading toy stores and department stores nationwide.

Visit their official Facebook, Richwell Club or to know more about their products.

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