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Benguet ‘rose capital’ finds ways to keep blooming

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FARMERS from Bahong village in the Benguet town of La Trinidad harvest roses in time for Valentine’s week. Bahong and other villages in La Trinidad are famous for their rose production. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

While most women look forward to receiving red roses this Valentine’s Day, Juliet Bentrez, a farmer in La Trinidad town in Benguet province, would rather receive chocolates.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Farmers urged to be part of coffee value chain

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PLANTED in Aug. 21, 2013 beneath the pine canopy of Camp John Hay, 67,000 arabica coffee trees of Rocky Mountain Cafe currently thrive in Baguio City. The beans are insured against extreme weather. PHOTOS BY EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The local coffee industry has often been vulnerable to erratic pricing and low supply, but big and small players agreed at a recent conference here that there was no other way to go but up.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Increase heirloom rice consumption, Filipinos urged

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The government should help convince more Filipinos to eat indigenous heirloom rice to popularize the commodity, according to advocates of traditional rice varieties.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Baguio utility calls for investors

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Emboldened by businessman Manuel Pangilinan’s offer to develop Baguio’s water supply, the power utility servicing the city and Benguet province has called on other investors to consider financing power generation projects.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

More Pangasinan farmers going organic

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PANGASINAN farmers are starting to produce organic native vegetables. Photo by Gabriel Cardinoza

Changing people’s lifestyles are pushing more famers in Pangasinan province to shift to organic agriculture, a nongovernment organization (NGO) official here says.

Posted: September 28th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Backyard sweets producer capitalizes on Filipinos’ sweet tooth

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COUPLE Edwin and Rowena Bancod says whatever success they achieved started from the bottom. Photo by  Yolanda Sotelo, Inquirer Northern Luzon

While delivering sweets to a market stall in Baguio City recently, Rowena Bancod saw a woman asking a vendor if the product she was looking for was available. The woman showed the vendor a wrapper and told her that it came from a relative abroad who asked her to buy several packs.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pangasinan firm produces veggie-based snacks to solve malnutrition

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RACKY Doctor, president of Long Live Pharna, and wife Divine, finance officer, display RiMo curls and RiMo instant baby food blend, their company's newest products. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

When local businessman Racky Doctor was asked two years ago if he would like to venture into food manufacturing, he did not hesitate to take up the challenge.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Former overseas worker finds new career in organic food

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BAGUIO-BASED Mauricio Sandico invests his retirement money from an overseas job in a La Union farm. He and wife Fely are the main distributors of alfalfa sprouts in Baguio City. PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/ INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

After 24 years as an overseas worker in the Middle East, Mauricio Sandico returned home to explore business opportunities and ended up choosing a venture close to an advocacy he shares with his wife, Fely—organic and healthy food.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

La Union breathes new life to freeport development

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THUNDERBIRD Hotel and Resort in Poro Point, La Union

After nearly two decades and two master plans, the Poro Point Freeport Zone (PPFZ) is back on track into becoming a premier business and leisure destination in northern Luzon.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Coffee farm to rise in ‘basi’ capital of Ilocos

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Coffee will soon be brewing in this province’s basi (sugarcane wine) capital.

Posted: June 30th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Helping the young find the right jobs

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A YOUNG girl helps her parents cut up unsold newspapers in La Trinidad, Benguet. The bundles of newspapers are then packed into bundles to be sold as packaging materials for Benguet vegetables. The family can sell a bundle for P70.  PDI-NL/Richard Balonglong

Many children dream of becoming scientists and professionals, but their future careers used to be defined by the work they did for the family to help bring food to the table.

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Heirloom rice has market outside, inside PH

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Organic heirloom rice production has found a niche market abroad, gauging by the slow but steady increase in volume of indigenous rice exports.

Posted: June 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

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