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3:35 PM Monday, March 27, 2006

Mr. Robert Arevalo turns 64 today. He can actually retire, and just join his family (wife, kids and grandkids) in Australia... and maybe even while away his days travelling. After all, he can afford it. Secondly, he's earned it after years and years of hard work providing for his family.

But what he does is invest on land. He's invested on mahogany trees and mangroves. He's also invested on mango trees and farming. In a way, you can say, he has returned to earth... but not to die just yet.

I had the privilege of enjoying what he's achieved so far in his investments. And I may seem biased because he is, after all, my husband's uncle, but dare I say am proud that he's doing well in a trade that our country/government seems to have turned their back on?

And now, in case you know someone who would be interested to try their hand on goat farming, let them take a peak of what R-J Goat Farm has to offer. They also have farms in Masbate, Lipa and Nueva Vizcaya.

The love of earth rubbed off on my brother-in-law, he's now attending to his own free-range chickens and some hogs at Aritao. With people like them, there just may be hope for agriculture in the Philippines.


One night last week, Iya's car conked out somewhere in Manila at around 10:30 PM. A couple appraoched the lady and helped her. Below is a part of her e-mail:

"few nights back, I was coming home from a Rotary meeting around 10:30pm and my
car battery conked out. Good thing I was parked in front of Pugon Bakery which was open 24 hours. Not knowing what to do, I simply informed the tanods outside Pugon that my car wouldn't start (and it's probably the battery) and I just stayed inside as I phoned for help. After maybe 5 minutes, this lady approached my car and asked me "You need help?". I told her my situation and she said she and her husband can "series" their car battery with mine. Her husband pulled up in this awkwardly narrow space beside my car and took care of everything. He started my car while his wife kept their engine running. When my battery still wasn't charging he told me he could try removing his battery from their car and put it in mine. He went through the hassle of it all until my car started. I thanked them. They didn't ask for anything in return and told me that they're glad to help. They even texted me to advise me on what to do next.

I will never forget how they PROACTIVELY offered help.
I will never forget how they DID EVERYTHING they could to help me--from moving their car near mine, to starting my engine, to searching for my tools to remove the batteries, to shedding sweat to unscrew my tightly fastened battery, to actually making my car run.
I will never forget how they DID NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING IN RETURN
I will never forget how THEY EVEN FOLLOWED UP ON WHAT I HAVE TO DO next.
I will never forget their NAMES- Bing and Enrico Gaw.

I told them I will write about this experience and pass it on to you and to the
young people I mold so that they will have real stories of real people we can
look up to...and that THEY TOO WILL NOT FORGET."

The helpful couple runs Mosaic Moments, entrepreneurs who could, just as easily, have been too busy to bother themselves to help someone. And yet they did. And they went all out.


Where some Pinoys make you ashamed of being one of them... some Pinoys bring your faith back to what is good and true and dear about being Filipino. :)


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