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Banker-cum-gardener

As my readers may have observed, I’ve been writing about persons of great interest, my contact with them – on account of the coronavirus pandemic done online, by email and chats on Viber – thanks to the wonders of 21st century technology......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarSep 16th, 2020

Benito Legarda Jr. through this column

Born in 1926, Benito Legarda Jr. adopted for his e-mail address in post-retirement, “Otineb6291”, or Benito1926. At 94 years what a long blessed life! this well-known economist, central banker, historian, a man of many talents succumbed to the pandemic virus last month......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2020

After 30 years, a farmer now owns three gardens and provides jobs amid crisis, part 2

In part 1, Mary Ann Cogollo, a farmer from Iloilo, shares about how her 30-year gardening story began and evolved. Here, she talks about the hurdles she had to face that molded her for who she is today.   Trials behind the triumphs At the back of her success is an unsteady, challenging voyage that she had to endure. “It’s 30 years in the making and looking back to what I’ve been through and endured, my heart is full,” said Cogollo. Growing up, Camille, her eldest daughter, saw how she fell and risen many times, she says, “I witnessed how she carried the pails from our wells to water her plants, pull the weeds every day, carried potted plants to hide them because of the heavy storms, how she failed and endured everything, how she learned from her experiences, and how she managed to be a farmer, a gardener, and a mother to us.” A throwback photo of Cogollo taken in 1994 with her 5-year old daughter. Before the birth of the gardens, Cogollo had been gardening alone for 10 years. She did the propagation, watering, and application of fertilizers. It was a challenge for this gardener to find suppliers and to travel the plants from the city to their place, but the hardest to deal with is the weather. “Typhoons and extreme summer are two of the most difficult situations to handle as well as dealing with plant diseases and pests. I failed a lot, some of my plants weren’t a success, but I learned from them,” Cogollo added. Blooming profits The price for the plants in the flower farm ranges from P25 to P10,000 and up. On normal days, they get to sell hundreds of plants every month that differ based on the demand. Most of it is purchased by co-gardeners too. Cogollo said that this season has the highest sales so far to the point that they travel some plants to the other garden to fill the demand. When they opened last month, they were able to dispose of 3000 to 5000 pots, which allowed them to generate a minimum of 50k per day from all the gardens. A mother, farmer, and businesswoman As a mother of two, she lets her children participate in farmwork and immerse themselves in nature at a young age. As per Camille, Cogollo taught her how to plant when she was four and let her have her mini garden at home. Their youngest also helps in raising livestock since he was in grade six. “They let us oversee the farm the same way that my lolo did before. She’s taught me how to plant and to marcot, how to fertilize and water correctly, and educated me what plants can grow from cuttings and what plants need to be in full sun or in shade,” Camille added. Despite the crisis, Cogollo added that God still made a way to provide for her family and their farm workers. She finds herself staring at the sky and thanking God for not leaving her family and the families working for them after two months of farm closure. When many people began growing plants to improve lifestyle amid the crisis, her children told her, “Nay your dream is coming true, farming and gardening are taking its shape, gakatabo na nay (it’s finally happening).” Cogollo only hopes for the public to continue appreciating nature and to start growing plants.   Farming has been her life ever since. The life she chose is the same life lived by her parents and grandparents and according to her, to be able to help others while pursuing your passion is a blessing.  Current situation As the government implemented enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to halt the spread of COVID-19, they had to close their gardens for two months. Since they only allow walk-ins and do not offer delivery services, they had no income from the garden. For Cogollo, those two months were the hardest; there were no landscaping projects but they had to give salaries to the employees every weekend. They thought of stopping their daily farm operations, but their musings brought them back to their primary goal, which is to provide the workers’ livelihood. They hired five more people who lost their jobs during those two months and didn’t stop propagating and maintaining the gardens. All smiles on her farm – As per Cogollo, the crisis allowed them to pause and see what they can do better. Living on a farm is an advantage because it’s COVID-free and their staff live nearby so they carry on with their daily work in the gardens and farm. Fortunately, after two months, a sudden increase in demand for plants began. The crisis has become as she calls it, “a ‘plantdemic’ for Ilonggos.” Their gardens re-opened for visitors when Iloilo was placed under GCQ (general community quarantine). From then on, the farm was amplified by different networks through social media and word of mouth. Despite their location, they were shocked that people kept visiting or asking about their gardens’ location. At some point, they were afraid due to the increasing numbers of visitors and of the risks it can entail that might harm their whole community. However, it was all worth it because according to Cogollo, “We know our dream is coming true. Farming/Gardening is taking shape.” They were also supposed to put up a garden café and park last May but due to these circumstances, things didn’t go as planned. In the future, they see the garden as a haven where people can stroll and appreciate and realize the beauty of nature. Photos from Dafalongs Flower Farm. For more information, visit the Dafalongs Flower Farms......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

UCPB names seasoned banker as new president

United Coconut Planters Bank announced the appointment of seasoned banker Liduvino Geron as officer-in-charge effective July 2, 2020......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Price spikes not expected

The cost of goods will rise but within manageable levels, the country’s top banker announced on Tuesday. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said the government is looking at June inflation to settle within the 1.9 to 2.7 percent range, coinciding with the government’s 2 to 4 percent target. The latest projection by […] The post Price spikes not expected appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Four champion martial artists who are also champion dads

Father’s Day comes but once a year, and is a time to celebrate the incredible patriarchs in our lives who have guided us through our toughest challenges. They are the foundation of every family, working tirelessly through day and night to make sure the people they love are happy and safe. This Father’s Day, let’s honor the men in our lives who embody strength, discipline, and loyalty. Great fathers provide their children with a feeling of security, both physically and emotionally, but aren’t afraid to let them stumble and fall in order for them to learn the lessons they need to make it through life.  These four men have given their children the gift of martial arts, but more importantly have also proven to be amazing dads. Ken Lee Brazilian jiu-jitsu and taekwondo black belt, Ken Lee, introduced martial arts to his children at a young age because he believes it can help develop them into great fighters, not just in competition, but also in life. Together with his wife Jewelz -- also a champion martial artist -- they’ve raised four incredible children, including reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee. Their two youngest children, Adrian and Victoria, are both on their way to following in their footsteps. Needless to say, martial arts is the family tradition. “Martial arts has always been a way of life for my family,” said Lee. But as much as he is the powerful voice in each of his children’s corners whenever they compete, Lee takes pride in being their father first and foremost. Guiding their careers, he says, is only his second priority. “I will always be their father first and coach second. As a father, the most important thing for me when it comes to my children is their safety and good health, that they are happy and able to live their dreams,” said Lee. Mark Sangiao Filipino martial arts icon Mark “The Machine” Sangiao is a well-known pioneer in the Philippines’ local martial arts community. He is a loving father to two boys, and a father-figure to his students in the famed Team Lakay. Many seek Sangiao out for his wisdom, not just in competing at the highest levels of martial arts, but also for his experience in traversing the hardships of life. The principles he imparts on his two sons, and many young Team Lakay athletes who could very well be considered his own children, have helped guide them down the right path. “As a father, what matters most for me when it comes to my children is providing them what they need,” said Sangiao.  “I’m not just referring to their material or financial needs, but most importantly giving enough attention to their emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being. It is essential that I can provide these to my children, because these are the very core of their development and formation as good and responsible people.” Sangiao has cultivated and developed many world champions, including former titleholders Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Geje Eustaquio, and Kevin Belingon, as well as ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio. While his eldest son Jhanlo has decided to take after his father in becoming a martial artist, Sangiao says he would support his children regardless of their chosen profession. “I may end up raising a martial artist, a gardener, a businessman, a lawyer -- it doesn’t matter. I will raise them the exact same way. I will support whatever they want to be in life, and what they want for their future. I just want to raise my children to be good, strong, and responsible people,” said Sangiao. Eduard Folayang For two-time former ONE Lightweight World Champion and Team Lakay veteran Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, being a father means imparting his wisdom to his children, and helping them become good members of society. Folayang is a proud father to two young girls, and hopes to instill in them the right values and principles. “I think we have to give our children the right principles to live by. They must be strong in both the body and the mind, but also kind and generous,” said Folayang. While he will support his children no matter what they decide to do when they get older, Folayang still plans on introducing them to martial arts, which is what helped turn his life around as a young man raised in hardship and poverty. “Being a father feels great. I do want my children to practice martial arts. It’s a great way of life and will teach them a lot of lessons. I just want them to find their own talents and help make the world a better place,” said Folayang. Danny Kingad Former ONE World Title challenger and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Finalist Danny “The King” Kingad is relatively new to fatherhood, with his son Gleurdan Adrian becoming his pride and joy after being born just two years ago.  Being a father, Kingad says, is his single greatest purpose, and he vows to do everything in his power to give his son a good life. “I want to spend every day with my son. It’s important to me to be there for him. I want to help prepare him for the challenges life will bring,” said Kingad. Kingad grew up a troubled youth who fell into bad company and many vices. It wasn’t until he discovered martial arts that his life gained meaning and direction. He hopes to one day introduce martial arts to Gleurdan, when his son is ready. “Martial arts was a saving grace for me, and I learned a lot from training and competing. I would love for my son to learn the core values that martial arts instilled in me when I was younger. I think it will teach him a lot about respect and honor. But of course, I’m here to support my son in whatever he wants to be in life,” said Kingad. “What’s important to me is that he learns to be humble and respectful, and most especially strong, to be able to handle tough times. Having a strong mind is the best asset of a martial artist.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

The effect of ECQ/GCQ on people’s lives

Our village tennis coach is at the end of his rope. Unable to work for 93 days, he made ends meet by working as a part time gardener and relying on subsidies from the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2020

[Two Pronged] I m attracted to older women. Is that OK?

  Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes. Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of 37 years who worked in 3 continents, he has been training with Dr Holmes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2020

[Two Pronged] My friend s secretive boyfriend

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Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

[Two Pronged] From Tinder hookup to... something more?

Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes. Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of 37 years who worked in 3 continents, he has been training with Dr Holmes for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 29th, 2020

[Two Pronged] 35, single, with erectile dysfunction

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Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2020

Banks boost funding for power firms

BANKS have beefed up their financing for players in the Philippine energy sector to undertake more power plant projects amid the projected increase in electricity demand, according to a banker. “Funding is not a problem. The banks have been prepared to lend. We have strengthened our balance sheet. The banks are in a very good […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

UnionBank CEO top digital banker& nbsp;

Union Bank of the Philippines reaped seven awards at The Asset Triple A Digital Awards 2020, including Digital Banker of the Year Asia-Pacific for bank president and CEO Edwin Bautista and Digital Bank of the Year-Philippines for the third straight year......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

‘PH economy to grow fast despite headwinds’

THE Philippines remains poised to become one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia despite recent challenges that affected economies and markets here and overseas, according to a top banker. “Even after the downgrades, the Philippines is still expected to be [the] fastest-growing [economy] in the region, even if you include China…” BDO Capital & […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

Bautista, digital banker of year

Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) ran away with seven awards at The Asset Triple A Digital Awards 2020, including Digital Banker of the Year Asia-Pacific for bank president and CEO Edwin Bautista and Digital Bank of the Year — Philippines for the third straight year. Other awards bestowed on UnionBank were the Best ATM […] The post Bautista, digital banker of year appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 4th, 2020

[Two Pronged] Penetration problems

    Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes. Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of 37 years who worked in 3 continents, he has been training with Dr Holmes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2020

[Two Pronged] My married friend now has feelings for me

  Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes. Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of 37 years who worked in 3 continents, he has been training with Dr Holmes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

The Int’l Banker Names BDO’s Tan, “CEO of the Year in Asia”

BDO Unibank, Inc.’s Nestor V. Tan, president and chief executive officer, was named the Banking CEO of the Year in Asia during The International Banker Awards 2019 while the bank was awarded as the Best in Innovation in Retail Banking in the Philippines. The global financial publication awards “top-ranking individuals and organizations that set new […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2020

[Two Pronged] My loving husband doesn t celebrate anniversaries, birthdays

  Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes. Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of 37 years who worked in 3 continents, he has been training with Dr Holmes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

[Two Pronged] Getting back with a partner despite his disturbing behavior

Editor’s note: This article contains information about sexual assault, which may be triggering to some readers.     Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes. Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

[Two Pronged] Wanting more from a casual relationship

   Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes. Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of 37 years who worked in 3 continents, he has been training with Dr Holmes for the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2020