LOUIE CUERVO AND ED GUEVARA: CREATIVE INNOVATORS IN AGRI- RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Enhance your lifestyle by living in a nature way while experiencing the diversity of organic food produce and healthy living.

My brother, Louie Cuervo, holding a rooster, one of the animals inside the EntrePinoy Service Sanctuary.

My brother, Louie Cuervo, holding a rooster, one of the animals inside the EntrePinoy Service Sanctuary.

My brother and green architect, Luis Cuervo will venture us to his project that will help us in healthy living and healthy environment.  As an innovator and a cancer survivor, my brother created this project to show his love for nature and healthy living- EntrePinoy Service Sanctuary.

Located in Lipa City, Batangas, this first-ever sanctuary is within a gated eight hectares of highly matured and diverse types of trees and ornamentals sourced locally and abroad. Every person can own a farm for the time he need each year – for life and transferable.

The Service Sanctuary comprises of 60 dwelling units of 30 sqm each with a common clubhouse. There are also professional Homeopath doctors available to help a person design their tailor fitted regime for their overall wellness program or should they wish to spoil themselves with an abundance of organically produced food cooked in the typical Filipino way.

Owning a second home that shelters, nourishes and generates energy is now a reality that is practical and affordable.

The Nipa Hut inside the EntrePinoy Service Sanctuary.

The Nipa Hut inside the EntrePinoy Service Sanctuary.

At EntrePinoy, one is pioneering into a “much needed” development. Providing jobs and training to many as well as establishing future venues for wellness.

To participate, one acquires a deed that guarantees the use of a Nipa Hut amidst the sanctuary, a bio-organic home farm site. The Nipa Hut can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and their dependent children limited to the carrying capacity and common sense.

A Deed has an assigned week each year for life and is sold in packages of 4 weeks each year for life and transferable. It may also be assigned to the rental pool and generate revenues if you so wish to earn from it.

A person can have a venue and access within 2 hours when he needs to seek sanctuary. It’s free from worries and responsibilities. A minimal annual maintenance fee determined by the person’s association assures the upkeep of the premises.

In order to always have a vacancy, EntrePinoy can allocate 40% of the calendar year for Timesharing so as to assure flexibility and service the open market of walk-in clients.

Since we need a fraction of the time each year to seek solace, it’s about Time that a person should own a sanctuary. EntrePinoy is the ideal sanctuary venue for rest and recharge.

My brother’s friend is another role model for green living. Ed Guevara is a Swiss-Flipino farmer, eco-village advocate, and visionary who, when he was still a child dreamed to become an oceanographer and explore the vast seas.

Ed Guevara- a Swiss-Flipino farmer, eco-village advocate, and visionary  and founder of GEO Farm.

Ed Guevara- a Swiss-Flipino farmer, eco-village advocate, and visionary and founder of GEO Farm. (From Ed’s Facebook account)

He married his Swiss wife and settled in Switzerland where he worked as a banker. But his thought is always about his relatives in the Philippines who are struggling to survive like the ordinary Filipinos.

So he started to study the history and the nutritional effects of Spirulina. After studying, an idea popped out of his mind to use this definite type of algae to fight malnutrition in his home country. Together with the three emerging elements that happened in the 90s- renewable energies, sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness seminars, long preparations, and support from World Wide Fund for Nature, Guevara was able to establish the GEO Farm in Pangasinan in 1992. GEO Farm helps people escape poverty through family-based integrated farm.

The first GEO Farm work was dedicated to increase soil fertility by collecting cow dung. Compost was made so that something could be planted. After 7 month, the soil showed remarkable improvement and turned into a fruitful oasis surrounded by dry neighboring fields.

In 1988, the Geo-Farm Association was formed, bringing together a group of people with common concerns on a lifestyle in harmony with nature, from food security, poverty alleviation to self-sufficiency, sustainable and efficient energy application/practice using appropriate technology such as biogas and wind-power, experiential education (iq eq wq), and wholistic approach (body, mind & spirit).

The integrated farm was started as a pilot project in March 1990 on a small scale in Barrio Mangayao, (150km) north of Manila. A variety of vegetables, salads, fruits, flowers and medicinal plants now grow in a balanced ecological-organic environment.

GEO Farm presents a line of organic herbal products and the well known is Organic Lemon Grass Syrup, also called as the Ginger Grass of the Philippines. Lemon Grass is a tall tropical aromatic perennial grass with rhizomes and densely tufted fibrous roots. Lemongrass exudes a sweet citrus scent with earthy undertones and a lemony-ginger flavor.

Aside from farming, people can enjoy the other amenities of GEO Farm. The farm provides a place for people to experience this organic and natural experience for all those who would want to live in harmony with nature but are stuck in stressful city life. They can even learn more about organic life through their workshops which will bring people to experience what is truly organic, healthy and natural.

Like in EntrePinoy, people can also enjoy organic foods, gardening, taking care of animals, making a compost pit, garbage sorting, recycling, star gazing, storytelling, ethnic music with dancing and chanting.

The farm also offers a natural camping site for those who want to experience living in nature and where creativity of the person is put into action such as making organic crafts, mono-printing, rainbow flag painting, creating personal dyes and Umbul-umbul painting workshop. Printed in the colors of the rainbow or painted by groups, children, artists, Umbul Umbul Flags visually mark events forging links between the familiar and the foreign, the young and the old, the near and the far. Survival games are also offered in the farm which is great for kids and adults.

One of the activities offered inside GEO Farm.

One of the activities offered inside GEO Farm. (From Ed’s Facebook account)

Aside from being a farm guy, Guevara is also an emergency guy. He has many emergency-related inventions such as the improvised drum boat and life vest. The boat is made of plastic water drums and PVC pipes that are stable and durable.

But the most important part of his emergency and disaster response is the Rescue Village. It is a temporary camp established in calamity zones to help in rescue operations and rehabilitation of people.

Guevara was able to create a complete and detailed plan of the Rescue Village.

Consisting of 12 stations built using 40ft container vans each, each station performs basic functions. For example, one station can store all the seeds and fertilizers need to start a garden to provide food for the survivors in the event the people are unreachable by food suppliers or the farming area is destroyed.

The village, which will also be manned by volunteer experts, can be built in 3 months time. The plan is to settle into a calamity zone, help the residents of the community and bring them to the village where they will stay while a self-sufficient eco-village is being built.

The village can accommodate 700 families and the supplies for them will be enough for 3 months. After the prescribed 3 months, it is assumed that the families can continue on their own. It is advisable that the village cannot accept more than 700 families because if it happens, the quality of service and availability of supplies will suffer.

The Rescue Village concept of Ed Guevara. (From Ed's Facebook account)

The Rescue Village concept of Ed Guevara. (From Ed’s Facebook account)

Guevara hopes that the people will listen and adopt his Rescue Village concept because calamities will always happen, especially now that the safety and comfort of people during tragedies are not given enough importance in the Philippines. We can never predict when the big one will occur.

With sources from: Luis Cuervo, Ed Guevara, Rappler, http://www.vittori.ch/geofarm777/index.htm

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2 Responses to LOUIE CUERVO AND ED GUEVARA: CREATIVE INNOVATORS IN AGRI- RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  1. fernando cuervo says:

    Way to go!!!

  2. ….. a noble renaissance worth pursuing, when achieved benefits the community. I salute your vision, Luis…… & Ed Guevara. GOD Blessed !!!

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