MIMAROPA SUCCESS STORIES

In the heart of Cawit in Boac, Marinduque, a remarkable enterprise was born in 1965.  Romeo Mangaring Lumawig, a renowned lepidopterist saw the untapped potential of butterfly handcrafting and set out to create a unique industry. His dedication to building the most significant butterfly collection in the Philippines pioneered the
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In 2013, a community tiger grass farm, also known as Luway, emerged in the hilly area of Odiongan in Sitio Silangan, Barangay Pato-o. Fast forward to 2020, the world was going through tough times because of COVID-19. The people in Pato-o saw they had to think up a different way
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Nestled in the humble town of Amoingon, Boac, Marinduque, lies a hidden gem known as Marl Insects and Butterfly Garden. This enchanting sanctuary owes its existence to the passion and dedication of its owner, Leodegario Layron. For over three decades, Layron has immersed himself in the captivating world of butterflies,
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In the bustling heart of San Jose Public Market in Occidental Mindoro, a group of determined market vendors embarked on a transformative journey, one that would not only liberate them from the grip of predatory 5-6 lending schemes but also empower them to forge a brighter future for their families.
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Nestled on a hilltop in the southernmost town of Occidental Mindoro, there is a hidden gem that has been drawing both locals and tourists. This gem is the Magsaysay Hillside Resort, a serene getaway located at Poblacion, Magsaysay that has become an essential part of the town's economy and a
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In a remarkable journey of passion and dedication, a local artist in Occidental Mindoro has been making waves with his artwork. Meet Ruben “Nonoy” Casuncad of Ligad Arts and Crafts, a talented sculptor and painter whose work draws inspiration from the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Mangyan, an
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While the island of Palawan is consistently featured for its pristine white beaches and other wildlife biodiversity, this archipelago province is brimming with robust grounds for farming.  In Narra, Palawan, a first-class municipality south of the center of the province, a major livelihood activity is rice farming and production. The
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More than its crystal-clear blue waters and protected wildlife parks, the municipality of Busuanga in the northern part of Palawan is home to a community of skilled women weavers.  When Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the province of Palawan in 2013, Maribel Grezo of the Bambuhay Handicrafts turned to bamboo for
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More than a “Marine Wonderland”, Occidental Mindoro is home to a thriving baking industry with several pastry shops and other bakeries fulfilling the sweet cravings of every Mindoreño. A budding name in the industry is Caramela Sweets from the municipality of San Jose. Relatively new in the business, Ana Carmela
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When people think about how they are going to spend their weekends, most people visualize rest. However, for the family of Chona Calayo, weekends are meant for baking for profit.  Moriones Bakers’ Shoppe started its business operations in 1998 when Ms. Calayo, a former bookkeeper of Marinducare Foundation Inc. purchased
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