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Revisiting GK’s Enchanted Farm

by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo | Philippine Daily Inquirer
Posted: July 17, 2014


If you’re tired of the endless political bickering, mudslinging and other destructive maneuvers that aim to set back this country many years or stop its growth dead in the tracks, take a day off and spend time at the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm in Barangay Encanto in Angat, Bulacan.

I did two weekends ago.

I had been there in 2011 and wrote a feature on it for the Sunday Inquirer Magazine, so I had an idea of what to expect. But this time, I was dumbfounded by what I saw and experienced. The farm has indeed metamorphosed into something even more beautiful and impressive. I am not talking here only about the structures and the scenic lay of the land but also of the human component—expertise, dedication, creativity and passion—that continues to develop and transform the place. The farm—the land, the community—just keeps evolving. As one of our guides said, you just have to keep coming back.

GK founder and driving force Antonio Meloto (Tito Tony or Tatay to countless GK volunteers and farm workers) was not there on my second visit as he was on a speaking tour abroad. But it was just as well, because one could see that the farm continues to take on a life of its own in the hands of the dedicated young people who are working it.

The Enchanted Farm is GK’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs, help local farmers and create wealth in the countryside. A nongovernment organization that pioneered in fast-tracking massive housing projects for the poor, GK believes that providing homes is merely a beginning on the road out of poverty and that the country’s wealth of resources can be harnessed so that every Filipino may live a life of dignity.


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