‘Farmer Kiko’ invites children to savor farm life

I have long despaired of schools sending students on field trips to noontime shows, even shopping malls. I wonder how the teachers expect these visits to be educational. 

The so-called quiz portions of noontime shows, for instance, seem to do very little research to get the right answers to their questions. 

I remember one show where contestants were asked in what province could one find the majestic Mayon Volcano. The winning answer: Bicol. That day’s audience probably went home believing Bicol is a province instead of a region consisting of six provinces – Albay, where Mayon is; Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Masbate.

Instead of noontime shows, Manila has several museums that students can visit to learn about our culture, history and tradition.

Former Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan offers another alternative, which I think will be so much fun for children. Now calling himself Farmer Kiko, he says, “As part of our advocacy for over a decade now, we conduct farm tours for children to teach them the value of agriculture and the invaluable role of our farmers in feeding the nation. Please consider farm visits especially for our kids!”

His Sweet Spring Country Farm is in Alfonso, Cavite.

I have passed on the message to several individuals and groups and they welcome this news. You can see in the accompanying graphics specifics about the farm and its tours.

Beer for new generation

  Beer maker Heineken has just launched in the country its new product. Heineken Silver is described as a “smooth, easy to drink and accessible tasting beer” designed for today’s social gatherings.

The new beer was developed by the seasoned master brewers who made  the popular original product. It is made from natural ingredients, including Heineken’s famous A-yeast and quality pure malt, and uses sustainably sourced barley in support of Heineken’s commitment to Brew a Better World.

A unique brewing process ensures that every bottle has the perfect ratio of flavors for a balanced, less bitter taste.

Heineken Philippines country manager Michael Vainio told guests during the new beer’s launch  at The Fifth at Rockwell in Makati City, “At Heineken, we are always looking to bring products to the market that match the needs of our consumers.”

He noted that the country’s drinking culture was changing and people wanted a beer that was smooth and easy to drink for all kinds of moments with friends and family. Heineken Silver, he said, was a beer that could be enjoyed in a variety of settings. 

The new Heineken Silver is sold only to customers aged 18 years old and up in both on and off-trade retail channels. It comes in 330 milliliter cans and bottles, as well as 500ml cans.

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