When he was a kid, his father had always asked him to work in the farm. He remembers dropping two or three seeds of corn on the furrow, stepped on them and then covered them with soil with his bare foot. He also remembers the difficulty of planting tobacco seedlings in the sun and then watering each one so they will not wilt.
The fellow, who is now 51 and a successful engineer, vowed he had to study well to escape the hardships in the farm. But now that he is well off financially and otherwise, he is back to Mother Earth enjoying his own brand farming in Tanay, Rizal. He is Jerry M, Baltazar, Technical Manager of Integrated Power & Control Provider, Inc. with offices in Makati and Bacolod.
He bought a 1.6-hectare property in Tanay in 2014 which he has been planting to various fruit trees. His wife Ela who studied accounting is very supportive of her husband. She loves the fruits they harvest from their farm. She particularly likes the Rongrein rambutan that is nice to eat even if the fruit is still greenish and not fully red. They are planting more rambutan, including the R-5 and the Super Red varieties they newly got from the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. They are also planting UPLB Gold and Puyat durian varieties because they also love to eat durian.
Because of her immersion in the farm, Ela convinced Jerry that they put up a private hideaway where the family could relax and enjoy Mother Nature. And so the Dream Ridge, a private family resort,was born in 2017 on a 1,500 square meter property 1.5 kilometers away from their farm.
Dream Ridge Family Resort is now becoming a promising business with Ela in charge. When people saw their postings on Facebook, people got interested and inquired if they would admit customers. Facilities include a pavilion, lodging good for 30 people at a time, jacuzzi, swimming pool, grillers for barbecue, and others. The place is perfect for family reunions, company outings, birthday parties, and other events.
The rates are very reasonable. For a group of 25 people, for instance, it is P7,500 for a duration of 8 hours, from 9 AM to 5 PM. That means only P300 per head. For an overnight stay, say 5PM to 5PM the next day, the charge is P15,000 for a group of 25 or less. Interested people may contact Jerry at 0908-874-5709 or 0922-899-0539.