FORMER NUN: She got married, became a farmer, made money from raising fighting cocks!

Sisster Angge made money by raising gamecocks. Photo from the Internet.

WE INTERVIEWED a former nun about 25 years ago but we can’t  seem to forget her because of her ideas in making farming profitable. At that time, she was farming on 3 hectares that used to be planted to coconuts in San Gregorio, Alaminos, Laguna. Most people knew her as Angge.

CAN’T STOMACH CORRUPTION – She resigned from being a nun and in 1982 got married. By 1984 when we visited her farm, she already had become a fulfilled full-time farmer.  Her husband who never interfered in the operation of the farm (as per their agreement) was then mayor of their town.

VIRTUAL FOREST – Her farm had become a virtual forest of fruit bearing trees as well as forest trees. The fruit trees included rambutan, santol, chico, pili  and others. On the other hand, her forest trees included narra, mahogany and Gmelina. The place was perfect for raising gamefowl under the shade. 

ANONYMOUS AFICIONADO – Raising gamefowl was a very profitable project. A well known lady cockfighting aficionado who might  as well remain anonymous made her a contract grower of her game birds.

 PERFECT SET UP – Angge did not go to the cockpit herself. She just raised the gamefowl for the aficionado. The place was a perfect set up because the trees provided the shade while the chickens fertilized the trees with their manure.

P10,000 PER MALE – For every 7-month-old male that would be suitable for training into a fighter, Angge received P10,000. She could easily produce a hundred of them and that already gave her a million bucks. The aficionado gave all the breeding stock and also provided a veterinarian who helped Angge raise the birds.

HER FULL NAME – The full name of Angge is Angelita Balan-Bueser. Why did she give up being a num? Here’s why. She used to be a Canosian  sister teaching sports and theology in an exclusive school. For driving the vehicle used by an activist academician to hide from the authorities during the Martial Law years, however, she was tagged unjustly as a rebel by her own congregation. She was exiled to Hong Kong, then to Japan and to an Indian reservation in the US.

BECAME BALUT VENDOR – After some soul-searching, she decided to resign from being a nun. With the help of some priest acquaintances, she became an ordinary balut and newspaper vendor in Tondo. Then she joined a government office but after sometime she could no longer take the corrption going on in the office so she had to resign. She could not stomach signing papers for ghost deliveries of marble slabs, for instance. (Memoirs of an Agri Journalist)

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