National Artist & Apple Makopa

At the Artist’s Village in Baler, Aurora province, which we visited last Feb. 19, 2012, we met National Artist Frank Sionil Jose. The first thing he mentioned when we saw each other was the Apple Makopa (maroon variety from Malaysia) which we gifted him many years back.
  
He said that the tree has been fruiting profusely the past many years. This is a fleshy variety that is crisp and sweet. We are still multiplying the same at the Teresa Orchard & Nursery in Teresa, Rizal and many others have been telling us their beautiful experience in growing the same.
  
Frank added that the tree did not bear fruit immediately. He talked to his tree. He threatened that he would cut down the tree if it did not start bearing fruit. Wonder of wonders, the tree, he said, started bearing fruits.

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