YOU WILL read in the July 2014 issue of Agriculture Magazine the story of a poor but talented boy from Umingan, Pangasinan.
While he graduated at the top of his class in high school, he could not go to college right away because his parents didn’t have the money to send him to college. So he became a jeepney driver for two years, sometimes a barker at the terminal, just to save money for his trip to Manila.
He was able to save money for going to Manila, all right, but that was not enough to pay for his enrollment in college. So he worked as security guard during the day time and studied at night.
After five years, he finished at the top of his class, magna cum laude, with a BS in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. That was his passport to a more comfortable life.
He was taken as programmer by a big telecommunications company, promoted to a managerial position after three years. After nearly 20 years of service in the company, he elected an optional retirement scheme offered by the company and started an entirely new chapter in his life.
Today, he is the leading figure in organic farming and agritourism, receiving important awards in the process.
Read about him in the July issue of Agriculture Magazine, together with many other interesting and helpful features. The fellow’s name? Ronald C. Costales, founder, together with his wife Josephine, of the Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna.