Photos by the author and Andres dela Cruz of HappeningPH.com
Go Local, a groundbreaking platform for local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), runs from October 31 to November 1 at the picturesque La Bella at Tagaytay.
Woman LeadersSupport MSMEs
The president and founder of the Association of Women’s Rights Advocates, Deniece Cornejo took the time off as a very busy ambassador for the rights of women, children, and the youth, to show her support for MSMEs like Right Harvest, which empower many Filipino women to become productive entrepreneurs and workers.
“The only way for women to go is to help each other at all times, not only in this time of red-tagging and the pandemic,” she says in a round-table discussion with a very select group of guest bloggers from Manila, handpicked by Ms Marlyn Gumabon of Bridgetalk.
A former athlete and an international ambassador of the martial arts, Deniece believes that despite all of her outstanding achievements, being a woman’s rights advocate is her crowning achievement.
To paraphrase her sharing: “All other achievements are because of women exercising their rights. So women should all work together to make this a priority so they can do whatever they want to do, be it in sports, business, academe, or in communities.”
As for her plans, Ms Deniece plans to bring in the Disney movie “Mulan” with the help of taekwondo children for the benefit not only of young Filipino martial artists but also to inspire and empower young girls to assert their rights and achieve their dreams.
Watch more snippets of Deniece Cornejo’s interview on Happening PH‘s Facebook page.
Author, holistic lifestyle and health advocate, and realtor Ms Grace Eleazar, owner of La Bella at Tagaytay and another woman leader, also showed her support to local industries by hosting the Tagaytay leg of Go Lokal at the Village Marketplace.
“I want to give people from the middle class the opportunity to own affordable resort homes, which is why I established La Bella,” she said in front of bloggers after a late lunch at the Treetop Library, which is a rare privilege being very elusive to the media.
More than her realty efforts however, Ma’am Grace wanted people to embrace an alternative lifestyle of “nurturing their software, their souls, to return the Earth to its natural positive vibration.”
She coined the term “condomitel” for her low-cost, furnished condos even before big realtors began using the term.
This she said could be achieved, first, “by starting from within and embarking on a healthy lifestyle of plant-based food, enema, meditation, and drinking water.”
Exciting MSMEs Participate in Go Lokal Tagaytay
The DTI‘s Go Lokal Tagaytay offering of arts and crafts as well as consumer products is a refreshing treat as the popular holiday city slowly opens up its doors to tourists and visitors from Manila and adjacent provinces.
Tagaytay is the perfect and surrounding areas who miss enjoying the fresh cool air and the awesome views of the Taal Lake and its world-renowned volcano, with a cup of steaming hot Right Harvest Coffee, Chia Seeds, and Miracle Blue Tea.
Food and drinks, however, are just part of the treat because there is about anything for anyone on exhibit at La Bella Tagaytay’s Village Market:
- Chona and Lyle Ahedrera’s Mommy’s Closet, a mother and daughter team of hand-made jewelry makers, who can custom-design antique Philippine coral beads from Cebu to your specifications.
- MyMoringa Organic Superior Liniment, which is a steal at P125, being an all-natural, all-plant-based, all-around medicated oil. It is good for a range of uses, from stimulating hair growth to curing head aches, insomnia, pimples, and muscle pains.
- Mark Santos’s Angono-based Arts Meets Craft art toys, which are made of resin and are offered now for the first time to Filipino buyers from being exported exclusively to Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands.
- Business Innovation Gateway‘s GUSTO Powdered Vegetable Drink Mix, which is an exciting way to drink pure vegetables for a powerful detox for a healthier body, clearer skin, and better immunity due to its high antioxidant content.
- Kakalyo Art Group‘s original artworks and P300 on-the-spot pencil sketching session from young artists coming from Tagaytay, Cavite, and Laguna. They are an interesting lot because while some have learned artwork from taking Fine Arts, others are self-taught and showing a lot of potential!