Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Virgie's Homemade Products


Fresh Start Organic

Hacienda Crafts

Art Energy

Ading's Gourmet Food

Casa Mercedes

Vivo Handmade


A Sustainable Business Model for MSMEs in the fruit and vegetable value supply-chain that will improve INCOME opportunities for the Agri Food sector through sustainable practices , training and qualification.


  The project aims to improve the income situations of MSMEs within the food sector by raising the standards and competitiveness


Three Negros-based small farmer groups were awarded for their compliance with Good Agricultural Practices on November 24 in the first Media and Public Forum on GAP at the L'Fisher Hotel, Bacolod City.

The farmers are from San Carlos and Silay and are the first in the Philippines to receive GAP certifications made possible through the training, support and assistance of OURFood, a partnership program of Association of Negros Producers and AFOS Foundation, the invitation of ANP president Christina Gaston, said.

The GAP Standard is international and provides safety assurance, applicable to both organic and traditional farming systems.

ANP's OURFood Program is geared towards improving income opportunities of small farmers through sustainable farm practices without compromising public health and environment conditions, she said.

Beginning this year, more than 200 farmers and three more areas, in Bago, Murcia and Talisay are included in the program coverage, she added.

The forum is led by ANP with a German foundation. Also joining it are executives and representatives from five local government units under the OURFood program coverage.

Negros-based Small Farmer Groups Awarded for Good Agricultural Practices Compliance

Friday, August 14, 2015

Artistic Expressions in Functional Forms
By NVC Foundation, Inc.


Four and a half years ago, Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation, Inc. was established by a few individuals who sought to create meaningful change in their communities, believing that the sum of many little parts of doing good and can help create positive change in a bigger context.

NVC focuses on three areas: nutrition, education and livelihood.  Growing faster than it expected, NVC has already provided more than 3,920,708 meals of Mingo (an instant blend from rice, mongo and moringa ormalunggay), built 195 classrooms and provided more than 4,682 motorized boats to fishermen in disaster stricken areas of the country.

As part of its endeavors towards the provision of livelihood, an NVC volunteer operates a workshop which trains the poor to ways where they can earn a living from enhanced skills and artistic expressions in the realm of mosaic.  This workshop now provides employment to carpenters and welders, as well as artisans trained to work on various stages of mosaic production.  They come from various poor communities Bacolod and neighboring towns.  Some of the artisans are students whose earnings help support their education.

In addition, NVC partners with artists and volunteers who train women in rural communities, out-of-school youth, the differently abled, and the urban poor to create marketable products, providing them with livelihood opportunities.  They oversee the design, production and marketing of crocheted crafts, fiber and fabric art, and beadwork, among other handcrafted products. 
More of NVC Foundation's works of love of our artists and artisans at

Proceeds from the sales of our artisan crafts help support Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation, Inc.’s (NVC) programs addressing nutrition, livelihood and education. 
NVC website: 

NVC Foundation, Inc.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Born In the Midst of a Storm.

Beginnings and History…
a success story on self-reliance…

ANP is born of an ironically sweet crisis, a historical landmark of great distress. The fateful fall of the sugar industry in the 1980s where the world sugar prices plummeted and government took control of sugar trading crippled the economy of Negros in a major life-changing, lifestyle-denting and peace-shattering way. Instead of succumbing to the tragic fate of the monocrop industry that the whole community was dependent on, fifteen Negrense women summoned prayers and their natural entrepreneurial flair to organize the House of Negros Foundation. The foundation, then based in Manila where the women were, paved the way for the founding of a non-stock, non-profit and non-political organization composed of professionals, entrepreneurs and housewives.

The Association of Negros Producers, as we know it now, then contributed extensively in alleviating the plight of more than 150,000 displaced workers in an awful time that saw 84 percent of Negrenses living below the poverty line and 60 percent of their children languishing in malnutrition. Coming from seminars in Manila on starting a kitchen or backyard business with certain crafts and skills, the women shared their knowledge with wives of farm workers. The singular determination to create just one more job brought this stalwart association to where it is now, an established beacon of hope.

Born In the Midst of a Storm

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ANP - A Catalyst of Change


ANP - A Catalyst of Change

Rodney Martinez expresses his Art in various mediums, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink and some sculptural works. His artworks in slabs and plates  are made of resin in relief surface. Each design is limited edition, signed and numbered by the artist. Themes are mostly about family, women and Filipino in nature.

30th Negros Trade Fair "Truly Negros"
September 16-20, 2015, 
Glorietta Mall, Makati


Martinez Art Haus

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