Peo­ple

ECO- WAR­RIOR / SO­CIAL EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR BIG Q MOUN­TAIN HORSE­BACK RIDING AD­VEN­TURE

Sun Star Cebu Yearbook - - CONTENTS -

ELEVEN IN­DI­VID­U­ALS RE­MIND US THAT THE

CHAL­LENGE LIES BE­YOND BUILD­ING HOMES AND

TOW­ERS; IT’S ALSO IN CREAT­ING SPA­CES AND

COM­MU­NI­TIES WHERE PEO­PLE CAN GROW TO BE

THEIR BEST.

As risky ven­tures go, start­ing your own moun­tain horse­back riding ad­ven­ture com­pany is on par with play­ing roulette. About this time, four years ago, all An­ton Quisumb­ing had was a plot of land and a hand­ful of horses. De­spite the risks, Quisumb­ing con­nects his pas­sion for horses with a cause close to his heart. “I love na­ture. I have the best job in the world.”

A third- gen­er­a­tion horse­man, his love for na­ture stemmed from his grand­fa­ther Nor­berto Quisumb­ing, Sr. Un­der his tute­lage, he be­came an ex­pert horse rider and breeder at their ranch in the Prov­ince of Bukid­non.

Big Q Moun­tain Horse­back Riding Ad­ven­ture, bor­der­ing Balam­bam, is a ver­dant oa­sis, with rivers, water­falls and swim­ming pools. With six dif­fer­ent trails, from easy to ex­treme, and an ex­cit­ing new beach­side romp that takes you from Minglanilla to Naga, or Liloan to Com­postela if the tides are in your fa­vor; ad­ven­ture seek­ers can gal­lop the seashores or run through miles of for­est for an adren­a­line rush.

He adopts a hands- on effort with the lo­cal com­mu­nity; or­ga­niz­ing cleanup drives and sem­i­nars as a con­stant re­minder of keep­ing their sur­round­ings clean, and car­ing for the land while pro­vid­ing sus­tain­able work for the fam­i­lies in the area. “My views about na­ture are what guide me to do what I do. What I do at the farm and in my busi­ness, hav­ing the won­ders of na­ture right at my back­yard, is an on­go­ing source of hap­pi­ness and in­spi­ra­tion.”

“Faith in ac­tion,” is the rea­son these five in­di­vid­u­als choose to de­vote their time and ef­forts to the Gawad Kalinga ( GK) Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion. Now on its 6th year in Cebu, they con­tinue to take the GK jour­ney where the goal is to em­power the pow­er­less for self- gov­er­nance, self- reliance and self- suf­fi­ciency. They de­vote more than half of their time to make sure the world is a bet­ter place, one fam­ily at a time.

A num­ber of pro­grams are in ef­fect: The Child and Youth Devel­op­ment Pro­gram de­vel­ops the skills and tal­ents of chil­dren in the GK com­mu­ni­ties through free aca­demic tu­to­ri­als, sports and creative work­shops. The Com­mu­nity Build­ing Pro­gram pre­pares lead­ers and res­i­dents in poor com­mu­ni­ties to be self- re­liant and sus­tain­able. Green Kalinga is GK’s en­vi­ron­ment pro­gram. Bayan- Ani­han is the food suf­fi­ciency pro­gram aimed at erad­i­cat­ing hunger; GK Kalusugan or the health pro­gram op­er­ates on the tenet that ev­ery Filipino has the right to good health.

Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram is home and com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties build­ing through the sweat eq­uity of the re­cip­i­ents and res­i­dents them­selves; and The Cen­ter for So­cial In­no­va­tion helps to build a cul­ture of so­cial en­trepreneur­ship within the GK com­mu­ni­ties.

Af­ter the dizzy­ing num­ber of nat­u­ral calami­ties that have wreaked havoc in Cebu, Gawad Kalinga holds truer to its mean­ing “to be­stow or give care”. They have also taken on the task of re­build­ing homes and liveli­hood across the Visayas while pro­vid­ing im­me­di­ate re­lief for med­i­cal and daily needs.

Suc­cess sto­ries of in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties serve as their thanks, reen­er­giz­ing their ef­forts, re­fu­el­ing them to keep on help­ing. With the knowl­edge that they are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, they con­tinue to march for­ward, chang­ing the Cebu land­scape one Gawad Kalinga home, and what a GK life stands for, at a time.

Dr. Den­nis En­tera

MD IN GAS­TROEN­TEROL­OGY

Tanny Go CER­TI­FIED PUB­LIC AC­COUN­TANT /

BUSI­NESS­MAN

Jerome Awit

BRIDGE RE­PAIR CON­TRAC­TOR

Yvonne Florendo

TAX LAWYER

HAIR, MAKE UP AND GROOM­ING:

PROPS:

ALEX PHIL

DEX­TER DU­RAN

Toby Florendo

VP, SHIP­PING COM­PANY

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