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