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THE PROV­INCE OF TAR­LAC re­cently marked its 143rd found­ing an­niver­sary with a cel­e­bra­tion which un­der­scored its ad­vo­cacy of pro­mot­ing ed­i­ble land­scap­ing and ur­ban gar­den­ing. As part of the fes­tiv­i­ties, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, un­der the lead­er­ship of out­go­ing gov­er­nor and now Tar­lac 2nd dis­trict rep­re­sen­ta­tive Vic­tor Yap, show­cased an ed­i­ble land­scape at Maria Cristina Park, which is just in front of the pro­vin­cial capi­tol build­ing in Tar­lac City. Ini­ti­ated by the Tar­lac Of­fice of the Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist (OPA) un­der Ed­wina Tabamo, and in part­ner­ship with Al­lied Botan­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion (ABC), the ed­i­ble land­scape pro­ject fea­tured dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of veg­eta­bles, herbs, and or­na­men­tal plants which at­tracted the in­ter­est of the visi­tors, mostly com­ing from nearby mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and other prov­inces.

AD­VO­CACY Over­whelmed by the pos­i­tive feed­back of the public and by the aes­thetic na­ture of the ur­ban gar­den, Yap im­me­di­ately or­dered the repli­ca­tion of the pro­ject in var­i­ous ar­eas of the city. He wanted to pri­or­i­tize the con­ver­sion of the park in front of the capi­tol build­ing into an ur­ban ed­i­ble land­scape, which he said would in­spire peo­ple to ven­ture into ur­ban gar­den­ing.

Tar­lac pro­vin­cial agri­cul­tur­ist Ed­wina Tabamo (right) and ABC Re­gion 3 area sales man­ager Tacs Ong wel­come guests and visi­tors to the ed­i­ble land­scaped gar­den.

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