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Bea Alonzo: Actress by day, farmer by night


August 5 ------ Kapuso star Bea Alonzo manages to make time for farming despite having a hectic schedule. "I'm hands-on when it comes to farming. But my mom is very hands-on if I were to be honest. I wear many hats. I'm an actress by the day, tapos farmer by night,"confessed Bea after she was announced as the celebrity endorser of the 2022 Census of Agriculture and Fisheries, during a media conference in Quezon City last Aug. 1.

"Walang ginagalaw sa farm naming na hindi ko nalalaman. I'm a visionary. Mas hands-on sila pero I visualize what to put, how to develop our land, and how to make it better. I always make sure that I'm going to sustain my farm and the lives of our farmers. Tulad ng sakahan namin, it's for sustainability. Kami rin yung nagbabahagi ng rice sa kanila."


Bea also said that her farm - Beati Firma Farm - is off-limits to big movie or television projects. "Marami pong nagtatanong pero it's our sanctuary so hindi po ako pumapayag po ng mga shooting sa TV or pelikula. Sa ngayon hindi pa. "I had interviews with Jessica Soho, 'Farm-To-Table' show ng GMA, and I use it for vlogging also. But that's also to inspire others who want to have a farm just like me 12 years ago," she said.


Bea said that she was happy when the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) offered her to be the celebrity endorser for the 2022 Census of Agriculture and Fisheries. "I was happy to do it. When it was offered to me, hindi pa ako nagdalawang isip. This is very dear and close to my heart. I am a farm owner myself. I have Beati Firma Farm 12 years ago," she said. Bea also said that she would be willing to help the PSA in the kick-off ceremony for the national census, which is done every 10 years. "If I get invited, bakit hindi? I am also offering my platform for social media as well to raise awareness para hindi po natatakot yung iba sa enumarators. "Kaya alam ko rin po ang challenges ng farming. Marami po ang hindi nakaka-alam before we built Beati Firma, ang isa po sa unang business namin ni mama ay palaisdaan sa Real, Quezon. Kaya matagal na po talaga kaming into agriculture. So hindi po ako nagdalawang isip na gawin ito," she also said.


Bea also discussed the challenges of being a farm owner. "Sa mga challenge, unang una po yung masamang panahon. Bigla na lang may babagsak na mga puno. Kami po ay may-ari ng isang mango farm. Alam naman po natin na yung puno ng mangga, years po bago tumubo. Siguro mga 15 years. So ang sakit sa amin kapag dumadaan yung bagyo, at bigla na lamang may bumabagsak na puno "Sa Iba, Zambales po ang Beati Firma. Sa Botolan naman meron din po kaming sakahan at rice field. Aside from weather, ang isa pang challenge sa amin ay minsan mataas ang presyo ng binhi.


Source: mb.com.ph

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