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My Gawad Kalinga Experience

Last June 8, 2013, I had a great opportunity to join my Phinma family in their Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm tour. I was very optimistic about this trip because I’ve heard a lot of inspiring stories about GK.

After a 2 hour ride from Phinma Plaza in Rockwell, we reached the GK Farm in Brgy Encanto, Angat, Bulacan. It is situated in a rural area surrounded by very few houses and a huge farm land. The first thing that caught our attention was the structure that looked like the Beijing National Stadium. It is made from bamboo, concrete and glass. Well, I’ll take more about it later. First things first.

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Welcome sign at the GK Enchanted Village

We were brought by the GK team at the GK Center for Culture and Arts. It is a big hall where they usually have the exhibits and talks.

I was very surprised when Shannon, one of the members of the GK team, introduced the key speaker of the day, Mr Antonio “Tony” Meloto. “Tito Tony”, as what his team calls him, is the man behind Gawad Kalinga. I made sure that I listened intently to him to be inspired and to learn.

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Tarp at the GK Center for Culture and Arts

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