Last year was great for us in terms of our exposure to the worldwide web. We got inspirational feedbacks, insights and messages of support from all over. According to WordPress, our blogsite was viewed 4,300 times in 2014, viewers coming from 80 countries in all. Most visitors came from the Philippines of course but the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Singapore, Germany, Bangladesh and other countries were not far behind. Some of our posts were reblogged in other sites including the World Organic News (their site is currently being updated), Toemail and Idealistic Rebel’s Daily View of Favorites. We were also featured in some blogs like in Bahay Campina and Travel Dive Connect.
We now have almost 7,000 hits and 28 blog followers. Our Facebook Community Page has reached almost 600 “Likes.” And these first few weeks of 2015, our blogsite has more than 500 new views already. Our listing in the Worldwide Permaculture Network is getting a lot of “Likes” as well.
Here are some of the feedbacks we got from our viewers and followers:
“Congrats. I’m amazed about what you did in a short time. We also have future plans to develop a permaculture farm in our property in Polilio Island (Quezon Province, Philippines). It’s a very remote site so still need to learn a lot to be self-sustainable. Thank you for your information and keep writing about it!” -Pascal and Marigien Bos-Manlugon (Belgium)
“Congratulations on your successful SRI trial. I have worked with the SRI team at Cornell since 1999 and now help the company Lotus Foods in California connect with SRI farmers to market rice in the US. I just wanted to let you know that red and black rice are the healthiest rice, healthier even than brown rice. Pigmented rice [varieties] have very high antioxidant levels. I started a bibliography on research related to red and black rice. It’s my prediction that in the future, people will return to eating healthier rice. -Olivia (California, USA)
Aside from inquiries we received, we also got some messages of support since we started the project:
“I just want to say thank you for creating a sustainable way of life model and sharing it with the world through the internet. More power to you!” -Eric (Quezon City, Philippines)
“This is just a short message to let you know how inspired and enthused we are watching you (via your website) developing your wonderful project. We intend to emulate your endeavour and just as you were before you got started, we have ZERO skills in building and being self-sufficient. Please pray for us that we may gather the courage and start living the life of our dreams.” -Enver and Lerma (Ireland/Philippines)
“I just saw your site and read the articles and think you guys are doing great! Your humanure toilet especially made me smile. I have my own humanure toilet but acceptance is still low (just me), everyone else is a fecophobe at this point. Anyways, I wish you guys all the best.” -Rommel (Mindanao, Philippines)
And here are some of the messages from those who visited us and volunteered in the farm last year:
“Thank you so much for sharing your bit of paradise with me. Thank you for the generosity of your time in speaking of your experience but also listening and giving guidance as I contemplate on how to follow in your footsteps.” -Maria (New York City, USA/Batangas, Philippines)
“Visiting your haven of wonders made me think and realize a lot of things. Thank you for your selfless efforts in sharing your vision with us. My short stay made me feel very healthy and gave me peace of mind and tranquility. I will come back to build with you again. The SRI insights are pushing me to convince my family to adopt the method. I wish you all the best.” – Clyde (Hungduan, Ifugao Province, Philippines)
Clyde and Maria
“I came to visit with a certain expectation of what to see. I can say that my expectations have been surpassed! What you are doing here is not just amazing, it’s inspirational.” -Alex (United Kingdom)
“Thank you for welcoming us into your home. I’ve learned so much about sustainable living. I’m inspired by your passion and dedication. I’ve never felt so connected to the earth as I did when we planted rice and cleaned ourselves off in the river. I’m going to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my life back in the US.” -Ai (San Francisco, California, USA)
“I’m very impressed by your visions, dedication and tenacity in not only pursuing your dreams but creating one that is fluid, flexible and that will grow with you literally over time. Your bravery in leaving behind a former lifestyle is not to be underestimated, and your inspiration to prove that the Philippiines can truly be a sovereign, self-sustaining land for our people is revolutionary in a daily, concrete and tangible way. As a city girl, comfortable with cars, concrete, traffic and consumer goods, caring for the earth as it cares for us is not something I practice, but now hope to integrate into my urban existence somehow when I return to the US.” -Kristen (San Francisco, California, USA)
“The stories and experiences you’ve shared about The Pitak Project opened my eyes and made me imagine a place like this of my own, somewhere I can live simply and peacefully. I hope someday, every farmer would replicate the system that you do here, I’m sure no one will get hungry.” -Mariz (Benguet, Philippines)
Mariz and Kristen
“May The Pitak Project enlighten a lot of people into realizing that self-sustainability is just rght under our feet.” -Cha (Quezon City, Philippines)
“You have a significant adobe brick upon the foundation of my house of dreams! I find words to be somewhat inadequate to enunciate and define the golden moments you have shared with me. The whole experience at the farm, including those preceding the meeting, has bound me to thee. May our organic advocacy be further strengthened over time, and this shall never be the last visit.” -Jesi (Negros Occidental, Philippines)
Because of our exposure, we were also invited in some speaking engagements to talk about our project in different provinces of the country, including Occidental Mindoro, Bicol, Nueva Ecija, Batanes, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Baguio City.
Kalikasan (Environment) Youth Leaders’ Congress in Baguio City, organized by the Philippine Information Agency Region 1 and Cordillera Administrative Region. Photo courtesy of Cristina Arzadon.
Climate Change Advocacy Campaign Media Forum in Currimao, Ilocos Norte organized by the Philippine Information Agency Region 1. Photo courtesy of Joanne Namnama Parrocha Dilim.
Basic Environment and Tourism Course in Sorsogon, Bicol Province organized by the Blue Water Consultancy.
We are grateful for all the support we are getting. It feels good that we inspire people from all over despite our limitations and struggles. This in return inspires us to strive better in what we do to build a better world. How shall we live? We hope The Pitak Project gives a real and viable answer.#