Julie Duldulao and his love of the Environment-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
"IF I were the Secretary of Agriculture, every vacant lot will be planted with fruit trees and/or vegetables. We are blessed with fertile soil. No one should go hungry in this country," Higino "Julie" Duldulao states with authority.
This man practices what he preaches. He wakes up very early in the morning. He goes to the St. Jude Oval to tend to the communal garden. He does planting with lots of enthusiasm. Whenever he harvests camote tops or guavas, he shares them willingly with friends.
Julie is 82 years old but to him, age is only a number. He can outjog men half his age. He can outlast anyone on the dance floor. He does the tango ala Al Pacino. He does the jive with the grace of a male gazelle. He is the live wire of a party. He smiles endlessly as if the world were a paradise.
He is a positive minded person. You cannot hear him putting other persons in peril or ridicule. He is ready to defend a friend in words and in deeds.
You can learn a thing or two in achieving domestic bliss from Julie. “If my wife talks, I listen in one ear. I let her words go out of my other ear,” he says with a wink.
He believes in his God. He admires Apollo Quiboloy for his care for the environment. “Look what he has done in his land, it is a garden full of plants and flowers,” he gushes. Julie remains a devout Catholic though, but he advocates new, vibrant ideas for the church.
He is an asset to any group. He has been appointed as the City Tree Planting Czar. In that capacity, he coordinates all tree planting activities in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. He is like a fish in the water every Saturday -- the tree planting day.
Every Monday, he goes to the city nursery to check on needed seedlings. He believes that the bayog or “magic kawayan” will benefit all of us.
"Plant bayog. In about three years, you have labong which is edible and delicious. In about five years, you have bamboo poles for construction," he gestures as he talks.
We can make the city green. Mr. Duldulao has a simple plan for maintenance.
"Every barangay captain has to assign one or two persons in his territory to water the plants." During the dry season, the planted seedlings need to be hydrated.
Julie wants to leave a lasting legacy – a green City of San Fernando,
Pampanga in accordance with the vision of the incumbent City Mayor, Edwin D. "Edsa" Santiago.
Live long. Plant a tree. Support the Greening Program of the City.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 29, 2013.