A BACOLODNON restaurateur was one of the 62 outstanding Negrense agri-preneurs awarded during the Pasidungog sa Panguma kag Pangisda 2018 awarding ceremonies at the Panaad Stadium on April 21, as part of the 25th Panaaad sa Negros Festival.
Jesselle Hyacinth Suarez-Hablo, manager of Sir Jess, located at Doña Juliana Subdivision in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, received the award from Senator Cynthia Villar and Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Suarez-Hablo was accompanied by Romeo Garcia, officer-in-charge of the City Department of Agriculture.
Other officials at the awarding rites were Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Western Visayas Director Remia Aparri, Department of Agriculture-Western Visayas Director Remelyn Recoter, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena, and Provincial Board members.
The 29-year-old agri-preneur said Sir Jess serves produce and products from their own farm.
Their famous products are turmeric, basil and oregano piaya.
Their family started raising quails in 2005 and when she graduated in 2010 as a culinary arts student at the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) University of St. La Salle, she helped in their family business.
“Gina-promote namon nga dapat ma-appreciate naton ang local resources sang aton province because more na ta subong sa fast food unlike nga dapat back to basics ang aton gina-kaon para maging healthy kita,” Hablo said in an interview.
Aside from their restaurant and farm, they also have 7,000 calamansi trees. They supply other restaurants and markets and promote their own calamansi juice. (PR)