Some members of the Board of Trustees and the Administration visited Sillimans 467-hectare property at Ticao Island, Masbate on April 28 to 30. Among those present were Trustees Prof. Leonor M. Briones (chair), Judge Candelario V. Gonzalez (vice chair), Atty. Grace A. Sumalpong (corporate secretary) and Ambassador Antonio P. Villamor. The visit was timed with the graduation of 58 students under the Universitys Ticao TESDA program. Since Silliman started this program 5 years ago, a total of more than 600 youth have benefited from it. Silliman also has scholars from the property (children of its farm cooperators) who are currently enrolled in the College of Agriculture. The property was a gift from the How family. Mrs. Elizabeth How initiated the donation, in her sons memory, Francis, an alumnus who maintained good relations with friends back in college even until his passing. Dotted with around 25,000 coconut trees, the property boasts of white sand beach that offers a view of Mt. Mayon to its left and Mt. Bulusan to its right. Apart from the facilities for the education and livelihood programs of the University, the property has a newly refurbished beachfront house. It has three bedrooms (each with toilet and hot/cold shower) and a wide second floor that can comfortably fit around 15 people on separate beds or mattresses. The second floor also has a balcony that looks out to the ocean. Its kitchen is being managed by women from the local community who can easily whip up a meal from local ingredients and the days fresh catch. Theres clean water for both drinking and bath, and a generator that can power up the entire property in the evening. While being developed as site showcasing sustainable agricultural practices, the property is open to alumni, members of the community and those interested to visit it. Inquiries may be sent to Prof. Santiago Utzurrum at [email protected]. How to get there? From Legazpi City, you proceed to the pier of Bulan, Sorsogon -- the ride takes roughly 2 hours. From there, you take a 45-minute outrigger boat ride to the property. There are also available routes from Cebu. Prior arrangement with Professor Utzurrum ([email protected]) is required. This is to facilitate smooth transfers and preparations for your stay on the property. Click the link below to view photos.
Posted on: Sat, 10 May 2014 03:05:43 +0000
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