“Do not think about me. Go do what you have to do. I would be happier to see your plans moving on without hitch than be the reason it is going to be stalled.” My Mom told me as she insisted that I attend my meeting with the Philippine Bamboo Foundation which I was contemplating of canceling knowing how ill she was and fully aware of the little time left of my vacation that I could spend with her.
I went to the meeting as she insisted. It was a meeting worth the time spent. We discussed how the Layog Country Farm (LCF) and the Philippine Bamboo Foundation (PBF) could forge a partnership in promoting bamboo production in the locality with LCF initiating the lead.
My Mom anxiously waited to know the result of the meeting and asked me about it as soon as I was home. We talked lengthily about the results of the meeting and how the bamboo project could serve the interest of the farm in so many ways especially on erosion control which has been a major problem in the farm area.
Mom was also happy when I informed her that we will make sure that the local”anes” bamboo growing in our area will be well taken cared of. She encouraged me to go for it and expressed her hope she would still be able to see it fully take off. That was the last serious talk I had with her . As fate had it, she would not be physically around to see the bamboo project realized as she had wished.
In her memory, we are naming the project, Lola Julia’s Bamboo Garden. It would not just be a bamboo plantation. We would like to turn it into a bamboo park where people could see various varieties of bamboo some people may not have ever seen. It is some kind of an educational garden too for people who may be interested in bamboos. But more than that, It could be a place where people could go wind up and have some fun.
There is currently lots of work going on to get the bamboo garden be ready for the planned inauguration next year. We hope to do that July 2016 if everything goes as planned.
It is a work in progress garden. It was fueled by my mother’s encouragement and wish. Built through the support of so many kind people and by God’s Grace, it is going to be one beautiful bamboo garden.