Dimples Romana on giving away produce from farms: ‘It’s a form of our love’
Dimples Romana has opened up on why she and her husband, Boyet Ahmee, do not turn their farms into businesses despite seemingly having bountiful harvests.
Romana explained that giving away their produce is a form of their love as she shared photos of avocados from their farm in Calaca, Batangas, via Instagram yesterday, Aug. 26.
“[Manggahan] talaga yun pero mahusay kasi si Tatay namin dun kaya may mga avocados din. Sadyang konti lang ito kasi ipinasabay lang sa uuwi dito na kaibigan namin,” the actress shared.
(That is really supposed to be a mango farm but our Tatay over there is so good, so we have avocados there too. We only got a few because we just asked our friend who was coming over here to deliver some avocadoes for us.)
“I asked sina Tatay and Utoy there to keep it na sana and give out to the neighbors but I heard how they took pride in growing these avocados for us. Kaya ipinakiusap na Lang namin na kahit papano ay makarating dito sa amin,” Romana added.
(I asked Tatay and Utoy there to keep it and give them out to the neighbors, but I heard how they took pride in growing these avocados for us. So we just asked for some favors to have some of them reach us here.)
Romana explained that people often ask them why they do not turn their farms into business, which made them “stop and think, bakit nga ba (for what reason)?”
“[Ahmee and I] bought these farms long ago, [Alfonso] in 2009 I think and Calaca in 2016 with no business in mind, the DREAM was to own a piece of land, grow some fruits and vegetables and just give it away,” the actress shared.
“[It’s] a form [of] our love. It is how we show our friends and family, how much they mean to us. How we remember them. Lalo na ngayon (Especially now). We are slowly losing connection with those we love and it is upon us to do our best to stay connected and strengthen that connection,” she added.
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“These are literally and figuratively our FRUITS OF OUR LABOR. A piece of our family, a portion of our hearts,” Romana emphasized.
While they have not turned their farms into businesses, Romana is a known entrepreneur. Just last April, she opened her first overseas restaurant in Singapore, called Alegria Singapura.
Alegria Singapura is one of the latest ventures of Romana, together with Ahmee and several other business partners under Grupo Alegria Inc.
Alegria Manila, which was the first sangria bar in Manila, opened in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig back in 2017. Aside from the two restaurants, the group also plans to launch Hacienda Alegria, Cafe Alegria and Alegria Cantina, as seen on its website. /ra
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