It all started as a dream. My grandparents were farmers. My parents were farmers. I grew up in a farming community. Not surprisingly, I wanted to become a farmer!
Driven by my desire "to earn", I took up Chemical Engineering. There were so much opportunities in this field, locally and overseas. It was indeed a glamorous job then, wearing hard hat in pull-overs, running a complex oil refinery or get to senior management position leading a team of engineers!
Fast forward. I guess I made the right decision. I finished a degree in Chemical Engineering in DLSU, passed the board exam and got a job in a multi-national FMCG company UNILEVER. I moved from one technical field to another including a 3-yr assignment at its head office in London, UK. I got different assignments from technical to sales to marketing to general management as CEO of Unilever-Bestfoods.
Not so fast forward. In 2004 after 32 years of corporate life I opted to take early retirement. It was then that it rekindled my dream to become a farmer - to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming one.
The birth of VILLA SOCORRO AGRI-ECO VILLAGE. I may not have a formal education in farming but with the inate knowledge when I acquired when I was young plus my general management experience, I thought it is not late to pursue my passion-FARMING. I was 54 then. I maybe too old. I was inspired by Walt Disney. He built his Disneyland empire when he was 56 and Col Sanders of KFC at 66! Not late indeed!
Marcial A. Aaron
Founder and Resident Farmer
Enjoy these at the farm...