Overlooking Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park, our farm sits atop the Impasugong Ridge surrounded by lush pine trees, enjoying cool weather and natural irrigation year-round. Kiboa Ridge Farms grows its adlai in Bukidnon, providing high-quality seeds, technical assistance and market access to over forty local farmers and farm workers who have chosen to grow adlai versus high-input and volatile common crops. Cultivating this high-quality grain helps boost the income of our farmer partners and allows us to deliver safe and nutritious food to consumers.
Now more than ever, domestic food production is key to helping our rural communities cope in these unprecedented times. Kiboa Ridge Farms hopes to contribute to a food secure and resilient Philippines.
Adlai is a Superfood
Out of the 11 varieties of adlai found in the Philippines, Kiboa Ridge Farms has concentrated in cultivating Kibuwa and Gulian adlai in Bukidnon. These grains are bigger in size, whiter in color, and provide better eating quality that closely resembles rice. This must-have pantry staple is a power-packed alternative to corn, white rice or brown rice. Eating a 100-gram serving of adlai gives you more fuel because it has the highest energy content. Adlai has a low glycemic index and is completely gluten-free which makes it ideal for people who want to improve their gut-health, heart-health and blood sugar. It is a versatile ingredient that you can use to make your favorite recipes.ADLAI RECIPES
A few years back, I was diagnosed to be pre-diabetic. I was told to stay away from any sugar-related food including rice. And so I did. My meals went to even having minced veggies as rice substitute but the regimen took the pleasure out of eating and brought along a foul mood each time to the table.
My daughter Patricia who had been noticing my behaviour recommended Adlai. After a perfunctory research, I asked her to order some. From then on, it has been Adlai for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This gluten-free barley has brought back the joy in eating...literally a life safer for me!
As an athlete I am always on the lookout for healthy carbohydrates, as it is an essential element of my diet. I am very happy to come across Adlai – which compared to white rice is higher in energy and power packed with nutritional value so it keeps me full much longer. It has anti-inflammatory and blood sugar lowering properties, is gluten free and tastes absolutely delicious! It’s the latest superfood that should be in every home.
"For over 10 years I shifted to brown/red rice as the healthier option to our regular white rice. Then almost two years ago, I discovered adlai and shifted to it since. It is a better alternative to white rice than the brown/red rice as it “feels” and tastes closer to the white rice; much healthier too – high in fiber, gluten-free, low glycemic index thus good for the heart and safer for watching blood sugar.
I was told not to refer to Kiboa, but I must say theirs is the best – most consistent and “clean.” With the other brands, you get a blackish water “residue” from the rice cooker even if you wash it twice. With their brand, it is clean even if you wash it just once."
Proper nutrition is essential to staying healthy and keeping fit to endure long hours of training and rigorous competitions. For optimal athletic performance, I compliment my plant-based diet with a daily consumption of whole foods that are gluten-free, low in glycemic index, high in dietary fiber, and packed with protein and nutrients. Adlai is my food staple that is healthy and powerful yet light on the tummy.
My family always loves to have white rice included in our meals but it is not always the most healthy option. In our desire to increase our health, we shifted to other types of rice until we were introduced to adlai. We decided to give it a try and it is what, even my kids, look for in every meal. We have since learned about its many health benefits, and my husband, who is now the adlai master has prepared many adlai dishes that our family loves.
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Metro Retail Stores Group provides small businesses a platform to thrive
“We are delighted to have CSR partners who share the same values, and the vision of caring and creating a positive impact in Filipino communities,” says Anna Marie Periquet, vice president for Corporate Affairs of MRSGI.
“Having a retail giant like MRSGI spearhead this initiative is a testament to their commitment to uplifting lives through increased opportunities in education and livelihood, and we are truly proud to be part of One Metro Community,” said de Villa.
Matti added, “We are in need to expand our reach every day to be able to sell what our farming families produce under Fair Trade conditions. The partnership with MRSGI is an answered prayer in achieving our goals, since having a presence in MRSGI stores supports our vision for the communities we support.”
Metro Retail helps Kiboa Ridge, GreenEarth farmers
“Our adlai is grown in Impasugong, Bukidnon, and harvested by more than forty small-scale farmers and farm workers, whom we provide with high-quality seeds, technical assistance, and market access,” said Patricia de Villa, General Manager of Kiboa Ridge Farms. “Cultivating adlai boosts farmers’ income and allows us to deliver safe and nutritious food to consumers.”
GreenEarth Heritage Foundation, on the other hand, maintains a sustainable farm and reforestation site at the foothills of the Sierra Madre in San Miguel, Bulacan.
“We envision GreenEarth to be a model eco-community that enables a brighter future for our family beneficiaries,” said Mylene Matti, M.D., GreenEarth Heritage Foundation Founder and Executive Director. 100% of proceeds from the sale of their moringa tea supports their communities.
Helping communities thrive through microentrepreneurs
MICRO, small, and medium enterprises are not only the backbone of the Philippine economy; they also bring growth to the communities where they are located. For these small businesses and the local communities to thrive and continually adapt, it is crucial for them to receive support and patronage.
In its commitment to support and empower Filipino microentrepreneurs, Cebu-based retailer Metro Retail Stores Group Inc. (MRSGI) has strengthened its existing CSR partnership with adlai producer Kiboa Ridge Farms, and moringa producer GreenEarth Heritage Foundation.
Through this partnership, MRSGI provides these microentrepreneurs access to a wider market by making their products available in select Metro branches.