Helly Yap Asoy
A nurse by profession and is a ‘wellness’ advocate by vocation. She is the proprietor of Paruparong Bukid Nature Conservation Center (PBNCC). Her interest in the ways of “natural “healing all started when she was exposed, during her childhood, to folk-healing in her native home in Sibuyan Island, Romblon. During that time there were no medical doctors in the province so the people went to the local healers (arbulario, tambalan, etc.) for treatment. Her curiosity and interest led her to become a nurse. She first worked at the Philippine Orthopedic Center. After 3 years, she worked as a public health nurse in Caloocan City. Here she was exposed to the horrendous effect of poverty and malnutrion. After one year, she transferred to Philippine General Hospital. She was assigned to the Oncology Unit of the OB-Gyne Department, where she saw firsthand the debilitating effects of cancer and cancer treatment. After 2 years she resigned. Together with her husband, who’s a nuerosurgeon, they decided to settle in Tacloban City, Leyte in 1992. Blessed with 4 children, her first few years in the province was all about taking care of her family; but her real interest could not be stifled for long. On her own she started studying about “wellness” until she started attending seminars and workshops on the subject, both here and abroad; thus, developing a holistic perspective. This enabled her to start her first venture torward helping others. In 2005, together with 2 other medical doctors, she opened the first Health and Beauty Spa in Tacloban City. Continuing her search for “wellness”, she gradually learned and believed that for healing to be effective the physical, mental and spritual needs of the person must be addressed. With this insight, she continued her studies - this time about Ayurveda, Buddism, Vegetarianism and Raw food diet; and a masteral degree in Spa Management (Ateneo de Manila University). In her wish to share her experiences and help other people, she opened up Paruparong Bukid Nature Conservation Center, where a detox program has been instituted. Here clients are empowered towards health in body and soul by inculcating a new lifestyle, nutrition and spritual outlook in whatever religion/belief.
Gil Amano Asoy
Graduated doctor of medicine at University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. (UERMMMC), a sensible person and bookworm who loves nature, a farm enthusiast, family man and a businessman. His analytical and logical perspective in life and sense of humor charms his friends and loved ones. He plays badminton and chess occasionally. His library, which is located in Paruparong Bukid, contains all kinds of books which can be borrowed by guests while at the farm.