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More than 3,000 elementary pupils in Nueva Ecija had learned the value of rice in an educational tour, sponsored by the province’s Department of Education, at Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Science City of Muñoz, Feb. 24.

“I learned that rice has to survive many challenges before our mother could cook this food. It’s not good to waste it,” 10-year-old Alyza Manglo said.

The pupils and some high school students were educated on rice production through the Adventures of Gabby Ghas, the story of a humanized tiny grain of palay who wants to know his place in the world; field tour on experimental fields; and Journey of Rice, a presentation on the history of rice and its breeding process.

The kid-visitors, who came from schools in San Jose City, Llanera, Sta. Rosa, and Science City of Muñoz, were also shown the rice conservation videos.

“I’ll not forget the characters I met during the storytelling of Gabby Ghas. It’s my favorite part of our tour!” Danielle Ann Gaffud said.

“Our visit was fun and nice!” Christian Salvador posted in Rice Matters, the Institute`s official fan page in Facebook.

Guadalupe C. Miranda of PhilRice’s Visitors and Conference Services Office said schools with highest delegation include Theopilus Academic and School of Excellence, San Antonio Elementary School, and Palusapis Elementary School.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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