Young for ‘slow’



Young and slow—opposite today’s digital age—mindful of the environment and of what they eat. These are the young ones we recently had the blessing to meet in our Slow Food Manila meeting at Commune Café, another place frequented by the yuppies.

Enzo Pinga

Known as Farmer Enzo on Instagram, I first met him three years ago when he pitched a project for an Aquaponics farm in Project Pagsulong. I was so impressed but I remember telling him to use soil as a medium for his farming, rather than water solutions. He listened. I am so proud to say he now has EARTHBEAT Farms, an organic farm in San Pablo City.

Today, Enzo supplies cafes and restaurants with his lettuce and other leafy greens, as well as native lowland vegetables. Find him on Facebook or Instagram.

Bianca King

Green Space with the youth who, with their involvement with the Slow Food Movement, will change the world

Green Space with the youth who, with their involvement with the Slow Food Movement, will change the world

You may recognize her from billboards and TV shows, but I met her at a “No Meat Day” two weeks prior to our meeting. In a short span of time, I already feel like I’ve known her for a long time.

I saw her on Instagram and Twitter and have been following her posts on healthy food and healthy smoothies ever since. In fact, I did not waste time and drove over to her Runners Kitchen in faraway Quezon City where I had the most delicious Matipuno smoothie.
Whoever made this drink probably knows me as it has everything I love: cashew milk, peanut butter, banana and cacao nibs.

Bianca welcomed our invite to be a member of Slow Food and even came to our meeting. She immediately volunteered her services for hosting, filmmaking and, of course, social media. After all, who among us has one million followers on Twitter?

She can help us spread the good news about Slow Food and we can help her find organic suppliers like Enzo Pinga and Down to Earth store owners Paula and Nicolo Aberasturi for her grass-fed meats.

She’s young and lives the Slow Food philosophy.

Mickey Garcia

This guy spent more than ten years in Barcelona, Lyon and a few other European cities. To him, seasonal is the order of the day—as that’s what they practiced in his previous jobs—and fresh and local is the rule. So who else can be “slower” than someone who trained in European kitchens?

Mickey goes to market everyday for seafood, even bangus. He likes to choose the vegetables for his salads too and even the Filipino menu served at Poblacion, Commune’s sister restaurant. He attended our Slow Food event last year so he knows what we have been doing. He also assisted in two Madrid Fusion events as translator for Spanish chefs when they went looking for ingredients in our Slow Food stand. He speaks Spanish, French and Italian and yes some Tagalog.

These young ones are below 30 or just turned 30. But they are already part of the movement to go slow. And these are the youth who will change the world. To make it a healthier, safer and greener place. A farmer. A restaurateur. A chef.

It’s okay to be young and slow, if we are talking about Slow Food. Sign up now and join the convivium nearest you. These three young ones joined us at SF Manila.

Chit Juan is a founder and owner of ECHOStore sustainable lifestyle, ECHOmarket sustainable farms and ECHOcafe in Serendra ,Salcedo Village, Podium, Centris QC mall, Davao, Cebu City, Iloilo and Antipolo City. She also is Chair of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines and President of the Philippine Coffee Board Inc., two non-profits close to her heart. She often speaks to corporates and NGOs on sustainability, women empowerment, and coffee. You can follow her on or find her on facebook:Pacita “Chit” Juan. Email her at


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