Hindy Weber, Co-Founder
A mom to four amazing kids, Hindy took up Communication Arts at Ateneo de Manila before pursuing her passion for fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After working as a fashion designer (15 years and counting), getting married to a supportive husband, and having children, Hindy founded Holy Carabao in 2007 simply because she wanted to bring home better food to her family. After involving herself in various farming, nutrition, healing, education, and movement workshops, she started growing food in their backyard. Harvests became more plentiful, and she began sharing the extra produce with friends and family, and soon after, decided to sell via door-to-door delivery. Follow her on Instagram @hindyweber to catch up on her life as an active Waldorf co-parent, day-to-day goings on at the farm, and her love for sweating it out in a Zumba class!
Sustainable Living Tip: Know Your Farmer!
Melanie Teng-Go, Co-Founder
Mom to two wonderful boys, and a beautiful Alaskan Malamute named Gaia, Mel was educated at the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, studied to become an Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist at the Institute of Building Biology and Ecology, and also has a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from Tufts University. After working in the family corporation for over 15 years, Mel joined Hindy in establishing Holy Carabao in 2013 when her family had access to farm land - and the magic all started from there. As they say, if you have land (no matter how small) and you're not growing food, you're part of the problem. Mel is enthusiastic in sharing that Holy Carabao since this is where her interests, strengths, and values meet when addressing many issues of our time. Always moving, this Go-getter learned how to bullet journal two years back, and she’s hooked! It’s an excellent way to stay creative! Follow her adventures on Instagram at @melanietgo.
Sustainable Living Tip: Keep asking why!
Annaline De Villa, Sales and Distribution Manager
Lhynn, to everyone at Holy Carabao, is quite the character and always a barrel of laughs. She believes that love is a four-legged word, and is a happy owner of an adopted half-Belgian Collie named Cotton. Being Holy Carabao’s first employee, this multitasker dons many hats – costing, inventory, purchasing, payroll, events, logistics, and order taking for home deliveries. Working at Holy Carabao has opened windows and doors for Lhynn, and with the opportunities paired with hard work, one of her proudest achievements is becoming a homeowner at the age of 28 - what she calls her “Katas ng Kalabaw.” Occasionally, Lhynn surprises her coworkers with home-cooked dishes. She loves experimenting with pasta and coming up with seafood recipes. Similar to her idol, local rockstar chef JP Anglo, Lhynn wants to put her creativity in the kitchen to good use and hopes to open her own restaurant soon.
Rommel Rabina, Farm Supervisor
Rommel has a naturally sunny disposition and is a good balance of hardworking and happy-go-lucky. A happily married father of two girls and a boy, he has over 14 years of farming experience under his belt, and is in charge of the farmhands, ensuring the planting schedule is timely, taking care of all the animals under his care, and educating visitors as part of the farm tour. He particularly enjoys the time he spends on the tours, seeing kids' faces light up upon seeing the different animals, for which he has a soft spot. So what does Rommel busy himself with when he's not working on the land? Enjoying live action movies and indulging in his favourite pastime: boxing.
Anne Franco, Sales and Customer Service Manager
Anne is our sweet and soft-spoken mom of two, who loves to explore the world with Baguio, Coron, Kyoto, New York, and Tagaytay being a few of her favorite places. A holistic farmer at heart, she joined the team because of her passion for animals – getting to bathe and feed them is a plus! When she isn’t working on getting your orders delivered straight to your doorstep, Anne enjoys her quiet moments with a book or plans out her next travel itinerary.
Sustainable Living Tip: Buy local personal care products. Its made for our skin and works!
Katherine Rañeses, Marketing Manager
Kathi was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates for most of her life, and came to the Philippines to further her education and learn more about her roots. Taking up International Business & Economics at Assumption College, she has worked a variety of interesting jobs from a disc jockey at a local radio station, to an Editorial Manager at Groupon Philippines, and Social Media Manager at The Palace Manila. She got her passion for farming from her father, as this was a hobby of his, and she would marvel at all the Chinese cabbage, tomatoes, and eggplants growing out of their backyard growing up. When she’s not busy plotting social media calendars and learning about biodynamic farming, Kathi is also a certified tarot reader, reiki practitioner, and a food and travel writer. Check out her adventures as she discovers more of the Philippines at muckingaroundmanila.com or follow her on Instagram at @_muckingaround.
Sustainable Living Tip: If you love to cook, invest in a small herb garden! They can be tricky to start, but once you get the hang of what each pot of herbs need to flourish, you’ll be set for life. A pot of basil is always a great place to start.
Bernadine Belgrado, Community Manager
Bernie considers herself a “jack of all trades” as she studied communication, information, design, and development management in Ateneo de Manila University. She is a communicator and aspiring farmer, so naturally, at Holy Carabao the farm is her office! She spends her days accommodating guests, giving tours and managing events at the farm and The Farm Shed when she isn’t out in the sun helping the farmers with their day-to-day activities. She dreams of having her own farm restaurant one day and is a staunch believer in organic farming as a way of protecting the earth. Bernie is also a mountaineer and has climbed over 25 mountains in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Sustainable Living Tip: If you want to grow food, start with learning to love dirt and soil!