Who is Roy Bacalso and why is he the man to know among the more serious plantitas and plantitas out there?
Ask Jinkee Pacquiao whose luscious garden, as seen in one of her most recent OOTD posts, has gone viral on social media.
Her garden is the handiwork of Roy of Green Style Landscape and Design, the go-to landscape artist of Jinkee and Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Curious, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) chatted with him via Instagram's direct message on Friday, October 2, to find out more about his connection with the famous couple.
The garden whiz is 42 years old, and has been doing landscaping for over 10 years from his base in General Santos City, the hometown of the Pacquiaos.
He told PEP.ph, "Sila Sen. Manny and Madame Jinkee, 'ag nagpatrabaho yan sa akin, they just leave everything based on my imagination and artistry."
But he quickly added that he and Jinkee work on her garden as collaborators.
Roy shared, "May mga request yan si Madame Jinkee like flowering plants or bonsai. It all depends sa area na ipa-landscape niya.
"Si Sen. Manny naman seldom po yan mag-request ng mga plants.
"While kami dalawa naman ni Madame Jinkee we're not holding back sa mga ideas."
He was one who planted in their garden the variegated Alocasia elephant ear, a rare bulb roughly priced at PHP25,000.
Roy further added, "Actually, may variegated Monstera din siya sa Mansion 2, giant din yun.
"Naglagay din ako ng giant golden photos, mga sansevieria, and the rare pink princess philodendrons or 'rubber plants.'"
According to Roy, it was Jinkee's twin sister, Janet Jamora Jumalon, who first heard about him from her architect, Rex Acdal.
Janet then introduced him to the Pacquiaos at a time when they needed someone who could do the landscaping of their garden.
Roy remembered a time in 2012 when Jinkee, testing him, asked that he re-design the garden of Mansion 2 in General Santos City.
He said, "Eventually, Madame Jinkee found my work impressive and asked me to do the same to their other properties."
FOREVER BLOOMING FRIENDSHIP
Since then, Roy said he has looked up to Manny and Jinkee not just as clients but also as mentors and good friends.
He said, "Working with them was a great opportunity that God has given to me.
"They are my spiritual mentor I became a believer and a Christian because of their spiritual influence in my life.
"Take note sa Israel pa po nila ako bininyagan sa pagka-Christian ko.
"They are so generous, they have big hearts, and they keep on helping others.
"I am working with them beyond business and profits. What I gain from them that money can’t buy is my relationship with God.
"I worked with them not merely of my profit side. Having Pacquiao and Jamora families as my clients is a great blessing to me.
"I work with them beyond business and planted the seeds of friendship instead that’s why I am so grateful with them.
"In fact, sinasama nila ako sa mga fight ni Senator Manny, sa mga vacations sa ibang bansa and free, lahat na may kasama pang shopping. They give unconditionally.
"I planted the seeds and made a garden of friendship with them that grows and blooms... And I praise God for that gift beyond my landscaping business."
Roy also did the landscaping of Pacquiao's garden in Mansion 1 as well as the Pacman Wildcard Gym and The Roadhaus Hotel, also known as The Pacman Hotel, all located in GenSan.
He also did the landscape design of the Pacquiao's massive garden at their private beach resort in Glan, Sarangani, as well as the garden of Dionesia Pacquiao, mother of the senator.