26.2 C
Philippines
Thursday, December 8, 2022

The new Ford Ranger a ‘work horse’ built tough for heavy towing, payload

Davao media men, motoring journalist, and bloggers pose behind a Ford Ranger after hauling cacao fruits and seedlings on the Ford Ranger’s truck bed.

DAVAO CITY – As pickup trucks have become the growing lifestyle vehicles not only for luxury and a family vehicle but as well as ‘work horses’ for businesses that require heavy towing, payload and off-roading making the Ford Ranger pickup trucks as your versatile business partner.
And this work horse’s towing and and payload capacity was put to test during a visit at the Grand Verde Farm managed by Wit Holganza located at Calinan, Davao City

Wit Holganza owner of Grand Verde farms welcomes media men and bloggers as well as representatives of Ford Philippines by giving a brief history and features of the farm.


The daughter of a school teacher and a lawyer, Wit said her father was a Batangueno who sired three sets of children from three women. But it was her mother, a Bulakena” that caught her father’s heart. Her grandmother, however, objected to her father’s offer of marriage because of his father’s philandering ways. But love found a way and the two eloped on board a ship for a 15-day trip to Mindanao. In Davao City her mother became a school teacher while her father became a lawyer.

Fast forward in 2006, Wit hanged her corporate suit and donned on a farmer’s hat and dug herself into farming on the land acquired by his parents in the 1950s. Today, Grand Verde is now earning its space in Davao City’s growing cacao industry. In this video, she shows to the Davao media how to be a green thumb and her journey towards food processing of her cacao for commercial consumption.

Wit Holganza guides journalist Jon Joaquin how to properly plant a cacao seedling.
Wit Holganza discuss on cacao growing while shown at the foreground are two of her cacao products packed for commercial distribution.


With heavy farming loads such as cacao, loading has never been easier with the Ford Ranger especially on the XLT and Wildtrak variants with the introduction of a first-in-segment, Tailgate Lift Assist. With a new internal mechanism, the Ranger’s tailgate is now lighter to lift, with a 70 percent reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing. Not only does this system require less effort to lift, it also means that it’s easier to lower. In this video, the cacao baskets loaded into the truck bed is securely placed because of the Ford’s bed cover and even has enough space for the farmers to sit on.

loading the cacao fruits and seedlings