Guy Mazzoni, a French businessman living in Asia for over 30 years, has created a new type of social enterprise backed by “Terra Nova - El Nido”, an eco-friendly private beachfront resort, located in the Bay of Cataban, Taytay, Palawan.
Volunteers are invited to implement training programs in sustainable agriculture, beekeeping, and fish farming, and coordinate local education and healthcare programs.
Exclusive Guests become active members of the Terra Nova project and contribute to its mission while absorbing the rich local culture.
Guy Mazzoni and his wife Sun Shuang Yanyan
Bio of the Founder & President
Guy Mazzoni was raised in Corsica and the South of France. He graduated in Humanities majoring in Journalism at the University of Nice, France. Guy has always been a sportive and adventurous type of individual. At age 23, he left for the French territory of New Caledonia. There he rapidly developed his journalist-reporter skills with “Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes”, then as TV anchor for France 3, and he created in Noumea an advertising-documentary production agency ARAP.
Guy Mazzoni is an experienced but humble and enlightened French businessman, based in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Manila, who successfully invested in China’s booming economy and its thriving real estate in the years 2000. Guy Mazzoni is now completing the development of the 1st phase of “Terra Nova” a private "guest-only" eco-responsible resort in El Nido - Palawan (Philippines).
A few years ago, and especially after helping first hand in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and the most recent typhoon Haiyan that devastated the southern Philippines and razed the city of Tacloban, the energetic Mr. Mazzoni and his wife Yanyan had the forward vision to start a small farm-school through the Terra Nova social impact project to help the impoverished local people of El Nido and their children to learn about organic farming, beekeeping and honey making, sustainable fish farming as well as French style hotel-restaurant management, cooking & baking. A small medical dispensary will soon be set-up in the Bay of Cataban.
Eric Vidal - Sr. Advisor, Marketing and Communications
Eric was born in Paris and raised on the French Riviera. Early on, Eric has enjoyed windsurfing, martial arts and toured Spain, Morocco & Corsica on a motorbike at age 19. He hasn’t stopped travelling for new adventures since then. Boasting an extensive experience in advertising and marketing with assignments at Euro-RSCG & FCA! (Publicis), Eric has co-founded with Guy Mazzoni, a branding agency in Hong Kong - in partnership with Carre Noir (Publicis). Since 2001 in New York, as one of the directors of iCube Digital, Eric has spearheaded integrated marketing campaigns for Fortune 1000s and major ad and branding agencies.
Currently on the advisory board of 2 NYC startups, judge and mentor at 2 prominent UK accelerators, Eric is specializing in Digital Marketing for Mindfulness, Wellness, Natural Health and Sustainability projects. Eric is working between Asia, America, and Europe.
Jay Selga – co-Founder and Honorary Member
Jay was born into a Manila family of politicians, her father was a former Senator. Jay is also a global traveller and has thrived in a real estate career in Manila and overseas (Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and London).
Lorna Bautista – co-Founder and Honorary Member
Lorna is the daughter of the late Colonel Felipe Bautista. Born in San Jose Nueva Ecijia in Luzon Province.
She has created a successful seafood export business with her husband Eddie Patriarca. Mrs Lorna Bautista is also a Reserve Officer in the Philippines Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Lorna is involved with religions and medical assistance missions. She is the founder of the Philippines Association of Seafood Exporters.
Kathlene April Penuela – eco-Farming Project Coordinator
Kathleen is originally from Davao in the Philippines and has worked within many hospitality capacities in Hong Kong and SEA. She has focused in the last few years on sustainable farming and aquaculture (fish farming). Our Terra Nova team is currently developing the local activities and is also managing "Terra Nova" as a private retreat for unique all-inclusive stays in El Nido.
Becky Chow – co-Founder, Honorary Member - Legal & Administrative
Becky is based in Hong Kong. She started as Mr Mazzoni assistant 25 years ago and thrived to become his right hand in many of his successful enterprises in Hong Kong and China. Today she advises Terra Nova on all legal and management matters. Ms Chow speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English and French.
Steven Ng – Assistant Manager
Steven was born in Hong Kong and has always worked in the Entertainment and TV Industry as a producer. Steven is liaising with Guy Mazzoni in Hong Kong and the staff in Palawan.
Sun Shuang Yanyan Mazzoni
Yanyan was born into a family of musicians and painters and is herself a talented artist. She has fully supported Mr Guy Mazzoni's charity work since they got married in the early 2000's and has always brought her sensitive and artistic touch to Guy Mazzoni's and Terra Nova's projects.
FACTS & FIGURES ABOUT EL NIDO, BAY OF CATABAN
90% OF THE PEOPLE
DO NOT GET REGULAR ACCESS TO MEDICAL FACILITIES & TREATMENT
50% OF THE PEOPLE
DON'T FIND GOOD JOBS LOCALLY
90% OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE
DON'T HAVE ACCURATE UNDERSTANDING ABOUT ECO-FRIENDLY & SUSTAINABLE FARMING
TERRA NOVA PROJECT IN NUMBERS :
This is the number of hectares (almost 40 acres) that Terra Nova is planning to acquire in the Palawan region between now and 2016.
This is the number of boats that were built or acquired and that are used to shuttle staff, volunteers and local fishermen who collaborate with Terra Nova. Some boats will also be used by the Terra Nova's guests.
This is the number of villagers from the Cataban Bay who came to consult with 20 doctors and dentists during 3 days. Free consultations, check-up and drugs were offered by Terra Nova to these people who seldom have access to medical facilities and healthcare.