KOI GENERATION ["Koi Gen" for short] is a partnership of neophyte koi enthusiasts from Cebu, formed and organized in February of 2012. With no sufficient source of fund to back-up and support their plans, the group managed to pull it through and started acquiring locally-bred breeders. Koi Gen started to breed on their own in the hope of developing their skills in breeding and with the objective of being able to produce good quality kois in the future. To further hone their skills in koi keeping and growing, the group decided to join the P-CKC National Grow Out Contest and participated in the selection of Matsu-Isa Showa [locally-bred] grow-out on April 29, 2012. The first pick was Koi # 19 by Jefford Paragoso [which went on to win the Grand Champion for its category] and the second, Koi # 21 by Ernest Reyes.
For 8-months, the 2-entries of Koi Gen were kept and grown in Koi Gen’s breeding ponds in Upper Linao, Minglanilla, Cebu. Given by the handlers needed time, effort, research and good food available, Koi’s # 19 & # 21 became Koi Gen’s guinea pigs for their first grow-out contest.
In December 1, 2012 Koi Gen brought their entries to Parkmall, Mandaue City, the venue for the PCKC National Koi Show 2012. Having no oxygen tank just yet, Ernest dropped by a pet-shop in Talisay in the late afternoon of Nov. 30, 2012 just to fill 2-plastic bags with oxygen. In the early morning of Dec. 1, 2012, Koi Gen’s 2-entries were transferred to their respective bags with pre-filled oxygen a day before. Having arrived at Parkmall about 7AM, their entries were put in a “reserved” vat, as instructed and allowed. They apologized after for doing so to the right person. Being their first time, there were a lot of lessons learned and surely have know better. After about hours of waiting, judging came in the afternoon and eventually, Koi # 19 with Jefford Paragoso as owner/handler was tagged – the GRAND CHAMPION!
The next day, December 2, 2012, Koi Gen went back to the venue for the awarding. Unfortunately, due to some glitches in the show, the winners for the Matsu-Isa Grow Out were not formally announced and acknowledged on stage. They were able to get their awards at the awards table as instructed, instead. The reason given for not formally awarding the winners was that the data for the 1st and 3rd place were insufficient, hence, announcement of other winners for the category may just the same be called-off, according to the head bencher for the show.
After expressing the grievance and several exchange of private emails, the mistake was admitted and that proper amends will be done. After about a week after, the winners were finally acknowledged in print via P-CKC Website and in its FB Page. While print is never a better substitute for actual announcement of winners on stage especially for reasons attributable to the organizers and not to the participants, making amends for the mistake done is good enough. With the admission of the mistake done and a representation that corrections shall be done, Koi Gen decided to leave whatever happened to Parkmall, in Parkmall and look forward to ordinary course of business in breeding and koi keeping. Whatever happened, Koi Gen wins in their first and eagerly anticipates future grow-out and other activities of P-CKC.
Here is a short video of Koi Gen’s first kois, kept swimming and growing in their breeding ponds in Upper Linao, Minglanilla [boundary of Talisay City] Cebu. Video title – “Ikaw ang aking Mahal.”
Good Luck Koi Gen!!!
Happy Koi Keeping Koi Enthusiasts!!!