How to make the felled senile coconut trees useful

The life of senile coconut trees do not end after its fruit-bearing years. In fact, countless of products and benefits can still be derived from them even as they are felled. Every part of the coconut tree, from its root to the tip of its leaves, has its own uses to humans, animals, and the environment. It is important, then, to maximize their potentials, minimize our waste at landfills, and help reduce carbon footprints.

Boiled kamote

Kamote: a “poor man’s diet”?

Sweet potato, or kamote (camote) in the Philippines, may be considered the “poor man’s diet” in developing nations because it is the cheapest and readily available staples among many poor farmers.  But little do many of us know – including me, of course – that kamote is very rich in vitamins and minerals. Our body has its…


Misa de Aguinaldo: what do you wish for?

Tomorrow, December 16, starts the official observance of Christmas season, which will last until the Epiphany, or during the commemoration of the Magi’s visit to the Child Jesus. In the Philippines, the celebration commences with Misa de Aguinaldo or Simbang Gabi, a reverential nine-dawn Masses practiced by both the Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in deference to…