Why is the coconut tree called Tree of Life?

tree of life

When you live long enough anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region, you will realize why the coconut is called “the tree of life”. From housing materials to novelty items, to oil and food production... name it! You’ll be amazed at the versatility of the coconut. Every part of the palm tree has its own shares of uses.

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How online stores can make their services better

online stores

Online shopping is undoubtedly one of the greatest comforts customers can have. Admittedly, many online stores do fall short of shoppers’ expectation at times. But considering the competition that constantly looms over the industry, owners would not be hurt if potential buyers help them improve their craft.

Verbal abuse: how far does it affect a child victim?

verbal abuse

Verbal abuse is a specific type of emotional abuse. Most often, the aggression happens right at home. And victims are often not keen on reporting it because they think it’s the norm in their household. They rather keep the impact within themselves. What is verbal abuse? Verbal abuse, also known as name calling, exists in …

Urban Boys Discovery of 5 Senses exploit of the restless

the urban boys

Book review The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses By K.N. Smith The story of K.N. Smith’s 'The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses' is centered around five teenage friends. It is set in a remote location called Danville Heights, a town secluded by a thick forest. It has a population of fewer …

Typhoon Yolanda survivors stitch life back up again

typhoon Yolanda

Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) have started rebuilding their lives. With the help of concerned groups, they sew functional bags for livelihood. It may have been the worst blow that happened to their lives. But once again, Filipinos show the world how resilient they are! Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda that hit Eastern Visayas …

Courage: keeping Yolanda children survivors afloat


When you buy a Compassion bag, you give a multi-functional school bag to a typhoon child survivor. Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which hit the Eastern Visayas part of the Philippines, are determined to get back on their feet again.  With the assistance of compatriots and leading bag makers in the country, they start …

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 …

Impact of slander: what is your responsibility?


It is unfortunate how we could be so tactless at times, unleashing words that can hurt - or worse, destroy - other people. Religious, political, cultural, and social bigotry are often the issues why we tend to be biased against other groups that don't belong to our own.  The tragedy that happened in Bohol and Cebu …

After Yolanda: it’s time to rebuild


After the storm has gone, it's time to get back up again.  Life must go on.  The Filipino spirit of resiliency must work. November 8, 2013 is the day of horror for many Filipinos as super typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) ravaged through the Visayas region in central Philippines, leaving behind thousands dead, numerous wounded, …