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 [...]

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 [...]

Coconut oil: effective prevention of hair fall


Coconut oil is, perhaps, the most useful product Nature has ever produced.  From dessert toppings, to floor wax, to natural healer, and even to beauty treatment: name it, and this mighty coconut oil has probably something to contribute. In my previous post, What Lies Beneath Hair Loss?, I mentioned some possible causes of hair fall [...]

What lies beneath hair loss?


People tend to panic when they experience hair loss.  After all, hair is a reflection of our identity. It is even, almost always, associated with self-esteem.  For women, it's also a symbol of femininity.   I once heard a breast cancer survivor who said that the chemotherapy sessions she had did not scare her much [...]

What’s next?


Practicing Resurrection

There’s a wrap-around advertisement from Monsanto on the cover of the October edition of Successful Farming magazine.  The text of it reads:

What’s next in weed control technology?  Roundup Ready 2  XTend Soybeans.  An advanced soybean product with tolerance to dicamba and glyphosate.  Xtend your control.

(in small print at the bottom) Pending regulatory approvals. Not available for sale or commercial planting.  

I’ve blogged often about how the use of Roundup (glyphosate) on genetically modified crops has led to the emergence of glyphosate-resistant “superweeds.”  Nature is amazingly resilient like that.

This hasn’t hurt Monsanto’s profits, however.  Now they can sell more glyphosate than ever, as farmers who have become dependent upon it now have to apply it in heavier and more frequent applications.  And of course it creates a market for new products, like “Roundup Ready 2 XTend Soybeans,” genetically engineered to be resistant to dicamba as well as…

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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, [...]

Minimizing our carbon footprints with 3Rs


Climate change is not just a concern of a few or confined to certain regions of the Earth. Rather, it is a serious threat that affects all mankind.  Each of us, citizens of the Earth, has contributed to the accumulation of carbon footprints.  And so, let us do something to restore and repair the damage [...]

Magnetically-driven sponge: a solution to oil spill disaster?


Despite preventive measures, accidents do still happen involving oil spills in the oceans.  That's why scientists continue to find ways to better contain such spillage. And they found that an ordinary polyurethane foam can potentially remove oil contaminants from the water. In a recent study, researchers have found a potential in an ordinary, unmodified polyurethane (PU) foam. [...]