Category Archives: Made in the Philippines

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science nurtures nature in UBAY

When I was young, breakfast during summer vacation at my mother’s side of the family in Nueva Ecija would not be complete without gatas ng kalabaw (fresh carabao’s milk). First heated on a stove, we would have it poured over a bowl of warm rice and eaten with a dash of salt.

I only got to see the entire process of milking a carabao quite recently.

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The Philippine Carabao Center – Ubay Stock Farm (PCC-USF) located at Lomangog, Ubay, Bohol breeds carabaos (water buffaloes), not primarily for meat consumption but for milk production. They advocate a shift in the common perspective. Instead of breeding for the slaughterhouse, they expound that carabaos are more valuable alive in the farms as work companions and as a source of milk. This is a considerable feat as a majority of Visayans are not milk drinkers.

According to Dr. Gundolino Bajenting, a veterinarian who has worked with PCC-USF for a number of years now as Supervising Agriculturist, the Department of Agriculture chose Ubay as a location for PCC-USF because it had 4,500 hectares (11,120 acres) of land there, the largest and oldest government livestock facility in the Philippines established in 1921. It is also one of the accredited livestock technology training facilities for Visayas and Mindanao.

34 At the facility, carabaos are artificially inseminated as it takes quite some time if they wait for the livestock to mate. Artificial Insemination (AI) allows the agency to cross-breed in order to produce the best stock that would give high-yield and high quality milk.

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Young calves are weaned from breast feeding to drinking milk on their own a couple of weeks after birth. The calves are fed milk by hand. The fingers are used to simulate the teats as the calves suck milk from pails and buckets. In a few days, they are able to feed on their own. This is quite safe as only the lower jaw of carabaos have teeth. The sucking of the finger produces a ticklish sensation at most.

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This allows the milk to be harvested manually or by a machine. Average yield per carabao is 4.5 liters of milk per day. This can meet household requirements and also provide extra volume for sale in dairy enterprises. A carabao’s pregnancy is usually 9 months long. During the first 7 months, with proper nutrition and monitoring, carabaos may already be milked. In the last 2 months of their pregnancy, they are not milked in preparation for birthing. A native carabao may then be milked daily for 240 days after giving birth.

8 Information Officer Leinefe B. Libres of the PCC – USF says that at the Bohol Dairy Outlet Store

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(https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009385008574), carabao’s milk may be bought raw, pasteurized, or in flavored varieties of chocolate, mango or ube. It is  made into milk pastillas, yoghurt, ice cream, and other delectable pastries and breads.

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Carabao’s milk is curdled to make white cheese (kesong puti).

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Meet CB (Cross Breed), official mascot of Bohol Dairy.

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In preparation for a bid to become known as the Science City of Bohol, Ubay has lined up other viable projects and government agencies to showcase the best of its municipality. These include

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photo credit: Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap

  • Ubay Green Park and Techno Center. Formerly an open dumpsite, it was converted into an ecological facility that promotes recycling, organic gardening and beautification. The park was launched in 2013 and managed by Riche Cutamora Ibale, Eco Solid Waste Management (ESWM) manager.
  • Bohol Experimental Station. The Integrated Agricultural Research Center of the Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas, it is the national lead agency for the planning, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of all rice research and development activities in the Philippines.
  • Capayas/Kapayas or Banana Dam. One of the largest dams in the province and located alongside the main Ubay-Alicia-Guindulman Highway. Completed in December 1991, it irrigates 750 hectares (1,900 acres) and serves 688 farm households. In 2011, the Department of Agriculture seeded the dam with 30,000 Tilapia fingerlings as part of their sustainable food security program.
  • Sinandigan Multi-Species Hatchery. A fishery infrastructure and mariculture park established to enable the fish farmers to become totally independent from wild stocks and to promote a more stable food security for the province. The facility is producing fingerlings of various fisheries products such as, but not limited to, milkfish (bangus), groupers (lapu-lapu), and siganids (kitong, danggit). It also houses a seaweed tissue culture laboratory which aims to rehabilitate quality seagrass planting materials using tissue branch culture, spore shredding and callus cell culture. It is supervised by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and inaugurated in April 2011.

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  • Cambugsay Healing Hills. Located in Brgy. San Pascaul, you come into a large body of water which forms the Malingin Dam. The place is an open invitation to paddling (bugsay) and kayaking. The surrounding hills have a calming effect on the senses. There is a coffee plantation in the vicinity that produces “robusta” beans.

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On most evenings, the downtown parking area is converted into an al fresco barbecue food park called Sky’s the Limit complete with acoustic performances by some of the town’s local musicians.

In olden times, the term ‘ubay-ubay’ or ‘alongside’ became the byword of inhabitants and traders who used to travel along the shorelines of Ubay to avoid the strong current of the famous Cunigao Channel.

In the hinterlands, native folks followed a single trail to the town center to trade. This trail was located alongside (ubay) the sandy beach. The term ubay became the name of the municipality.

19 Sincere gratitude to the Bohol Tourism Office, Ubay Municipal Mayor Constantino Reyes, Municipal Tourism Officer Ma. Antonietta Acedo, Municipal Information Officer Larry Evangelista, and the accommodating staff of the Philippine Carabao Center – Ubay Stock Farm who facilitated our media coverage of Ubay.

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Dried seafood

Drying food is the world’s oldest known preservation method, and dried food has a storage life of several years. The method is cheap and effective in suitable climates; the work can be done by anyone, and the resulting product is easily transported to market.

Fresh fish rapidly deteriorates unless some way can be found to preserve it. Drying is a method of food preservation that works by removing water from the food, which inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Open air drying using sun and wind has been practiced since ancient times to preserve food. Bacteria, yeasts and molds need the water in the food to grow, and drying effectively prevents them from surviving in the food.

Usually eaten during breakfast, and very popular with the general public, they are best prepared by frying in a pan with a bit of cooking oil, or by toasting over a charcoal grill. Serve with spicy vinegar dip.

In photos are several varieties of dried fish and squid which are main products and readily available in the main markets of most of the seaside towns in the Philippines’ 7,107 islands. Taken by ace photographer Michael Ocampo (https://www.facebook.com/michael.ocampo.75873?fref=ufi) at the Cebu Market. According to Michael, “Cebu City’s Taboan Market can officially be called the Dried Fish Capital of the Philippines. Here you can find many stalls selling a variety of dried fish including squid, octopus, shrimps and eels.”

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Hibi (Dried Shrimps)

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Dried Anchovies

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Dried Squid Flakes/Strips

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Dried Squid

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Dried Fish

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Dried Fish Tocino (Fish bacon)

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Fish bones crispy when fried

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Dried Octopus

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Exquisite handy crafts from Palawan

Unique handmade home and office accessories add the right touch to an otherwise bland interior, and are perfect conversation starters. We found a bunch of world class selections in Puerto Princesa.

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Handlooms have been in use by village folks and tribal artisans in Palawan for as long as they can remember. Today, hand woven products are in demand by tourists and the export industry.

Ms. Eva T. Gravador (in photo above), Proprietor of Binuatan Creations (www.binuatan.com), is the manufacturer of handloom woven products utilizing Palawan’s indigenous fibers and grasses that include placemats, table runners, window blinds and curtains.

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Sleeping mats commonly known as “banig” have of late become collector’s items because of the intricate designs which are painstakingly made or reproduced by hand, sometimes at weeks per piece. They are used as wall decor, or on the floor in lieu of carpets, or as table centerpieces underneath glass tops.

Mrs. Ma. Nancy M. Socrates, owner of Subli Guest Cabins  (www.sublipalawan.com) in Puerto Princesa, assisted by  Ms. Reina Roselyn Escandor, has been marketing these mats for sometime now.

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“Our cooperative (Recuerdo Credit Cooperative) has been selling these mats for more than a year now as part of our community development program, but not in bulk, but a few pieces at a time as each piece is handmade. We do not have a store or showroom and we usually just join special events, like the Salute to Valor, to promote them. These mats are made by Muslim women in the southern Municipality of Espanola. Production is in their own homes, but we are hoping that they will soon have a weaving center where they can all gather.”

According to the weavers, they first gather the pandan leaves and remove the thorns and cut them into strips. Then the pandan leaves are boiled for about 10 minutes and soaked in water overnight. Soaking is sometimes done in the river. The pandan is then air-dried the following day, after which it is straightened out with brushing motions. It is then dried in the sun for 3 days. On the 4th day, coloring/dyeing is done. Then the pandan is air-dried once again, after which it is straightened out again with brushing motions. Then the weaving begins.”

”The weavers do not usually have a pattern. Their designs are spur-of-the-moment ideas. They always tell us that whatever their imagination gives them when they wake up, that’s what they make.”

Mrs. Socrates adds that the weavers determine the price – it’s per “dangkal” (arm’s length). Their prices tend to be a bit high, and the DTI actually already gave them some training on costing and measuring.

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”As far as we know, there is no special story behind any of the mats. What is special, though, is that these mats are woven by Muslim women in Southern Palawan, whose culture is reflected in the vibrant colors of their products. Their color combinations and double-layered style distinguish them from mats produced by other weavers in Palawan.”

For orders, please contact Mrs. Socrates at 09178497838/ 09088926514.

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Folk artisans have melded traditional materials with modern designs to come up with utilitarian pieces that are both practical yet aesthetically pleasing to a select clientele. The coffeetable below utilizes assorted seeds, shells, bone, pebbles and miniature collectibles to create a multilayered effect.

Asiano Arts and Crafts (www.asiano.ph) has two store locations – Puerto Princesa and Coron, Palawan. Jewelry, furniture, paintings, wood sculptures, hanging mobiles, wind chimes, and miniature woven rice baskets that take a week of precise work – cutting, dyeing and weaving young bamboo fibers done by an elderly woman are their main products, along with interior design services.

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Twigs and found objects are utilized to create this one of a kind mirror.

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Thousands of beads and shells form this exquisite wall decor, which could also double as a chandelier if layered from the inside.

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These unique wall hangings incorporate assorted materials such as beads, seeds, shells, porcelain, carved miniatures and pods held together by twine.

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Mr. Merwin Rey Ledesma of the Governor’s Office, Trade Fair Exhibitor Ms. Reina Escandor, Mr. Stephen Yee of the Palawan Tourism Council with DiscoverThePhilippines.com Managing Director Mr. Oliver Quingco II.

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This coverage was made possible as a part of USAID’s Advancing Philippine Competitiveness (COMPETE) project which seeks to increase competitiveness of economic growth areas including Palawan, in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the Province of Palawan

Special thanks to Air Asia Zest Airlines for sponsoring our roundtrip airfare from Manila to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

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Manila FAME showcases export quality Philippine products

Manila Fame showcases export quality Philippine products

Now on its third decade, Manila FAME has been a platform for the latest innovation and design trends in furniture and home furnishings, holiday décor, gifts, arts and crafts, and fashion accessories. It is the only trade show in the Philippines recognized by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

Manila Fame showcases export quality Philippine products

Manila FAME showcases export quality Philippine products

Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), with Project Director Mr. James Booth announced during the press conference: “We are putting the spotlight on a mix of seasoned designers, young and emerging talents to provide a special presentation of products that are developed to appeal to this new emerging generation of consumers.”

Manila FAME showcases export quality Philippine products

Manila FAME is held in March and October at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia, Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila.

Manila FAME showcases export quality Philippine products

Manila FAME showcases export quality Philippine products

Manila FAME showcases export quality Philippine products

Manila FAME showcases export quality Philippine products

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