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I advocate GREEN HOME

Posted by home.tibiao on November 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (8)


A lot has already been said about the need for people to go for “green” and sustainable practices not only into their daily routines but in building and maintainng homes as well. However, there is a perception that green is expensive and therefore not affordable. Not anymore...


Green Home uses environment-friendly designs and affordable construction materials which brings us closer to owning a sustainable eco-friendly home that allows us to save on electricity and water. We offer not just a home but a new, comfortable, and easy lifestyle certainly worth having....read full story

I advocate Natural Piggery Movement

Posted by home.tibiao on November 5, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Natural Piggery Movement is an organization of committed hog raisers, allied industries and consumers advocating the mitigation of harmful environmental effects of pig production. We aim to create balance between pork production, humane treatment of animals, food safety, and environment protection through the natural way of raising hogs.


The natural standards of raising hogs are founded on sustainable and practical approaches considering the available resources and current growing system in our country. We want to create social awareness that naturally-farmed pigs are healthier and safer since the growing system uses no chemicals and no antibiotics.....read full story

Pilantik ng Tadhana

Posted by home.tibiao on September 19, 2011 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By: yhetz03



Photo credit: lurve-inme


Kay yabang kong pumorma at kung umasta'y parang Donyang hilaw na kakapatong lamang sa ipot ng kalabaw. Ganun ako dati, isang nakakasukang bulaklak na pinaglihi sa lagim ng hinagpis at naguumapaw na panlulumong wari'y sa isang iglap isang di mapantayang suklam na naguumapaw.


 

Sabi ko kay Ruben, hinding hindi ako papatol sa isang lalaking katulad ko lang na hampas lupa at kung iyon din lamang ang mapapangasawa ko'y mas gugustuhin ko nang malantang uhaw sa dilig habambuhay. Mahirap at napakasalimuot ang mabuhay sa iisang kahig at tuka lamang at yun ang nag udyok sa aking murang isipan at aking pinangarap ang marangyang buhay. Maghahanap ako ng mayaman na magaahon sa akin sa hilahil, karukhaan na magbibigay ng magandang buhay at tatawagin akong Donya Eliza.


 

At kaya ko naman nabanggit kay Ruben ang mga salitang yaon ay dahil batid ko ang kanyang mithiin at damang dama ko sa tamis ng kanyang mga salita ang mensahe na nais n'yang iparating. Nangungusap ang kanyang mga mata at tila sining ang bawat galaw na kahit isang musmos ay alam na sya'y nanliligaw.


 

Ruben, mas mainam siguro na maging friends na lang tayo, sagot ko bilang tugon sa panunuyo ni Ruben.


 

Kung mamarapatin lang sana ay ayaw kong masaktan si Ruben dahil bukod sa maginoong tao, sya'y isang matalik kong kaibigan. Kung kaya't kabisado na namin ang isa't isa ay sa kadahilanang mula pagkabata'y kami na ni Ruben ang magkasama. Kinalakihan kong sya na ang nakilala kong kababata at duon nagmula ang masidhing damdaming nagpalapit sa amin sa isa't isa.


 

Ang pagkakilala namin ay mula't ulo hanggang paa. Simula pagkabata'y siya na ang aking kalaro. Ang maligo sa batis na kapwa kaming walang damit, ang pumunta sa tumana para mamitas ng kamatis, ang maglaro ng bahay bahayan na sya ang tatay at ako ang nanay, ang manghuli ng tutubi sa bakanting lagwerta ni Mang Inteng,  ang maghabulan sa dalampasigan t'wing hapon, ang mangupit ng luya sa munting tindahan ni Aling Maria, ang magluto ng dahon ng malunggay sa tinapyas na lata ng sardinas at marami pang iba.


 

Naaalala ko pa nga nung grade 1 kami, hindi pwedeng pupunta si Ruben nang paaralan na hindi ako kasama. Palibhasa'y lumaki kami sa nayon kung saan napapaligiran ang aming bahay (mga limampung metro lang ang pagitan) ng mga nagluluntiang palayan at iba pang mga pananim.


Nagtitinda ng nilagang saging ang nanay ni Ruben at ang Tatay niya naman ay pangingisda at pagaararo ng mga bukirin ang ginagawa. Mag-isang anak si Ruben kung kaya't ang buong atensyon ng mga magulang ay nasa kanya at lahat na lang halos ng kayang gawin ay ginagawa para sa kanya. Sa kabila nito, naging mabuting anak si Ruben sa kanila at ni hindi ko kinakitaan ng pagkasuwail kahit kailan.


 

Ako ang panganay sa tatlo at ang dalawa kong kapatid na lalaki ay pinaampon ng aking inay sa aking tiyohing hndi nagkaanak nuong pumanaw ang aking ama. Tatlong taon lamang ako nuong namatay si itay at simula nuon, pinasan na ng aking inay ang tungkulin ng isang magulang upang suportahan at mabigyan ako ng magandang bukas.


Bakas na bakas sa bawat ngiti ni inay ang tindi ng hirap at hindi ko maiwasan ang mapaluha nang nagiisa sa tuwing naaalala ko iyon. Duon nagsimula ang adhikain kong makahanap ng lalaking makaangat sa amin sa kahirapan pagdating ng araw.


 

Nang magdalaga at magbinata na kami ni Ruben saka lang nya sinabi na kaya raw pala sya malapit sa akin ay dahil mahal niya ako.


 

"Hindi pwede Ruben, pag pinagsama natin ang mga puso natin, magiging miserable lang ang buhay natin pati na rin ng kinabukasan ng mga anak natin. Ayaw kong danasin nila ang hirap ng buhay na dinaranas natin", ito ang sabi ko sa kanya.


Mabait at mapagmahal na tao si Ruben. Kung tutuusin kung kabaitan lang at tunay na pagmamahal ang hahanapin mo sa isang lalaki, nasa kanya na lahat. Pero hindi iyon ang hinahanap ko, praktikal akong tao at ayaw kong danasin ng mga magiging anak ko ang buhay na tinamasa ko sa piling ng aking mga magulang. Mahal ko ang aking ina at hindi ako nagsisisi na mahirap kami at lalong hindi ko sinisisi ang aking inay.


 

Nuong umalis ako sa amin para magtrabaho sa Maynila, napaluha ng husto si Ruben. Ramdam na ramdam ko ang kanyang kalungkutan at ibinilin nya sa akin na kung mabibigo ako sa hinahanap ko sa Maynila, nandirito lang siya para ako'y tanggapin, mamahalin at pakakasalan. Ipinangako ko naman sa kanya na hindi ako uuwi sa amin nang bigo. Na hindi mangyayari ang sinabi nyang sa kanya ako babalik. Buo na ang aking pasya, lalaking mayaman ang gusto kong mapapangasawa at hindi ang isang Ruben lang.


 

 

Sa unang mga araw, linggo, at buwan ko sa Maynila, sinasagot ko pa ang mga tawag at texts ni Ruben. Damang dama ko pa din ang tamis at pagmamahal sa kanyang mga text messages subalit sa pagdaan ng mga buwan at taon, pinilit ko na syang iwasan at kinalimutan. Naka adjust na ako dito sa Maynila, marami na akong mga kaibigan at ang daming mga lalaking pagpipilian.


 

Totoo ang inisip kong makapamili ka ng mga lalaking mapera, sila ang may kotse at mayayaman na nasisilaw din sa ganda ng isang babae. Yun ang naging edge ko dito sa Maynila. Naiinlove ang mga lalaki sa ganda ng babae at masuwerte akong mayroon akong taglay nito. Puhunan pala iyon. Sa taas kong 5'4" at maalindog na katawang binalotan ng mala porselanang kutis banyaga, hinarap ko ang napakaraming manliligaw and I have the freedom to choose kung sino sa kanila ang pinakamayaman. May pinagaralan naman ako at kahit papano, tapos ako ng Business Administration course kung kaya't hindi mahirap sa akin ang magkaroon ng trabaho dito. Syempre pipili na rin lang ako ng mapapangasawa eh di titiyakin ko nang pinakamalaki at pinakamatabang isdang pwede kong mabingwit.


Maliban sa trabaho, wala na akong ibang inatupag kundi ang makipag date at magkilatis sa kanila. Date dito date duon, kilatis dito kilatis duon hanggang sa makilala ko si Reynan. Sa lahat ng nanliligaw sa akin, siya ang pinakamayaman at pinakamaimpluwensya sa lahat. Hindi siya kaguwapohan pero nakakatili ang matipuno nyang katawan. Nakakapantasya ang mga mayayamang bisig at matitigas na kalamnan. Hatid sundo niya ako papuntang trabaho at syempre mamahaling sasakyan ang service namin with matching bodyguards pa. Sa madaling sabi, pinili ko si Reynan at naging magkasintahan kami.


 

Masaya at buong buo ang aking tuwa sa mga sandaling iyon. Nalasap ko ang buhay na parang kailan lang ay sa panaginip ko lang nakikita. Ibinahay nya ako sa mamahaling condo at natupad ang pangarap kong maging Donya Eliza. Magarang mga damit, mamahaling sasakyan, masasarap na pagkain, hi-tech na mga gadget at gamit at kung anu anu pang binibili ni Reynan para sa akin na labis ko namang kinalulugdan.


 

Hindi maipinta ang tuwang aking nadarama sa mga sandali ng aming pagsasama. Isang karangyaang sumilaw sa akin at nagpalimot sa lahat ng kumikinang kong alaala. Na sa bawat pintig ng sandali ay isang malagintong kaganapan nang hindi matawarang aliw at tuwa. Isang di maipintang ligayang aking sinasamsam habang ako'y nakahiga sa rurok ng materyal na pagmamahal at ligaya.


 

Lingid sa aking kaalaman, naging board topnotcher si Ruben sa kurso niyang Arkitektura at isang malaking kompanya sa US ang gustong kumuha sa kanya bilang Architectural Consultant. Nairaos na niya ang kanyang mga magulang sa kahirapan at nakapagpundar na sya ng mga lupain at ari-arian duon sa aming lalawigan ng Antique. Matagumpay na arkitekto si Ruben at maraming banyagang kliyente ang kumukuha ng kanyang serbisyo. Kinalimutan na din nya ang pangako niya sa akin na hihintayin nya ang aking pagbabalik para ako'y pakasalan simula nuong nalaman niya sa nanay ko na mayroon na akong ka live-in dito sa Maynila. Kay bilis ng panahon, mag lilimang taon na pala akong hindi umuuwi sa amin. Pamilyadong tao na din si Ruben at masaya na siya sa pinili niyang propesyun.


Sa hindi inaasahang mga sandali, isang malaking suliranin ang gumimbal sa aking buhay. Isang pusikit na landas ang dumungaw at yumurak sa aking pagkatao. Nawindang sa iisang iglap ang lahat ng aking mga pangarap. Isang pagkakamaling sa umpisa pa lamang ay batid ko nang mali subalit pinilit kong pangatawanan kapalit ng karangyaan.


 

Napagpasyahan kong umuwi sa Antique. Limang taon na ang nagdaan at marami na ang nagbago sa lugar namin. Dalawang palapag na ang eskwelahan na dati'y gawa lang sa tablang niyog at nipang bubong.  Wala na ang bakanteng lote ni Mang Inteng na pinanghuhulihan namin ng tutubi ni Ruben nuong araw. Napapalibutan na ng malawak na palaisdaan ang buong nayon. Mayroon na ding nakatayong pabrika ng canned products malapit sa baybayin at isang eleganting mansion sa may bandang kinatitirikan ng aming tahanan. Sementado na ang irrigasyon sa palayan at mayroon na ding kalsada papasok duon sa aming bahay. Namangha ako sa laki ng pinagbago at laking gulat ko nuong sinabi ng traysikel drayber na sinakyan ko na lahat iyan ay pagaari ni Ruben. Isang mayamang Amerikano ang nakipagsosyo sa kaniya upang magtayo ng negosyo sa aming lugar kung kaya't kitang kita ang asenso nito.


 

Halos hindi ako makapaniwala sa aking nakikita. Tila sampal sa aking mukha ang hiyang aking nadarama at hindi magkamayaw ang aking puso sa mga panghihinayang nais kong sambitin. Alam ng lahat sa amin na marangya ang aking buhay sa Maynila subalit malaking kahihiyan ang hindi ko man lang naitawid ang buhay ni inay katulad ng ginawa ni Ruben. Nakakapanglumo isipin na sa kabila ng tinatamasa kong ligaya naghihirap pa rin siya. Nakalimutan kong may naiwan pala akong ina na umaasang maitaguyod at maitawid ko siya sa isang matuwid na landas at payak ngunit masayang buhay.


 

Pagkababa ko nang traysikel, nakita ko kaagad si Marife sa bakuran ng malaking mansion kalong-kalong ang isang sanggol. Kaklase namin ni Ruben nuong elementarya si Marife at siya pala ang kaniyang nakatuluyan. Lalong nanlambot ang aking katawan sa aking nasaksihan. Inggit at may halong pagsisi ang aking nadama. Napakaswerte naman ni Marife.


 

Nadatnan ko si nanay na nanunuod ng TV sa munting bahay na naipundar ko at laking tuwa niya nuong nakita niya ako. Nagyakapan kami at kapwa napaluha. Alam na ni inay ang lahat lahat sa akin pero sa kabila nito handa niya akong tanggapin at handa siyang mamuhay ulit kami na magkasama at masaya. Madami siyang kwentong sinabi sa akin habang kami naghahapunan. Lahat ng pangyayaring naganap sa lugar namin, pati na din ang tagumpay na narating ni Ruben. Napapikit na lang ako nang banggitin ni inay na, bago daw nag asawa si Ruben tinanong pa nito kung may pag asa pa ba siya sa akin subalit sinabi ni inay na nag asawa na ako. Duon ko napagtanto kung gaanu ako kamahal ni Ruben. Hindi pala nabibili ng pera ang totoong ligaya. Tiyak ko na tinatamasa ngayon ni Marife ang ligayang iyon. 


 

Kinaumagahan, bumisita sa bahay si Ruben. Binati niya ako at kinumusta. Nangibabaw pa rin ang pride ko. Nagawa ko pang magyabang sa kaniya. Sabi ko maganda ang buhay ko sa Maynila. May-ari ng malaking kumpanya ang napangasawa ko. Bakas pa rin sa mukha ni Ruben ang tamis ng pagkakaibigan namin. Damang dama ko pa din ang kabiguan sa kanyang mga mata at sa bawat kislap nito ay nanduon ang alab ng pagmamahal na sanay inalay niya sa akin.


 

Pagkatapos namin magusap, kinamayan pa ako ni Ruben at sinabing "masaya ako para sa iyo Eliza. Sadya lang siguro na hindi talaga tayo para sa isa't isa". May halong lungkot na sinabi ni Ruben ang mga katagang ito.


 

Pagkatalikod niya saka naglaglagan ang mala kristal na mga butil ng aking luha. Hindi ko mapigilan ang umiyak ng umiyak. Paano ko aaminin sa kanya na buntis ako at ayaw pangatawanan ng ka live-in ko ang dinadala kong sanggol? Paanu ko sasabihin sa kaniya na ginamit lang ni Reynan ang aking katawan at dangal? Paanu ko ipagtapat sa kaniya na kaya ako umuwi ay dahil nalaman ng asawa ni Reynan na may kabit siya kaya ako natanggal sa trabaho? Hindi ko na maibabalik ang lahat. Ako'y nagpaalipin sa tamis ng materyal na bagay. Napakasakit ang pilantik ng tadhana at ngayon ako ay naluklok sa bangin ng pagdurusa samantalang si Ruben ay alam kong masaya sa piling ng babaeng karapat-dapat na pinili nya. At hindi ako iyon.


The Wonder of Malunggay Tree

Posted by home.tibiao on September 19, 2011 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Malunggay or locally known as balunggay is a vegetable tree commonly available in every home all through out the municipality of Tibiao and the whole Philippines as well. It usually grows wildly in hot tropical climate and very abundant all year round. 


Scientifically called moringa oleifera, Sajina in Indian subcontinent, moringa in English and malunggay here in the Philippines is a wonderful tree known all over the world and is referred by many scientists as "meracle tree" due to various medicinal properties it possess and the WHO (World Health Organization) has promoted this plant as a low-cost health enhancer for poor countries around the globe for over 20 years. Yet, despite its remarkable medicinal value it is still relatively known.


True, Tibiaoanons widely known this plant as an excellent veggy knowing that it is very common in majority of household's cuisine but not totally aware and remained ignorant about its health benefits.


THE MERACLE:


What should we know about malunggay is a must-read for all of us. Do you know that India's ancient tradition of "ayurveda" states that the leaves of moringa tree can prevent 300 diseases? Yes, and modern science confirms this basic concept, while scientific research has shown that malunggay leaves provide almost meraculous nutritional value.


Gram for gram, malunggay leaves contain four times the calcium and two times the protein in milk. It also contain seven times the vitamin C in oranges, three times the potassium in bananas, and four times the vitamin A in carrots.


Loaded with nutrients and amino acids, it replenishes our body and provides what we need to get through a hectic weekday or active weekend. Researchers also reported on the positive result of using Moringa as a subtitute for expensive whole milk powder. Knowing these nutrients presence, it is no wonder why most mothers newly gave birth to a child usually consume malunggay leaves to enhance breast feeding. As relaxing as it is, Moringa also help reduces blood pressure and assure us of good night's sleep.


Malunggay leaves has significant advantages aside from improving human health.


Dr. martin L. Price cited in "The Moringa Tree" (http://www.echonet.org) the benefits of malunggay leaf extract as a plant growth hormone, the malunggay shoots as green manure to enrich agricultural land, malunggay leaves as livestock feed because of its high protein content, malunngay seed powder and the fresh cake left over from oil extraction as treatment for turbid water, malunggay as a good live fence tree with its bark use to make mats and rope, and the compound in the flowers and roots pterygospermin as a powerful antibiotic and antifungal remedy? Oh, that explain why my father applied malunggay juice on my wound when I was a kid. Did you experience that too? Well, I hope so.


This is the most shocking, unknown to most of us, malunggay has the ability to purify water. Dr. John Sutherland of Leicester University's Department of Environmental Technology said that the crushed malunggay seeds can clear very turbid water. He added that powdered malunggay seeds are appropriate for water purification in rural areas of tropical countries.


Other studies have shown that eating malunggay fruits can lead to a higher semen count. This is a good news to those men who have semen count problems. Yes, don't lose hope and count on malunngay fruits as magic.


Are you tired of malunggay wonders? There's still a lot more. Its oil has applications in food processing, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. A team of Masters of Business Administration students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT) recommended the massive cultivation of malunggay for biofuel purposes in the Philippines.


The team studied the market outlook of malunggay oil as part of their partial requirement for the completion of the Global Entrepreneurship Laboratory Course. Their study said the massive cultivation of malunggay for biofuels can generate million of jobs and help alleviate poverty in rural areas in the Philippines.



Sources:

malunggay.com, pinoybisnes.com, business inquirer.net



The Gnashing Hypocrisy

Posted by home.tibiao on September 11, 2011 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Earlier today as I browsed yahoo for some relevant articles around the world, I came up with one of the articles that caught my interest. The article is about the animal rights group requesting to free  "lolong" a whopping 1075 kilogram and 6.4 meter long salt water crocodile captured in the province of Agusaln del Sur early this month , to its natural habitat.

According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Asia-Pacific, "(The government) should do the compassionate thing and order this crocodile to be returned to his natural habitat, as taking him away to be locked up in an animal prison is just plain wrong," she wrote to AFP.

Upon reading the news, I could not help myself to weigh in what should be and what should not be in terms of animal hostility issues which these individual animal rights groups are concerned with.

Many instances related to this issue in the past always puzzled my mind. Let me clarify it right here that it is not my intention to counter people who love animals and believe that they should not be hurt or encouraged to kill each other. I myself is an animal lover too. Being raised in rural life where my parents used to breed carabaos, cattles, chickens, dogs, cats, pigs and pigeons among others, I imbibed that trait to love, own and breed these animals too. Not only I am an animal lover but also an environmentalist as well due to my continuing passion in planting trees, and my feeling of disgustness once our environment is being maltreated by our fellows and some of our greedy brothers whose focus of interest is in the thickness of their pocket only.


Many years ago, a British animal rights group castigated the Igorots of the Philippines for slaughtering dogs as part of their cultural cuisine saying this was cruelty to animals.


Last June of this year, the second leg of the World Slasher Cup dubbed as the Olympics of cockfighting opened at the historic Araneta Coliseum. It is undoubtedly the biggest gathering of gamefowl breeders from all over the world including big names from America where cockfighting has been declared illegal. This event has been going on for over three decades and is enjoying unequalled popularity that draws thousands to the Big Dome for a week-long festival of cockfights.

It is so popular that West-based animal rights groups, using a local stooges, attempted to disrupt the World Slasher a few years ago by staging a rally in front of the Big Dome saying cockfighting is cruelty to animals.


In as much as I'd like to laud these groups for their effort to protect animal life from cruelty, I found it very elementary that they overexercised their duties and I cant help to ask myself what are their limitations. When I say limitations I mean how do they define "cruelty" as not to fall in the category of animal hostility where they said is wrong? With due respect, I would like to know the floor and the ceiling before any of these animal rights group accused anyone of us of having induced cruelty to the animals.


To protect animals, saving them from any harm,  planning for their future and conservation is nothing but the most due process we humans should employ but we should also realized that in the world where we live in, there is a hierarchy among God's creations with human beings on top.

I belive that God created humans with ultimate wisdom to overlook for other species and by the law of nature they are subordinates to us which means humans can utilize them to whatever purpose they are capable of doing.  So I understand that carabaos are bred to work in the farm , dogs to guard our houses, chickens to give us eggs, and so on. And since these animals are edible, humans also breed them for food including the dogs, pigs and any edible animals that could give us excellent meat. Some of them are ornamentals and some are for entertainment. Yes, being on top of the heirarchy we humans use them to satisfy ourselves just like snakes eat chicks and frogs in the wilderness.


Now going back to the topic, how can we say cockfighting is animal cruelty if it is the nature of rosters to fight each other? Does it falls to be an animal cruelty just because humans let them fight in a bloody and fatal manner for their entertainment? At first glance maybe yes, but dont we know that before cockers let them fight they would breed them and roosters will be pampered for at least two years, given the best food, medicine and the best care and brought to the pit to be fought. If he wins, his line will be preserved by mating him to a flock of hens. He will be there with his harem for the next 8 to 10 years or until he dies. Is that cruelty? What about millions of poor broiler chickens beheaded and butchered without given the right to defend themselves and sold to the market for meat at the very raw age of 45 days which some of these animal rights group members also bought and ate? Are cockers cruel to game fowls and the butchers are uncruel to the broilers? Come on, this hypocrisy number 1 is teeth-gnashing!


Secondly, why castigate the ifugao people for having dog meat as food when early Filipinos and other Asian people used to eat them thousands of years ago? Let's not get carried away by the western culture where they don't eat dogs because they bred them for pet and not for meat and the endearment of animals as pet prohibit them from doing so. That's their culture and let's respect them but it's unfair to make it as basis in regulating our own practice. If you don't want to eat dog because you think it's messy then be it. Nobody will force you to eat what you dont want to but don't stop others who want to eat them because our ancestors breed dogs for meat many years ago. Is killing a dog for meat means animal cruelty? What about killing hogs and cattle for meat? Igorots and some Filipinos slaughter dogs for meat because it is part of our culture and not animal cruelty. This hypocrisy number 2 is rank way over animal cruelty anyway.


Thirdly, the giant reptile was caught due to the fear of Agusan residents of their life. It was reported that fiew years ago, a girl pupil went missing after it was thought to be attacked by the crocodile while on her way to the school. This mid year, it was reported that a fisherman was missing up to this date in the same place and is widely suspected that he was attacked by the crocodile. The entrapment operation was planned the the local government when the residents reported that they saw the giant reptile killing a water buffalu that caused panic among the them. The giant crocodile was captured a week ago in Bunawan town through the combined efforts of the local government and a team from the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center under the DENR. The reptile is now in a 800 square meter pen secured with 1.2 meter high concrete walls topped with welded wire in the town of Bunawan and it was closely monitored by experts being ill and not eating due probably to stress according to Ronnie Sumiller, a Wildlife official who led the hunting operation of lolong.

Animal rights activists immediately urged Philippine authorities and call for the release of the crocodile stating that natural conditions can never be replicated in zoos or animal shelters, resulting in physical and mental stress for captive animals.

"It's clear that the promoters of this park are thinking only of their bank balance, without so much as an after thought for the animal's well-being'" remarked by Ashley Fruno, senior campaigner for PETA Asia-Pacific

 While I appreciate PETA's concern in as much as I respect their views about the issue, they lacked specific reasoning as to why they wanted the beast to be freed and citing that promoters of the park are thinking only of their bank balance without thought for the animal's well being is absolutely wrong.The crocodile was caught because of the fears of about 1300 residents who rely primarily in fishing as the source of their living being attacked, prompted the local government to trapped the reptile and not because of financial interest which the animal rights group claimed. Is it the government's fault when they turn that residents threat into a commercial one in making lolong a tourism attraction in the province?

The group also said that the government should do the compassionate thing and order this crocodile to be returned to his natural habitat, as taking him away to be locked up in an animal prison is just plain wrong.

I said why? What should be the right way? To free the reptile again and caused panic to some residents? To free the reptile in an isolate place where there are  no inhabitants?

We all know that animals are balance in nature and there is no questions with that but I also believe that animals who pose threat shall be suppressed and controlled. Beside, when we put them in an animal pen, it doesn't mean they will be neglected and starve to death. They will be feed and given care by park's costudian. Of course they are not as free compared to when they are in their natural habitat but that is the most friendly approach for them not to pose danger. Is that animal cruelty? No, that's what we call controlling them for further threats.

There's a reason why criminals are put to jail. Humans are animals too and everytime you pose a threat to the community, you should be controlled. Is that animal cruelty? If yes then why don't call to free the criminals in prisons? Do the animal rights group do this? Of course not, because this hypocrisy number three is as nauseating as their so called animal cruelty.


There is conflict in our world simply because some people believe that everybody should see things their way and mainly because they want to impose their views of righteousness on others. This bigotry is what causes troubles. I say let's suggest to our beloved members of animal rights group to act accordingly and let us put an end to this gnashing hypocrisy!









Tibiao Fish Spa Invades Cebu

Posted by home.tibiao on September 6, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (2)

By: Rex Omalde


credit: finlust.blogspt.com


Tibiao fish spa, a promising business venture which first started in Tibiao town invaded the queen city of the south. In a 22-day exhibit in Parkmall which started on July 23, Cebuanos were made aware about the relaxing effect and the soothing sensation of fish therapy, the country's first of this kind. Live fishes contained in an air-inflated and mobile mini pool nibble and clean outer layer of dead skin as one dips his/her feet.


As part of business expansion, Tibiao fish spa came to test the market as business oppurtunities in Cebu city is by far an excellent one after a successful opening of their branch in Iloilo city.


Conceptualized by a young, dynamic and imaginative entrepreneur Flord Nicson Calawag of Tibiao Antique, fish spa is now getting positive response as the organizers extended their stay in Parkmall and even planning to put up their branch as Cebuanos received the business well.


Flord Nicson Calawag, general manager of Tibiao fish spa is a marine fisheries graduate from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) in Miag-ao, Iloilo,  first discovered a kind of fish from a friend's mountain pond that creates a relaxed feeling while nibbling on dead skin and he later utilized them in an experiment and studies with fellow UP-Iloilo friends that gave birth of the first ever fish therapy in town of Tibiao.


In an interview by the busness mirror, Calawag said Tibiao Fish Spa is the most affordable fish spa in Asia.

He said fish therapy is not new. “We searched the Internet and learned we were not the first. There are already fish spas in Turkey.”


But a fish spa then was considered a luxury as most establishments offering such service use Garra rufa fishes, which are imported from Turkey.


Tibiao Fish Spa is the first to use local fishes for fish therapy.


As their business grows, Calawag said they own a breeding technology to ensure they have enough Tibiao fishes to supply their branches.


Calawag said they could breed thousands of fishes in two to four months, adding that every month they are targeting 5,000 production.


He also admitted they are considering moves to secure a patent for their breeding technology.


Don't miss what more Mr. Calawag had said in an interview by the business mirror!



For more info about Tibiao fish spa, please feel free to contact

Mr. Flord Nicson Calawag

[email protected]

+639198139893

+639176315777













Revisiting Antique a Century ago

Posted by home.tibiao on September 3, 2011 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Rex Omalde


How do we rate our knowledge of history as far as Panay island is concerned? I remember one of my classmates during our elementary days where we often forced him to sing the songs like purchase of panay, ining gorogueriya, and Magellan, all songs citing Philippine history. That time we dont know what the message of the songs all about for as long as we heard it  we are happy in the way our classmate render them in his unique accent.


The most notable among that songs which awakened my very soul being an Antiqueño as we advanced to a higher year of studies is the one titled Purchase of Panay. It was popularized by Pirot, a local Ilonggo novelty song writer and recording artist by which he rewritten and depicted the coming of the ten Bornean cheiftains (together with their wives, children and sakup) who sailed northeast from the island of Borneo to escape the cruelty of Sultan Makatunaw as the legend of Maragtas described.


These chieftains anchored at the mouth of Siwaragan river somewhere in the present day San Joaquin town in Iloilo in which they befriended with native's cheif Marikudo and nogotiated from him the purchased of lowland area which they called Aninipay in exchange of a certain golden sadok and a long necklace. Part of the negotiation is that lowland portions shall belong to the strangers and the uphill shall belong to the natives. After the negotiation, a feast was celebrated and the natives enjoyed with the strangers. After the celebration, the stranger further sailed north to the present day Malandog in Hamtic town and their they settled and formed a political unit in the leadership of the wisest cheif datu Sumakwel.


That happened in the 13th century and the rest was the unwritten past which resulted to the modern day Antiqueño people. What transpired after the 13th century was a complete gloom and arguably the most neglected chapter in the richness of Antique's history or probably the entire Panay island until the Spanish occupied the archipelago in the late 16th century up to the turn of 20th century that twisted our original culture into a complicated one which we enjoyed up to this day.


For a new generation like us, although we are taught in school about the Philippine history, we dont have a complete picture of how and what really our ancestor's culture is all about. We dont know their lifestyles, how they lived and how they enjoyed life as a whole. In as much as I want to visit how past Antique looks like based on the story of my grand2x father, I came up with old photos here dating back from 1890's to 1920's depicting the life of Antiqueño people. Please take a look at them. Photo credits by Old Philippines.


a road somewhere in Hamtic 1921

a girl weaving a patadyong

a photo of a farmer

a ricefield in Bugasong 1922

women smoking tobacco

mother pressing clothes manually


farmers plowing the field


native bolos called binangon


lusong used in pounding palay


a typical nipa hut


a filipina in native costume


cockfighting "pasampok"


sagyap

Ang Ragamak kang Karay-a

Posted by home.tibiao on August 22, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Rex Omalde



Sa atun pagsaulog sa bulan kang pulong (buwan ng wka) nga gina hiwat kada bulan kang agosto, atun ginapanginbulahan ang atun nabugtawan,nasaksihan kag natun-an nga harambalunon kun sa diin ginatawag kinaray-a.Sangka marahalun nga butang para sa sangka pungsod ang mag palangga kag magulikid sa andang duna nga pulong nga nangin bahin kang andang pagsinarayuumpisa pa sa kapanahunan kang andang mga kamalaman. Nangin mabinungahun kag padayun nga ginapalapnag pinaagi sa pag usar sa adlaw adlaw nga paginistoryahanay, paghinun-anun ukon sa pagpaalintun kun anu man nga buot hambalun.

 

Bilang sangka Antikenyo kag tumandok gid nga karay-a,ginakalipay ko nga makabulig palapnag bisan sa gamay lang nga butang. Ako nagapati nga kun sarang lang man nga makilala ang pulong nga Karay-a sa bilog kalibutan, andut indi ta pag himuon?

 

Andut nga ang iban namayha mag hambal kang Kinaray-a?Ginakahuya bala natun ang atun presensya? Ginakahuya bala natun ang kaugalingon ta? Ginakahuya bala natun nga naba ang panurukan kang iban nga tawo kanatun kun Karay-a ukon Tagalog ang hambal ta?

 

Sangka problema sa kalabanan kang Pilipino ang pag asig-asig kang duna nanda nga harambalunon. Ihalimbawa natun ang mga pamilya nga medyo nakauruuswag gamay ilabi na gid sa bahin kang Metro Manila kun sa diin ang andang mga kabataan ginahanas sa pag gamit kang English sa pagistorya sa inadlaw adlaw nga tanan kag nangin parte run kang andang kultura bilang sangka mataas nga klase kang pagistorya kun ikaw naga hambal sa English. Nanginpirilian run lang kananda ang Tagalog kun gusto nanda itun-an ukon indi.

 

Sa nagligad nga mga inadlaw, may sangka kolumnista sa sangka bantog nga peryodiko nasyunal ang nagwaragwag sa ana mismo nga kolumn sa pangulong dinalan Language, learning,identity, privilege sa diin nangin kagaw sa patag kang internet tungod maduro nga tagbumalasa ang nag kontra sa anang opinion.Sa dya nga kolumn, ana gindayaw kag ginpasidunggan ang English samtang ana ginpakanaba ang Tagalog/Filipino bilang sangka harambalunon lamang kang mga tawo sa kalye.



Suno sa dya nga kolumnista, ..learning Filipino stemmed from practicality. "It was the language of the streets: it was how you spoke to the tindera when you went to the tindahan,what you used to tell your katulong that you had an utos, and how you texted manong when you needed sundo na.

"Though the writer learned to grasp Filipino as the "language of identity," he maintains that it is not "the language of the learned." He ended his column by describing that Filipino "is neither the language of the classroom and the laboratory, nor the language of the boardroom, the court room, or the operating room. It is not the language of privilege."

 Ana pa gindugang nga, Only recently have I begun to graspFilipino as the language of identity: the language of emotion, experience, and even of learning. And with this comes the realization that I do, in fact, smell worse than a malansang isda. My own language is foreign to me: I speak, think, read and write primarily in English.

 Kag ana gintapos sa paghambal nga, So I have my education to thank for making English my mother language.

 

Wara man sa pag taksar kag wara natun ginahambal nga sala tana tungod kinamatarung kang kada isara ang magpili kun anu ang gusto na nga harambalunon, pero masakit lang sa atun pamatian nga bilang sangka Filipino, atun ginapanaog ang lebel kang atun kaugalingon nga harambalun nga kun buot dapat atun pa nga dayawon.

 

Sa amu to nga pahayag, nagbalik sa akun huna-huna nga may nabilin gali gihapon sa atun kultura nga mantsa kang colonial mentality nga pagbinatasan. Pagbinatasan nga bunga kang paghimulos kang mga pangayaw sa kaugalingon natun nga pungsod kag dya nagapamatuod nga ang gakinang-kinang natun nga pag-inugali, nabuslan kang sangka maanghit nga butang kun sa diin atun ginalupig kag ginalapak ang atun mismo kaugalingon.

 

Gina abi-abi natun ang English bilang sangka kinahanglanun nga pulong tungod amu dya ang masami nga hambal kun kita nagahinun-anun sa mga taga ibang nasyun kag bilang international language, atun dya ginakilala bilang sangka mapuros nga gamit-komunikasyun pero indi lang man dapat natun ipakita nga kita nagapaka-uripon sa amu dya nga pulong.

 

Andut ang iban nga nasyun may bugal mag gamit kang andang kaugalingun nga harambalunon, pero kita nga Filipino daw pamatyag natun mangu kita kun indi kita kamaan mag hambal kang English? Sangka bahul nga sala sa atun paminsarun ang pagpati nga kun kamaan maghambal kang English maaram run. Akun ihalimbawa ang akun nabatian kaina sa sarakyan. Hambal kang imaw ko nga pasahero, hndi ko iboboto yang si Ma…kasi bobo yan, hndimarunong mag English.

 

 Dya naga kahulugan lang nga ang pagka intindi natun kang“maaram” amu nga kun makamaan maghambal kang English. Masubo batyagun nga amudya ang atun pagpati. Kalimnan pamatian sa sangka propesyunal ang maghambal sang parehas katu nga tinaga kapin pa nga ang gina istoryahan sangka topiko-political.

 

Anu gid ang problema kun indi kita sagad mag English? Ang iban kanatun makamaan lang gamay mag English daw abi mo kun sin-o run nga aput.Pamatyagan na labaw run tana sa iban kay sagad mag English. Parehas lamang sa nakilala ko nga mahilig magtamay sa mga Koreano, Intsik kag Hapon tungod daw bang-a kuno istoryahun kay indi kamaan mag English. Diyos ko po! Andut amu kita kadya nga mga Filipino? Andut mas ginapabugal natun nga kamaan kita mag English?

 

Hambal kang ka-chat ko nga Hapon sa chatroom, who cares if we are not good in English? We love and speak our own language. We are rich compared to English-speaking people. Anu ang gusto na hambalun? Indi bala nga nagapatunay lang nga mas gina paboran nanda ang kaugalingun nanda  nga hambal?

 

Ang problema kanatun, padayun kita nga nagapauripon sa English. Ginhimu natun kapital para itukod ang atun identidad bilang sangka English-Speaking country sa Asya. Daw sa karadlawan nga bukon man kita Amerikano pero gapaningkamot gid nga kilalahon bilang sangka English-speakingcountry. Nalipatan natun nga ang kaaram makit-an sa patag kang economiya,medisina, teknolohiya, syensya, agrikultura, math, kag iban pa nga patag kang disiplina kag wara it labot ang English sa kinaaram kang sangka tawo.

 

Dya sangka panghangkat sa atun mga kabugtu-an nga kun mahimo atun man tugruan balor ang atun kaugalingon. Atun isulod sa ulo nga Filipino kita kag bukon English-speaking people. Pinsarun natun ang kaaram bukon sa paghambal kang English kundi ang matuod nga kinaaram nga bugay kang Diyos kanatun. Anu pa nga nagahiwat kita kang buwan ng wika? Dapat natun palanggaon, ipabugal kag tugruan importansya ang Filipino nga pulong.


Karay-a ikaw, karay-a ako, dali kita karay-ahun ta!



Truth, Lies, and Malayscious: Who owns Sabah?

Posted by home.tibiao on August 19, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Rex Omalde


Filipino Christians might not be aware and may be in a complete astonishment when Philippines expressed its claims over Sabah in Malaysia. A majority of Filipinos everywhere are wondering what this Sabah claim is all about. From geographical location to Philippine history books, no author ever published nor mentioned about the Philippines’ stake on the northern part of the island of Borneo. The Malaysians on the other hand might be furious that after all those years of sacrifices and dedications in order to bring economic success to which they believed as their own soil since the British handed the territory in 1963, someone will suddenly appear and claim it.

                                           

                                         Credit: Wikipedia. Kota Kinabalu City

 

 

My purpose in writing this article is not to determine who really owns Sabah because I am not on the position to do so. What I am trying to bring here is to deliver an insights to this disputed territory based on my researched facts regarding this subject with the hope that as a Filipino, this article might help the readers be aware and appreciate the jewels of yesteryears in the richness of our most neglected his..read full story

Tibiao to host 2012 kayaking cup

Posted by home.tibiao on August 15, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)

By: Rex Omalde


Tibiao, Antique, Philippines- This little town of Tibiao in the province of Antique in Western Visayas is set to host 2012 International Kayaking Cup.


Photo Credit: Lakwatsero


Tibiao which is known for its Bugtong Bato Falls, is gifted with natural landscape that attracts not only local tourists but also tourists from all over the world. Its long, rugged, rocky and winding river plays a natural haven ideal for kayaking, swimming and rafting.


Tara Yap of mb.com.ph reported that while Tibiao River is a good location for swimming and cliff diving, it is one of the best rivers in the country for white-water kayaking. According to Flord Nicson Calawag of the Municipal Tourism, Arts and Culture Council, Tibiao town will once again host kayakers from almost a dozen countries in a competition slated on September or October 2012. It first played host to international kayakers in a 1997 competition.


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