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Carra-what? Increased ‘munggo’ production depends on this abundant seaweed

We all know what “munggo”, or “monggo” is. That small, greenish member of the legume family we love to saute or make a key ingredient of in savory or sweet dishes  is also popularly called the mung bean. It grows abundantly in Southeast Asia. But with the human population explosion in the Asian region, production …

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Calamansi

PH science department attempting to halt souring Calamansi production

The Philippine Calamansi Association Inc (PCAI) recently said that research and development (R&D) programs should address the declining production of calamansi in the country. This was raised recently in a meeting held at the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) with university experts, PCAI stakeholders, and the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team of the Philippine Council …

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Isuzu's modernized jeepney

The Philippines’ leading truckbuilders showcase their versions of the modernized jeepney in 2018 PhilBus & Truck Show

It’s happening now until July 15 at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. The country’s leading bus and truck builders and importers are showcasing not only their latest range of buses, trucks and commercial vehicles, but also their own modern versions of the country’s iconic jeepney. In line …

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Vegetarian since birth, reigning Miss World settles for ‘pancit’ when in the Philippines

Maintaining a svelte figure is one of the most challenging parts of being a beauty queen, and many aspirants turn to vegetarianism in their quest to achieve a pageant ready body. But for reigning Miss World Manushi Chhillar of India, the decision to go on a plant-based diet came way before she even put on …

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They don’t eat meat, but they sure rock and roll!

Those of us old–or cool—enough to have listened to Deadeye Dick’s now-classic “New Age Girl” rock ditty know that the song’s main character Mary Moon is vegetarian. And that it is sung quite tongue-in-cheek, as if the vocalist is trying to say he can’t be one, but he’s still the star, period. Fast forward to …

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Double Helix

An open letter to those who believe their health destinies have been genetically set

“Genes load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger,” was what I remember most from a November 2007 interview with a naturopathic doctor. It wasn’t the first time I heard of this, but hearing it from someone who has been studying centenarians in one of the world’s “Blue Zones” really validated the line. This doctor from …

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A worse form of poverty is about to beset the Philippines, and here’s why we have to stop this now

In my almost 2 decades of being a health and science journalist for one of the country’s leading newspapers, I have noticed a rather worrisome trend in our lifestyles, involving something that goes to the very heart of our survival—our poor, uninformed decisions relating to our diets and food choices, which is leading us to …

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Shishir wielding arnis

My vegetarian arnis teacher was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle from Hollywood

Reed-thin Allan “Shishir” Inocalla gently laid his two arnis sticks down on the ground, stood upright, closed his eyes, and then backflipped. Then he flipped his wallet out of his back pocket, and showed me his senior citizen card. Allan, or “Shishir” (he prefers to be called the latter), is all of 60 summers. But he could still pass for a 40-year-old, both …

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