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    Eat Healthy, Eat organic

    November 6th, 2017

    PANGASINAN farmers are starting to produce organic native vegetables. Photo by Gabriel Cardinoza

    EATING healthy could be a luxury these days!

    With so many constraints, like the high cost of healthy foods or the time needed for preparation or to buy good food for the family, many people just resort to instant meals like noodles which is affectionately called comfort food, apparently to hide the fact that noodles are just “laman tiyan” to satisfy a grumbling stomach for it has no nutritional value of consequence. So be aware that whatever you put in your mouth could later cause you your health.

    Nevertheless, all is not lost as we can now eat healthy at a much affordable price courtesy of the Agro-Technical and Livelihood Assistance in the North (Agtalon), a non-governmental organization of farmers which aims is to encourage people to eat foods that are grown naturally or processed naturally. In short, foods that are without any harmful chemical or food additives.

    The Agtalon was established in 1987 in Barangay Nalsian, Manaoag, Pangasinan. It is an Ilocano word that means  “to farm.”

    Victoria Padilla, Agtalon’s executive director, said more people are slowly becoming conscious of what they are eating. She added that the Agtalon’s three hectare farm produces organic rice, corn, vegetables, chicken and hogs and is trying hard to cope with the demand.

    Padilla explained that farm produce is classified to be “organic” if it carries the certification of the Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture. She stressed that without such certification, a produce supplier cannot use the organic tag in his or her farm produce.

    Moreover, Padilla said aside from producing organic foods, the Agtalon also aims to help farmers produce quality crops and to find markets for it.

    The Agtalon is not only helping protect the environment from harmful pesticides or fertilizers but also helps farmers raise the quality of their farm products. And, the best part of it is it is providing healthy food for the people, Padilla said.

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    All Saints’/ Souls’ Day Celebrations in the Philippines

    November 2nd, 2017

    A typical cemetery scene in the Philippines during All Saints’ and Souls’ Days Image © Megacitizens.com

    TODAY is November 2 and All Souls’ Day is being observed in the Philippines.

    For Filipinos, especially for the Roman Catholics, this is the day where they would flock to the cemeteries to offer prayers, candles, food and flowers for their departed loved ones.

    There would surely be a  “fiesta” in the cemeteries, with so many people busy walking to and fro while some silently huddle together in a corner or grave site saying prayers for their dead relatives or friends.

    Starting at dawn, people flock to the cemeteries or memorial parks, be it public or private. Tents or makeshift sun shelters mushroom all over the place where relatives, who seldom see each other except for occasions like this, will hold “instant” reunions. They will have long chats while their children, restless young adults and even some adults will hold a picnic on top of the tombs or burial plots of their relatives who have gone over to the other side.

    With already so much chatter and movement around, it is a good thing loudspeakers and other noise-making gadgets are banned.

    Prior to all Souls’ Day, some Christians observe All Saints’ Day, a day devoted in remembrance of the exemplary deeds of saints or holy people.

    Masses and services in Catholic and other Christian churches are held to venerate the saints who have come before us.

    In some less traditional instances, children come to church dressed as saints. According to church leaders, this is the most appropriate way of celebrating All Saints’ Day instead of the young adorning themselves as devils, ghouls, zombies, or other gory creatures.

    In some rural areas during All Saints’ or even All Souls’ Day, children and adults go serenading all over town, a practice similar to Christmas caroling but in these instances, this Filipino version of trick or treat is called “pangangaluluwa.”

    The nangangaluluwa sing songs for the Virgin Mary and St. Lucia pretending to be souls in need. St. Lucia, it is said, is the “bearer of light” who dispense it to the deserving soul.

    In response, those serenaded give cash or food to the adult “nangangaluluwa.” The gifts are usually intended for Church use or projects. It is different for kids though as they divide among themselves whatever treat they get from doing the pangangaluluwa.

    However, pangangaluluwa is not practiced in urban centers or in schools. It has been replaced by the much western practice of “trick or treat.”

    In rural areas, glutinous or sticky rice called “suman” is served during these times. Suman is a sticky rice rolled and wrapped in banana leaves. It is cooked in coconut milk and sugar.

    Tamales, which is also made of glutinous rice, sprinkled with a dash of salt and an additive called lihiya — thus the name suman sa lihiya, is at times also served. Tamales is is dipped to a sweet sauce made of coconut milk and brown sugar, and sometimes stir-fried shredded coconut.

    Aside from the suman for the living, our kababayan also offer native delicacies to the departed, placing them in their graves or altar of remembrance, a practice we got from the Chinese.

    The Filipino way of celebrating Halloween — All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day  — is an important part of our culture and traditions. Hopefully it won’t be forgotten.

    It is a happy occasion where we also show our respect to our departed kins and friends. It is our  way of thanking and giving tribute to them for all that they shared with us.

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    Ingatan ang Inyong Mga Anak!*

    September 11th, 2017

    NAPAKARAMING pangyayari ang tunay na ikinakatakot ng mga magulang subalit walang hihigit pa sa pangambang dala ng kabi-kabilang patayan na kinabibilangan ng mga kabataan bilang biktima.

    Napakaraming espikulasyon kung sino ang salarin. Subali’t napakalinaw na kabataan ang biktima! Ano na ang mangyayari kung ang sinasabing “pag-asa ng bayan” ay maagang kinikitlan ng buhay o kaya nama’y nagugumon sa bisyo at nasisira ang kinabukasan?

     

    Paano na ang pag-asa ng bayan? Paano nila makakamit ang naisin nila kung laging may kinatatakutan? Paano na kung lagi silang may takot, lalo na ang mga magulang na tanging ang pananalangin ang sandigan upang ang mga anak ay makauwing ligtas sa bahay? Paano nila matutupad ang ambisyong maging maganda ang kinabukasan kung sila ay limitado ang galaw dahil laging may pangamba sa kanilang kaligtasan?

    Napakaraming tanong na sa halip na ituon ang panahon at kakayahan upang mapaganda at maging masaya ang buhay, ang isip ay nakatuon na lamang sa pagiging ligtas sa araw-araw. Nalilimitahan ang galaw, nagiging iba na ang direksyon ng buhay kung laging may pangamba sa buhay.

    Tanging ang pag-iingat na lamang ang makakapitan. Kailangang maging mahigpit ang pagsubaybay ng mga magulang sa mga anak. Ingatan sila lagi. Ipaunawa sa kanila na isang uri ng pagmamahal ang ginagawa ng mga magulang kung bakit kailangang laging inaalam ng magulang kung nasaan na sila, kung sino ang mga kasama, at kung anong oras uuwi.

    Dapat alam din ng mga anak paano pangangalagaan ang sarili. Huwag ilagay ang sarili sa peligro, umiwas sa masasamang barkada, at iwasan ang mga lugar na di ligtas. Maging mapanuri.  Huwag mainis sa magulang kapag tinatanong kung anong oras uuwi o kung sino ang mga kasama, at ano ang ginagawa. Ibig sabihin nito ay mahal kayo ng inyong magulang dahil ginagabayan nila kayo.

    Kapayapaan ay Kayamanan

    Tunay ngang kayamanan ang kapayapaan. Bakit?

    Dahil magagamit ng tao ang kanilang oras, talino at kapasidad sa pagpapaunlad ng buhay kung sila ay kuntento na sila ay laging ligtas. Makakapunta sa malayong lugar upang magtrabaho, masayang makapapamasyal kasama ng pamilya o ng mga kaibigan.

    Kung tahimik at ligtas ang kapaligiran, maitutuon ng mga tao lalo na ng mga kabataan ang kanilang talino at panahon sa magagandang bagay upang sila’y umunlad. Malaya silang makapupunta saan man nila naisin; walang pangamba na maaring sila’y dukutin o patayin, o gawan ng krimen ng mga kampon ng kadiliman.

    Sino na ang aasahan ng bayan kung ang kabataan ay nagiging biktima ng karahasan? Sa panahong ito, nagiging doble ang responsibilidad ng mga magulang para sa mga anak.

     

    *Ang mga pananaw sa artikulong ito ay sa sumulat.  Maaring hindi ito ang opisyal na posisyon ng Beyond Deadlines.

     

     

     

     

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    Napakaraming “sana” para sa ating mga Pilipino*

    August 28th, 2017

    NAAALALA pa ba ninyo ang kantang “Imagine” na pinasikat ng grupong Beatles noong mga 1960’s to 70’s?

    Ito marahil ang isang awiting pinagkukunan ng inspirasyon ng maraming Pilipinong nagnanais ng mapayapa at masaganang buhay.

    Mahirap makamit ang “utopia” o isang ideal na kalalagayan, ayon na rin sa “Imagine,” subalit ito’y nagbibigay ng pag-asa sa panahong napakarami nating katanungan…sa mga panahong tulad ngayon.

    Napakaraming “sana” ang naiisip ng ating mga kababayan.

    Sana ay hindi nasayang ang ipinaglabang kalayaan ng mga dakilang bayani, ng mga nagsakripisyo noong panahon ng Martial Law at ang mga dumagsa sa EDSA 1986 upang makamtan ang kalayaan. Sana ay maging tapat sa tungkulin ang iniluklok nating mamuno sa bayan.

    Ngunit nakalulungkot na pagkatapos ng maraming taon, ganito pa rin tayo.

    Napakaraming “sana” pa rin ang nasasambit. Sana ay mapayapa na ang bansa, masagana, malaya at namumuhay nang ayon sa ating ninanais. Sana ay magkakasama ang pamilya at hindi na kailangang pumunta sa ibayong dagat upang maghanapbuhay.

    At sana ay maging aral sa atin ang kasaysayan. Kahit paano, makakamit natin ang kahit ilang bahagi ng “utopia,” ang mabuhay nang payapa, masagana, at masaya!

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    Sa panahong ito na napakalaki ng papel ng social media, kailangang maging mapagsuri ang mambabasa. Isipin kung lehitimo ang balita o gawa-gawa lamang ng ilang tao na nais maghasik ng kalituhan. Divide and rule, ika nga, nang sa gayo’y madali nilang matamo ang tagumpay ng pansariling interes.

    Nakalulungkot basahin ang mga comments sa Facebook at ilang social media sites. May mga ilang tao na wari ba’y sarado na ang mga isipan sa mga nangyayari sa paligid. Nagiging duwag na at tamad nang magtanong o mag-isip. Kalimitang katwira’y hindi naman sila apektado ng mga pangyayari, o kaya nama’y nagsasawa nang makialam sa mga isyu.

     

    *Ang mga pananaw sa artikulong ito ay sa sumulat.  Maaring hindi ito ang opisyal na posisyon ng Beyond Deadlines.

     

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