Cav Banana, et al

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We also offer Banana Chips, Coconurt  Sugar, Banana Chips, Pineapples, etc.

Size does matter in Cavendish Bananas

 

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Davao Philippines’Cavendish Bananas is known deliciously sweet.

  • Philippine is now the 2nd Largest Exporter of Bananas in the world.
  • The majority of these shipments are destined for the growing regional markets of China, the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Russia to satisfy their demand for fresh produce
  • Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.
  • Below are the 15 countries that accounted for the highest dollar value worth of bananas exported from the Philippines during 2015:
  1. Japan: US$176.9 million (40.2% of total bananas imports)
  2. China: $109.2 million (24.8%)
  3. South Korea: $51.6 million (11.7%)
  4. Iran: $33.8 million (7.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $19.2 million (4.4%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $12.9 million (2.9%)
  7. Kuwait: $8.7 million (2%)
  8. New Zealand: $6.5 million (1.5%)
  9. Hong Kong: $5.2 million (1.2%)
  10. Singapore: $5.1 million (1.2%)
  11. Malaysia: $2.3 million (0.5%)
  12. Taiwan: $2.1 million (0.5%)
  13. North Korea: $1.7 million (0.4%)
  14. Bahrain: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Qatar: $912,000 (0.2%)
  • Among the above countries, the fastest-growing consumers of Philippine bananas exports since 2011 were: Bahrain (up 822.2% in value), Saudi Arabia (up 638.1%), Malaysia (up 312.3%) and Kuwait (up 195.4%).Production system ranges from backyard to highly integrated operation with the latter catering to the export market.
  • Weak demand in the EU.
  • Total import of fruit by the Philippines from 2008 till 2013. The highest volume of imports occurred in 2012 reaching 240,477MT while the lowest was in 2008 to 187,265MT. The average annual growth rate was 3.68% during this time period.
  • Philippine farms produced a total of 8.65m tonnes of bananas valued at P117.15bn ($2.6bn) in 2013, down from a peak of 9.23m tonnes worth P108.13bn ($2.4bn) the previous year, according to PSA data. Concerted efforts over the past two decades to expand banana production have led to the commodity becoming the country’s most valuable crop as well as its most profitable agricultural export.
  • The past years, the yield dramatically been reduced due to destruction brought about by the strong typhoons that hit the country particularly the major producing areas in Mindanao. Another calamity was the most recent “El Nino.”  Nevertheless, these are not typical and Mindanao is not a typhoon belt.
  • Overall, the average annual growth rate was 0.26% and 16%, respectively for production and area for the six-year time period.
  • The farms are generally small in size (1-5 ha) with minimal care resulting to low yield.
  • Big farms are typically managed by Cooperatives, Organizations and Investment Companies

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Philippines Then as Isle of Gold

On one occasion, I also heard from a Christian Pastor that before Spain colonized the Philippines on 1521, the Filipinos then were already organized and wealthier.  Facts seem far different from what we were taught on schools.   It was even mentioned that Filipinos then are not primitive but with high standards on their crafts and commerce and possesses intelligence.  Expert even mentioned that Philippine ancient gold treasures are unbelievably more crafted than what was found in the Pyramids.

Philippines 100 BC onward

I believe there is still a need for more study on this, as there seem to be lacking for added information compared to existing on books.  In my own opinion, you not be an expert to know that some provided data are contradicting with other available information.  One known reason for the contradiction is the admission of some historians that there was an intended distortion during the colonization and martial law era.  Philippines were conquered by Spain, America, Japan, etc.  It was even told that Philippines was once conquered by Korea as briefly stated in the show Queen Shondok.  This needs verification.

On this era, a number of historians mentioned that Philippines was once called the island of Chryse, the “Golden One.”  Ancient Greek writers referred Philippines then as an island rich in gold, east of India.   These are some of the writers:  Pomponius Mela, Marinos of Tyre and the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea mentioned this island in 100 BC.  It was believed as equivalent to the Indian Suvarnadvipa, the “Island of Gold.”  It was even mentioned by Josephus as where Solomon brought back gold and other trade items through a ship of Tyre.  The Visayan island is known already in ancient times with Greeks traders around 21 AD, especially Cebu.   i.e. the Malaya Peninsula. North of Chryse in the Periplus was Thin, which some consider the first European reference to China.  Scholars however know that Thin or Gin as in Gintu – Suvarnadvipa originates from Chinese word for gold “jin.” Chinese knew Philippines thousands of years before known conquerors occupy the area.

In about the 200 BC, during the Qin dynasty and the Tang dynasty, China was well aware and telling of the golden lands they trade they describe far to the south.  One reason for this is their need of more gold due to practice trend of using gold eye covers, and then, gold facial orifice covers to adorn the dead.  Philippines was also somehow mentioned by the Buddhist pilgrim I-Tsing mentions Chin-Chou, “Isle of Gold” in the archipelago south of China on his way back from India.   Another one to mention Philippines was Medieval Muslims, calling it as the Kingdoms of Zabag and Wakwak as rich in gold.  They refer to Philippines then as eastern islands of the Malay archipelago, the location of present-day Philippines and Eastern Indonesia.

An Unverified Claim.

This must be the reason why a new claim has been raised that beneath Philippines is the lost city of Atlantis.  Funny but hope expert in exploration shed some light to this new claim.  Though the exact area is not revealed, an expert reiterated that unless the place is surveyed by experts and analyzed by modern equipment, the claim will remain unbelievable.  But if the claim is really there, it may be known already by nations or group with advance technology as America.  As we all know, their satellite are so advance it can even determine even the depths of the sea and underneath a land.

Another mystery is the archaeological findings unintentionally dug during present day constructions… some findings were bones of elephants.

What the Spaniards Discovered.

During the Spain colonization of Philippines, they discovered an abundance of gold both owned by its local inhabitants and at archaeological sites.  One proof of this can be viewed at Philippine Central Bank’s exhibited treasures.  Pedro Fidalgo in 1545, the Portugese explorer also narrated that they found gold so abundant on Luzon and they were trading it for silver.  Later they found out that the gold being trade in Brunei originated in Luzon Philippines.  The region was referred then as Lusung Dao or “Luzon Island” to the Chinese who also traded for gold in this region.

Communities.

As stated in many historical and social study books, small political units were already in existence then, known as barangay.  Each was headed by Datu or headman answerable to a Filipino King (Rajah). Trading links with Sumatra, Borneo, Thailand, Java, China, India, Arabia, Japan and the Ryukyu Kingdom flourished during this era. A thalassocracy had thus emerged based on international trade.

Each barangay has an estimate of around 100 families. Same as today, some were big, such as Zubu (Cebu), Butuan, Maktan (Mactan), Irong-Irong (Iloilo), Bigan (Vigan), and Selurong (Manila).  Around 2,000 inhabitants belong to big barangays.   They trade jars, metal, salt and tobacco. In exchange, the peoples would trade feathers, rhino horn, hornbill beaks, beeswax, birds nests, resin, rattan, etc.  Prosperity was believed come into view between the 7th century to the beginning of the 1400s in these regions:    Manila Bay, Cebu, Iloilo,[14] Butuan, the Kingdom of Sanfotsi situated in Pangasinan, the Kingdoms of Zabag and Wak-Wak situated in Pampanga and Aparri (which specialized in trade with Japan and the Kingdom of Ryukyu in Okinawa).

Another proof that Philippines has a developed society then prior to the Spanish colonization is the found Laguna Copperplate Inscription (circa 900 AD). It was found in the Laguna de Bay of Manila. In 1989, the National Museum acquired it. The inscription forgives the descendants of Namwaran from a debt of 926.4 grams of gold, and is granted by the chief of Tondo (an area in Manila) and the authorities of Paila, Binwangan and Pulilan, which are all locations in Luzon. The words are a mixture of Sanskrit, Old Malay, Old Javanese and Old Tagalog.

To my own opinion, there is a need to visualize these periods so as this and upcoming generation will know of their past rich culture.  The government should support a reconstruction both life size and museum material.  Better if this could be in a form of production design to be shown on TV and film.

I just have a question in my mind.  Where are the Philippine golds now?

Obesity is already an Intational Issue

Obesity is plain and simple over weight.

History truly repeats itself, obesity was one characteristics of people from great nations of the past as Rome and Greece.  These was clearly seen through renaissance art paintings and sculptures.

Obesity can no longer be ignored in most countries and already been a national health issue as in the United States.

More facts about obesity as stated by World Health Organization.  Please refer to below excerpt or just click to link below for more details…

http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/publications/facts/obesity/en/

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Obesity and overweight

Facts

  • Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them obese.
  • Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer.
  • The key causes are increased consumption of energy-dense foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and reduced physical activity.

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults overweight – at least 300 million of them clinically obese – and is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability. Often coexisting in developing countries with under-nutrition, obesity is a complex condition, with serious social and psychological dimensions, affecting virtually all ages and socioeconomic groups.

Increased consumption of more energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high levels of sugar and saturated fats, combined with reduced physical activity, have led to obesity rates that have risen three-fold or more since 1980 in some areas of North America, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and China.The obesity epidemic is not restricted to industrialized societies; this increase is often faster in developing countries than in the developed world.

Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for serious diet-related chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The health consequences range from increased risk of premature death, to serious chronic conditions that reduce the overall quality of life. Of especial concern is the increasing incidence of child obesity.

Why is this happening?

The rising epidemic reflects the profound changes in society and in behavioural patterns of communities over recent decades. While genes are important in determining a person’s susceptibility to weight gain, energy balance is determined by calorie intake and physical activity. Thus societal changes and worldwide nutrition transition are driving the obesity epidemic. Economic growth, modernization, urbanization and globalization of food markets are just some of the forces thought to underlie the epidemic.

As incomes rise and populations become more urban, diets high in complex arbohydrates give way to more varied diets with a higher proportion of fats, saturated fats and sugars. At the same time, large shifts towards less physically demanding work have been observed worldwide. Moves towards less physical activity are also found in the increasing use of automated transport, technology in the home, and more passive leisure pursuits.

How do we define obesity and overweight?

The prevalence of overweight and obesity is commonly assessed by using body mass index (BMI), defined as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in metres (kg/m2 ). A BMI over 25 kg/m2 is defined as overweight, and a BMI of over 30 kg/m2 as obese. These markers provide common benchmarks for assessment, but the risks of disease in all populations can increase progressively from lower BMI levels.

Adult mean BMI levels of 22-23 kg/m2 are found in Africa and Asia, while levels of 25-27 kg/m2 are prevalent across North America, Europe, and in some Latin American, North African and Pacific Island countries. BMI increases amongst middle-aged elderly people, who are at the greatest risk of health complications. In countries undergoing nutrition transition, overnutrition often co-exists with undernutrition. People with a BMI below 18.5 kg/m2 tend to be underweight.

The distribution of BMI is shifting upwards in many populations. And recent studies have shown that people who were undernourished in early life and then become obese in adulthood, tend to develop conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes at an earlier age and in more severe form than those who were never undernourished.

The extent of the problem

Currently more than 1 billion adults are overweight – and at least 300 million of them are clinically obese. Current obesity levels range from below 5% in China, Japan and certain African nations, to over 75% in urban Samoa. But even in relatively low prevalence countries like China, rates are almost 20% in some cities.

Childhood obesity is already epidemic in some areas and on the rise in others. An estimated 22 million children under five are estimated to be overweight worldwide. According to the US Surgeon General, in the USA the number of overweight children has doubled and the number of overweight adolescents has trebled since 1980. The prevalence of obese children aged 6-to-11 years has more than doubled since the 1960s. Obesity prevalence in youths aged 12-17 has increased dramatically from 5% to 13% in boys and from 5% to 9% in girls between 1966-70 and 1988-91 in the USA. The problem is global and increasingly extends into the developing world; for example, in Thailand the prevalence of obesity in 5-to-12 year olds children rose from12.2% to 15-6% in just two years.

Obesity accounts for 2-6% of total health care costs in several developed countries; some estimates put the figure as high as 7%. The true costs are undoubtedly much greater as not all obesity-related conditions are included in the calculations.

How does excess body fat impact health?

Overweight and obesity lead to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin resistance. Some confusion of the consequences of obesity arise because researchers have used different BMI cut-offs, and because the presence of many medical conditions involved in the development of obesity may confuse the effects of obesity itself.

The non-fatal, but debilitating health problems associated with obesity include respiratory difficulties, chronic musculoskeletal problems, skin problems and infertility. The more life-threatening problems fall into four main areas: CVD problems; conditions associated with insulin resistance such as type 2 diabetes; certain types of cancers, especially the hormonally related and large-bowel cancers; and gallbladder disease.

The likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes and hypertension rises steeply with increasing body fatness. Confined to older adults for most of the 20th century, this disease now affects obese children even before puberty. Approximately 85% of people with diabetes are type 2, and of these, 90% are obese or overweight. And this is increasingly becoming a developing world problem. In 1995, the Emerging Market Economies had the highest number of diabetics. If current trends continue, India and the Middle Eastern crescent will have taken over by 2025.Large increases would also be observed in China, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the rest of Asia.

Raised BMI also increases the risks of cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, endometroium, kidney and gallbladder. Chronic overweight and obesity contribute significantly to osteoarthritis, a major cause of disability in adults. Although obesity should be considered a disease in its own right, it is also one of the key risk factors for other chronic diseases together with smoking, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. In the analyses carried out for World Health Report 2002, approximately 58% of diabetes and 21% of ischaemic heart disease and 8-42% of certain cancers globally were attributable to a BMI above 21 kg/m2.

What can we do about it?

Effective weight management for individuals and groups at risk of developing obesity involves a range of long-term strategies. These include prevention, weight maintenance, management of co-morbidities and weight loss. They should be part of an integrated, multi-sectoral, population-based approach, which includes environmental support for healthy diets and regular physical activity. Key elements include:

  • Creating supportive population-based environments through public policies that promote the availability and accessibility of a variety of low-fat, high-fibre foods, and that provide opportunities for physical activity.
  • Promoting healthy behaviours to encourage, motivate and enable individuals to lose weight by: – eating more fruit and vegetables, as well as nuts and whole grains;
    – engaging in daily moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes;
    – cutting the amount of fatty, sugary foods in the diet;
    – moving from saturated animal-based fats to unsaturated vegetable-oil based fats.
  • Mounting a clinical response to the existing burden of obesity and associated conditions through clinical programmes and staff training to ensure effective support for those affected to lose weight or avoid further weight gain.
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YouTube FYI

YouTube is based in San Bruno, California and was created by three former PayPal employees on November 2006. The company uses Adobe Flash Video technology to accommodate various types of user friendly video content from movie clips, TV clips, music video, presentation, and video blogging. It started with amateur uploads from individuals yet later on was patronized even by businesses and professionals. As part of its expansion, YouTube established a partnership program with media corporation as UMG, CBS, BBC, and other organizations that offer some of their material for public and business viewing. Everyone can view their videos unless declared for private use by the uploader. Only registered members are allowed to upload. But in line with YouTube’s terms of service, videos with possible offensive content are only open for viewing to registered users over 18 years old. YouTube also prohibits the following types of video: pornographic, material encouraging criminal conduct, with copyright violations, and the like.

It’s undoubtedly a big hit! On February 2005, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and is now operated as a subsidiary of Google. The rest is history.

Coconut Water Wonders

All my life I live in a place where coconut trees and fruits are everywhere and easily bought.  Who would have thought it contains one of the most nutritious elements in the planet our body can in take:

  • Coconut Water is More Nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and NO cholesterol!
  • Coconut Water is More Healthy than Orange Juice – Much lower calories
  • Coconut Water is Better than processed baby milk- It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother’s milk
  • Coconut water is naturally sterile — Water permeates though the filtering husk!
  • Coconut water is a universal donor– Its identical to human blook plasma
  • Coconut Water is a Natural Isotonic Beverage – The same level we have in our blood.
  • Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries thru Coconut IV.
  • “Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue… and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural!”, according to Mortin Satin, Chielf of the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization
  • Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks
  • Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg
  • Coconut water has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars
  • Coconut water is very high in Chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg. 

As early as World War II, coconut water is already been tapped for medicinal use.  It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood.

As per researched, the coconut was found to provide many benefits beside medicinal use.  As to food usage, the fruit and its content can be turned into milk, meat, sugar and oil as well as functioning as its own dish and cup.  The husk was also burned for fuel by natives, but today a seed fibre called coir is taken from the husk and used to make brushes, mats, fishnets, and rope. A very potent fermented toddy or drink is also made from the coconut palm’s sap. Coconut oil, a saturated fat made from dried coconut meat, is used for commercial frying and in candies and margarines, as well as in non-edible products such as soaps and cosmetics.

If anyone wishes to source for coconut products, kindly e-mail me directly at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com.  Please provide details to quote accordingly. 

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