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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Nelson Mandela

In the 90’s, I began to hear Nelson Mandela through the international news.  All along, I just knew him as a political figure.  That’s all.  But there are times I think why Mandela is even invited to rock concerts and celebrity shows far from his homelad?  This is uncommon to many political figures.  One time, I even saw him being hug and greeted by Bono of U2 .  I became more curious since then.   

I already forgot my intestest with Nelson Mandela until I watched the movie “Invictus.”    Two Thumbs up for the cast and crew, especially to its Director Clint Eastwood!  What a remarkable film!  Trully Awesome beyond the usual! 

But I noticed something.  I always admire Morgan Freeman and he has my respect and admiration.  It’s just that Nelson Mandela’s story is too remarkable for any actor could portray and the movie itself is too limited to tell how Nelson Mandela live his life and ho he have won South Africa’s respect and the world. 

Now, it’s been 20 years since he was freed from his cell.  He was a hero, imprisoned for 27 years for the crime of opposing a government that sought to enforce severe segregation laws with brutality.  It seems that when he was freed, so as the people of South Africa.  Below is how they returned Mandela’s sacrifices to his country… 

“We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free,” he said in his inauguration speech. “Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward. We are both humbled and elevated by the honor and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist government.” 

Mandela did not just serve his people well.  He also kept his promise —  serve but one term. 

As to his own words, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination,” he said. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realized. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” 

His name means, “pulling the branch of a tree” or, colloquially “troublemaker,” in the Xhosa language — foreshadowed how that greatness would manifest.  

Nelson Mandela’s is an inspiration to many and will continue to be.  His life and legacy is a continuous reminder to all leaders and aspiring to be… “if anyone wishes to the leader must be the servant of all.”

AND THE WINNER IS… 2010 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

And the nominees are…

Sunday, January 17 on NBC

Winners:  http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/

Category:  Cecil B. DeMille Award

Martin Scorsese

Category:  Best Motion Picture, Drama

1. ‘Avatar’ 

2. ‘The Hurt Locker’

 

3. ‘Inglourious Basterds’

 

4. ‘Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire’

5. ‘Up in the Air’

 

Category:  Best Motion Picture, Commedy

1. ‘(500) Days of Summer’

2. ‘The Hangover’

 3. ‘It’s Complicated’

 4. ‘Julie & Julia’

 5. ‘Nine’

Other Categories:

Best Director – Motion Picture

Kathryn Bigelow

‘The Hurt Locker’

James Cameron

Clint Eastwood

‘Invictus’

Jason Reitman

‘Up in the Air’

Quentin Tarantino

‘Inglourious Basterds’

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jeff Bridges

‘Crazy Heart’

George Clooney

‘Up in the Air’

Colin Firth

‘A Single Man’

Morgan Freeman

‘Invictus’

Tobey Maguire

‘Brothers’

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Emily Blunt

‘The Young Victoria’

Sandra Bullock

‘The Blind Side’

Helen Mirren

‘The Last Station’

Carey Mulligan

‘An Education’

Gabourey Sidibe

‘Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire’

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Matt Damon

‘Invictus’

Woody Harrelson

‘The Messenger’

Christopher Plummer

‘The Last Station’

Stanley Tucci

‘The Lovely Bones’

Christoph Waltz

‘Inglourious Basterds’

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Penelope Cruz

‘Nine’

Vera Farmiga

‘Up in the Air’

Anna Kendrick

‘Up in the Air’

Mo’Nique

‘Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire’

Julianne Moore

‘A Single Man’

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Matt Damon

‘The Informant!’

Daniel Day-Lewis

‘Nine’

Robert Downey, Jr.

‘Sherlock Holmes’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

‘(500) Days of Summer

Michael Stuhlbarg

‘A Serious Man’

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Sandra Bullock

‘The Proposal’

Marion Cotillard

‘Nine’

Julia Roberts

‘Duplicity’

Meryl Streep

‘It’s Complicated’

Meryl Streep

‘Julie and Julia’

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

‘The Hurt Locker’

Mark Boal

‘District 9’

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

‘Inglourious Basterds’

Quentin Tarantino

‘It’s Complicated’

Nancy Meyers

‘Up in the Air’

Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Best Animated Feature Film

‘Coraline’

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’

‘The Princess and the Frog’

‘Up’

Best Foreign Language Film

‘A Prophet’

‘The White Ribbon’

‘The Maid’

‘Baaria’

Best Television Series, Drama

‘Big Love’

‘Dexter’

‘House’

‘Mad Men’

‘True Blood’

Best Televison Series, Comedy or Musical

’30 Rock’

‘Entourage’

‘Glee’

‘Modern Family’

‘The Office’

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Simon Baker

‘The Mentalist’

Michael C. Hall

‘Dexter’

Jon Hamm

‘Mad Men’

Hugh Laurie

‘House’

Bill Paxton

‘Big Love’

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Julianna Margulies

‘The Good Wife’

Glenn Close

‘Damages’

January Jones

‘Mad Men’

Anna Paquin

‘True Blood’

Kyra Sedgwick

‘The Closer’

Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Alec Baldwin

’30 Rock’

Steve Carell

‘The Office’

Thomas Jane

‘Hung’

David Duchovny

‘Californication’

Matthew Morrison

‘Glee’

Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Toni Collette

‘United States of Tara’

Courteney Cox

‘Cougar Town’

Tina Fey

’30 Rock’

Edie Falco

‘Nurse Jackie’

Lea Michele

‘Glee’

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

‘Grey Gardens’

‘Into the Storm’

‘Little Dorrit’

‘Taking Chance’

‘Georgia O’Keeffe’

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Kevin Bacon

‘Taking Chance’

Kenneth Branagh

‘Wallander: One Step Behind’

Chiwetel Ejiofor

‘Endgame’

Brendan Gleeson

‘Into the Storm’

Jeremy Irons

‘Georgia O’Keeffe’

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Joan Allen

‘Georgia O’Keeffe’

Drew Barrymore

‘Grey Gardens’

Jessica Lange

‘Grey Gardens’

Anna Paquin

‘The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler’

Sigourney Weaver

‘Prayers for Bobby’

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Neil Patrick Harris

‘How I Met Your Mother’

Michael Emerson

‘Lost’

Jeremy Piven

‘Entourage’

William Hurt

‘Damages’

John Lithgow

‘Dexter’

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jane Adams

‘Hung’

Rose Byrne

‘Damages’

Jane Lynch

‘Glee’

Janet McTeer

‘Into the Storm’

Chloe Sevigny

‘Big Love’

Winners:  http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/

Images are excerpt from google images

Elvis Presley sang Amazing Grace

An Actor-Singer, Elvis Presley have been regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth-century popular culture.   I won’t go into details but one side of his life I will touch.  

I admire Elvis humble recognition of how he started and where where he got his first inspiration.  Although he lived a controversial and questionable Christian life, I will still recognized his brave showing of his faith like Samson.  Others may not agree on me but let me still recognized him through his videos via youtube. 

Elvis Presley’s earliest musical influence came from Gospel music. His mother recalled that from the age of two, at the Assembly of God church in Tupelo attended by the family, “he would slide down off my lap, run into the aisle and scramble up to the platform. There he would stand looking at the choir and trying to sing with them.  Later, the family sang together as a gospel trio. In Memphis, Presley as a young teenager frequently attended all-night gospel singings at the Ellis Auditorium, where the likes of The Statesmen Quartet led the music in a style. 

 

Invictus is must to see movie

Better watch the video if you missed this movie.

Pls view the trailer

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 Invictus is directed by Clint Eastwood 

starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

Now I somehow understand who Nelson Mandela is and why Europeans and Americans loved him dearly.    This happens after the fall of apartheid in South Africa, during his term as president, when he campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.   

Trully inspiring!

The title comes from the fact that Mandela had the poem written on a scrap of paper on his prison cell while he was incarcerated. In the movie, Mandela gives the “Invictus” poem to his national rugby team’s captain Francois Pienaar before the start of the Rugby World Cup. In reality, Mandela provided Pienaar with an extract from Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech from 1910.

Hope the people and institution behind this film also tell to the world the story of Jose Rizal, Juan Luna, Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino, etc.  All these are from the Philippines.  

AVATAR rocks!

photo excerpt from google images credit to http://www.bscreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/avatar-james-cameron-movie-2-1024×576.jpg

I simply could not deny that I liked AVATAR after watching it.  It’s a combination of many memorable and blockbuster movies put into one, yet new ideas were obviously injected.  

What I like best of this movie is its subliminal approach and eye opener scenes that teaches viewer to respect other culture and the environment for common good of all.  Somehow it also exposes the dirty side of politics.   Nonetheless, it can educate any form of viewers. 

To me, the main character is more than pigment of the writer-director’s immagination.  Although I do not know the director personally, somehow I clearly see James Cameron in the main character.  His intention to educate seem to be above his intention to earn and be applauded. 

This film is simply two thumbs up! 

Christmas movie you shouldn’t missed

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Directed by Frank Capra. With James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore.

Better to have a copy and watch the full video