Cav Banana, et al

We export all-in pack

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You can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

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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This business walk an extra mile for its clients.  It literally exist to assist.

Interested importers can email us directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com for further details.

 

Souvenir Shirts and Snack Delicacies from Tagaytay Philippines

Fish Cracker

Espasol

Banana Chips

Assorted Delicacies

Honey, Puree and Condiments

Barquillos

International Christian Fellowship of Tagaytay

This church is above and beyond religious.

If you want to invest for a long term socially responsible group, this is the right institution.  If given the chance, I want to source support by finding funders and/or investor that is willing to fund a multi-functional building that can both house church service and events related to seminars, livelihood support, servicing cancer patients, support with people with disability, land enough to propagate farming, venue for museum, school and place of prayer and tranquility in the heart of Tagaytay City Philippines.  If you are interested, I can gladly refer you the head Pastor or provide you a business plan/feasibility study.

The project requires lot and a building.  It may sound impossible you won’t believe how fulfilling such endeavor and the congregation is willing to help hand in hand to whatever donation is to be given.

Window to MassKara Festival Philippines

MassKara Festival is one of the known festive events in the Philippines held each year in Bacolod, Negros Occidental province every third weekend of October nearest October 19.  It is the city’s Charter Inauguration Anniversary.

Allow me to open windows for you to see and feel the emotions of MassKara Festival.

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I happen to know mask making.  I can make one upon request.

Wow Factor in Philippine Tourism

I was able to attend 18th Travel Tour Expo 2011 which was held at SMX Halls 1, 2, 3 & 4 Seashell Drive Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines  http://tte.ptaa.org.ph/

Unfortunately, today is the last day (19 February 2011).  Kindly just inquire to the organizers for upcoming schedules or wait for further announcements.

Seeing how the event was handled, in my own personal opinion the totality of the event was somehow ok.  I can even compare it to what I saw in Singapore the last time I’ve been there (somehow similar to what I saw in Suntec).  I guess, other countries with same same standard as Singapore has similar type of handling.  I just noticed that the event is not free to visitors, although the entrance  fee is only minimal and very affordable.  Nonetheless, below are some of my observations:

  • SMX Convension Center is perfect for this kind of event due to its globally competitive facility  http://www.smxconventioncenter.com/smx/?p=1395
  • SMX Convension Near and within the compound of same globally competitive Mall of Asia (tourist friendly and accessible to other facilities, restaurants and stores)
  • Relaxing as the Mall is near the sea with lots of amenities to enjoy after visiting the exhibit halls.  It is even near to affordable hotels.
  • Highly accessible and near Philippine main airport

At the exhibit area…

Guam’s place is one of crowd’s favorite because they don’t just rely on their backdrop to present.  They brought with them some of their young ones that showcased one of their folk dance.  They even invited viewers to dance with them so there is a feeling of connections between them and the prospects and the crowd loved it.    This add flavors to their way of inviting tourist to go to their country.

Above photo is part of Thailand’s booth. They adapt a type cultural presentation by way of showing to passers by the way Thai’s paint their beautiful umbrellas.  I believe they gave some small painted umbrellas to patrons.  Another is by way of showing how they intricately curve selected fruits as shown below…

I also noticed that Thailand’s booth offer massage… something they are famously known for, aside from agriculture and medical tourism.

China Booth (above and below)

Malaysia’s booth is eye catchy as their backdrops is a clear large image of their country’s modern symbol… the Petronas Twin tower.  Another attraction is their free cup of delicious Malaysia coffee… simple yet a sort of a shadow of how tourist are welcome in their country.   Now I know why are there so many tourist that visits Malaysia every year.

India’s Booth.  Simple but truly a glimpse India as the backdrop speaks for itself.  They even give magazines and booklets aside from brochures.


Kenya… truly Safari Africa

There’s more and I could not post all the photos as they are too many (e.g. Singapore, Japan, European Countries, etc.)

Let me now focus on Philippines…

My apology but Philippines’ presentation is not as enticing and attractive as the others.    Philippines is definitely WOW as a tourist destination but the WOW factor seems lacking… clear presentation of Filipino culture, breath taking natural view, awesome beaches, one of a kind culture, delicious cuisines, festive events, and many more.   This nation is considered the center of the center in terms of marine bio diversity and globally renowned personality whom can surely attracts tourist if ask to endorse Philippine Tourism  (e.g. Many Pacquio, Cory Aquino, Lea Salonga, Charice Pempengco, Batista, etc.).   This requires more than props.  It requires art with a heart and eye moving presentation that entice not just the eyes but also their appetite, the tourist imagination, excitement and most especially what Filipinos are known all over the world… hospitality.    We need to put more of our heart into this business to be more competitive.  If I may, I am willing to help like what I created (still in its concept stage)…

Hope you like it.

Ironically

I am in Tagaytay City Philippine right now and  I was surprised to see tourists all over the place.  Come to think of it… many of them are East and South East Asian speaking in Chinese language.   I was  just surprised because they look unbothered and unaffected from the negative news and publicity Philippines is getting from countries as China, Australia, etc.

No offense to the affected.  Of course, we Filipinos are saddened and sympathize with the concerned.  It’s just that life must go on, though both parties are searching for justice and credible investigation is in progress.

I know how hard it is to forgive at this point.  But hope this could lead to cooperation on how to better facilitate incidents as the painful hostage crisis that happened; and granting of tools or gadgets for better counter crimes and counter terrorism.

If you are a tourist wishing to visit the Philippines or would want to acquire properties (for business or residential), I will be gladly assist you if you want.  You can e-mail me directly at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Art with a Heart

I admire how the new Philippine government strive to clean the mess of the past.  I believe people will admire them the most if they simultaneously allow Filipino culture be expressed again in landscapes, architecture, billboards, malls, movies, shopping, festivities, agriculture, manufacturing and so on and so forth.  This is the essence of People Power — and the people at this point only awaits to be empowered by their government.  If you can read between the lines, the silent majority and the new breed of Filipinos are just waiting to be utilized.

In the Philippines, preparation for the coming Christmas season is I think one of the best time to promote moral and cultural programs for national building. Filipinos start to observe as early as first day of September.  Filipinos calls it the “ber” months.  Unlike in other countries, Christmas carols are already played in the airwaves and that adds to the inspiration.  The mall owners knew how to exploit the emotion of the people so they go with the flow.  Hope our present leaders  will also use this opportunity to both motivate and mobilize many without spending much.  Filipinos themselves will surely contribute in the preparation and cultural propagation through utilization of arts, craftsmanship and voluntarism.  Below are some of the highly acclaimed Giant Christmas Lanterns showcase every December from Christmas Capital of the Philippines — Pampanga shown in my own art form:

Hope the government and private sector collaborate or individually sponsor those who can promote Filipino culture incorporate to Christmas spirit.  A single giant lantern on display alone can attract more tourist and provide income opportunity for small businesses.  How much more if a bigger place is decorated or transformed to a viewable display as what was done in the past at Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong City.  You need not consult a genius to figure this out.  Hope the Giant Christmas Lanterns be also displayed on major cities, streets, airports, terminals and places we all love them to be seen.  It need not be expensive.  Craftsmen and Artists only needs funder or supporter.

May the Filipino values and culture also complete in the billboard and public arena The public and private sectors should support.

Singapore is Remarkable!

It’s been a long time since I visited Singapore but my photographs still has its life of its own till to this day.  One of my favorite place I visited is Republic Plaza  and/or the whole Raffles Place.  I could not forget when I personally enter the building and visited some of its high tech offices.  I am also marbled of its architecture… “an awesome tower of power.”  It was just one of the famous buildings in Singapore yet still is my favorite.  Top to bottom, I like it!  If given the chance and be invited by Republic Plaza management or by any of Singapore Tourism Agencies,  I will be more than glad to document its Singapore’s awesome sights and wonders through my widely read and viewed blogs.  Let me show you how I captured and framed some of Singapore’s best…

These are just some.  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

More to be posted soon!

Vicky Wallace and Her Bee Farm in Bohol

Image is excerpt from Google Images

Who would have thought that a high earning US base Filipino Nurse and a mother would trade all she owned in America, in exchange of her one chance to establish a community building organic farm in Bohol Philippines.  Better known as Bohol Bee Farm.

The lady in the spot light is “Vicky Wallace,” a New York based nurse-turned-farmer.”  I loved what she said…

“You make good money in the States but you have to ask yourself what is it all about.”   I had three jobs. I hardly saw my kids. So after the school year there ended, I brought them here.”

She also said that returning to the Philippines to start a business was one of the best decisions she made in her life.

Rough Start for Vicky

As always, the non-traditional are the ones persecuted for their unorthodox vision.  It was when Vicky’s husband died in 1988.  She began to rethink of her priorities as a mother and in life.  As mentioned, it wasn’t an easy decision to make.  Nonetheless, Vicky was firm on her decision, no matter what other people said.  Let me quote her mother’s own words, , ‘Why are you dragging your kids to the Philippines, ‘as if it was a bad thing,” she relates.   Good thing Vicky did not give up.  Now, Bohol Bee Farm is a blessing not just to her family but to the whole province of Bohol as it also attracts tourist and it branch out to other possibilities and entrepreneurial opportunities.  Let me again quote another words of Vicky…

“But I never regretted my decision. What kept me going was the thought that I didn’t want to live a life where my children grew up not knowing who I was because I was always working, and later their children would grow up the same way.”

“What kept me going was the thought that I didn’t want to live a life where my children grew up not knowing who I was because I was always working, and later their children would grow up the same way.”

Vicky bought lands where she invested some of her earned money, of which they settled in of it.  She started selling vegetables to her children’s classmates. Later the parents married to foreigners went to the farm themselves and harvest their preferred vegetables. She also expanded to homemade bread.  Her success in homemade bread starts when she baked breads that suits customer’s tastes.  She observed that foreigners don’t like it sweet.  In the contrary, locals love their kamote bread, which is slightly sweeter.  Bee Farm’s herb bread is a hit to foreigners and hopes to win Filipinos tastes soon.  There’s no stopping this lady as she also offered muffins and crafts, something she learned in the US.

More of Bohol Bee Farm on their site…

http://www.boholbeefarm.com/

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