I refuse to take shortcuts.

Part 1 (Live-cut Harvest Area)

Cavendish Banana Export is one of the top export earners in the Philippines.  But it is not as easy as it sound.  There is no short-cut if you want to succeed in it whether you are a grower-farmer, an exporter-trader or an importer.  I am facilitating this business since 2007, many do not survive as it is not for the painted-heart.  I’ve seen a lot of hopeful business people of all sorts.  Most of us who remain standing learn the hard way.  The process could not be learn from books and from articles written in the internet.  There is no other way but to dive and immerse to the real thing.  You can either lean as a group/company or as individual entrepreneur willing to face the challenges and pitfalls.

I was in the corporate sector with well-rounded experience in admin and corporate services, and an awardee for work excellence … my experience is not enough.  I have earlier background in Advertising and creative arts to support my sales … not enough.  My long years in e-commerce and B2B is not a guarantee that I can easily land a deal nor a safeguard from scams and cheaters.  One could not believe that so many are very good in cheating and scamming, and the ones who are sincere are taken for granted or doubted.  Let me tour you to the basic process in image presentation:


The center of the center in Cavendish Banana plantation in the Philippines is Davao region.  It expands to other provinces across Mindanao.  Too huge, as far as the eye can seDelicious Sweet Banana from Davao Philipinese and one week is not enough to tour the plantation.  Where in fact, I can say that the plantation total dimension is bigger than a small country like Singapore.

It took me years to find what I am looking for:  Cooperative Well Administer Plantation that can supply according to our standard and tolerance.


Plantation Area should have quarantined entrance-exit points with guard.  Not all plantation are reliable as not all growers have ample capitalization for a well maintained, well sprayed and well fertilize banana plantation.  Till to this day I am still learning even though I already facilitated export to a number of countries since 2007:  China, Vladivostok Russia, Kuwait, Bulgaria, Iran, Egypt, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Dubai, etc.


Good Plant stand with 5 leaves up.



Professionally Coded both by colored ribbon and markings


Export quality inspected inside-out, with regular report


Live-cut harvest (harvest will not start unless our representative supervisor approve what tree to harvest).


Very careful handling from harvested tree to Aerial Tractor (transport of banana bunches from harvest area to packing-processing plant.

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Please continue to part 2 (Packing Operation)


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We Seek New Long Term Buyers

We are capable to deliver Fresh Quality Cavendish Banana.

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Cav Banana, et al

We export all-in pack





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

Size does matter in Cavendish Bananas



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














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.


America gives back

The fund raising drive resulted to an overwhelming text-message donations for American Red Cross for the earthquake victims of Haiti.  Even the atlethes and the first lady joined in the campaign. 

As report, the organization had collected pledges of $103 million, about $22 million of which came through the text-messaging program (as of late Sunday). The National Football League’s promotion of text-message donations during its weekend playoff games produced stunning results, with money “coming in at the rate of $500,000 an hour,” said Roger Lowe, a Red Cross spokesman.

Photos are excerpt from google images

Moringa Oil as Biofuel is better than Jatropha

Jatropha was the toast in biofuel oil industry until moringa was discovered as better source.  No offense to propagators of jatropha but this is now the reality. This ain’t rocket science to figure it out.  All you need to do is read articles, books and video presentation related to moringa and jatropha.  In comparisson, Jatropha has a poisonous part to be left when you get the oil. It’s like a nuclear waste, where will you dispose the waste?”   As to Moringa (Malunggay), all the parts of the tree are useful and highly benefitial with income potential. The most beneficial part of malunggay is nutrition. And as to my research, moringa could prove to be better in terms of maximizing what we can get out of the plant. This is shown by the number of medicinal benefits and uses that Moringa has over jatropha. 

Recent Development on Demands

The discovery resulted to a growing demand for Moringa oil or oil extracted from the seed of the moringa (malunggay) tree in the US for use as biodiesel.  Europe also starts to source out.   One company to require is North American Biofuels Inc.  Since January of 2008, they started to tap moringa oil for its biodiesel needs.  But there are others who joined the trend (both big and small business players in the import-export sector, farming, cooperatives and processing plant).  There were reports that there will be giant moringa processing plant to be established in Mindanao and Visayas Philippines (American Company).  On around 2009, there were about more or less 200 biodiesel marketing companies that use soybean oil as biofuel in the US alone. In the next 50 years, it was estimated that Japan and Korea will be the largest markets for Moringa oil as biodiesel.  

On around 2008, a number of MIT graduate students from USA studied the potentials of moringa tree directly in the Philippines.  They made a remarkable discovery.  Their study in PowerPoint format is available for free in the internet.  See below outline: 

Moringa Oil processed as biodiesel has the following properties:

  1. Iodine number better than that of regular diesel, indicating fuel stability.
  2. A cetane number indicating good ignition behavior.
  3. A cold filter plugging point indicating suitability even in winter.  

Income Projection for Farmers:

For a 10-ha moringa farm, a farmer could earn Php2 million during the first year (equivalent to around US$43,478), Php3 million in the next three years (equivalent to around US$65,217), and Php4 million in the next four years (equivalent to around US$86,956). In addition, the meal, or sapal, of malunggay seeds may be used as livestock feed (all parts has its use and income potential). 

Other Nutritional Benefits:

  • Benefitial to mothers in need to breast feed their baby.  The moringa leaves were found with lactating capability for mothers as a supplement to induce increased milk production.  Traditionally, leaves are prepared as a soup or mixed in other food for the benefit of either the mother or the child.  Proven as cheapest way to control malnutrition and hunger among poor families.  Already been introduced in Africa and was proven very effectve.
  • Moringa can also be used to increase sperm production in infertile men.
  • Erosion control and benefits the global warming campaig.
  • Roots can be used to treat snake bites.  

According to a Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry study:

  • (Moringa) has seven times the vitamin C in oranges
  • Four times the calcium in milk
  • Four times the vitamin A in carrots
  • Twice the protein in milk
  • Three times the potassium in bananas

Malungai/Malunggay is planted throughout the Philippines in settled areas at low and medium altitudes… The plant is a small tree, 8 meters or less in height, with corky bark and soft, white wood. The leaves are alternate, usually thrice pinnate, and 25 to 50 centimeters long. There are three to nine leaflets on the ultimate pinnules. These leaflets are thin, ovate to elliptic and 1 to 2 centimeters long. The flowers are white and 1.5 to 2 centimeters long, on spreading panicles. The pod is 15 to 30 centimeters long, pendulous, three-angled and nine ribbed. The seeds are three-angled, and winged on the angles.

We need Investor/Partner to achieve the desired income/profit.  If you are interested, you may inquire at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

I can help Haiti through Moringa

I know I can do something…

The effects of the earthquake is undescribable.  But there is hope and there are cheaper ways to control hunger and other basic needs, yet eco friendly and practical.  As there are so many casualties, the basic needs is what I intend to offer, if I be given the support/partnership by NGO and funding institution.   Moringa has already proven its worth and effectiveness in Africa and Asia and India, rest assured that it will help control hunger and malnutirition in Haiti.  I can create jobs as well… opportunities can be found on below link:


I can facilitate both the export of moringa products, primarily for hunger/malnutrition control.  It can also be of use to for the following:

– water purification

– healthy food option 

– alternative source of fuel (biofuel/biogas – moringa oil).   

“Moringa” or “Malunggay” as popularly known in the Philippines is something to consider in times as these in Haiti.  It will be for necessity and longterm benefit and has proven capacity to control hunger, malnutrition, medicinal/suppliment-vitamin, alternative fuel/oil (biogas), with purification substance for water, better raw materials for cosmetics, animal feeds, etc.   Please click below link for my detailed explanation:

Moringa Facts and Benefits:


The Science behind Moringa


Greener Pasteur


The Wealth Behind Moringa Tree


More details are available upon request. 

For details and inquiries, I could be reach through my direct e-mail denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Top 100 Best Global Brands

Business Week’s 100 Best Global Brands     


Rank 2009
Rank 2008
2009 Brand value
2008 Brand value
Percent change
Country of Ownership
1 1 Coca-Cola  68,734  66,667  3 U.S.
2 2 IBM  60,211  59,031  2 U.S.
3 3 Microsoft  56,647  59,007  -4 U.S.
4 4 GE  47,777  53,086  -10 U.S.
5 5 Nokia  34,864  35,942  -3 Finland
6 8 McDonald’s  32,275  31,049  4 U.S.
7 10 Google  31,980  25,590  25 U.S.
8 6 Toyota  31,330  34,050  -8 Japan
9 7 Intel  30,636  31,261  -2 U.S.
10 9 Disney  28,447  29,251  -3 U.S.
11 12 Hewlett-Packard  24,096  23,509  2 U.S.
12 11 Mercedes-Benz  23,867  25,577  -7 Germany
13 14 Gillette  22,841  22,069  4 U.S.
14 17 Cisco  22,030  21,306  3 U.S.
15 13 BMW  21,671  23,298  -7 Germany
16 16 Louis Vuitton  21,120  21,602  -2 France
17 18 Marlboro  19,010  21,300  -11 U.S.
18 20 Honda  17,803  19,079  -7 Japan
19 21 Samsung  17,518  17,689  -1 S. Korea
20 24 Apple  15,443  13,724  12 U.S.
21 22 H&M  15,375  13,840  11 Sweden
22 15 American Express  14,971  21,940  -32 U.S.
23 26 Pepsi  13,706  13,249  3 U.S.
24 23 Oracle  13,699  13,831  -1 U.S.
25 28 Nescafe  13,317  13,055  2 Switzerland
26 29 Nike  13,179  12,672  4 U.S.
27 31 SAP  12,106  12,228  -1 Germany
28 35 Ikea  12,004  10,913  10 Sweden
29 25 Sony  11,953  13,583  -12 Japan
30 33 Budweiser  11,833  11,438  3 Belgium
31 30 UPS  11,594  12,621  -8 U.S.
32 27 HSBC  10,510  13,143  -20 Britain
33 36 Canon  10,441  10,876  -4 Japan
34 39 Kellogg’s  10,428  9,710  7 U.S.
35 32 Dell  10,291  11,695  -12 U.S.
36 19 Citi  10,254  20,174  -49 U.S.
37 37 JPMorgan  9,550  10,773  -11 U.S.
38 38 Goldman Sachs  9,248  10,331  -10 U.S.
39 40 Nintendo  9,210  8,772  5 Japan
40 44 Thomson Reuters  8,434  8,313  1 Canada
41 45 Gucci  8,182  8,254  -1 Italy
42 43 Philips  8,121  8,325  -2 Netherlands
43 58 Amazon  7,858  6,434  22 U.S.
44 51 L’Oreal  7,748  7,508  3 France
45 47 Accenture  7,710  7,948  -3 U.S.
46 46 eBay  7,350  7,991  -8 U.S.
47 48 Siemens  7,308  7,943  -8 Germany
48 56 Heinz  7,244  6,646  9 U.S.
49 49 Ford  7,005  7,896  -11 U.S.
50 62 Zara  6,789  5,955  14 Spain
51 61 Wrigley  6,731  6,105  10 U.S.
52 57 Colgate  6,550  6,437  2 U.S.
53 55 AXA  6,525  7,001  -7 France
54 52 MTV  6,523  7,193  -9 U.S.
55 53 Volkswagen  6,484  7,047  -8 Germany
56 59 Xerox  6,431  6,393  1 U.S.
57 42 Morgan Stanley  6,399  8,696  -26 U.S.
58 63 Nestle  6,319  5,592  13 Switzerland
59 60 Chanel  6,040  6,355  -5 France
60 66 Danone  5,960  5,408  10 France
61 64 KFC  5,722  5,582  3 U.S.
62 70 Adidas  5,397  5,072  6 Germany
63 73 Blackberry  5,138  4,802  7 Canada
64 65 Yahoo!  5,111  5,496  -7 U.S.
65 67 Audi  5,010  5,407  -7 Germany
66 68 Caterpillar  5,004  5,288  -5 U.S.
67 69 Avon  4,917  5,264  -7 U.S.
68 71 Rolex  4,609  4,956  -7 Switzerland
69 72 Hyundai  4,604  4,846  -5 S. Korea
70 76 Hermes  4,598  4,575  1 France
71 74 Kleenex  4,404  4,636  -5 U.S.
72 41 UBS  4,370  8,740  -50 Switzerland
73 50 Harley-Davidson  4,337  7,609  -43 U.S.
74 75 Porsche  4,234  4,603  -8 Germany
75 78 Panasonic  4,225  4,281  -1 Japan
76 80 Tiffany & Co.  4,000  4,208  -5 U.S.
77 79 Cartier  3,968  4,236  -6 France
78 77 Gap  3,922  4,357  -10 U.S.
79 81 Pizza Hut  3,876  4,097  -5 U.S.
80 92 Johnson & Johnson  3,847  3,582  7 U.S.
81 82 Allianz  3,831  4,033  -5 Germany
82 83 Moet & Chandon  3,754  3,951  -5 France
83 84 BP  3,716  3,911  -5 Britain
84 89 Smirnoff  3,698  3,590  3 Britain
85 88 Duracell  3,563  3,682  -3 U.S.
86 98 Nivea  3,557  3,401  5 Germany
87 91 Prada  3,530  3,585  -2 Italy
88 93 Ferrari  3,527  3,527  0 Italy
89 94 Armani  3,303  3,526  -6 Italy
90 85 Starbucks  3,263  3,879  -16 U.S.
91  New  Lancome  3,235  New New France
92 97 Shell  3,228  3,471  -7 Netherlands
93  New  Burger King  3,223  New New U.S.
94 100 Visa  3,170  3,338  -5 U.S.
95  New  Adobe  3,161  New New U.S.
96 90 Lexus  3,158  3,588  -12 Japan
97  New  Puma  3,154  New New Germany
98  New  Burberry  3,095  New New Britain
99  New  Polo Ralph Lauren  3,094  New New U.S.
100  New  Campbell’s  3,081  New New U.S.

(excerpt from Business Week website)

Moringa Facts and Benefits

Basically, you can do a lot with moringa leaves.  What makes it special is its better nutritional value as it is found to have 26% “crude protein” and rich in Bitamina A, C, iron and potasyum compared to its counterpart organic raw materials or products.  It ain’t rocket science to figure it out.  Practically, you can do it in the convenience of your kitchen or home, or establish a small business through it.  Here are some of its benefits: 

  • Can be mix with other vegetable as egg plant, ampalaya, squash and related with sauteed with fish or pork.  In the Philippines, we call these recipe as “pakbet,” “diningding,” and “bulanglang.” (Actually, there are lots of recipe using moringa leaves and you can experiment yourself if you want)

  • Can also be mix with meat as chicken, beef or pork with cut into big cubes green papaya.  We call this recipe as, “tinola.”  This is a type of soup dish.
  • Aside from the fresh leaves and young pods, other parts of moringa are useful as a human food.  The dried leaves can be crushed or pounded (and be filtered to remove leaf stems) and then be added to sauces at the same time as other condiments or vegetables are added. 
  • Practically, you can also use the flowers in various cooking recipe or just placed in hot water for 5 minutes to make a natural tea.
  • The pods can be harvested for their seeds/peas, which can be used as any other green pea, from the time they appear until they turn yellow and their shells begin to harden. After removing the seeds/peas and white flesh from the pod, put them into a strainer and wash them. They may also be boiled for a few minutes; then, drained and boiled again in fresh water.
  • The roots of the 60cm tall-seedling can be made into a sauce. The root is ground up after the root bark is completely removed (as it contains harmful substances). After adding vinegar and salt, the sauce is ready to serve; however, it should not be eaten in excess.  It is best stored in refrigerator.
  • Dried moringa leaves in rough powder form can be mix in bread or baked products for added nutritional value and unique selling proposition.
  • Dried moringa leaves can also be turn into moringa tea or coffee mix
  • Powderized form or factory processed leaves can also be used as industrieal ingredients for animal feeds, cosmetics addetives, food for human consumption, etc.
  • Moringa granules for cooking and food processing helps
  • Moringa Juice
  • Moringa oil
  • We intend to develop a vegimeat (meat alike that taste and looks like cut or cube pork but actually it’s a vegetable made of processed moringa). 
  • We also intend to develop commercial food and drinks alike for craving customers and healthy options. We still need investors for this project.  Just immagine a cola soft drinks, chocolate bars, tooth paste, cooking oil, food snack, cereal and cosmetics that looks very much like the known brand yet in reality a healthy option made of processed moringa.
  • There’s more.

 Moringa as vitamin and medicine

  • Moringa can be turned into a vitamin capsule as it helps immensely in raising semen count for men
  • Moringa help various ailments and intoxicate human or animal body.  Some of the remedies are described below.  However, there is no guarantee that they will work for every case.

– Headaches = rub leaves against the temple

– Bleeding from a shallow cut, wounds and insect bites = dress the wounded part with fresh leaves

– Bacterial or fungal skin complaints = apply affected areas with leaves extracts

– Gastric ulcers and diarrhea = drink leaf tea

– Malnutrition = eat Malunggay products

– Breast feeding = drink flower juice to improve the quality and flow of mother’s milk

–  Urinary problems = drink flower juice

–  Worm, liver and spleen problems and joint pains = eat raw pods

–  Arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, STD, urinary problems, epilepsy, and boils = apply either roasted and pounded seeds mixed with coconut oil to problem area or seed oil

–  The roots and the bark can also resolve the above ailments but are more concentrated.  Hence, much care is need if they are to be used as medicines.

Natural Pesticide

Aside from utilizing the seed-cake as fertilizer, Malunggay leaves can be dug into the soil before planting to prevent the damping off disease (Pythium debaryanum) among the seedlings.

Domestic Cleaning Agent

Crushed leaves can be used to clean cooking utensils or even walls.

Water Purifier

Using Malunggay to purify water replaces chemicals such as aluminum sulphate which are aside from being expensive are also dangerous to people and environment. Seed powder can be used as a quick and simple method for cleaning dirty water and can

remove 90-99% of bacteria contained in water. 20 litres of water can be treated in the following way:

  1. Remove the wings and brown seed coat.  Discard any seed kernels that have dark spots or any other signs of damage.
  2. Pound the kernels to a fine powder.
  3. Add 2 grams (2 small spoons) of powder to 1 cup of clean water.  Pour into a bottle and shake for 5 minutes.
  4. Filter the solution through a clean cloth into the bucket of dirty water that is to be treated.
  5. Stir the water quickly for 2 minutes and slowly for 10 to 15 minutes.  Do not use metal implements.
  6. Leave the bucket undisturbed for one hour or until the water becomes clear and the impurities have sunk to the bottom.
  7. Filter the water through a clean cloth.
  8. Boil the water before drinking.

Water from varying sources will need different amounts of powder because of the impurities present will not be the same.  Both the seeds and the seed powder can be stored but the solution made in stage 3 should not be stored. It should be freshly made every time water is to be purified.

Moringa Oil

The mature seeds can be pressed for oil extraction. If a press is not available, the seeds can be browned or roasted, ground, and added to boiling water. Oil is then separated when it floats to the surface. The seed-cake left from the extraction can still be used for water treatment.

Animal Fodder 

Cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry browse the bark, leaves, and young shoots of Malunggay. The best diet for pigs is 70% Malunggay, 10% Leucaena, and 20% other leaves. If trees are intended for animal fodder, it is useful to prune them to 4m high; otherwise, they should be pruned to 6m so harvesting for human consumption can be easily carried out.



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