Sunday, September 06, 2009

This is getting a little better. I have been in Cagayan de Oro City for over a year and I must say that a lot has changed since the first time I came back here. No, Cagayan de Oro City still has the pesky Badjaos who pester you with open palms as if all you do in this world is give them money. I had a bit of fun doing the SAMMAKA website and quite a few members have made it a stop. The city fiesta was just celebrated and Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan Alumni Association (XU-AAA) also had their annual homecoming although I did not have the chance to attend. The new Miss Cagayan de Oro City was also crowned. Miss CDO is a pretty lass and should have a blast promoting Cagayan de Oro.

It seems to me that the time I spent here in CDO just went like a breeze. I no longer visit my lakatan bananas which have begun to bear fruit. It was a very fruitful year trying to make a go of farming in Cagayan de Oro. Did I learn about natural farming? You bet I did and the knowledge I gained from my little stint as farm manager has done wonders in making me realize the fragility of the earth's biosphere. Corporate farming has really harmed the environment and nothing is being done about it.

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Friday, July 17, 2009


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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Jai did this!!! He got his grapes to bear these little beauties. I bought the cuttings in Cagayan de Oro last year and this has been transplanted once. It never bore any fruit until now.

Great isn't it?

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

I have just been to Dumaguete for a week and I had thought that I would have the occasion to drop by Cebu. As it turned out, there was very little time to do that so I just took the ferry directly to Cagayan de Oro. I had the chance to be with my family whom I have not seen in over five months. It is a sad thing to be away from the family for so long. But, it cannot be helped. I have no work in Dumaguete and I am forced to seek work where I can.

I had brought some lactobacillus for the family to use. I brought two bottles of mango concentrate to be used for flavoring. There is very little chance for this to be adopted by people. I do not have any marketing plan that will popularize this wonderful invention. Lactobacillus kills the bad microorganisms that cause digestion problems, among other things.

I also had the chance to try out my vinegar formula. It seems to me that it is very effective against respiratory infections. It could even be a cure for asthma. I should explore this some more because it seems so promising.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Planting Lakatan bananas in Cagayan de Oro City is something that I never dreamed I would be doing. Well, not really in Cagayan de Oro City itself but close enough, in Maasin, Baungon which belongs to Bukidnon province. Maasin is close enough to Cagayan de Oro City that it might as well be a part of this golden city itself. The way to Maasin is through the highway past the Lumbia Airport on the way to Talakag where you take a left turn going towards Cabula Bridge. Crossing the bridge brings you to Bukidnon territory.

Maasin is blessed with tall mountains which allows a lot of water to flow towards the lowlands and on to the Cagayan River itself. My brother has a piece of land there which where I am planting the Lakatan seedlings. From where I live it takes me thirty minutes to get to the farm which is pretty close to the city and I go there everyday. I had no idea how bananas where cultivated but there is no dearth of experts when it comes to bananas in Cagayan de Oro City. Del Monte grows bananas and so does Dole which has extensive tracts of land dedicated to bananas.

One can either get seedlings from tissue culture laboratories or you can get suckers from existing plants. While suckers are cheaper, tissue culture seedlings might be more robust and healthy, assuming of course that the laboratory takes its source for explants from healthy, virus-free plants.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

What is going on with the Philippines? I go to the Cogon Market in Cagayan de Oro City and I see Filipinos herded inside a rope enclosure docile as lambs waiting to buy NFA rice. Are Filipinos no better than animals? The brilliant Arroyo administration which has claimed success for the exchange rate of the peso against the dollar is finally laying siege on the dignity of the Filipino. Does no one see the irony? People are now buying pilit or malagkit, gelatinous rice used for puto maya and suman and mixing this with rice because it is cheaper. Rice at 54 pesos!!

Cagayan de Oro City Revisited
I have seen that there has been some changes in the way NFA rice is being distributed. No longer do I see any rope enclosures in Cogon Market in Cagayan de Oro City. Thank God somebody has found a better way of distributing rice. It pains me to see Filipinos reduced to such a condition as being roped off as though animals waiting in a paddock or corral. Cagayan de Oro City is very close to my heart and I had all praises for the way traffic has been decongested by opening new bridges that link Nazareth to Carmen and another one that brings Taguanao closer to Lumbia. I think with this new development, I will go back to praising the City Government of Cagayan de Oro for what it is doing for the people of the city.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

I have been in Cagayan de Oro City for over a week and I have set up my computer here with an internet connection which should make it supremely easy for me to do things online. I would like to post some pictures here and I will do so as soon as I get some fresh ones taken. The old cogon market has become a revelation of sorts. Gone are the days when the last thing you would want to go in Cagayan de Oro City was the Cogon Market. Not only was the traffic terrible or worse than terrible but the smell was over powering. There seemed to be garbage everywhere and the stalls are all over the place, they are not really stalls but pails with fish where people should be.

All of that has gone and I must say that this is one thing which the government is doing quite nicely.