Showing posts from January, 2013

Sustaining livelihood in watershed communities

Smart Communications, Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) recently organized a training program on Basic Traditional Bamboo Construction and Techniques for residents of Rizal Province to provide communities living within the Marikina Watershed an alternative means of livelihood.

“The training is part of the Marikina Watershed Initiative that aims for the long-term rehabilitation of the Marikina Watershed, including providing sustainable livelihood to families residing within the protected area,” said Darwin Flores, Smart senior manager for community partnerships.
“We recognize that sustaining efforts to rehabilitate and reforest the watershed goes beyond planting trees.  We also need to address the livelihood requirements of the communities living in the uplands.  Not addressing this reality would mean the trees we’re planting today will be charcoal tomorrow,” added Flores.
In training the participants on bamboo design, the organizers selected a pl…

Festival to address urgent challenge of climate change adaptation

The Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies Through Initiatives Organizing and Networking (Mission), organizers of the Liwanag World Festival on Creativity and Sustainability, today announced in a media conference that Liwanag will be the country’s first major gathering to be carbon neutral.

Liwanag, a unique world festival and the first of its kind in the Philippines, is slated to open in a few days, starting on January 29 and ending on Feb. 2, 2013, at the Philippine Women’s College in Davao City.

“The era of destructive extreme weather events is upon us and will escalate in the years to come”, emphasized Nicanor Perlas, Liwanag Festival Director. “We have to contribute our modest share towards addressing the challenge of climate change. And designing a major event to be carbon neutral and encouraging others to do the same, is one of them”, Perlas continued.

In addition, Liwanag organizers stressed that climate adaptation means not just to be more knowledgeable of weather a…

A taste of Europe in your abode

Pavements are a common sight in Europe. In the courtyards, pathways, al fresco cafes, outdoor theaters and more.
These interlocked slabs are also becoming popular in many Ilonggo homes and public areas.
“Interlocking concrete pavers are special pre-cast pieces of concrete commonly used in exterior floorings,” said Mina Silva, Sales and Marketing Manager of Complete Logistic Control Inc., (, distributor of Primax Pavers and Cement Tiles since 1992.
Their pavers are manufactured locally with the use of European-made machines. They are responsible for the pavements of the Iloilo Esplanade, Carpenters Bridge in Mandurriao, Jaro Cathedral, Molo Plaza, Boracay Regency, Anhawan Beach Resort, Savannah, Westwoods, Parc Regency, Green Meadows, Centro Verde and MO2 & West Town Hotel in Smallville.

Although applying pavers would mean extra cost for the homeowner, Silva said that having them would have long-term benefits.
“Homes with excellent landsc…

The pursuit of youth, organic diets and other trends in the new year

Experts in wellness, food, art, architecture, and business share the trends they see happening in 2013 based on a glimpse of the seeds planted in 2012. Here they are:

“The trend (this year) is surely on health and anti-aging. It started with alternative medicine, and then comes the spas, and now, there’s the anti-aging (craze),” said Anna Marie Rivera-Wharton, owner of Spa Riviera and marketing executive of NU Skin.

“Baby boomers are getting old and they want to stay young. So, a company that can give promising results will surely make a lot of money from this. There’s even a company that promises that when you start with your anti-aging regimen at the age of 25, you will reap tremendous results when you grow old. Meaning, the anti-aging industry is no longer for the baby boomers. People in their 20’s and 30’s are now included. Literally, everyone is a customer,” she added.
Economists predict that the global cosmetics and toiletries industry will experience a 76-perce…

1st KKK Day Camp for Children with Cancer

Can a person laugh amid a life-threatening illness? Yes, in an environment where the sick and their caregivers are given enough support. Thus, the Mga Kaibigan ng Kabataang May Kanser (KKK) and some good Samaritans pooled their resources to give children with cancer and their parents the first KKK Day Camp last Jan. 5 and 6, 2013. The beneficiaries, who came from Iloilo City, Pavia, Barotac Viejo, Guimaras and Capiz, among others started their bonding time at Maya’s Playground located in Ticud, La Paz. Dr. Ruby Palacios-Grino led them in a storytelling session, followed by watercolour painting and drawing through the guidance of daycare center’s  directress Jorvelyn Espinosa, Leslie Freires-Garrido, Victoria Alcontin and Johnalyn Antiquena. In another room, the parents shared their stories and struggles. Drs. Eunice Sermonia and Aimee Chua served as facilitators. After that, the beneficiaries received Noche Buena gift packs, toys and coloring materials. The next day, the group went t…