Chit Juan

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WHEN our friend, British expat Debbie Rogers said she would take me to an organic farm in Dubai, I was imagining elevated planters like what they have in Bohol, as I never imagined planting in desert sand. About 30 kilometers outside the Dubai city center, we finally arrived at organic…

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To me, the province of Nueva Vizcaya, used to be just another stop on the way whenever I’m going to Banaue, Kalinga or Tuguegarao. But last weekend, I made a stop at the towns of Santa Fe, Kasibu and Bambang, and I was mesmerized. I love Nueva Vizcaya already. You…

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I finally visited the grounds of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Bicutan area, a haven totaling over 20 hectares of old towering trees and lots of foliage. For a while, I thought I was at University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) Forestry area. It’s like a sanctuary amid…

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I first met doctor Andy Mojica in 2001 when Father Roger Bag-ao, my first coffee mentor brought me to Cavite State University(CvSU) in Indang, Cavite. I was amazed that we even had a Coffee Research Center in those parts and that someone shared my love for Barako, the coffee variety…

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IT may not be common knowledge that the Arabica variety of coffee only grows well at elevations higher than 900 meters, just like in Brazil. We do not have 900 meters elevation for coffee but we have 1,500 meters or 5,000 feet and that is in Benguet in the North.…

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NOW climate change has really hit us hard. Coffee harvests in Cordillera have been halved according to our friends in Benguet because of typhoons and unpredictable weather. In Mindanao, our Sulu sisters and brothers report drought and unpredictable rain patterns. I remember our visit to Brazil a few years ago…

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So now is the time for New Year’s resolutions. Everyone thinks of what they can possibly resolve or promise themselves to change. While others simply hope for a better year, a better me, and a better you. I have many friends who want to do any or all of the…

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FROM helping his father at the farm in his younger years to advocating Natural Farming, Eduard Tresico has his hands full. Managing over 6 hectares of a combined campsite and natural farming habitat, he is indeed one busy guy. Nevertheless, Tresico sat down with Green Space to share a few…

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IT’S the start of the eating  and greeting season and we may just do ourselves a favor by eating mindfully. Mindful eating is the secret to staying healthy and checking what we nosh on, what we binge on, and what we just simply avoid. Salads and other vegetables Make sure…

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WHAT can we give someone who has everything? How about a tree planted in their name? I was going over the Haribon Foundation website and found an even easier way to do this. For just P300, Haribon will plant a tree in your name and take care of for three…

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