Natural Kidney Cleansing with Parsley

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My friend Ruth shared with me this bit of news intending for it to help my father who is going through dialysis already.  Upon reading this information, I realized it would benefit everyone to consider this practice, health-wise and budget-wise.  So I am sharing this herbal daily cleansing option for those concerned with natural remedies and means . . . and hopefully others who should start taking care of their body,


Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?
It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley (MALLI Leaves)and wash it clean. Cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot then pour clean water and boil  for ten minutes.  Let it cool down and then filter it while pouring in a clean bottle.  Keep it inside refrigerator to cool.
Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination. Also, you will be able to notice a difference you never felt before.
Parsley is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!


Reusable Bags Made to Last

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SAM_4707The time has come when we should all be concerned about the deterioration of our earth.   Slowly, we are becoming more eco-aware, and we’re doing whatever small thing we can to save the Earth. This is exactly what this new, revolutionary reusable bag is trying to do: HELP YOU HELP SAVE THE EARTH.

What makes this light,versatile, convenient product a carry add on must, is its usefulness and sturdyness unlike the others which fall apart after a few loads of cargo.  Note the heavy contents that include a basket of goods in the picture below.


The bag with a task, that’s BagsGo. Created with lightweight RIPSTOP fabric used to make parachutes, tear and water resistant, completely washable and durable, and most importantly, 100% REUSABLE: BagsGo Reusable bags are the perfect alternative to plastic bags, and can be used in various ways. And for every BagsGo sold, a percentage goes to a foundation that supports ethical stewardship of the environment. So not only are you helping to save the Earth, you are also funding an organization to continue doing the same.

So the next time you use one of BagsGo reusable bags, you become part of the mission. You are the person with a task, and you make it happen with your bag. Grab one now at the nearest Fully Booked outlet, Sesou Nature stores, or order online at

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Great Women: Brand of Quality and Purpose

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SAM_2805 Great Women Brand Photo 102Providing jobs for marginalized Filipino women while producing quality products is the main attraction for supporting the Great Women brand.  So what is The Great Women Project? The Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project is a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in micro enterprises.    This project with the support of  ECHOsi Foundation (Enabling Communities with Hope and Opportunities Sustainable Initiatives) sought for women-produced community products and upgraded them with the technical assistance of product and design experts from GREAT Women.  The program enables women micro-entrepreneurs to create, upgrade, and sell products that continually profit and can be permanently traded.  Today, products of women micro-entrepreneurs once sold only as generic products in communities have “leveled up”  producing goods worthy of International consumption and thus,sustaining a profitable livelihood for the women.

The ECHOsi Foundation is a non-profit, social enterprise organization that upgrades and promotes products of local enterprise groups, women micro-enterprise groups and cultural communities.  The ECHOsi Foundation grew out of the need of ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle, the pioneering green retail store, to organize the developmental efforts which the founders, Chit Juan, Jeannie Javelosa, and Reena Francisco were doing all over the country since 2009.

Below are some of the stories of the  women micro-entrepreneurs participating in the Intensive Design Clinic series.

Indigenous woman weaver

Vivencia Mamites

Vivencia Mamites

Indigenous tribeswoman Vivencia Mamites, 38 years old, is one of only five women handed down with the knowledge and techniques of making inabal, a traditional cloth of the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe. She learned inabal weaving from Salinta Monon, a national artist by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) awarded for her legendary weaves of traditional Bagobo textiles.

At present, Vivencia recreates the 11 inabal woven designs handed down by her grandmother, Lingnan Manuel, whose designs were usually interpretations of the skyscape. Inabal was traditionally used as the garment weave for ancestral royalty, and worn traditionally for the tribal day of the Managa when the datu would seek inabal woven costumes for the town parade.

Vivencia’s weaves lack new buyers and she only gets little income from weaving. She had long held to hopes that her inabal would find potential buyers in trade seminars and fairs.

Vivencia’s participation in the Intensive Design Clinics Series in August and November 2012 led designers to discover her woven creations. Designer Len Cabili of Filip & Inna, a designer brand catering to an “trunk show” and oline export market has agreed to make an inabal collection for the GREAT Women brand launch.  The order for inabal weaves will bring in business opportunities to Vivencia and traditional inabal weavers in Bagobo.  Vivencia is grateful that the GREAT Women Project and ECHOsi Foundation have helped her improve the quality of inabal weaves and the chance for inabal weaves to reach the national and international markets.

Producer of cassava chips

Emelia Galia

Emelia Galia

Another story, Emelia Galia, 43 years old, is a woman micro-entrepreneur who leads a group of ten cassava chips makers, known as the Bubon Food Processors Food Association in Baybay Leyte. Her participation in the Intensive Design Clinic Series, allowed her to develop new variants for cassava chips or cabcab.  Cassava chips were reformulated to new flavors such as malunggay, munggo, sweet and sour. These new variants were sold out in an instant when market-tested in the Bahandi Regional Trade Fair in Manila last November 2012.

Before the Intensive Design Clinic Series, Emelia Galia saw that women micro-entrepreneurs in her group found it hard to sustain their food association. “Unless these women are paid on hand, no one stays working for the association really, ” Galia states as a matter of fact. But with the Intensive Design Clinic Series, Galia became encouraged that their cabcab food business “could become big”.

I continue to encourage them that the business could grow, while we have access to different ideas, variants, and most importantly new markets through GREAT Women Project interventions.”


Weaving trainer of women

Ludivina Boston

Ludivina Boston

Ludivina Boston, 65 years old, is a weaver from Midsayap in North Cotabato. She worked in a home-weaving business since the 1970s, and was able to train six other women on handloom weaving at the Rural Improvement Club in Midsayap. For a time, she opted to take a sewing job in Manila, and temporarily shelve plans of being a self-made entrepreneur.

“I had no plans of going back to Cotabato, if not for the GREAT Women Project”, Ludi Boston recalled. But participating in the GREAT Women Project-sponsored Intensive Design Clinic from the local area coordinator in January, she is willing to try once more in reviving women loomweavers belonging to the Rural Improvement Club of Midsayap and later re-settling in Midsayap.  She found that the women weavers she trained discontinued weaving because of experiencing financing difficulties, while their looms were either sold or dismantled.”

“But I am not giving up. Through this project, I know I can help women from our town to be more productive. Encouraging women to work will succeed if you let them see that markets exist and that you have the capital to pay for the price of their labor,” Ludi shares her learning from the GREAT Women Project capacity development initiatives.

Vivencia, Ludi and Emelia are just three among many other women who became revitalized entrepreneurs and women leaders, through the partnership of GREAT Women Project and ECHOsi Foundation.  Selected and upscaled women’s products will be introduced in an invitational GREAT Women Brand Launch scheduled on March 19, 2013 at the Yuchengco Museum at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

Isabela Farmers Prepare for Climate Change

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Isabela Farmer by Gregg Yan

Isabela Farmer by Gregg Yan

WWF helps Isabela farmers prepare to combat the effects of climate change as more severe and frequent typhoons will come their way.

Press Release:

Ilagan City, Isabela – Climate Change poses serious threats to water supplies, food security and to the crucial livelihoods of farmers in Isabela’s Abuan watershed. In 2005, dry spells followed by severe flooding caused extensive farm damage estimated at PHP 838 Million (USD 19.5 Million). In the early half of 2010, prolonged dry spells caused widespread wilting of rice and corn crops. In November of the same year, Typhoon Juan ploughed through Isabela, inflicting PHP 542 Million in damages to the City of Ilagan, with 45% of total damages incurred by the agricultural sector. Typhoon Quiel followed in 2011, causing PHP 115 Million in damages and displacing more than 500,000 people (NDRRMC 2011). In the Abuan floodplain, some 2,342 residents from seven barangays were housed in temporary shelters (DRRMO, City Government of Ilagan).

Stronger and more frequent storms plus droughts will likely hit Isabela in the coming years. According to PAGASA, the 2050 scenario for Isabela will result in a 1.9 to 2.1 C increase in temperature, a 29% decrease in mean rainfall for dry months, plus a 1.7% to 25.1% increase in rainfall during wet months. This rise in temperature will translate to more frequent and intense flooding and prolonged dry spells each summer. Higher temperatures increase evapotranspiration rates or crop water requirements, leading to higher demand and increased competition with other water uses.

Improving the resiliency of watersheds and communities is an essential step in adapting to dangerous climate change. Building the capacities of communities to reduce their vulnerability to typhoons, flooding and dry spells will improve their resiliency to extreme events. Halting deforestation, mitigating soil erosion and improving forest cover through agro-forestry will help improve ecosystem resiliency and farmer incomes.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) organized a Stakeholders’ Inception Planning Workshop last 26 and 27 February at the Cagayan Valley Integrated Research Center (CVIARC) Multi-Purpose Auditorium to launch its project entitled ‘The Abuan Integrated Watershed Program’, which is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This project enhances the capacity of Abuan watershed communities to manage climate risks – especially floods, typhoons and dry spells, while improving the resiliency of watershed ecosystems.

Among those who attended the inception planning workshop were representatives from DENR Isabela, Department of Agriculture CVIARC officials, officers of WWF-Philippines, USAID representatives, department heads from the Provincial Governments of both Isabela and the City of Ilagan, barangay officials and officers plus members of local organizations. The inception workshop introduced the project to stakeholders and how it contributes to the Climate Change Action Plan of the City. (30)

About the Abuan Integrated Watershed Program

The Abuan Integrated Watershed Program was launched last October 2012, driven by the goal of increasing the resiliency of communities living in the vicinity of the Abuan watershed against the constant threat of climate change by means of agroforestry plus the development and formation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) management procedures and practices. The program will encompass 13 barangays under the Ilagan City Government, five of which are upstream barangays situated along the foot of the Abuan watershed and eight that are located at the watershed boundaries of the Bintacan and Abuan rivers, a floodplain area. The program will run for five years before being turned over to the Local Government of Ilagan.