Earth-Friendly Living Series
Hemp-based Products


Mind and Body
Green Living


Earth-Friendly Living Series brings you the positive side of Hemp-based Products. Contrary to popular taboo hemp in reality has a diverse used and is widely accepted as an earth-friendly material. Noted industrial purposes of Hemp-based Products are: medicine, paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, construction, body products, health food and bio-fuel.

I came across some useful tips to patronize Hemp-based Products.

Clothing: textiles made from hemp fibers have texture similar to linen. Hemp was often used to make sail canvas, and the word canvas derives from cannabis. Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great strength and durability. It is used to make over 5,000 textile products.

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New Capitol Estates I in Quezon City
Sidewalk Vendors Allowed by City government


Since the construction of the expanded foot bridge in front of McDonald’s Commonwealth, the supposed annual “baratillo” vendors were transferred a few meters from its original location. The whole 4th quarter of 2012, the sidewalks and front areas of New Capitol Estates 1 were fully consumed by “tiangge” vendors. These stalls are apparently organized by Quezon City government headed by Mayor Herbert Bautista. Not to mention tarpaulins from what netizens referred as “epal” politicians were frequently adores this sidewalk. 🙂

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Toxic Threads and Dirty Dyes – Product Testing Results
Conducted by Greenpeace International

Shocking revelations on how hazardous these simple everyday items can be. Everybody should be made aware of this. Although the hazardous materials are rampant even in food processing, toiletries, furnitures , etc.  What we can do about it is to  informed everybody and do some research for alternative clothing that offers  plenty of natural and healthy choices.

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Quezon City Regulates Plastic Bags Use
Public sees it as total eradication of plastics

Banning of Plastic Bags in Reality Harms The Environment

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Where to surrender or donate “Bayawak” and other wild animals?

Community or government agencies?

Monitor Lizard also known as “Bayawak” and Komodo Dragon is familiar to places where there’s vegetation or habitat is conducive enough to sustain the lives of animals. “Monitor lizard a large tropical Old World lizard with a long neck, narrow head, forked tongue, strong claws, and a short body. Monitors were formerly believed to give warning of crocodiles.” The bayawak is also known as komodo dragon.

Komodo dragon (Family Varanidae and genus Varanus)
noun – a heavily built monitor lizard that captures large prey such as pigs by ambush. Occurring only on Komodo (a small island in Indonesia, in the Lesser Sunda Islands, situated between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. It is home to the Komodo dragon) and neighboring Indonesian islands, it is the largest living lizard.

Last May 2012, Manila particularly Quezon City was cast with un-ending rains the whole week. We saw an almost 3.5 feet (from head to tail measurement) bayawak roaming around our back window and eventually walk-in an opening inside the kitchen area, oh my, due to excitement I ran upstairs to get my mobile camera to capture the slimy lizard. The back area of the house is located at the stud farm of the Zuzuaregue’s and if I’m right by Don Mariano’s. And the reason why that bayawak chooses to enter our house, we have african love birds breeds in the area where he was terribly attracted at. 🙂

The monitor lizard was captured alive by the security guards of the village, I posted an image in Facebook and most animal-concerned citizens would recommend donating either to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) or Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB). I empathize with their logic of where to bring wild form of animals in cases like this. We caught the bayawak around 9:00 pm already, it’s been in the house playing hide and seek for 8 hours. To make things short, the people who were able to capture the bayawak brought it with them, we believed they must have been cooked and eaten it, they say it’s a good delicacy and food medicine.

The thing with branches of government, some are mindless and don’t have the slightest idea how corrupt our system is. Where do we place our respect and trust?  Instead of giving the “bayawak” to DENR or PAWB which is the proper way, we dare not. Unknown to many, the people who manages those departments are rampant “bayawaks“, we Filipinos brand them for being “looters”, with bribery and all sorts of “buwaya” (crocodile) attitude. How are we sure these donated animals will be in good hands? No one ones, you would think – the animal is taken care of, all crap! These people have direct contacts with wild animal collectors here in the Philippines and even in the Asian regions, where they sell the captured wild animals at very high cost.

Our ALBs (African LoveBirdS) organization has “bayawak” dealing with the DENR people, yes these birds grows in the wild – breeding alone cost a fortune. These bayawaks in most cases visit your aviary for “inspection” but apart from that they would even ask for FREE birds and mind you they know how to identify costly and high-end ALBs, not just one or two birds  per inspector but whole bunches! They’ve learned enough and knows the value of these wild forms. “Kapal ng mukha“. These breeders consumed money, time, and research studies on how to achieve wild forms, but the bayawaks they come as they pleased, the “lagay” (bribe) system is very much active.

Another cases I remember (was documented by local news channel) was when they give permit to cut trees at Arroceros Park with then bayawak mayor Lito Atienza and the recently cutting of old-age (World War II era) trees in the compound of JAM bus station in Cubao Quezon City to make way for the buses parking area. They had given legit permit on it, why did it push through when they were the one who supposed to protect the environment? It’s now under investigation, no matter how many investigation (they can still get away with it) and complaints the community makes, it’s useless — they can NO longer put those trees up!

Recycling Ideas:
Recycle Plastic Bottles for Calamity-stricken country like Philippines

Philippines’ geographical location has always been the target of calamities like typhoons and storms. Since we are considered a third-world country, when disaster hits us, the poor-dwellers were the ones who suffered most, in which case the government, private sectors and communities work hand-in-hand to address the problem when it comes to giving assistance — the basic needs of a family such as food, shelter and clothing.

Every year Philippine calamities were getting stronger, fiercer, more dangerous and harmful for all as observed with the previous typhoons we have survived. Floods appears to places that are not used to flooding. It was observed long before, climate change brought all of this disaster up. And no matter how may voices heard of saving the environment, we cannot change the course and principle of some. The root problem lies within the so called “discipline” among us. Environment-friendly project or even day-to-day activity can lead to saving our planet from getting dissolve or perhaps heal itself slowly little by little. Of course the subject of being environment-friendly is broad and wide in perspectives. Case studies shows that the technology-driven countries like USA, Japan, Middle East, the whole Europe was to take accounts from their accumulated waste by-products. Also some countries rampantly does illegal environment activities like the logging, deforestration, mining, fish kill and so on. Whose to blame? And who really protects the environment? Let’s tackle the issue on a fresher page.

On a lighter note, I came across another religious group who are preparing their church members to voluntarily bring empty PET plastic bottles like that from a soda brand (the 1.5 Liter size). This is in conjunction with the calamity assistance being organized by the group to its (and will be) affected calamity members and its families. The use of recycle PET plastic bottles is an alternative to plastic bags. Instead of placing the bag of rice on a plastic, they have decided to collect empty PET bottles as containers for the rice. A brilliant recycling idea I thought. From this, the rice to be distributed to affected areas and families is safe from getting wet, soiled and spilled. Those recycle plastic bottles are way durable compare to low-quality plastic bags. Hence they minimize the use of plastic (as some of the areas in the Philippines have already banned the use of plastic materials). I admire their ingenuity and and care for the environment. I really hope my readers would spread this recycling idea to the other concern group, and generally to those who vowed to an advocacy tof protecting the environment. It takes two to tango, let’s help one another and when we seek of something think of what you can do to be environment-friendly.

Mountain Trekking at Mangyan Village for the Tourist 

Talipanan Falls Talipanan Beach, Oriental Mindoro [June 2012]

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Mindoro Island is always been a sure-fire destination having a strategic location, bound from island to island – it’s an easy access for travelers and adventurers. Standing next to Batangas Pier, there’s a lot of areas to explore and re-visit. I disagreed to some hear says that Puerto Galera has lost its luster. I’ve been in Puerto Galera and some areas in Mindoro since way back 2000. There are actually new resorts that was developed why local and foreign tourists keep  coming back.

Puerto Galera Island Hopping Includes Snorkeling, Underwater Cave, Fish Feeding, Giant Clam Shell, Sandbar

photo by: Ranelle Dial
This year, we’re back home in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. From pier, we headed first to Talipanan, Puerto Galera. Bamboo House Resorts staff will offer you an island hopping activity, body massage or hiking around Barangay Talipanan. We tried them all! 🙂
Mangyan Village

From the resort, we took an hour of hiking going with one resort staff as our guide to Talipanan Falls. We made our entry to Mangyan Village, crossing rivers, uphill trekking to the virgin forest of Talipanan. Our guide told us by next year, the local government will install handrails on steep areas of the mountain and they will charge tourists will minimal entrance fees.

photo by: Ranelle Dial
The Talipanan Falls seems easy to handle as I thought so, we had a a teenage boy as our guide, he can hop and jump around the uphill rocks and ravine as if he was just playing. And we were like this looks like above-average difficult level. 🙂 I remember our Mount Makiling trekking to mud river, it has slippery ravines. Yes I get exhausted that time in Makiling as I was trying to help a chubby kid climbing a mountain wearing a very slipper sneakers. But in Talipan Falls, the trails are just a foot away to a deep, narrow gorge, minus the mud – I find it easier to navigate uphill, you have to hold on the wall’s tree roots, boulders and not the tree branches to balance yourself out on steep trails.
On the way, you’ll crossed to a number of water streams, climb the boulders and slide on it. By the way, our grandparents and kid were with us, they have no choice but to wait instead to a smaller water falls situated on the hills area we’re we had to hold on a rope and rappel.
Reaching the Talipanan Falls, it’s not really made of impressive beauty, but what makes it beautiful is because of its untainted condition. What’s amusing was the waterfall basin was not that big and deep, you can actually spend hydro massage direct from the waterfalls.
Talipanan Falls
By the way Bamboo House Beach charged us PhP50 (approx. $1.25) per head for the service of the tour guide. We were 8 in the family, not bad after all, its always best to give tips to locals. Going down wet, we slide every boulders we came across. Our next stop was – a cravings for heavy seafood lunch at Dreamwave, White Beach and a few swims and then head to Island Hopping.
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Ecoparadise Philippines
Introduces Ecoparadise Products with Negative Ion Component
at Zenyu Ecospa, Hotel H20
Manila Ocean Park

More and more people are shifting to health frenzy natural therapies and remedies [products or services] one way or another. A new kind of natural relaxation and by-products came up from Ecoparadise Products. Some nowadays are becoming paranoid, health craze. There are those who instantly influenced by the market trends, which are in reality- half-baked neither effective nor true lies. Some dictated by the marketing ploy. Yes there are products that yields improvement and result-oriented, but in my own opinion humans have different levels of body system and absorption depending on how a certain component would react.
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