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BAHAY KUBO: Christmas Tree, Tree of Life, Balag Tree (Trellis): Food, Health & Livelihood

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It is December and our Christmas 2016 greetings to ABANTE Readers, Philippines-wide, the 42,000+ Barangays in Mindanao, Visayas & Luzon and family and friends Earth-wide.

As each home makes preparation for the celebration of Christmas amidst the Philippine-wide and Earth-wide Crises of Food, Farm, Feeds, Fertilizer, F1, Fish, Forest, Flora, Fauna, Floods, Forest, Fire, Funds/ Finance, Fraud, Feuds among Family, Faith… Feudalism & Federalism… there is need to Focus on Food Production, natural, quality-wise and economy of scale… With these challenges, there is a need to mobilize the Filipino people, nation-wide, the various sectors and local government uinits, corporate and civic groups, professionals and individuals: Mindanao, Visayas & Luzon, in every Barangay, Municipality, City and Province to make the land and aquatic resources to be more productive.

The Christmas Tree is usually a center piece in the celebration, small or large tree, indoor and outdoor. Traditionally, it has been the freshly cut pine tree that is decorated with the colorful hangings: Star, balls, bells, dolls, animals glittering light bulbs, even with chimes and Christmas carols.

And the Manger scene: with the newborn baby Jesus, Mary & Joseph, the Shepherds and the Three Wise Men and the animals and Angels. And the wrapped gifts… And the special delicacies at the table for the Media Noche.

The sight and sounds and symbols of the Christmas Tree are most meaningful, enjoyable and unforgettable. And the wishful thinking that the Christmas Tree will be with us for 365 days for the rest of the year.

In the book of Revelation is written about the River of the Water of Life and the Tree of Life:
Then he showed me the River of the Water of Life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the Tree of Life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The Tree of Life[a] with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Is an all year round tree, 365 days, bearing fruits for food and the leaves are medicinal, for tea, juice and cooking.

Can the Christmas Tree be a Tree of Life, that bears twelve kinds of fruit, one kind of fruit each month and the leaves are for health and wellness? The Christmas Tree, after the season in December could become the TRELLIS TREE (BALAG TREE)… which becomes the host for the V5: Venture in the Variety of Vertical Vine Vegetables …In the folksong “Bahay Kubo, kahit munti, ang halaman doon ay sari-sari… Singkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani, sitaw, bataw, patani, kundol, patola, upo’t kalabasa… at saka mayroon pa: labanos, mustasa, sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya… sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng linga., 10 of the 18 veggies are vine crops.

These vine crops are crawlers, creepers, clingers, climber crops (C5) that need Balag (Trellis). The Christmas Tree could be converted into a Balag Tree (Trellis Tree) in which the vine vegetables could cling and climb and grow fruits of different varieties.

Among the Aetas of Central Luzon, every tree, fruit-bearing and non-fruit bearing become Trellises/Balag for vines, edible and non-edible. Trees like Madre de Cacao (Kakawate), Ipil-ipil, Acacia, varieties of Forest Trees- Narra, Gmelina, Bamboo, Eucalyptus as well as Fruit Trees: Manga, Langka, Guyabano, Santol, Sampalok, Duhat, Abokado, Mabolo, Suha, Rambutan, Kaimito, etc. become Live Trellises (Balag) for the Vine Vegetables in the wild and the garden around the house.

For the New Year 2017, you have the challenge and opportunity to convert/recycle your Christmas Tree to become a Trellis Tree/Balag Tree and grow different variety of vine vegetables 365 days all year round: ampalaya, alugbate, pepino, ube, tugee, passion, sayote along with singkamas, sigarilyas, sitaw, bataw, patani, kundol, patola, upo, kalabasa, kamatis… etc. Discover, explore, grow and propagate the plants in your garden and farm for food, health and livelihood.

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For more information, contact: Bahay Kubo Global System, Inc, Dr. Jose Pepito Manansala Cunanan, Phone: Smart 0919-992-3630; pepz2002@yahoo.com; pcunanan@gmail.com ; Facebook: Jose Pepito Cunanan; Anselmo ‘Moi’ Garcia 0908-535-9645, moi.garcia@gmail.com; Rebecca Miranda: 0919-805-1940 rebs_105711@yahoo.com;  Roberto Vera Cruz 0918-520-4078 robertveracruz@yahoo.com.ph; Dr. Venerando Catarroja 0999-501-6273: venerando.catarroja@yahoo.com; Dionicio Antonio 09323861515  <ammani_agri00@yahoo.com>; Ed  Manugue  0919-555-0347 <edmanugue@yahoo.com; Dan Ricohermoso 0908-216-5916 <dan7riches@yahoo.com;
JUMSA Peace & Development Foundation Inc. & Jumsa Trading Corporation Inc. Princess Jum Unga Angel 0999-455-0910 Main Office: Lampaya, Talipao, Jolo, Sulu jumsafoundation@yahoo.com; Radzma Angel 0998-245-6631. <www.jumsa.foundation.com>

Nature’s Thrive: Davao City: Maritess Campomanes Gacotano Alaba, 0907-995-1008 naturesthrive@gmail.com.
Tulay ng Buhay at Pagasa Foundation Inc. Hanbi ICT Center, C-3, Navotas City, 02 351 2384, tulay@hanmail.net; Dyce Gonzales 0922-320-3513; Nestor Valfongo 0939-480-9419.