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BAHAY KUBO: Growing Vegetables On Trees: Rurban (Rural-Urban) Farming

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Greetings to ABANTE Readers, Philippines-wide: Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon: 7,107 islands, 42,026 barangays, 80 provinces, 140 cities, 1494 municipalities; 100+ million Filipinos, families and friends earth-wide.

As one has the opportunities to travel in various parts of the country, it is good to be reminded that our starting point is KM 0 (Kilometer Zero) @ Rizal Park, Manila. We have been invited to the 13th National Laity Congress of the United Methodist Church to be held @ NSCC, Caoayan (Metro Vigan), Ilocos Sur on August 19, 2017 for a workshop on Ecological Awareness.

It is good to note the Philippine countryside in the light of the passage in Revelation 22: 1,2. And he showed me a pure[a] River of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

There are trees on the roadsides, around houses and in the open fields. There are many trees that bear seasonal fruits, once a year: And many more non-fruit bearing trees such as acacia, mahogany, gmelina, ipil-ipil, kakawate, katuray, kawayan, pine and bushes and shrubs, small and medium size trees.

In the light of the Bible passage, are there trees in the Philippines that could bear twelve fruits, one kind every month? We have a Filipino saying, “kung ano ang puno, iyon ang bunga” (whatever is the tree, so is its fruits). A banana bears saging, a papaya, papaya, a coconut, niyog, a guyabano, guyabano, a langka, jackfruit, a guava, bayabas, a star apple, kaimito, etc.

From the Aetas of Central Luzon, we learned that they could grow vegetables from trees: Using the “akyat puno” (climbing technology), they plant vine vegetable seeds at the base of the tree, shrub, bamboo. 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, ten of the 18 veggies are vines.

Our mango tree in Quezon City we are able to harvest baskets of mangos and grow singkamas, ampalaya, sitaw, bataw, patola, passion, ube, kundol (wintermelon) as well using the tree as the Balag/Trellis.

We wish and hope that our people in the rural and urban areas will see the prospects of growing vege­tables on trees, shrubs, grasslands and open fields. Collect seeds of V5: Venture in Variety of Vertical Vine Vegetables and C5: Crawler, Clinger, Creeper, Climber Crops: singkamas, sigarilyas, sitaw, bataw, patani, kundol, patola, upo, kalabasa, ampalaya, sayote, pakwan, melon, chicharo, beans…

Children, youth, parents and senior citizens in every barangay and municipality, province should be encouraged to grow vegetables on every tree on the roadside and around their homes. Schools, government agencies and private corporations should take the lead in joint ventures for production for food, health & liveliood.

For more information, contact: Bahay Kubo Global System, Inc., Dr. Jose Pepito Manansala Cunanan, Phone: Smart 0919-9923630; pepz2002@yahoo.com; pcunanan@gmail.com; Facebook: Jose Pepito Cunanan; Emmanuel Argamosa 0908-8819906 NetSquare 3rd Avenue cor. 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig emargamosa@yahoo.com Anselmo ‘Moi’ Garcia 0908-5359645, moi.garcia@gmail.com; Dr. Venerando Catarroja 0999-5016273: venerando.catarroja@yahoo.com; Dr. Mel Catarroja; Alonita Doctor <nitesdr@gmail.com; nitesdr@yahoo.com; Marian Fernando; Tita Laraya, Limuel Alegario lalegario@yahoo.com; Mar Sajorda marsajorda@yahoo.com; Dan Ricohermoso 0908-2165916 <dan7riches@yahoo.com;

JUMSA Peace & Development Foundation Inc. & Jumsa Trading Corporation Inc. Princess Jum Unga Angel 0949-5960803 Main Office: Lampaya, Talipao, Jolo, Sulu jumsafoundation@yahoo.com; Radzma Angel 0998-2456631. <www: jumsa.foundation.com>; Mabolo, Pagrai, 5 Antipolo, City;

Nature’s Thrive: Davao City: Maritess Campomanes Gacotano Alaba, 0907-9951008 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; Nestor Valfongo 0939-4809419.

C3: Corinthian Coffee Clutch, Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City: Ike Seneres <iseneres@yahoo.com>; Elmer Robles kingflute@pop.network; Jose Z. Osias <jzosias@gmail.com>; Patrick Pineda <pspineda13@gmail.com>; Virgilio V. Leyretana, Sr. vley_martelli@yahoo.com; martelli_ri@yahoo.com; Noly G. Daculan nolyd@hotmail.com; noly.daculan@realistic.ph.