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BAHAY KUBO: RURBAN (Rural-Urban) Gardening @ Tanza Islet, Navotas City

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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 from the Islet of Tanza, Navotas City.

Along Manila Bay, surrounded by the Navotas River and Malabon River, the islet of Tanza is accessible from various points in Navotas by ferry boats and by a bridge at Hulong Duhat, Malabon.

Tulay ng Buhay at Pagasa Foundation Inc. in coordination with Hanbi Tanza Church have services and programs for the community through Nursery and Kindergarten classes as well as tutorial and Youth activities, Bible studies and worship services.

Tanza, Navotas City is in the urban setting. With the islet setting aside for the established and well built homes also has relocated and resettled families who live along riverbanks and mangrove areas. The rurban (rural/urban) is an apt description of the community.

In a nearby lot of 400 square meters, a garden is being developed with the Bahay Kubo theme and grow the 18 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.

In the preparation of the Bahay Kubo Farm Plan, the layout of plots of three meters by six meters will be allotted for the crops following their sequence in the folksong. Each plot will have natural, live trellis (balag) with ipil-ipil, malunggay and katuray cuttings and seeds as starters (boungavilla have thorns and are not advisable for the trellis).

Two sacks of Ube (purple yam) planting materials are being propagated in seedling bags and will be grown in the balag as well as in sacks along walls, fence and trees.

The Nurseries will be growing the veggies from seeds and seedlings will be transplanted in the plots: talong, mustasa, kamatis, pechay. The following will be grown direct in the soil: Singkamas, sigarilyas, mani, sitaw, bataw, patani, kundol, patola, upo, kalabasa, labanos, sibuyas, bawang, luya, linga. Additional crops: okra, siling labuyo, bell pepper, kadios, chicharo, carrots, pipino will be grow in the intercropping.

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The soil for the seeds, seedlings as well as for the plots is a mixture of: sand, coconut saw dust and chicken manure. In sacks or drums and tyres, ube will be grown. Seven plots of kamote varieties: white, red, yellow, brown, orange, violet, variegated (mixed colors) will be grown for their talbos (tops) and tubers.

The parents, youth and children who participated in the initial soil preparation, plotting and bagging the ube tuberlings were: Roberto Federiso, Virgilio Fontillan, Robin Monte, Billy Mustaza, Andrea Yu, Charlotte Ruelan, Clarisse Lazaro, Cherry Mae Lagura, Nathaniel Gabiola, JC Dorado, Mandy Aquino, Teresita Encarnado, Josefa Arnaiz, Maribel Ventira, Lourenz Billy Mustaza, Bernadette Openiano, Park Sun Ho, Choi Eun Young, Francia Neil, Marcelito Marcelino, Janna Betana, Marian Ognita, Neil Anisco, Angelo Decabo, Arlan Ventura, Patrick Durado, JPM Cunanan.

Mothers of the Nursery and Kindergarten children (some 200) volunteer to tend the garden in toiling the soil, planting seeds, caring for the crops, clearing and composting, watering and other garden needs. For these they are given a few kilos of rice.

Given a three-month period, the Bahay Kubo garden in Tanza will be ready for friends and guests to visit… Join us in the planting, care and harvest of the crops….Hopefully it also becomes a training center in food production, gulayan sa bakuran, for the barangays and communities in Navotas and Malabon and beyond.

For information and queries, contact: Bahay Kubo Global System, Inc, Dr. Jose Pepito Manansala Cunanan, Phone: Smart 0919-9923630; Globe: 0927 700 1754 pepz2002@yahoo.com; pcunanan@gmail.com; Facebook: Jose Pepito Cunanan; Emmanuel Argamosa 0908 881 9906 NetSquare 3rd Avenue cor. 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig emargamosa@yahoo.com Anselmo ‘Moi’ Garcia 0908 535 9645, 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 216 5916 dan7riches@yahoo.com;

JUMSA Peace & Development Foundation Inc. & Jumsa Trading Corporation Inc. Princess Jum Unga Angel 0949 596 0803 Main Office: Lampaya, Talipao, Jolo, Sulu jumsafoundation@yahoo.com; Radzma Angel 0998 245 6631. 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 480 9419.

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.