Andres Bonifacio as first Philippine President proposed

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Atty. Gary Bonifacio, great-great-grand-nephew of 19th century Katipunan revolutionary movement founder Andres Bonifacio and great-great-grandson of the hero’s brother Procopio Bonifacio, made a public appeal on November 29 at the non-partisan Pandesal Forum of Kamuning Bakery Café in Quezon City for the government to declare his forebear as “the first president of the Philippines based on the recommendations of many nationalist historians and scholars to correct historical injustices”.

Atty. Bonifacio, now an election officer in San Juan City, clarified: “Supremo Andres Bonifacio’s Katipunan was not only a revolutionary organization but it was a revolutionary government of the Philippines. He referred to all Filipinos and the Philippines as Tagalogs and the Tagalog republic, because he refused to use the colonial name imposed by the Spanish colonizers. When he used the term ‘Tagalog people’, it referred to all of us whether Tagalogs, Visayan, Ilonggo, Ilocano, Tausug. Andres Bonifacio had a vision and concept of our nationhood, in fact, he even opened Philippine citizenship to foreigners living in our isles, to Chinese who were already second-generation here and to fourth-generation Spaniards here.”

Andres Bonifacio and his brother Procopio Bonifacio were both unjustly murdered on May 10, 1897 in the mountains of Maragondon in Cavite province. They were executed by the soldiers of and upon orders of General Emilio Aguinaldo, after their very controversial and unjust trial in Naic, Cavite and also after the controversial 1897 Tejeros convention. After the deaths of Andres and Procopio Bonifacio, other members of their family were persecuted and went into hiding for many years.

Andres Bonifacio founded the anti-colonial revolutionary movement and government called Kataastaasan Kagalanggalang na Katipunan (KKK) ng mga Anak ng Bayan or the Katipunan. He was unjustly murdered at age 33, while his brother Procopio was also murdered at age 28.# (KB/WLF/TN)


Monsanto & Yong Gao: in Forefront of Biotechnology

Dr. Yong Gao, Monsanto Director of Corporate Engagement in Asia and Africa during his interview at People’s Television Network Channel 4, a government television station.

As of December 2017, the world population is in a dreaded estimate of 7.6 Billion and is projected by the United Nations to further increase to 11.8 Billion by 2100.

Current world population is increasing day by day. In the population growth, this implies increasing demands in space, energy-consumption, and especially food.

While malnourishment is already an issue in every part of the world, it is dreaded by experts that the ability of the world to feed its growing population will further diminish.

This will eventually result in more people getting insufficient nutrients they need and worst, worldwide starvation.

As urbanization and global development goals are one of the key factors in world progress and development, this sacrifices space which is the agricultural or farming lands.

It is a common sight to see agricultural community being converted to condominiums, shopping malls, commercial complex, and buildings. While this could mean progress and development, it also means diminishing farm lands where crops are yield and harvest that sustains and feed a big portion of the population.


Development Diminish Agriculture Space

In the Southeast Asia, agriculture is one of the common industry in every country. Usual crops yielded are corn, rice, and coconut such as in Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. These crops are known to be rich in nutrients such as carbohydrates that every human need.

However, to coincide with the world progress, these countries are also developing which could mean farm lands turning into buildings. Sadly, we cannot create more agricultural lands while developing concrete cities.

This is where biotechnology, genetic engineering, and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) enter the picture. It’s hard fact that we cannot create agricultural and farm lands, but using these innovations from science, farmers can maximize what’s left to these lands.

That even in a little agricultural space, farmers can yield crops that can feed the population twice or thrice as much.


Front and Center in Biotechnology

Dr. Yong Gao, Director of Corporate Engagement for Asia & Africa, President of Monsanto China, in his discussion regarding biotechnology, use of GMO in farming, and genetic engineering, stressed the importance of these innovations in agriculture.

These new factors in farming could help sustain the world population’s growing need for nutrient-rich food.

He added that, “Organic is a way of production. A different way of production to meet certain customer needs which coexist with modern agriculture.”

Monsanto company, being in forefront of biotechnology and genetic engineering, emphasized the importance of investing globally. Not just as a multinational company but as well as stakeholders that aims for a food abundant world that can be possible through science applied in modern agriculture.

Moreover, in China, conclusive studies proved that Chinese young children who consumes low nutrients food tend to have lower Intelligence Quotient (IQ) while Chinese young children who consumes nutrient-rich food tend to have a higher IQ.

This is as much as alarming as the insufficient food supply for the world. A fact that due to diminishing farm lands and soil quality which often result in poor crop yields that are low in nutrients. A population that is more in quantity but has a low brain quality.

This is one of the reason why Dr. Gao is keen on advocating the use of biotechnology and GMO in agriculture. He also debunked rumors and myth regarding the use of GMO, such as it can cause cancer and unsafe for human consumption. He clarified that these technologies are, “it is safe. It is clean for us [humans].”

Dr. Gao envisions that through Monsanto Company, even in a limited farm lands, “the same man can produce much more.”

Positioning himself and the company into pioneering the use of biotechnology and GMO in the agriculture industry; crops that are nutrient-rich and sufficient in quantity, enough to sustain the world’s population in years to come. (TN/Ehlorra Mangahas)



All Pyrotechnics or “Pa-Ilaw” allowed, Philippine Fireworks Association Clarifies

President of the Philippine Fireworks Association, Jovenson Ong appeals to the Local Government Units (LGUs) and the media to clear the misinformation regarding the Executive Order 28 signed by president Rodrigo Duterte that aims to limit the use of firecrackers or “paputok” but clarifies that the safer pyrotechnics or “pa-ilaw” is totally allowed.

To prevent firecracker-related injuries, EO 28 has been signed by Duterte to limit the use of firecrackers in designated areas under the supervision of the Philippine National Police (PNP). While pyrotechnics can be used everywhere.

The association wishes to clarify to the public that pyrotechnics are not prohibited, restricted or limited.

Though firecrackers and pyrotechnics are both categorized as fireworks, Ong clarifies that firecrackers which main effect is sound, is limited to use in designated areas as stated in EO 28, while pyrotechnics which main effects are lights can be used anytime everywhere.

The association appeals to the LGUs and the media to help clarify this misinformation as it already affects the pyrotechnic industry which supports an estimated of 150,000 people connected to local manufacturing and selling of fireworks nationwide.

They also appeal for support for this local industry as it provides many livelihoods, generates taxes, supports the Philippine economy and has huge export potentials. (Ehlorra Mangahas)

Monsanto joins Davao City DepEd Library Hub in celebrating National Reading Month

Monsanto joins Davao City DepEd Library Hub in celebrating

Monsanto Philippines Corporate Affairs Head Chat Ocampo turns over more copies of Monsanto’s children’s book for the Davao City DepEd Library Hub’s Read-along activities


November is reading month and Monsanto Philippines participates in the efforts of the Department of  Education Library Hub in Davao City to encourage young students to spend time reading books that interest them.

The DepEd Library Hub has been using Monsanto’s children’s book titled “Lina’s Town Rises Again” as material for its story-telling sessions along with other books which teach values to elementary school children.

Chat Ocampo, Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Head and author of the aforementioned Monsanto’s children’s book said that by using the book as material, “not only are we providing ways for children to get interested in agriculture but we are also teaching values such as perseverance, hard work, making sacrifices for the family and faith in God.”

“Lina’s Town Rises Again” is based on the true story of a successful lady farmer, Aling Conching  Reyes, who managed to rise above the devastation of her community caused by Typhoon Pablo. Aling Conching  planted Bt corn and worked very hard. Soon after, her hard work and perseverance paid off so that she eventually recovered all her losses and started enjoying a much better life. She was able to also help her neighbors improve their lives. 

Meanwhile, Rose Antipuesto, Division Librarian II, said that students react positively whenever she reads to them the story of AlingConching. “The story inspires them. There are not so many children’s books on agriculture so this book is definitely a great take off point to discuss agriculture, how it is to grow crops and how farmers help feed our world. We also get to discuss many other related matters after the said story is read to them,” Antipuesto added.

Antipuesto also underscored that encouraging students to read was made easier by the fact that they were able to distribute copies of the books whenever the story is read so that everyone could read together. “They really read-along as I read the story to them and that gets them excited to get hold of and read other books,” Antipuesto said.

Apart from the story-telling sessions, the Davao DepEd Library Hub will also hold a poster-making contest at the end of November. They are also doing an inventory of all the books donated to them through the years so they can send some copies to the libraries of public elementary schools. 

Monsanto PHinspires kids to appreciate ag-biotech, conducts story-telling session in Cagayan Valley


Monsanto Philippines recently conducted another story-telling session of Lina’s Town Rises Again, the first Filipino children’s book on biotech corn, to more than 250 pupils ofTuguegarao West Central School in Cagayan.

Lina’s Town Rises Again is authored by Charina Garrido-Ocampo, Corporate Engagement Lead of Monsanto Philippines. In her opening remarks, Ocampo imparted the importance of agricultural biotechnology as a solution to feed a growing nation. “We, at Monsanto wanted to inspire young minds to engage in agriculture because we are an agricultural country and 32% of our population are into agriculture,” she pointed out.

Through the animation viewing of the story which emphasizes on the positive impact of biotech corn (Dekalb®) in the lives of Filipino farmers, Monsanto Philippines wanted to encourage children to embrace farming and the products of agricultural biotechnology as a means of transforming farmers’ lives and farming communities.

The fully-illustrated book was written for elementary students, inspired from the success-story of farmerConsolacion Reyes fromLambayog, Sultan Kudarat. The story revolves on how her family and the whole farming community were able to recover from economic loss brought about by the devastations of typhoon Pablo.Not only does the book inform children on the benefits of agricultural biotechnology, but it also conveys a message of hope, strength, and courage in the face of adversity.

The story is also one that students in Tuguegarao can relate to as Tuguegarao City experienced devastations from two successive typhoons which massively struck the region this year. Cagayan Valley is endowed with rich fertile soil and favorable condition suitable for high-valued crops like corn. Moreover, Tuguegarao City is one of the top corn-growing cities in the country.

Meanwhile, the school’s OIC, Mrs. Laura Tagunod highly appreciated this initiative as a means of developing children’s appreciation on farming and agriculture. “After this session, I know there will be additional colorful pages added to your own storybook in life, what matters most is the learning gained, therefore keep on reading and you’ll keep on learning,” she stressed.

At the end of the story-telling session, the pupils were very much entertained and have shown interest in agriculture as they have cheerfully engaged in the question and answer portion.

Pampublikong panayam at paglulunsad ng aklat hinggil sa sining at kultura ng mga Filipinong Muslim, mangyayari sa 7 Nobyembre

Magkakaroon ng pampublikong panayam at lunsad-aklat hinggil sa sining at kulturang Muslim si Dr. Abraham P. Sakili sa 7 Nobyembre 2017, sa Sentrong Asyano, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman.

Ang aklat na Espasyo at Identidad: Mga Ekspresyon sa Kultura, mga Sining, at Lipunan ng mga Muslim sa Filipinas ay isang masinsinang pagsipat sa sining ng espasyong Muslim pati na ng mga espasyo sa kultura, sining, at lipunan ng mga Filipinong Muslim.

Kabilang sa mga masusing inaral sa kulturang Muslim ang mga tela, banig, pinta, kaligrapiya, at konstruksiyon ng mga  bahay, masjid, at bangka na ginagabayan ng mga prinsipyo ng Tawhid (Kaisahang Dibino) at Khalifa (tao bílang katiwala ng dibino). May kasama rin itong mga dibuho na ginawa ni Sakili.

Si Dr. Sakali ay kasalukuyang komisyoner ng KWF para sa mga wika ng Muslim Mindanao at  propesor ng Arte at Humanidades sa UP Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura at. Mula mga taong 1989–1991, nakaramit niya ang parangal na Natatanging Guro ng UP Diliman. Kinikilalang kontribusyon niya ang pagdisensyo ng UP Sablay na ginagamit ng pamantasan sa pagtatapos ng mag-aaral nito.

Bukás sa publiko ang panayam at paglulunsad. Para sa pagpapatala, tumawag sa 736-2519 at hanapin si John Enrico C. Torralba o magpadala ng sulatroniko sa komisyonsawikangfilipino@