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Box-All-You-Can: RuRi PH pushes for ‘special events’ to help farmers sell their produce

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“Poor farmers” – we’ve seen many posts of farmers whose harvested produce came to waste because of different factors beyond their control. Among the reasons are calamities, high cost of fertilizers, fuel price hikes, as well as stiff competition.

What could be done to help ease the life of our poor farmers, especially the small time producers?

Rural Rising Philippines

There’s a non-profit grassroots effort to help distressed Filipino farmers get back on their feet and feed the nation with pride — the Rural Rising Philippines (RuRi) which was spearheaded by the couple Ace and Andie Estrada of Baguio City.

They established RuRi PH after they came across the story of the Cordillera farmers who were unable to sell their oversupply of tomatoes during the pandemic because of mobility restraints. Sadly, the farmers failed to move their produce out of their community and traders could not purchase their harvested produce.

 

 

As per their Facebook page, the team of RuRi aim to address this concern by sending Rescue trucks to areas where there is an over-production of vegetables and paying the farmers above-farm gate prices.

Rural Rising then distributes the rescued produce to its members at below-bagsakan prices. All fruits and vegetables that age 48 hours are donated to deeply COVID-impacted communities in NCR and to various community pantries.

Rural Rising Philippines believes that when farmers are paid the right price, they have a chance at achieving rural prosperity. That by giving members access to fresh and cheap produce, they would share what they cannot consume to the needy or perhaps create a profitable reseller business. That by channeling all unclaimed or unsold produce to residents in economically depressed communities, their lives are sustained and souls given hope.

Rural Rising is doing weekly Rescue Buys in towns all over Luzon and some parts of Visayas. It operates two distribution hubs—one in UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City and another in Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa.

Rural Rising Philippines currently has 111,044 followers and more than 30,000 members comprising of farmers, private partners, and concerned citizens.

Box All You Can Project

Presently, Rural Rising has an ongoing partnership with the Ayala Malls.  The RuRi has been transporting fruits and vegetables to urban communities and customers through a number of varied shopping experience; one of which is the ‘Box All You Can’ (BAYC).

Participants can pay P699 to collect all the fruits and vegetables they can fit inside a 14x14x8 box within 10 minutes. They may choose from a variety of fruits and veggies.

The initial BAYC was held from April 8 to 10 at the Alabang Town Center while the second was held at the UP Town Center from May 20 to 22.

While others participated because they have big families, there are those who supported the activity to donate their collected produce to those who need help.

Ace Estrada disclosed that 30 tons of produce were prepared for the three-day event; coming from around 100 farmers from various parts of the the country. It’s truly a rescue buy event to look forward to.

Mango All You Can Eat Event

Rural Rising will also have a Mango All-You-Can-Eat event at the Ayala Malls Market! Market! on June 11. As the name implies, you ca have fun and eat mangoes to your heart’s delight for only P200. This was launch as an effort o help the mango producers of Guimaras.

To sign up — just click here! http://bit.ly/MAYC-RRPH

There are many ways to help our farmers and patronizing their organic produce would truly make them happy. Join other projects of RuRi and be blessed! You may visit their Facebook Page.

Watch this “Nag-enjoy ka na, nakatulong ka pa” video from News5 to further get into the know about BAYC:

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Humor sa mag-asawa, tunay na mahalaga

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May mga hinahangaan ka rin bang couples na parang walang problema sa relasyon nila at tila happy lang sila lagi?

Sari-saring mag-asawa ang nakakahalubilo ko, lalo na kapag may parenting workshop kami noon. Maraming nakalolokang LQ ng mag-asawa ang naidulog na rin sa inyong lingkod: sa kapitbahayan, mga naging kaibigan, kliyente, at sa mga naging kasama sa activities sa community empowerment, at s’yempre sa FB.

Nakatutuwa lang minsan, na sa kabila ng mga chika issues, meron at meron pa ding anggulo na magdadala sa atin sa tawanan imbes na iyakan.

Andiyan ‘yung selosan blues: “Mj, tignan mo nga ako at sabihin mo kung mala-diyosa ang kagandahan ko para magselos pa ang mister ko? Payat, maitim, bungal at walang boobs? Itong itsura bang ito ang dapat pang bantayan?” Lol

Andiyan ‘yung walang kuwentang ugat: “Isang linggo na akong hindi kinakausap ng misis ko.“

Bakit naman? “Tinanong kasi ng anak namin kung kailan kami naging magnobyo ng mama nila, e hindi ko na talaga matandaan ang petsa. Napakatagal na noon eh! Mahina talaga ako sa History!” LOL!

Andiyan ‘yung guessing game incidents: “Ma, ang dami kong nakain. Ang sarap ng pagkakaluto mo sa Afritada.”

“Afritada? Anong Afritada, e, kare-kare ‘yang niluto ko! Walanghiya ka! Nang-iinsulto ka ba?”

Nabato tuloy ng kutsara si mister at hindi nagluto nang ilang araw si misis. Next time kasi, ‘wag nang lagyan ng nouns. “Ang sarap ng luto mo.“ Period! LOL!

Andiyan ang cell phone accidents: “Love ko, kumain ka na ba? Sunduin mo ako mamaya ha. I love you! mwah”

Hala! Nabalibag ni misis ang CP sa batong pader at nagkalasug-lasog na (hindi pa pala tapos hulugan). Matapos ang mahabang interogasyon, isinaksak ang sim sa ibang cp, nalamang wrong send lang pala. Nasayang ang IPhone… Daanin muna kasi sa tamang proseso. LOL!

Andiyan ang when-is-the-right-time issues: “Mj, ‘di ba once a month lang ang visitor n’yong mga babae? Eh bakit twice a month may declare si misis ng red flag is up? Sobrang diyeta naman ako nun!”

“Eh kasi, mj, ikaw ba naman hindi duduguin kung mahigit kalahati ng suweldo niya, nawawala???” (Oo nga naman…) LOL!

Eto ngayon ang isang paborito kong email na na-send sa akin ng isang kaibigan. Walang author to ha. Let’s have some more laughs…mahirap yung laging serious eh!

This is the best and most civil way daw to have a fight between husband and wife instead of resorting to physical force… idaan sa poems. ^__^

WIFE:
I wrote your name on sand it got washed. I wrote your name in air, it was blown away. Then I wrote your name on my heart & I got Heart Attack!

HUSBAND:
God saw me hungry, he created pizza. He saw me thirsty, he created Pepsi. He saw me in the dark, he created light. He saw me without problems, he created YOU!

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“Husband is one who is the head of the family, but his wife is the neck, and whichever way she turns, he goes.”
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A man in Hell asked the Devil: Can I make a call to my Wife? After making the call he asked how much to pay. Devil : Nothing, Hell to Hell is Free.
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Husband: Do you know the meaning of WIFE? It means, Without Information, Fighting Everytime!
Wife: No darling, it means – With Idiot For Ever
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Wife: I wish I was a newspaper. So I’d be in your hands all day.
Husband: I too wish that you were a newspaper, So I could have a new one every day.

Doctor: Your husband needs rest and peace. Here are some sleeping Pills.
Wife: When must I give them to him?
Doctor: They are for you!

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Wife: I had to marry you to find out how stupid you are..

Husband: You should have known it the minute I asked you to marry me.
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And life goes on…….. Why did God ever create Eve? – Since then… God never rest.

(Humor, humor… without it, we won’t survive!)

Just for laughs, ok? Rated PG. Wag gayahin sa inyong mga asa-asawa! ^___^

Pero teka, seryoso muna tayo. Ayon sa isang pag-aaral, ang mga couples daw “who laugh together are more likely to stay together.”

Ang mga couples umano na may parehong sense of humor at parehong nakasasakay sa mga bagay na nakatutuwa o nakatatawa ay posibleng nasa “road to lasting love and happiness.”

Ayon sa pag-aaral na tinutukan ni Jeffrey Hall mula sa University of Kansas, sinuri nila ang kahalagahan ng ‘humor’ sa isang relasyon.

Lumalabas umano sa kanilang pagsusuri na ang tunay na mahalaga ay hindi yaong makahanap ka ng partner na may sense of humor kundi ang makatagpo ka ng partner “who shares the same sense of humor as you.”  Magkaiba pala ‘yun!  Hindi puwedeng isa lang ang may sense of humor. Mas mainam kung lapat ang sense of humor ninyong dalawa.

Paglalahad ni Hall, “People say they want a sense of humour in a mate, but that’s a broad concept. That people think you are funny or you can make a joke out of anything is not strongly related to relationship satisfaction. What is strongly related to relationship satisfaction is the humor that couples create together.”

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Anong meron kayo, BAHAY O TAHANAN?

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Maraming Filipino ang nakatalang walang sariling bahay. Nagkalat ang mga iskwaters sa iba’t ibang lugar lalo na sa Kalakhang Maynila kung saan iniisip ng maraming taga lalawigan na nasa siyudad umano ang ikaaangat ng kanilang buhay. Maraming mumunting bahay din ang nagsulputan kung saan-saang iskinita, bangketa, ilalim ng mga tulay, at kung saan-saan pang kakatwang lugar magkaroon lamang ng ‘bahay’ na mauuwian.

Sa kabilang dako, marami na ring nagtataasan at naggagandahang mga gusali na kung tawagin natin ay condo. Ito naman ang bahay para sa mga Pilipinong may mataas na antas sa kabuhayan at may kakayahang mamuhay sa tinatawag na “high profile lifestyle”. Convenience raw ang pangunahing dahilan ng mga naninirahan dito. Malapit sa kanilang trabaho, malapit sa mga mall, sa airport, sa alta sosyedad na kanilang ginagalawan. At diumano’y maraming pasilidad na nakawiwili tulad ng mga swimming pools, gym, laundry, salon, atbp.

Mabuti na lang at higit na nakararami ang mga bahay na kung tawagin ay bungalow, 2-storey, townhouse at apartments. Ang ilan sa mga ito ay may sariling bakuran kahit may kaliitan. May espasyo pa para sa Inang kalikasan. Mga puno, mga halaman, sariwang hangin. Napakahalaga din kasi ng kalikasan sa ating tirahan.

Ngunit gaano nga ba kahalaga ang bahay sa tao? Bukod sa silungan ng mga pamilya? Kaya nga nalikha ang awit na “A House is Not a Home…”

Hindi lamang ito ang bubong na ating masisilungan at matutulugan kapag tayo’y nakauwi na. Higit sa pisiolohikal na silbi nito ang malalim na kahalagahan ng tirahan para sa bawat tao.

Ito ang ating pugad na pinagmumulan ng pagkabuo ng ating pagkatao, ng ating mga asal, mga nagiging pananaw sa buhay. Ang bahay ang siyang kanlungan; ang mga kasama sa bahay ang siyang nagiging molde na humuhubog sa ating buong pagkatao at ‘di kalaunan, ang bahay ay nagsisimula nang maging tahanan.

Ang tahanan ang siyang nagiging pugad ng mga pusong nananahan sa itinayong bahay. May pagmamahalan, may pagdadamayan, may mabuting relasyon, at nagtuturo ng magagandang asal at pananaw sa buhay.

Sa aking pagbibiyahe ay narating ko ang bahay at tahanan ng iba’t ibang pamilyang nakasalamuha ko.

Nakita ko ang ilang pamilya na may naglalakihang bahay; na sa labis na kaluwagan nito ay tila hirap magpangita ang mga kasapi ng kanilang pamilya. Nakabibingi ang katahimikan at nakakailang ang espasyong tila hindi naman nagagamit.

Nakita ko rin ang mga bahay na katamtaman ang laki at maituturing pa ngang may kasikipan dahil sa dami ng kasapi ng pamilyang naroon. Ngunit sa aking paghihintay, ang tawanan at tuksuhan ng magkakapatid ay parang musika sa aking pandinig. Idagdag pa riyan ang ingay mula sa telebisyon habang sama-sama silang nanonood sa kanilang sala.

Hindi mahalaga ang bahay kung hindi ito magiging tahanan. Ang kahinaan ng tahanan ay isa sa mga sanhi ng maraming pagkasira ng pamilya o kaya’y pagkaligaw ng landas ng mga anak. Hindi sa laki o gara ng bahay nakasalalay ang tibay ng pundasyon ng isang tahanan.

Ito ay nasa pagsisimula nating mga magulang at sa patuloy na pagsisikap na gawing tahanan ang ating mga bahay. Kaya naman layon ng inyong lingkod ngayon na kayo ay kalabitin upang tanungin kung ano ang inyong kinalalagyan ngayon. Bahay ba ito …. o tahanan?

Sana’y puro tahanan ang sagot sa katanungan. Kung hindi naman, hindi pa huli! Gawin nang tahanan ang inyong mga bahay!!! ^__^
Tandaan: Ang lakas ng isang pamilya ay nakasalalay sa tahanan; hindi sa bahay.

Tara na’t makinig!

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[Family Blog] Are you a ‘jealous’ Mom?

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Yup! I am one big ‘jealous’ mom! And it has helped me a lot in bringing up my children the way I wish them to grow.

One of the rare tips I share during parenting seminars is “Be a jealous Mom (or Dad)”.

Like the others, you’d probably raise your eyebrows or twitch your nose. Jealousy, I believe, is tagged as a negative trait. But I’ve been used to looking at negative things happening and somehow converting it into a positive one. Be a solo parent and you’ll learn that, too. But for now, it’s a different story…hahaha!

Going back to being a jealous mom, everyone would assume that jealousy can be a nerve-wracking stuff which has caused many relationships to break. It’s like poison that creeps between couples, sibling or even friends. It’s the devil whispering malicious thoughts, urging you to do detective work, doubt every explanation as alibis, and eventually push you to tie people to your side or cage them.

In short, it’s the green-eyed monster which can grow within yourself!

But I like green. To me it symbolizes growth, harvest and energy. So I decided to convert that green-eyed monster into a lovable green-eyed mother!

Thoughts to ponder:

* Be selfishly ‘jealous’. Don’t turn your kids over to some other parent for nurturing. Don’t share them with other parents, as in “I don’t like washing nappies, putting infants to sleep or feeding babies. Can you do that for me?” 

Because if you do that, don’t have tantrums if your kids prefer other people to be with. Babies are smart, too. They know genuine when they see one!

* Try your best to be’ jealously’ smart. Moms are the kids’ first teacher. Home is their first school. We don’t want our children asking other people about the birds and the bees, the sound of ABCs and how things are done, do we? ‘Cause if they grow up learning from other people, we can’t undo any harm or damage that can arise from mislearned lessons.

We are the better judge on what is best for our kids; not our neighbors! Moreover, we earn our children’s respect and admiration if they know they can count on us to help them with homeworks, projects …and later on, personal concerns.

There is fun in continuous learning. We can learn together with our kids, learn more for their well-being by attending parenting forums, reading parenting books and sharing with other conscientious parents. Anything that is worth having is well worth working for. And our children’s future is worth all the sacrifices, believe me!

* Be a jealous friend. From toddler stage ’til adolescence, friends will drop in and out of our children’s lives. Some will stay a bit longer than the others. But what remains certain is that we can be the very best friend that our children can ever have … for life! Others can be just second best. How about that???? How could we earn that most prestigious title? VBFFL? Very Best friend for life?

It’s really simple. Be that. Be the VBFFL of our children and let them be our VBFFL, too!

There are times when we have to stop being a parent and just be a friend. Authority is one thing. Accommodation is another. Let’s be there for our kids whether they’re up or down, laughing or crying, winning or losing. Let us be the shoulder they’ll want to cry on, the first they’ll share good news with and someone with whom they can share their every thought, every dream and even every pain.

They will have other friends, yes. But we don’t have to shoo them away. We just have to learn from them, too; and to do that, we have to know our children’s friends. Make them our friends, too. That way, nothing goes past us. We gain insights into our children’s perimeter of friends. And when our kids become comfortable with us, we can rest assure that our advice will be heard and respected.

Let’s identify our children’s individual differences and treat each one according to their uniqueness. Nothing is difficult if we are going to set our mind to it.

The seeds I’ve planted with jealousy are now turning into giant trees …and I’m starting to bask in the sunlight; shaded by the leaves of the trees I planted.

So, perhaps you are a ‘jealous’ Mom, too? You’ll soon reap the rewards even if you haven’t been praying for it. And they’re going to love you even more when you’re old and grey!

[A story from Life Bus, 2012]

 

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