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Our paths crossed in the course of doing our own business.  Upon presentation of the SOD business concept,  Arlyn saw the concept as a very promising business that is inline with her personal and business advocacy.  Upon thorough discussion, me and Arlyn decided that she will handle the business development to speed up the process while I will concentrate on other related business development of SOD, among others is the herbal feasibility studies. Her media contacts and expertise will help in the promotion and marketing aspects.  Arlyn believes that health is our wealth and she wanted to make her contribution in the information campaign through social entrepreneurship which is present in the SOD business.

With her expertise and genuine concern to help, she will accomplish the mission and help realize the vision through working in harmony with the other major players in the SOD operation.

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Do you know that the most popular ice cream among Filipinos is ubi ice cream?  Ubi cake is also among the best sellers in cake.  Fiesta is not complete without the ubi dessert.

Ubi (Dioscorea Alata Linn) is sacred.  Yes, in Bohol Province,  ubi is venerated by Boholano as a sacred crop.  There is a unique tradition in Bohol that people kiss the "ubi" everytime it falls to the ground as a sign of reverence.  When you speak of "ubi" to the Boholano, there is always a story to tell.  It is connected to the rich history of the ordeals of the Boholanos and their resiliency  as a people to triumph over natural and man-made adversities.  Legend has it that the tuber saved the early Boholano settlers from famine.  Ubi as the agro-religious symbol of Bohol is the only  staple food that is mentioned in the Bohol Hymn.

Although there maybe 15 ubi  varieties in Bohol, none stands out so prominently as aromatic purple "kinampay".  Bohol, the largest ubi-producing province in the country is recognized as the source of this rare "kinampay" variety,  whose aroma seems to vanish if planted outside the province.

W H Y    B U Y    B O H O L ' S  tru   U B I ?
Bohol's  tubers are organically grown - no chemical fertilizers, no pesticides, with no additives. They are grown by Boholano farmers whom were trained for organic planting of ubi. 
The Bohol's TRU ubi powder is processed from our Mayacabac Ubi Powder Processing Plant in Dauis, Bohol. Owned and managed by Mayacabac Ubi Growers and Processors Producers Cooperative. 

The women's coop federation - Bohol Federation of Women Cooperatives (BFWC) - is marketing the powder. 

Aside from the Mayacabac coop, two other women POs,  Corella Federated RIC and Bohol Dev in Jagna also process ubi tubers. All are members of BFWC. 

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When you immersed yourself into the world of herbs, they will follow you wherever you go!  Once again, this we have proven true.

Malou Gerras is the CSR Service Manager of Shangri-Las Mactan.  I met her through a common friend Easter Canoy the Eexcutive Director of KIN, an NGO in Bukidnon.  My recent trip to Cebu made the meeting possible. We blended so well together with The Food Safety Guru Tet Tobes, who used to be the boss of Malou in Shang-rila.  Malou had a scheduled trip to Manila to witness the Supreme Court Trial on environmental concern.  Though she knew that it had been postponed, she went ahead on a different agenda; to see the SOD outlets and see my garden.

On the side, Malou scheduled a trip to Sonya's Garden in Tagaytay where I invited myself to join her.  Another synchronicity as right after I uttered I wanted to see the place, Malou just text and told me about this arrangement.  With that I did not hesitate to tell Malou am going with her, without even considering if she can tag me along.

On our way back to Antipolo,  we got lost and landed at Tagaytay picnic grove.  It was as if we were brought there by fate.  After enjoying the breathtaking view of Taal volcano,  Malou spotted lots of Gotu Kola scattered wildly.  We scrutinized if this is the right specie trying to compare the physical attributes that we have seen in Oikos farm in Bohol.  Malou is trying to retrieve from her camera the picture of Gotu Kola she has taken in Oikos but she can not locate it.  I remember tasting the leaf when I was discussing the Gotu Kola with our neighbors.  I did not hesitate to chew a leaf and I can attest that it is the Gotu Kola that Joe introduced us in Bohol.  Joe Travero is a Professor and the Research and Development Director of CVSCAFT in Bohol.

Malou and I started collecting Gotu Kola and almost half filled our basket.  I always bring my basket in the car just in case I came across a plant like this one. After picking , we were hungry and treat ourselves to sumptuous ginataang kuhol with kangkong and ginataang pakbet.  It was so yummy.  Finally we decided to go home only to realize we traveled far as we have reached the Tagaytay Highlands already.  We did not notice that Palace in the sky we have reached too!

On the road, we bought some plants.  These plants amazingly occupied the perfect spot in our garden at  Foligehills. 


There are lots of pine needle planted in our Foliage Hills.  I came across this tree when I was searching for nettle.  Thought I miss heard the word so I googled neddle.  The google suggested needle as well and popped up suggestive word as needle.  Among these is the website for pine needle.  Whoalla, an AHA moment since we have the trees along the street.

The following day, a neighbor Ligaya discussed with me her Le Font Property business concept where in we will incorporate the herbal landscape or edible landscape in the center of the condominium French style inspired property.  As we are parting ways we stayed under the pine tree and reminded me of my reading.  I told Ligaya about it and we both tried the leaves.  We are amazed as it taste sour proving in taste that the document is right.  After Ligaya left, I gathered some young leaves and made an infusion.  I can now enjoy pine needle tea from now on.  Since it is sour like that of kalamansi or lemon, I will add stevia to make it a little sweeter.  This is really wonderful.  I will have the pine needle tasting tonight with Malou, the PR Manager of Shang-rila Cebu.  Malou and I met last June 19 in Cebu and she will help SOD in the Food Safety concern.  We will go to Sonyas Garden today but I felt like blogging my experience with pine needle first.  I sequel blog would be our drinking pine needle experience and some blogs about Sonyas Garden experience together.

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The first time I opened my eyes witnessing the dawn at the Oikos Farm, I took the liberty of capturing its beauty.  Last night was indeed  invigorating, resulting to a feeling of wanting to get up and feel the plants, the flowers and commune with the entire being  in the farm.  Joe prepared an organic hot cacao with honey, oh t'was lovely as I watched him preparing it the local way.   The energy at oikos relaxes the most troubled spirit.  The pureness of the heart can be felt in the space.  Another Joe joined us and shared his expertise on honey bee, a realization that honey is part of the herbal study that should go hand in hand with the herbs, the  task  that connects me with the oikos farm,  a  symbiosis  that can not be ignored.

The oikos farm tour led me to the shallow river that is within the farm.  Joe planted some trees along the river banks.  Edible ferns are abound and he also planted some gumamelas and those plants attracting butterflies flying freely,  marvelously adding beauty to the serene space serving its purpose. 
I experience the opening of my senses, ready to walk my tour of the wilderness.  I have tried chewing every plant that Joe had identified as edible, its  my shining moment as they get into my system.  Finally, I am free to explore the world of herbalism by simply knowing and experiencing them, communicating through my cells as I can feel the chemistry,  the changes it will soon create, a creation that will make the difference. A slow change but is so profound, a healing of self that is needed to be shared.

God created the earth in such a way that everything that we need, we can simply find it.  It opens the door of being attuned with wild plants as I commune with them.  Herbalism is exploring your relationship with plants and nourishing them thereafter to be more connected with them. Plants discover us and not the other way around. People started coming to oikos,  sick and healthy looking for their sanctuary.  Oikos is a place for everyone who shares their blessings.  Some friends of OIKOS Farm started pouring in resources, be it service or in kind.  Joe is responding to his call,  making OIKOS a place where everyone is welcome that filled the air you breathe with love.


My meeting with Zen Darunday, a naturalist, environmentalist, horticulturist and a plant pathologist, inspired me to come up with my own Mandala Garden.  I remember that it has to be six slices and a circle at the middle for compost.  My Mandala garden is as beautiful as I have envisioned it.  What I need to do now is to grow various herbs and ornamental plants as well.  I would like to see butterflies  abound , adding  beauty  and life to  my mandala garden.  I have planted stevia, lemon balm, fennel, dill, chamomile, lavender, kataka-taka,  lemon grass, basil, pepper mint,  viola,  lagundi,  mayana,  gynura, cat whiskers, oregano,  phyton plants, marigold, pandan, tsaang gubat and other vegetables.

Zen owns Darunday Manor, a pension house where I stayed for two nights during my visit to Oikos Farm and Cedar Farm in Bilar and Tagbilaran Bohol, respectively.  Zen is generous enough to tour me in her Cedar Farm where I was introduced to organic farm with pig and chicken.  Indeed the pig has no smell!  Had they did not create an oinky sounds, I would not notice that there are pigs in the farm.    to be continued


My trip to Bilar, Bohol at OIKOS Farm is very inspiring and educational.  The highlights of the trip is the GOTO KOLA herbs.  Thanking Joe Travero is not enough as he's the one who introduced me to the world of Goto Kola.  I remembered I have been hearing goto kola since my elementary years as "takip kohol".  But never that I have realized the wonders until I came to a close encounter with the man behind oikos farm.  Oikos Farm grows Gotu Kola and as I further do my research, I am convinced that I have to take my two leaves a day legendary saying.  Another credit should go to Isabell Shipard ( as I duplicate her report in this site in pdf file.  Isabell believes in an old proverb that says....'When someone shares with you, something of value, and you derive benefit from it, you have an obligation to share it with others'.  With that I am sharing this knowledge with you now and the gotu kola plant in the near future.  Joe gave me the plant and they are now alive in our garden.  Every day as I water them, I talked to them to grow fast to start sharing them so that the people will start enjoying the benefits.
lifted from Isabell's Report)

Throughout history, gotu kola has been used for a wide range of health problems, which have included:

ADD, peptic ulcers, auto-immune, diseases, stress, gynaecological, disorders, asthma, low thyroid, function, neuritits, male tonic, menopausal, problems, eczema, scrofula, venereal diseases, cirrhosis, diarrhea, high blood pressure, larangitis, stomach ache, muscular atrophy, fatigue, sore throat, schizophrenia, thrombosis, brain tonic, respiratory ailments, influenza, blood purifier, food poisoning, vaginitis, diabetes, baldness, wounds, age spots, nervous break down, poor circulation, insomnia, retinal detachment, dysentry, liver problems, to increase energy, epilepsy, pleurisy, premenstrual pain, hair loss, blood disorders, mycosis fungoides, dementia, infections, peridontal disease, colds, coughing blood, vomitting blood, senility, hemorrhoids, prickly heat rash, measles, poor appetite, atherosclerosis, depression, skin ulcers, urinary tract infection, candida, tuberculosis, mental retardation, sexual debility, elephantitis, fibrocystic breast disease, gastric, hypochondria, ankylosing spondylitis, skin ulcers, failing eyesight, abscesses, mouth ulcers, for impotence, stomach upsets, bruises, scleroderma, herpes, cramps, exam tonic, lupus, bowel disorders, fluid retention, hepatitis, swollen glands, intestinal worms, convulsions, surgical wounds, dermatitis, joint mobility, bowel disorders, anemia, hardening of, arteries, tingling in legs, to stimulate the liver,, bladder, kidneys, stimulate central, nervous system.

Many people have been able to correct high blood pressure, with consistent use of the herb. Research from the U.S. National Institute on Ageing, showed that high blood pressure can lead to atrophy and shrinkage of the brain. The study also showed, that: years of high blood pressure raises the amount of a liquid, known as cerebrospinal fluid, inside the skull, and lowers the amount of white matter. Who wants less white matter?

Gotu kola’s constituents have a strong blood purifying action, and help to lower serum cholesterol levels; this could be mainly due to the action of Beta-sitosterol. The plant saponins help the function of the immune system, by assisting in breaking down the walls of diseased cells, making microbes easier to kill. It seems likely, that it is this same action that has been seen in research, which works to kill the leprosy bacteria by dissolving the waxy, protective substance around the bacteria.

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