The Great Escape

Rediscovering life in Palawan Philippines

The Land Where I Was Born 016

Random photos and thoughts about the Philippines

Our environment, our experiences, and the people we choose to surround us shapes us into who we are. In this series I search the web for thought-provoking images about the Philippines, the country I was born in and which I am now rediscovering.

Typhoon Saola floods Manila.

Why cry when you can laugh

8. You find ways to smile no matter what tragedy hits you…..You may have gone through typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and even the dire consequences of flawed political decisions. However badly this affects you, you still find plenty of reasons to smile. For one thing, you’re still alive. And for Filipinos, that is what matters most. ~ 8 signs you were born and raised in the Philippines, Matador Network

Philippines Rice

Rice eaters

It’s official. Half-cup rice serving must also be available in restaurants…..A measure requiring restaurants and eateries in Quezon City to include a half order of rice with exactly half the price of a full serving on their menu has been signed into law recently….A copy of the “Half-Cup Rice Ordinance,” signed by Mayor Herbert Bautista on July 9 and released last week, is to be posted in food establishments together with the message “Eat your rice right and save lives.”…..Councillor Allan Butch Francisco introduced the measure to support the campaign of the International Rice Research Institute to reduce rice wastage at the consumer level….The ordinance cited data from the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute that each Filipino wastes an average of three tablespoons of rice daily or 3.3 kilos per year…..The International Rice Research Institute said the losses translate to P8 billion a year, enough to feed 4.3 million people. ~ Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 6, 2014

The Ugly Side of Coron

The ugly side of paradise

Every ocean now bears witness to our waste. In a report, published in the academic journal PLOS ONE, scientists conclude for the first time that we have left our mark everywhere. “Litter is present in all marine habitats,” the study concludes. “From beaches to the most remote points in the oceans.” ~ Huffington Post, July 10, 2014

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