in my 3years of working in PhilRice, i encountered different faces from different races but only a few made a mark in my heart and mind, and most of them are the youth that we once believed to be the future of our country.
i love taking pictures of them since their emotions transpire in their eyes. having been taken them with an expressive eyes tells already a story of the whole picture.
one of my favorite subject is this kid. they call him Lupin since at a young age he already knows how to steal money and valuable things from people. i actually featured him already. check here.
Studies made by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics show that Filipino consumers waste some 25,000 bags of rice everyday where every Filipino in a household contributes a spoonful of cooked rice to the food misuse. This means that about 11 billion pesos worth of rice is eaten annually by their pets or even pests at home. If consumers will only use rice more wisely, the government’s importation will become less. The total daily rice ‘wastage’, if conserved, can feed some 3.8 million people in a day.
another subject is this kid. he caught my attention since i find him so cute and little that at a young age he already knew how to plant rice. well, good for him indeed, coz i really believed that someday when the skies will be brown and the seas will be gray, it is the time we will only find riches in the soil.
At a young age, this pupil from San Pascual Elementary School, Tarlac City, had already been taught how to plant rice. “It’s never easy but its fun!” he says. The Palayamanan project, an integrated rice farming system, is incorporated in the curriculum of the students. The project was implemented by the Philippine Rice Research Institute in collaboration with the Local Government Units of Tarlac and Tarlac City Schools Division.
and lastly, is this young girl i met in our feeding program project last October for the Children’s month. with the smile she showed, i am very much overwhelmed. it was really a great feeling to help the needy.
This young girl flashes a sweet smile showing her gratitude for a cup of delicious and nutritious brown rice caldo. More than 800 pupils in five public elementary schools of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija got the chance to taste this porridge, commonly called lugaw, variation. In the usual preparation of lugaw, white rice is usually used, but this time the Rice Chemistry and Food Science Division of DA-PhilRice used brown rice or unpolished rice. Unpolished rice retains much more nutrients and minerals than its polished counterpart.
The feeding program is part of the activities of DA-PhilRice’s Gender and Development Initiatives Team in celebrating Children’s Month this October.
again, NOVEMBER IS RICE AWARENESS MONTH. I am encouraging everyone to save rice since the total daily rice ‘wastage’ if conserved, can feed some 3.8 million people in a day. If every Filipino will learn how to save rice, there will be enough rice for everyone.
Rice is the staple food of more than half of the world’s population. In the Philippines, rice is as much a part of our culture, economy, and even politics. For Filipinos one cannot imagine living without rice.
Have a rice day!