5TH BRIGHT LEAF AGRICULTURE JOURNALISM AWARDS
AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR
"Sweet of Thy Brow"
By: Richard Balonglong
TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR
"My Leaf My Life"
By: Mauricio Victa
Philippine Graphics Magaziner
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY “If Nebuchadnezzar had his Hanging Gardens of Babylon, I also have my “Hanging Gardens of Rom.”.
With this opening sentence coupled with several pictures of Nebuchadnezzar’s Hanging Gardens of Babylon flashed on the screen with pictures of ampalaya (bitter melon or charantia) vines hanging from the roof to the second floor balcony on one side of his rented 2-storey house in Davao City, Perfecto “Jojo” Rom effectively drew the attention of the crowd to his lecture on Urban Agriculture, specifically on “Urban Container Gardening” or UCG.
MANILA, Philippines - Productive and sustainable coconut farming ecosystems are potential “carbon sinks” that can minimize the effects of climate change, according to Dr. Severino S. Magat of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).
In paper presented during a seminar titled “Coconut: Its Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change” sponsored by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), Dr.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Benguet must be the “mecca” of Philippine agriculture, as it supplies 80 percent of the country’s vegetable needs. Until 2010, it has never earned the Gawad Saka presidential award given to outstanding accomplishments in agriculture.
Last year, Pat Acosta bagged the award after reaching back in time to rediscover the way farmers of long ago did their farming.
Call it serendipity.
It was less than two decades ago when Leodegario Garcia stumbled across Ceylon Tea while attending a seminar at the City of Pines. Impressed by its delicate flavor and aromatic taste, he collected half a kilo of the marble-like tea seeds from the Bureau of Plant Industry at the Baguio Experiment Station, and took it home to La Paz, Zamboanga City.