Side Notes!

thank you Mam Zen

The Boholano community was so saddened upon hearing Zenaida Darunday’s passing last April 9, 2017 which was also “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor) in the Philippines.

Mam Zen or Insi Zen as she is fondly called by close friends from the cross section of the society was indeed “magiting” (courageous) because she was known to be an active advocate on environmental protection and a practitioner on sustainable agriculture, biodynamic farming, homa farming, nature farming system, homeopathy, permaculture, anthroposophy, Waldorf school, organic farming, bio composting, vermicomposting and Steiner Education.

We at the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Central Visayas were also disheartened of her demise because she played a big part in the institute as our partner in development. She was with us in the crafting of our first online course on Yummy Yam: Online Course on Ubi Production as one of our Subject Matter Specialist (SMS).

Her contributions to the course as our SMS was indeed an awe-inspiring because she’s into organic ubi farming for almost two decades and with her civic achievements, Mam Zen was one of the pillars of Bohol Ubi Center Foundation, being the co-founder and board member, thus, an impetus to the e-course.

As the course developer, I am so overwhelmed with her astounding knowledge on ubi. She did not settle on the haphazard information limiting only on written sources instead she emphasized that those unwritten traditional and cultural practices among farmers should also be included in the module so that learners will be empowered.

I can still perfectly remember her statement where she said: “It is called a "traditional practice" because its original reason for existence is shrouded in legends and mysticism.”

One of the many examples of these is the rationale why Boholanos kiss the ubi kinampay when it fell – according to her; it is a sign of paying respect to the offended party which is the kinampay. But, the truth of this cultural practice is to prolong the shelf-life of the crop in order to survive in the long distance travel to Spain.

Aside from that, she really put a lot of her skills in the course because she provided some action photos that will supplement in the traditional and cultural practices. It was on November 15, 2009 where ATI officially launched Yummy Yam: Online Course on Ubi Production as a running course until today. You may visit www.e-extension.gov.ph/elearning so you cannot just have an actual peep of the course but at the same time experience firsthand information about ubi production especially on the traditional and cultural practices.

This blog is dedicated to Mam Zen as our humble tribute – and from all of us in ATI-Central Visayas, we would like to say thank you for your courageous contributions and our prayers for your blissful journey back to our Maker.

the liking that sees your efforts

When the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is trailblazing on the use of social media as an advocacy front of all their training and extension services – a few are adamant on the effectivity of the platform, however, many are delighted because of the usability and handiness of such.

Though, social media is hitting the forefront of the worldwide web especially Facebook (FB) but the challenge of promoting our respective center’s pages is neither easy nor simple.

Defying gravity

I will not be writing about witches here as the title connotes and I will not mention my impression nor appreciation with the phenomenal song "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked, composed by Stephen Schwartz, which was originally recorded by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth on May 10, 2003, and released on December 16, 2003, since the song was already a certified hit both here and abroad.

blended training is the new flavor

Jiddu Krishnamurti’s quote about education touched me. He said: “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

These words reverberates my sanity. It may sound cliché but for me it means a lot. Krishnamurti, who was a speaker and writer on matters that concerned humankind, has a point that he wanted us to ponder.

nothing beats the heat, with IS

flashback…

The last two (2) blog entries that I have was in March and December 2014 respectively (yes! It’s been 13 months ago that I left this space as is) – I know that being busy is not an excuse since, everybody was busy but of course we have different intensities.

what matters most is that I am back!

the joys of 2014

My second blog for the year… and I am so much thankful for 2014, it’s been one of the greatest. I had so many experiences to linger, from home to work and to life in general.

My first blog talks about my experiences that provided me and my family another life to celebrate despite the all not-so-good turnout of events. Thus, clinging the past recounting all the mess will just lead us into woe.

on tarps, tents and ties

This is my first blog entry in 2014 and I should start it with a blast. Though the event is not-the-typical-kind-by-which one must brag about.

But, allow me to share it with an absolute subtleness for this is a first-hand-experience that nobody or no one wanted it to be.

up close and personal

I am just being reminded to have this blog title with the book that I’ve read written by Fern Michaels, where she explored the dynamics of one extraordinary family, the complex bond between mother and daughter, and the transforming power of the loves we find, the loves we lose, and the ones we carry with us always--no matter where life takes us.

Of course, I will not be talking about the book here, instead; I am just borrowing the title for her credits because I am amazed with it – just that!

far, yet so near!

The organic agriculture bloggers’ event is not just one of the ordinary activities hosted by the Knowledge Products Management Division of the Agricultural Training Institute.

The activity being held nearing towards the week-end is simply unique because most of the participants are private bloggers and or had day jobs to attend to. Thus, the schedule is framed accordingly in order to suit their availability.

Start Small

It is but common to us that in every endeavour we aspire for, we wanted to have huge, big and or an enormous result or impact. Thus, it is as well given, that only a few thrived because most of them failed.

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