Author Archives: FIDES AVELLANOSA

2 weeks ago

Cacao strengthens family bonding

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Cacao strengthens family bonding

Her childhood memory of the small hut where she and her four siblings lived together with her parents was still vivid in the mind of Jean Salazar-de la Torre, the eldest daughter of cacao farmers Ricardo and Erlinda Salazar.

2 weeks ago

Envisioning a Chocolate Haven in Davao del Norte

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Envisioning a Chocolate Haven in Davao del Norte

The inviting sweet aroma of ‘sikwate’ or chocolate drink looks deliciously irresistible as it is slowly poured through a ‘batirol’ (a traditional wooden tool to make a chocolate drink), still steaming hot and mouth-watering greeted the visiting PEF team to the cacao processing and development center of Chocolate de San Isidro (CSI). Without doubt, Sikwate speaks for itself, even if one has little background how this local product has been touted to have built the town of San Isidro.

6 months ago

Ethnocide: Then, and now!

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Ethnocide: Then, and now!

The deliberate destruction of an ethnic group as the encyclopaedia defines ETHNOCIDE had been and still is being practiced by despotic regimes, then and now, even if government apologists persist to deny so. The ravage of the military complex against the indigenous communities all over Mindanao could never be justified by the Duterte administration that has finally succumb to the dictates and the whims of its military masters.

1 year ago

The Tenement in Iligan’s Bara-as Street

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The Tenement in Iligan’s Bara-as Street

The owner of the house along Bara-as Street in Iligan City might have envisioned her or his house as a beautiful structure built from the sweat from long hours of work in a foreign land and several years of being away from family and homeland. She or he could have thought of that house as the ultimate reward for the sacrifices made abroad.