Brown Rice Coffee Experiment

Being part of Dakila’s Brown Rice campaign made me wonder how else to partake brown rice/ unpolished rice. I remember as a teenager we used to make homemade rice coffee in school, but we made it out of white rice. Yesterday I finally tried it with brown rice and it tasted even better.

23 BrownRice Coffee

22 BrownRice Coffee

Serving soon at the Yogi Fair.

Dakila’s Brown Rice Campaign is part of Oxfam Philippine’s  GROWChallenge.

Nityalila on Brown Rice Nityalila knows Brown Rice is good for the Community

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Nueva Ecija

Last April 14, 2013, I had the privilege to visit Nueva Ecija city for a Music Video shoot on Dakila’s campaign on Food Justice. We stayed at the Ladies Dorm inside the campus of Central Luzon State University. As usual, I brought my folding bike with me. So during my free time, I took that opportunity to bike around the campus.

All set for a morning ride. I attached my green bayong (native bag) to the front mount of my folding bike to carry my essentials.

All set for a morning ride. I attached my green bayong (native bag) to the front mount of my folding bike to carry my essentials.

Central Luzon State University or CLSU is a state university located in a 658-hectare campus in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. (wiki) The Statue of Rizal in the campus is said to be the only Rizal in the world wearing a white Barong Tagalog.

Central Luzon State University or CLSU is a state university located in a 658-hectare campus in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. (wiki)
The Statue of Rizal in the campus is said to be the only Rizal Statue in the world wearing a white Barong Tagalog.

 

Ladies Dorm inside the Campus. Rooms are airconditioned and can accommodate up to 4 pax.

Ladies Dorm inside the Campus. Rooms are airconditioned and can accommodate up to 4 pax.

 

Basically, everywhere is GREEN. Such is campus life inside CLSU, it’s green, simple, and quiet.

Freedom Ride Nationwide

After a successful FREEDOM RIDE in Taguig City last Saturday, March 09, 2013, we are off to Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, and Dumaguete City.

Stop Look Listen is a campaign of Dakila, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT), against human trafficking and modern day slavery.

This summer, choose your own adventure! Cycling is more fun with Freedom Warriors. Please help spread the word.

Freedom Ride Nationwide

Choose your own adventure!

Leading the pack during the 1st Freedom Ride leg in Taguig City, Metro Manila

Leading the pack during the 1st Freedom Ride in Taguig City, Metro Manila

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Call 1343

(More details to follow)

Kalinga Power

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Kalinga with friends from Dakila, Leni Velasco, Cha Roque, and Monique Laurel, and three amazing women from USA. Jaycee Gossette, a dancer from New York with a mission to “Dance The World”, Agustina Diez Sierra, an art designer who is based in Chicago but is originally from Salta, a province in Argentina, and Maggie Rife Ponce, a photo journalist and is also based in Chicago. Together, we embarked on a journey to the north to discover the art, music, dance, and culture of Kalinga.

The output: A short documentary film on the new and old cultures and art forms of the Philippines through different lenses. To be shown and released in August 2013 in Chicago, USA.

The collaborators: Jaycee, Maggie, Agustina, and Myself.

The collaborators: Jaycee, Maggie, Agustina, and Myself.

Kalinga adventure

It all started here, where we took a plane from Manila to Tuguegarao (1hr). From Tuguegarao, we rented a van to take us to Tabuk, Kalinga (1.5hours).

Kalinga adventure

Entering Kalinga.

Kalinga adventure

A group picture first before entering Kalinga.

Kalinga adventure

In Tabuk, we met with Nati, who was our host and guide, and who also shocked us with her Kalinga style arm tattoos. She is one of the last few young women in the Philippines who has this kind of tattoo. It was a great honor to meet her.

Kalinga adventure

We stayed at the Golden Berries Hotel, very close to Tabuk town proper. Service was good, the staff were very friendly, and the accommodations where not so expensive. Our room had two double beds and it only cost P1,700 per night. Not bad for an airconditioned room. There’s also wifi in the lobby.

Here’s the link to Golden Berries Hotel.

Kalinga adventure

The restaurant of Golden Berries Hotel. Where they serve local Kalinga coffee, a must try!

Kalinga adventure

A rice field just across the hotel. Very photogenic area. Flat roads are also ideal for cycling and walking.

Given another chance to go to Kalinga, I would definitely bring my folding bike with me. I could just imagine doing a sunset ride.

Day 2 in Tabuk, we went to visit a small Kalinga Village.

Day 2 in Tabuk, we went to visit a small Kalinga Village.

On our way there, we stopped for some photos. It was soooo green!

On our way there, we stopped for some photos. It was soooo green!

Getting there, we had to cross this hanging bridge.

Getting there, we had to cross this hanging bridge.

The hanging bridge.

The hanging bridge.

I did it!

I did it!

During our visit in the Kalinga Village, we got to listen to some of the stories of the women especially during the marshall law time when they had to go through some difficulties fighting for their rights. Most of them brought tears to our eyes.

Kalinga adventure

Agustina breaks into tears while listening to their stories.

Kalinga adventure

Just hanging out.

Kalinga adventure

At the end of the day, it’s all about ones happiness. This community is overflowing with it. Thank you for all your love and stories. Until we meet again.

Kalinga adventure

Part of Day 2 was meeting the last tattood women of Kalinga. Just to sit beside them gave me goosebumps. The energy was just amazing.

It was a great honor just to sit beside these women of Kalinga.

Kalinga adventure

During this time, they taught us the traditional Kalinga dance.

Kalinga adventure

Jaycee learning the Kalinga dance.

Kalinga adventure

While the women danced, the men hit the gongs to play some traditional Kalinga music.

Kalinga adventure

Day 3 was all about textiles. We got to meet some of the weavers of Kalinga.

Kalinga adventure

Ate Joyce learned the art of Kalinga weaving through her mother. Now, her 16 year old daughter is also learning how to weave like her.

Kalinga adventure

The next generation of Kalinga weavers. An art form passed on from one generation to another.

Kalinga adventure

Here I am trying to learn how to weave. It’s harder than it looks.

Kalinga adventure

This is Romana, my weaving teacher.

After day 3, it was a wrap. We headed back to the hotel and flew back to Manila the next day.

Kalinga adventure

Meet the amazing women (and man) behind this documentary project. (L-R) Louise, Mon, Maggie, and Cha.

The day after landing back in Manila. We all regrouped in Dakila office and reflected on the amazing experiences we had.

The day after landing back in Manila. We all regrouped in Dakila office and reflected on the amazing experiences we had.

Ay Ay Salidumay Salidumay Di Way!

An experience like no other. God Bless.

Credits & Special Thanks:
CherryLime Productions
Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
Yohan, husband and amor of Agustina for all the support.
Leni Velasco – for keeping everything together.
Nati – for everything.
People of Kalinga – for allowing us in your lives, and for all your love and generosity. Maraming maraming salamat.

SEXY Vegetarian

Photo by Noel Abelardo. Press Release by Dakila - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism.

Photo by Noel Abelardo. Press Release by Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism.

Most people are going green and healthy, but for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, it is not just about becoming healthy but mainly being compassionate to our fellow earthlings, the animals, by establishing and respecting their rights. PETA Asia Pacific has released its list of nominees for this year’s sexiest vegetarian celebrity.

Nityalila Saulo, a Filipina singer-songwriter, is one of the hundred celebrities across Asia Pacific who was chosen to vie for the sexiest vegetarian celebrity of 2012. Nityalila, the daughter of eco-friendly lifestyle bag owner Yadu Saulo, was born and raised vegetarian. As a musician, she was nominated for Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist at the 2008 Awit Awards and has performed in various International Music Festivals. She was recently invited to hold music workshops and performances in Taiwan.

Nityalila is not only a vegetarian and PETA activist but also one of the artists of Dakila – Philippine Collective Modern Heroism, a group of Filipino artists, musicians and individuals committed to advocating social consciousness formation through creative platforms. One of her advocacies in the group is Tik Tok Pilipinas Campaign for Climate Action. She is also a proud member and volunteer of Yabang Pinoy, a campaign that hopes to unite Filipinos in believing in Filipino products, in themselves and in fellow Filipinos. Nityalila is also the founder and producer of Flippyknows, a community where Filipinos all over the world converge to share creativity and technology with each other.

A healthy lifestyle advocate, Nityalila regularly bikes with her peers Mamech (A group of women cyclists in Metro Manila) and the Firefly Brigade, and run with her friends from the Greenhills Running Club 1502. She spearheads projects for Dakila such as the Ride and Rock Relief Drive for victims of Typhoon Sendong. She also leads Dakila’s latest advocacy on food justice by promoting the consumption of organic Brown Rice. Nityalila is truly an example of a true advocate who practices what she preaches and uses her talents to promote her advocacies.

Among other Filipino vegetarian-hotties nominated in the search are international multi-awarded director, Lav Diaz; actress and environmentalist Chin Chin Gutierrez; Sandra Seifert, Geneva Cruz, Isabel Roces and RJ Ledesma to name a few. Alongside these Filipino prides are international stars and politicians Natalie Portman, Jason Mraz, Anne Hathaway, Jared Letto, Lea Michele, Russel Brand and former US President, Bill Clinton.

“PETA will decide the winner based on four factors with equal consideration: the celebrity’s commitment to vegetarianism, PETA’s assessment of the celebrities’ attractiveness, media-friendliness of each celeb’s personality and number of votes received online” said PETA.

To make Filipinos the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2012 cast your votes now! Online voting is until May 15, 2012.

Click on the link below and follow the 4 easy steps:

http://www.petaasiapacific.com/featureSexiestVegCeleb2012-Eng.asp 

  1. In the boxes, write down your: First Name, Last Name, Email Address and Choose Country.
  2. On the WOMEN’s List: Click on the Name Nityalila Saulo. (It’s in Alphabetical order)
  3. On the MEN’s LIST: (You have to choose a Men Celebrity too) Click on whoever you want. 🙂
  4. Click on the SUBMIT button.

and Voila! Thank you for Voting! 😀

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Credits:
Photo by Noel Abelardo
Press Release by Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism