Lockdown fallbacks: Cooking and gardening

Not everyone who ventures into cookery can hope to turn out easy-peasy CroNaps (part croissant, part Napoleones) or the Breton cake Kouign-amman.An enforced change of lifestyle has made us all adapt to novel ways or fall back on familiar ones for which the vacuum of social interaction has opened up time and space......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 24th, 2020

Relearning the simple life

  So much of our new normal is about rooting ourselves at home, adjusting to more domestic lifestyles and interests. The rise of plantitas and plantitos is just one ubiquitous proof. When outside trips are restricted, homey hobbies like gardening, cooking, baking, and crafting are the new cool. Of course, millennials and Gen Z have […] The post Relearning the simple life appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2020

Reawakening cooking skills during lockdown

It’s June 22, exactly 100 days since the Community Quarantine was implemented last March 15. But we’re not yet off the hook......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

PBA: LA improves math and plumbing skills during lockdown

Being forced to stay home for three months has allowed PBA players to discover new skills and hobbies. For some, it's finally getting into cooking, while others are finding out more about their artistic side. For Ginebra star LA Tenorio, he's become a "Jack of all trades" during this quarantine period, doing everything from being a master plumber or a math wiz. "I'm a plumber right now, a carwash boy, and professional cleaner," Tenorio said during the PBA's Kamustahan session. "I was so stressed, my drainage in the garage overflowed. Imagine that no? Oh my goodness. Yun boy namin tsaka ako, we did it. We cleaned it," he added. When he's not cleaning his busted drainage system, Tenorio is trying to keep his kids in check. In doing so, LA has recalled all the forgotten math lessons from before. "Gumaling ako sa math by teaching my kids. I'm very good at math right now," Tenorio said. "With regards to family time, ang dami mo naiisip eh. You have to think out of the box, especially sa kids. Doing different things everyday, instead of playing video games or watching on the iPad the whole day. But you can't do anything about it, iPad pa rin. Para tumahimik lang and we can have peace in the house for one hour lang," LA added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2020

Quarantine cooking: Healthy recipe by Lechon Diva

The lockdown due to COVID-19 has changed the way we live......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2020

Gardening in the time of a pandemic: Baguio’s urban vegetable lifeline

7 MIN READ Without income and with the limited economic relief provided by the government, urban gardens have become one of the lifelines of low-income families amid the COVID-19 crisis and Luzon-wide lockdown. The post Gardening in the time of a pandemic: Baguio’s urban vegetable lifeline appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsApr 26th, 2020

Gardening in the time of a pandemic: Baguio’s urban vegetable lifeline

7 MIN READ Without income and with the limited economic relief provided by the government, urban gardens have become one of the lifelines of low-income families amid the COVID-19 crisis and Luzon-wide lockdown. The post Gardening in the time of a pandemic: Baguio’s urban vegetable lifeline appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

World Champion Nesthy Petecio turns to cooking during quarantine

With the Tokyo Olympics being pushed back to 2021 and all the Olympic Qualifiers being postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis that has gripped the world, women’s featherweight world champion Nesthy Petecio will have to wait a bit longer before she can finally compete to qualify for the Summer games. For now however, with pretty much the whole world under quarantine, Petecio is keeping her hands busy in the kitchen. The HRM student at the University of Baguio shared with Dennis Gasgonia of ABS-CBN News that she’s honing her culinary expertise while staying at home. "Nagluluto din ako," Petecio said. "Graduate ako ng 2-year associate course tapos tinuloy tuloy ko na sa University of Baguio." The 2019 SEA Games Gold Medalist revealed that her go-to dish is her mom’s specialties. "Ang specialty ko 'yung luto ng mama ko. Adobong manok, adobong baboy, favorite ko rin lutuin ang sinigang.” "Nag-aral talagang magluto kasi dati kain lang ang inaatupag ko,” Petecio jokingly added. Earlier this year, before the world came to a pause because of the COVID-19 virus, Petecio was one of the contingents in the Pinoy boxing team, looking to book a spot in the Tokyo games. Unfortunately, the 2019 World Championship gold medalist wasn’t able to earn her first summer games trip yet, unlike teammates Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno. Petecio will have another chance to during the global qualifiers, which was originally scheduled for May in Paris. With the current situation however, it’s uncertain when that will be taking place. For now, Petecio is looking at the brighter side of things and says she’s grateful to be safe. "Thankful ako na hindi man natuloy 'yung makapasok agad sa Olympics ang mahalaga ligtas po kami," said Petecio. "Kaming mga atleta, gustong gusto naming lumabas para magpapawis pero hindi po namin magawa dahil sa lockdown.” Petecio is hoping that people continue to heed the government’s orders to stay home to combat the spread of the deadly virus. “Sana isipin nila na kung mahawa sila, delikado rin ang pamilya nila. Makinig muna kahit saglit lang dahil lahat tayo apektado.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

Report on Davao City-wide lockdown is fake news, says Sara Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 October) – Despite the recent spike in the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases here, a city-wide lockdown will not be implemented, Mayor Sara Duterte said on Monday. During a live interview over the Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5), Duterte refuted a post circulating on Facebook, which claimed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News2 hr. 10 min. ago

How Baguio public hospital reinvented itself in time for a COVID-19 response

Baguio City was among the LGUs whose COVID-19 policy was considered effective during the monthslong lockdown. At the heart of its pandemic response was a hospital that was quick to adjust to the crisis—the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News5 hr. 27 min. ago

Borongan under hard lockdown for 9 days

The local government of Borongan, capital of Eastern Samar, has closed the city’s borders to protect its residents from coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 10 min. ago

Problema sa ugali ng mga tinedyer

Nakabuti rin naman ang na-“lockdown” ang buong pamilya dahil nagkasama-sama at natutukan ang pangangailangan ng bawat isa. May mga natuklasan ang kanilang natatagong galing. May mga nalaman ang itinatagong hinagpis ng kanilang mga anak. Pero mayroon pa ring hindi ganap na maintindihan ang pagbabago sa ugali ng kanilang anak. At mas lalo tuloy naging malala ang samahan sa bahay dahil panay ang singhalan. The post Problema sa ugali ng mga tinedyer first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated News16 hr. 10 min. ago

Re-imposition of lockdown in Davao ‘fake news’, says Mayor Sara

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio dispelled a “fake” social media post that the City Government of Davao is re-imposing a lockdown after a surge of COVID-19 cases in the city......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 26th, 2020

Power spot market price spike anomaly?

An unexpected surge of electricity prices brought about by high charges in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), has resulted in increased generation charges. This prompted consumer advocacy group CitizenWatch Philippines—where I am convenor—to ask the Energy Regulatory Commission for an investigation. Specifically, we asked the ERC for a probe on these spot market price spikes during the lockdown months. No “yellow” alerts, or public warnings on thinning power supply, were issued......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 26th, 2020

Suffer thy poor: Lockdown, economic slowdown hurt Davao’s relocation community

Her family of 12 only eats two full meals a day, and most times it is just rice doused in soy sauce or salt given to them by their neighbor......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 25th, 2020

Coconut farmers are poorest agri people

Coconut farmers are now the poorest people in the agriculture sector, much poorer than when they were 30 years ago.  This was the assessment of Danny Carranza, a coconut farmer and member the Kilusan Para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo at Katarungang Panlipunan (Katarungan). (MB FILE, Keith Bacongco) Carranza blamed the coconut farmers’ poverty on the low copra prices, inability to intercrop and modernize, and now the COVID-19 pandemic, which isolates some of them who are living in far-flung areas.                “If you’re going to compare, we are much poorer now than we were back in 1990,” said Carranza. Carranza said the “crisis in coconut” that started in the 1990s was never resolved, but even worsened especially when farmers failed to diversify and intercrop before copra prices, dictated by world prices, crashed in 2019 and in the previous years.              “The price of copra is improving, reaching P16/kg from P8/kg last year, but that is still not enough,” Carranza said, adding that farmers’ income from a hectare of coconut plantation does not reach P10,000 anymore.            At present, about 95 percent of the 3.5 million hectares of coconut farms in the Philippines are meant to produce copra, which is the material for coconut oil manufacturing.  But with the collapse of the prices of coconut oil in the world market over the last two years, prices of copra have also dropped plunging farmers into deeper poverty. According to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), prices of copra at farmgate as of October 15 stood at P21.86/kg, which is higher compared to P14.55/kg price level during the same day last year.           But Carranza said that it normally takes three to four years for coconut farmers to recover when a typhoon hits their plantation because coconut trees don’t recover fast. Several typhoons have devastated coconut trees lately.  “Farmers’ income is dictated by world prices, they don’t have enough funds to modernize their industry, and the government has failed to support them in the diversification of their coconut plantations,” Carranza said.  “Then things got worse because of climate change. And then, because of lockdown, a lot of farmers who live in far-flung areas were isolated and couldn’t deliver their produce,” he added.   In 2018, farmers working in coconut farms only received a daily nominal wage rate of P264, based on Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data.   To alleviate the current situation of coconut farmers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has announced that it will soon distribute a P5,000 worth of assistance to coconut farmers, which will be withdrawn from the agency’s P24-billion stimulus package granted under ‘Bayanihan 2’. The problem, according to Carranza, is that the assistance may only benefit farmers who own 1 hectare of coconut plantations or less. The PCA is also setting aside a portion of its budget to finance on-farm and off-farm livelihood projects for coconut farmers such as intercropping and livestock. Meanwhile, Pambansang Kilusan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (PKMP) Chairman Eduardo Mora said the legal team of Senator Bong Go pledged to help coconut farmers push for provisions that they want to be included in the Coco Levy Act, the proposed law that will pave the way for the release of the P100-billion coco levy fund.           “It was the office of Senator Bong Go that informed us that the senate version of Coco Levy Act was already passed in third and final reading. But his legal team also assured to help us in the congress version of the law, in bicameral, and in the drafting of the IRR [implementing rules and regulation] of the law,” Mora told Business Bulletin.         Mora’s group, which represents more than a hundred thousand coconut farmers in the country, has been calling for increased farmers’ representation in the planned coconut trust fund management committee.         Coconut farmers also don’t want the funds to be handled by PCA, Mora said.         Business Bulletin already sought for Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s reaction regarding the farmers’ opposition of the Coco Levy Act, but he hasn’t responded yet. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

DSWD aids 150 LSIs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided more than P300,000 in financial assistance to over 150 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Metro Manila under the government’s “Hatid Tulong” program. In a statement, the DSWD said a P2,000 pre-departure financial assistance has been extended to around 154 LSIs during the third leg of the Hatid Tulong Grand Send-Off last Oct. 19 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex, Pasay City. The assistance given to LSIs who returned to Regions 8 (Eastern Visayas), 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), 10 (Northern Mindanao), 11 (Davao), and 12 (Socsargen) totaled P 308,000, it said. The DSWD said aside from the cash assistance, it also provided Family Food Packs (FFPs), sleeping kits, and hygiene kits to the LSIs. “After receiving assistance, the LSIs were transferred to Pier 13 where they were transported to their respective regions through the help of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG),” it said. It noted that upon their arrival in their e hometowns, the LSIs are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine to ensure that they are COVID-free. Hatid Tulong is the government’s assistance initiative that seeks to transport back those who were stranded in Metro Manila during the coronavirus lockdown to their provinces. The DSWD noted that the initiative is being led by the Presidential Management Staff and has been implemented in compliance with the health protocols and guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19. Other government agencies that are also involved in the initiative were the Philippine Army (PA), Department of Health (DoH), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and Department of Agriculture (DA), it said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Continued vigilance

An uncountable many have welcomed the government move to relax restrictions for people’s visibly trouble-free mobility after going through more than seven months of different stages of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Joji Alonso kinarir ang pagpo-produce ng sitcom para makapagbigay uli ng trabaho

NANG huli naming makausap ang Quantum Films producer na si Atty. Joji Alonso ay nabanggit nitong takot pa siyang gumawa ng pelikula at ayaw niyang isalang ang production staff sa panahon ng pandemya. Kaya naman bumilib kami nu’ng ikuwento niya na sa ilang buwang walang trabaho dahil sa lockdown ay tuloy pa rin ang suweldo […] The post Joji Alonso kinarir ang pagpo-produce ng sitcom para makapagbigay uli ng trabaho appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS

Almaty, Kazakhstan—An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts touched down safely on the Kazakhstan steppe on Thursday, October 22, 2020, completing a 196-day mission that began with the first launch under lockdown conditions. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed around 150 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of the Kazakh […] The post Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Kris nakatipid nang bongga dahil sa pandemic; branded bags, shoes planong i-donate sa charity

SUMUSUMPA si Kris Aquino na wala siyang biniling branded bags at sapatos mula nang ipatupad ang lockdown dulot ng COVID-19 pandemic. Hanggang ngayon kahit na pwede nang lumabas at mag-shopping sa mga mall, ay hindi pa rin namimili ng mga luxury items at designer products ang TV host-actress. “Nothing this year. Zero talaga, I swear. […] The post Kris nakatipid nang bongga dahil sa pandemic; branded bags, shoes planong i-donate sa charity appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2020