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LOOK: There's a new Red Velvet Banana Pudding from M Bakery

Feb 15, 2020 - 1:23 PM

M Bakery's vanilla pudding is mixed with cream cheese icing, vanilla wafers, freshly-baked red velvet cake, and bananas!

Smoothie Saturdays: Mango banana

Jul 27, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This is the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up

Mango banana smoothie

The quest to save the banana from extinction

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Cavendish banana may have had a remarkable journey from colonial curiosity to global staple. But its success has helped create a food system with a fatal flaw.

RACE AGAINST TIME? Cavendish bananas may not be around for much longer. Steve Hopson/wikipedia, CC BY-SA

Australia, Philippines see progress on banana trade

Apr 05, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson tells reporters he also wants more Australian companies to enter the Philippines

Comments go wild after Siargao resort calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers'

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'Try to actually work,' the resort says, as it opens up a debate on influencer culture in the country

NO FREELOADERS, PLS. A Siargao resort's post goes viral after it calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers' who just want freebies. Image from White Banana Beach Club Siargao's Facebook page

AFP sends soldiers to 'prevent chaos' at Japanese-owned banana plantation

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The Eastern Mindanao Command says the deployment was upon the request of the Department of Labor and Employment in Region 11 'for peacekeeping assistance' in the Sumifru plantation

ON STRIKE. Workers on strike outside the Sumifru company in Compostela Valley. Photo from the Namasufa-Naflu-Kmu Facebook page

Duterte to probe mining, banana firms: Paying NPA taxes is money laundering

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to close down companies that have continued paying revolutionary taxes to communist guerillas even after his warning

PEACE? Banana exports have previously asked the government to continue peace negotiations with the communists to protect businesses from extortionist activities. File photo of a plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte, by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Sunshine Garcia, Alex Castro are engaged

Dec 17, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Alex proposes to Sunshine, host of 'Banana Sundae' and former Sexbomb dancer

How inclusion empowers artists with autism

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The products’ designs are seen to spark hope for people with special needs by including them in this endeavor

Peace talks with Reds to protect banana industry – exporters

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Banana plantations in Mindanao have been a constant target of the New People’s Army the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines

BANANA INDUSTRY. A crop duster plane sprays fungicide to protect the 7,000 hectare banana plantation of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. from destructive leaf virus in Tagum in Davao del Norte province. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Going bananas

May 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Re examining the alternative venture agreements in commercial farms and plantations of Mindanao

TO GO WITH Inflation-poverty-food-Philippines-agriculture-reform,FEATURE by Cecil Morella A crop duster plane sprays fungicide to protect the 7,000 hectare banana plantation of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. from destructive leaf virus in Tagum in Davao del Norte province, located in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on April 22, 2008. The vast plantation built in the late 60's by banana tycoon Antonio Floirendo, supplies bananas to a growing global market on a surge in demand for fresh fruit in the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Alvarez wants probe into BuCor deal with Floirendo banana firm

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files the resolution against the company of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr President Duterte s biggest campaign contributor amid ouster rumors against the Speaker

CONFLICT IN THE HOUSE? The banana firm of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr may soon face a congressional probe, following a resolution filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

PH asks Australia to open market for banana growers

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:05 PM

Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III once an agriculture chief raises the Philippines two decade concern in his meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

LONGSTANDING CONCERN. Banana products from Mindanao plantations are exported to markets like Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea where demand for the fresh fruit has increased in recent years. But Australia continues to impose stricter screening measures on Philippine bananas entering their borders. File photo by AFP

VR game Ace Banana is a sleeper hit in the making

Oct 03, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Despite the cartoony graphics this PlayStation VR launch title packs serious fun

NOT YOUR ORDINARY PRIMATES. It's great to see more VR games that do attempt to create more cartoony worlds as opposed to extreme realism. Screengrab from Sony

SC: Davao City ban on aerial spray unconstitutional

Aug 19, 2016 - 4:09 PM

It affirms a Court of Appeals decision which declared as void and unconstitutional for being unreasonable and oppressive Section 5 of the ordinance passed in 2007 when Rodrigo Duterte was mayor

Sales slump worsens at fashion group Gap

May 11, 2016 - 9:20 PM

Key challenges include competition from fast fashion chains like H M and Uniqlo

epa02612287 United States apparel maker GAP Inc.'s new flagship store in the up-market Ginza shopping district in downtown Tokyo, Japan, 03 March, 2011. The store is part of GAP's recent move into the Asian market. The company also plans to open 11 stores this year in Hong Kong and China. EPA/EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN

PH: China's reported move to destroy bananas won't hurt ties

Mar 27, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The Philippines says it is still confirming reports that China destroyed 35 tons of exported bananas but adds that trade relations will not be affected

The long, slow march of 'biofortified' genetically modified food

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Research into biofortified food has looked at boosting levels of important micronutrients in rice banana cassava and corn but progress has also been slow

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

What are your favorite US fashion brands in the PH?

Apr 27, 2014 - 5:57 PM

Check out your OOTD You re probably wearing at least one item that s from an American brand Here are a few US labels that have made their way to Manila in the past years

Filipino fiber makes it to Rome runway

Sep 21, 2013 - 1:10 PM

Filipino designers to showcase creations in Rome made out of indigenous fiber

FIBER. Indigenous materials are a perfect feature for high-fashion pieces. Rappler file photo

PH is first Asian country to export bananas to US

Sep 15, 2013 - 4:35 PM

The first batch of highlands banana from Dole s plantation in Bukidnon will be sold in local Los Angeles stores next week

AVAILABLE SOON. Highlands bananas from Bukidnon will be available in Los Angeles stores soon. Photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Washington

Feel-good food to beat rainy day blues

Jul 31, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Shoo seasonal disorders away with these superfood

BEAT THE BLUES. Here are delicious and natural ways

Coming together at Commune

Jul 19, 2013 - 2:00 PM

For this social media expert virtual connections were not enough

A PLACE FOR GATHERING. Rosario Juan encourages people to slow down, enjoy a cup of good coffee and form communities. Photo by Tonyo Cruz

Teen from Turkey turns bananas into plastic

Jun 28, 2013 - 11:08 AM

Study: If starch and cellulose from such food waste as mango skins can be used to make bioplastics then banana peels ought to do the trick too

Healthy veggie Father's Day treats

Jun 14, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Cook delicious and healthy for your dad on Father s Day with these recipes

DELICIOUS YET GUILT-FREE. Serve your dad this vegetarian lasagna and he might just become a fan of vegetables. Photo by Maggie Hoffman via Flickr creative commons

#SamLikesItHot: Yummy summer smoothies

May 10, 2013 - 9:13 AM

My love affair with my blender continues this week with delicious and easy smoothies

BLEND IT IN. Have your meal the cool way with smoothies. Photo by Sam Oh

#SamLikesItHot: Banana pops

Apr 05, 2013 - 5:45 PM

This recipe is easy breezy and yummy Must try

COOL, EASY, YUMMY. Whip up the perfect summer snack with this recipe! Photo by Sam Oh

#SamLikesItHot: Do-It-Yourself tapas

Mar 08, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Planning for summer parties? These tapas recipes could come in handy

FLAVOR AND TEXTURE COLLIDE. Learn how to make delicious tapas for your next date, party or food trip with our two simple recipes. All photos by Sam Oh

#SamLikesItHot: Bananas About You pudding

Feb 22, 2013 - 4:55 PM

DJ and foodie Sam Oh shares with us her last romantic and sweet recipe for the month of hearts

CAPPING OF FEBRUARY. First there were the cake pops, then the salad with passion-ette, then the rigatoni with dark chocolate ragu. Here's the sweet finale. All photos by Sam Oh

PH banana exports grow 111% in 2012 despite China issue

Jan 24, 2013 - 2:34 PM

Despite the export restrictions imposed by China on Philippine bananas in 2012 total exports of the fresh fruit grew to 3 8 million MT from 1 8 million MT due to increasing demand from the country s premium markets

YEARENDER: 12 big business stories in 2012

Dec 31, 2012 - 5:51 PM

This list shows how the movers and shakers took advantage of opportunities and navigated the risks how political leaders showed grim determination and how intertwined the players in both business and politics are

'Pablo' damage soars to P34-B; banana losses at P22-B

Dec 21, 2012 - 9:26 PM

Export commitments of Filipino cavendish banana producers to United States will be postponed to fulfill the obligations to other export markets such as Japan and Korea

PABLO DAMAGE. Banana plants felled by typhoon Pablo. Photo taken by Karlos Manlupig on December 4, 2012

PH may delay export of Cavendish bananas to US after 'Pablo'

Dec 13, 2012 - 7:18 PM

Philippines may delay its first shipment of Cavendish banana exports to the United States due to Pablo

Banana plants felled by typhoon Pablo, December 4, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

PH may miss some banana export deliverables after 'Pablo'

Dec 07, 2012 - 5:09 PM

The Philippines the world s third largest exporter of bananas lost a quarter of its crop in the storm

LIVELIHOODS DESTROYED. 150,000 people in Compostela Valley alone live off the banana industry. Photo from Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division's official Facebook page

'Pablo' destroys quarter of PH banana crop

Dec 06, 2012 - 5:36 PM

The industry group says the deadly storm also likely spread a destructive pest

Banana plants felled by typhoon Pablo, December 4, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

Mindanao commits all-out support for banana industry

Nov 13, 2012 - 9:02 AM

The Mindanao Development Authority MinDa said convergence is very important in effectively addressing challenges being faced by banana industry in the country s south

Popular sunscreen recalled; can catch fire on skin

Oct 20, 2012 - 8:06 AM

The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen recalls 23 spray on products saying there was a risk they could catch fire on one s skin after reports of 5 people being burned in the US and Canada

US banana market bigger than China, says Alcala

Sep 14, 2012 - 8:19 PM

DA prepares to ship bananas to the US a larger market than China

PH may export bananas to US territory by yearend

Aug 23, 2012 - 4:54 PM

The Philippines may export to the Marshall Islands by November or December according to the Bureau of Plant Industry

'Dispute with China to slash PH banana exports by half'

Aug 13, 2012 - 9:11 AM

The association of banana exporters in the country says the territorial dispute with China has affected trade with the country

Local sale of quality bananas eyed amid slump in China demand

Jun 05, 2012 - 10:37 AM

Aside from seeking new international markets growers should prioritize selling class A bananas locally

China lets more Philippine bananas in

May 24, 2012 - 3:43 PM

The Palace says around 170 containers of the fruit have been allowed to pass Chinese ports since the weekend

China eases on quarantine of Philippine banana exports

May 22, 2012 - 4:40 PM

After over a month since impounding Philippine banana exports China allowed the entry of several containers of the fresh fruit

Banana, anyone? Philippines seeks other export markets

May 14, 2012 - 1:59 PM

Aside from sending a team to persuade the Chinese government to reconsider a quarantine on banana exports from the Philippines the Aquino government is also reminded of a pending issue: this banana growing country needs to seek new markets

Govt addressing 'regulatory issue' on PH bananas in China

May 13, 2012 - 5:18 PM

Philippine and Chinese officials are in talks to see how to resolve the problem involving banana exports to China

Philippine banana impounded amid China sea spat

May 12, 2012 - 12:36 PM

China has impounded Philippine fruit exports alleged to carry pests squeezing a key industry amid a tense stand off between the two countries over disputed territory