Pineapple Really Improves Fertility?

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Pineapple Ananas comosus(scientific name), also known as “Pinya”, is a delicious tropical collective fruit (a cluster of flowers mature into a single mass that produces into a fruit). That’s belongs into one of Bromeliacea family which consist of have one healthy and important compound called bromelain enzyme that was used for medical and culinary purposes.In addition pineapple juice which can be found in tropical countries has many byproducts, have been created through innovation of time from pineapple. It does not only limit its wide array in cuisines but byproduct  from this fruit may include many beverages such as “piñacolada” as one of the main ingredient use in cocktails also vinegar’s and wines. Pineapples is also use as fiber material in  textile manufacturing for Barong Tagalog and Baro’tSaya, commonly known as piña that can be found here at the Philippines.

According to Megan Ware in her written article titled Pineapple Health Benefits, Recipes, Health Risks, that consumption of antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility. Since free radicals can damage the reproductive system, foods with high antioxidant activity like pineapples that battle free radicals are recommended for those trying to conceive. The antioxidants in pineapple such as vitamins C, beta-carotene and the vitamins and minerals and copper, zinc and folate have properties that affect both male and female fertility.Moreover, fruits that contain bromelain enzymes like pineapple helps reduces or fight inflammation in the body, including in the uterus. It is also a mild blood thinner which some believe can aid in implantation. But take note that many doctors prescribe baby aspirin, a blood thinner, to help with implantation.  In addition humans implantation is the very early stage of pregnancy at which the product of conception at any point between fertilization and birth adheres to the wall of the uterus.

Another written article from Ashley Bravo entitled Does Pineapple Increase Fertility, tells that the common beliefs of women  regarding  about pineapple is that it helps with the implantation process when in  becoming pregnant. However, there is no scientific proof in this belief. On the other hand, men can also helped in regards to fertility by eating an increased amount of Vitamins C. This has been shown to help with the quality of their sperm and is especially helpful for men who are heavy smokers. While it is best to avoid smoking altogether when you are trying to conceive, adding vitamin C to your diet can help if you continue to do so. In some studies according to pineapple can also help with fertility because it is a common source of pregnancy. Adding it to your diet can help to allow you to lose weight, which can hinder your ability to become pregnant. So, while pineapple doesn’t have any direct ties to fertility, it can definitely be something that will help in a number of other ways.

On the other hand  the truth behind  that eating pineapple gives a great deal of Vitamin C it helps women to become pregnant. Vitamin C helps fight the symptoms like PCOS, (Poly cystic Ovary Syndrome – Symptoms) that one of the common symptoms of this PCOS is having an irregular periods or no periods at all that leads to a difficulty  of getting pregnant, it is because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate.



Cycling while Charging, the Power of Bicycle Charger

Photo by: Jeremiah Murimi

Photo by: Jeremiah Murimi

Bicycle serves as a main method of transportation in the Philippines. Based on 2013 National Labor Force Survey, 37.917 million or 87 % Filipino labor force choose bicycle as the primary mode of transportation according to Rep. Samuel Pagdilao. Biking does not only promotes health and leisure but can be an alternative solution to the high prices of fuel, fares, traffic, noise and air pollution. Also, mobile phone electricity charges can be now saved through cycling. Cycling while Charging, the power of bicycle charger.


The bicycle charger was an innovation made by the undergraduate students of University of Nairobi namely, Pascal Katana and Jeremiah Murimi. The wind is the alternative energy source. It was made out of the idea to use rotation motion of a bicycle wheel to generate electricity using a dynamo. Dynamo is a type of alternator in generating electricity for lighting a small lamp. Once the wheel is rotated, current is induced in coils of copper wire under the influence of a rotating magnetic flux, generated by alternate shifting of magnets to north and south poles which is also known as the fundamental principles of electromagnetism. The charger is made of recycled materials e.g radio parts computer electronic components etc. The market cost of the kit were estimated at Ksh 150 or Php 67.19, however it may vary to the economies of scale in mass production.

Benefits of the innovation

  • It can promote employment and revenue.
  • It can promote sufficient power to charge phones in areas without electricity.
  • It reduces over-reliance on electricity to charge phones.
  • It eliminates the regular cost of charging phones.
  • It can boost consumption of local products and innovation.



Technology in Sustaining Hablon Products

As modern technologies have taken place workers, tend to do their job easier where they could save time and energy than traditional one. Technologies could do many more products to produce to the consumers in just a short period. The Global-market depends on the fast cycle of products that technology could do. Local textile industry must put forth more effort to produce more textile products so that they will sustain their numbers of production, which is tough competition to prevail.

The question is how could traditional technology helps to sustain their textile business?pic1

Loom or Tiral in local term is a tool used to weave cloth out of the fabric by weaving yarn or thread’s strands together at the right angle. Weaving is a production fabric interlacing two sets of yarn so that they crossed each other accomplished with manually or machine assisted loom.

Mary Ann Montagon, loom weaver, explained the process involves in making Hablon Products on how they sustained their fabrication value. To understand the procedure, here are the processes on producing fabric.

Preparing a Hablon weave takes about two hours, preparing for the materials that are need from designing, preparing loom and threads, hand loom weaving, and warping threads to hablon cloth.

Warping -the arranging of the yarn longitudinal that must be very strong.

The weft yarn it is the binding of the warp threads at either until a desired size has reach.

-after the warp is stretched , raising every alternate warp yarn or set of yarns to receive the weft; picking for inserting the weft; and battening for pressing the weft to make the fabric compact. Involve tying the ends of the warp yarn to create tassels or securing these ends in an attractive fashion.pic5 pic4

Each member of the Hablon loom weaver can make 4-5 meters a day, 20- 25 meters per week depend on their capacity to do so. Because of the good quality that they produced, many tourists approach to order some of their products. Buyers preferred made-to-order hablon cloth. Usually their buyers are the schools for their school uniforms, government offices for their office uniforms. Many customers love and trusted their products. That is why when someone asks, looking for the quality made textile, somebody would refer you to Hablon Products.

pic8Using the traditional technology or loom they do more produce and improved their products by making quality made Hablon products. Hablon products sort from barongs, gowns, bags, handkerchiefs, belts, shawls, pillowcases, lamp sheets, pouches. They even show up their gowns on pic2fashion shows. That is why loom weaver people extend some efforts and patience to produce more quality products to their customers. Since they are the members of the cooperative, the profit they will get, will go to them.

In addition, weaving progress in Miag-ao could give a chance to women who do not have a job.


However, due to the increase of demand in the textile industry, the need for clothing and other usage of textile are getting higher. The limited financial capacity for Hablon would also limit their opportunities to produce more products. Given the fact that Hablon Products are done manually. Global market would desire fast production for the products and technology plays a major role to produce massive products.

Modern Technology for Textile Industry

Traditional work in the textile should manually be done by handwork since it is a tradition it must supposed to be done manu-mano which a man should do the job. Now living in the modern world where people tend to lived their life to the technology that could give them ease on their life. Thus ranging of new machines in textile industry give a threat to the employment of local textile industry, in the sense that traditional weaving takes a lot of time and effort to finish their products, before they could finish their cloth, machines have already done to produce more products. Modern textile industry could do a lot of job in just short span of time and could give the global consumers’ need. Equivalent of this is a slow market of local or traditional textile industry and less income for the family and community that could benefit from it.

Only few people could benefit from the technology as the machines doing all the process. The artistic sense of human creative mind is slowly diminishing when it comes to embroidering, designing, etc.

What will happen if the machines will do all the work of man? As states in Kahlil Gibran “On Work”, you fulfill a part of earth’s further dream.  In addition, the purpose of a man on earth is to work, not the machines will. We cannot deny the fact that modern technology textiles could do a big a favor when it comes to the production of the fabrics that the world need. They could supply a large number of fabrics, however, the numbers of people who work on the machines are lesser compare if they do the traditional way. Traditional weaving could also build a weaving community and could provide self-employment. Modern technology consumes a higher electric energy that cost expensive capital compare to the earnings of a person who works on the technology.

However, machine assisted textiles give quantitative products compare to the traditional or manual weaving of cloth. It gives different kind of designs, since the designs are technically pattern to the computer and the machine will do the rest.

Traditional Technology on Improving Hablon Products

pic7To improve the products of hablon using the traditional technology they make sure that they are using the best materials that will not disappoint their customers, before they become loom weaver they have a seminar in which, the Girls are usually brought to the production center, and taught by older weavers to do loom weaving.

When they already know how to weave, they may replace their mothers. Older

women weavers then tend to be contented about the educational pursuit of theirpic3

daughters since after high school, they are expected to substitute them at work and become providers for the family.

Hand weaving used to be much more popular before the invention of the modern technology. Traditional technology on weaving or they called it Tiral in local dialect, used to weave cloth. The basic purpose of it is to hold the warp threads under tension to facilitate the interweaving

of the weft threads. It helps to improve the process of weaving since it is essential to reduce breakage and the hairiness of yarn will decrease.

The impact of increased competition and expansion of modern textile industry, the level of operation in handloom sector has declined.

High-end clients such as local and international fashion designers and boutiques value the crafts manship and fine texture of Miag-ao hablon products. These qualities enable most Miag-ao hablon producers to command higher market prices.


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Oyster Shells/Talaba used as Chicken Feeds in Capiz

Capiz is known as the Seafoods Capital of the Philippines produces all kinds of sea products which are not only for local consumption but for export as well like prawns, crabs, and bottled preserved fish caviar and other sea shells. But it is not only the meat of the sea shells that are used for food are valuable for the people of Capiz but the shells itself have many uses. For example, the scallop shells also known as Capiz shells can be used as material for windows of houses which are very common before when glass windows and jalouses were expensive. Capiz shells are used also as wall and window decors, ladies bags, vases and other home and personal accessories.

As a Capizena, I don’t even have any idea that not only the Capiz shells have many uses but also oyster shells which abound along the sea shore when we have our outings Roxas City Beach, that these seemingly neglected shells can be used as an ingredient for chicken feeds. I only knew it when my teacher gave me an idea that since, I am from Capiz, I will find out where is the place that produces chicken feeds out of grounded oyster shells.

So, I started asking people from our place who can give me some information about it. I went to nearby stores selling Poultry and Hog Supplies, made some calls to my friends and relatives who may have any idea. At last my Uncle who is connected with the Department of Agriculture(DOA) told me to contact the son of one of the owner of a Poultry Supply who is a Veterinary Medicine student and ask him if they are using powdered Talaba shells in their chicken feeds and when we answered “yes”, and told me where, I immediately called my cousin who is residing in Dao, Capiz, the place where my friend told me was selling the feeds, to verify the existence of the factory and to assist me to accomplish my mission. I was so happy that the pioneer in making chicken feeds from Talaba shells is just in Dao, Capiz, a neighboring town of Dumalag, my hometown.

I immediately ask my brother to borrow the car of my Tito so that it is easy to come and go if ever we will lose our way if we have our own transport so together with my brother as driver and my mother we proceeded to Dao. My cousin also met us there and introduced me to the owner and I asked him if I can interview him and take pictures as well for documentation as a requirement for my output in our school, WVSU. Since, I’m wearing my type B uniform complete with my school ID for formality, maybe he was convinced that my going there is serious business.


Talaba shells mounded on the ground at Dao, Cuartero, Capiz.


The owner of the factory , Mr. Perceival Bocalid aging 76 years old said that he has been in this business for more than 20 years already. I was amazed at his ingenuity that despite of the fact that he has not gone to College due to financial problem, he has discovered this business that involves only a little amount of capital but lots of hard work and patience.

I’m proud of Mr. Bocalid because he was the first who conceived the idea of inventing a grinding machine when he saw many oyster shells just thrown anywhere in some Talaba stalls. He thought that Talaba shells if grounded will be very useful as an ingredient in making feeds to harden the egg shells of chicken and fowls.


Invented grinding machine for talaba shells of the owner, Mr. Perceival Bocalid.

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Mixing of grinded talaba shells and chicken feeds at my veterinary medicine friends’ poultry supply.

His business flourished because he was the first in Panay Island to engage in the business and most of the Poultry Supply stores near and far became his costumers. Because of this earning business, he even fixed and beautify their house. The grounded Talaba shells is mixed with layer mass to harden the egg shells and to fasten the period of laying of chickens. The buyers found it effective in their Poultry farms, hence, the demand for their products increased. Mr. Bocalid said that his business helped a lot when it comes to financial support to their family. They sell their finished products at P230.00 per sack. His costumers who are now famous are the producers of Lovefeeds, Foremost, CALS and many others who found his products very useful and inexpensive as well. When they are delivering it in Iloilo or other far places, one truck load is usually not less than 150 sacks. The business is unique because if you are not used to hard and heavy work, you will surely not succeed. Because of the patience and diligence of Mr. Bocalid he was able to send all his children to College, have a big house and lived comfortably, and eventually he has capital for other investments.

After my interview with the owner of the factory, I asked his permission to go around the factory and take pictures. I saw sacks of raw shells ready for grinding and on the other side sacks of finished products neatly stacked ready for distribution to prospective buyers.




I took a picture seeing the whole view of grinding area.

My Guide said that before the shells are placed in the grinding machine, they boil it first to soften it then placed inside the machine for grinding. The first product is of course, coarser with big and small particles of shells but the process is repeated several times until the texture reached the expected fineness. I was reminded of the process of refining the shells of the way, the rice is repeatedly placed inside the grinder until it becomes flour like fine and ready to be cooked as “suam” for babies.

As I go around the place observing the atmosphere, I told myself that if you are a delicate person you may not like the environment. You have to watch your steps because you are like walking in a thorny bushes in the forest that if you fall you will suffer cuts and bruises with pointed Talaba shells scattered along the way. It’s dangerous to walk barefooted there. With my flat shoes on, I walked slowly and carefully while taking pictires of the machine and getting samples of the finished products. After a thorough scrutiny of that place, we left but I know I have a lesson learned out of my sojourn in that place. That is, “Do not underestimate the outside appearance of a business as long as it gives you financial stability and fulfillment in life” and  I think Mr. Bocalid will not stay that long in his business if he does not enjoy doing it. We have to remember that whatever we do in life we have to do it with utmost sincerity and dedication.