As you can imagine with our colonial-minded brethren, my students included, there were groans and complaints about the supposed inferior quality of our products, to which I replied that (a) you can very well be wrong, and (b) with our support, they can become great. Want examples of lowly local products that are praised worldwide, especially since we Filipinos support them so much? San Miguel beer is lauded as one of the best beers in the world, and Emperador brandy is the world’s best-selling brandy. Of course, I do not encourage my students to include these products as part of their assignment, and I’d like to think that there’s more to great Filipino products than alcohol; but I think they get my point.
While many students said they will never ever make the switch with some products (I understand…I love my Oreo cookies, too), by and large, they found the local products as good as their more expensive imported counterparts. Yet many students do not use Filipino goods to the point that they do not even know what they are, and therefore had great difficulty finding 12 Filipino products. Some even mistakenly switched a foreign brand with another foreign brand (guys, Del Monte is not a Filipino brand, neither is Safeguard). In response to this, I made this three-part blog entry on the Filipino products that my family supports.
This article is the second part of this series. For numbers 1-4, please click here.
5. Your local (preferably organic) vegetable and dairy farmer
this process greatly reduces the quality of the milk. I am a part of that bandwagon.
I go to the local dairy farmer for my milk, and since they’re usually small farms and not big business operations, most likely their cows are grass fed, not confined in stalls and raised on feeds they naturally would not eat if they had a choice. That makes a gigantic difference in terms of nutrition, as meat, milk, and other dairy products from grass fed cows are very different from cows confined in “factory farms” as this article will inform you. It’s like eating two completely different products.
conventional farming does terrible things to the environment, and the results are inferior products…who likes that?). In my church circles alone, and surely I do not know everyone in CCF-Cagayan de Oro, I already know 6 organic farmers. As you can imagine, my family enjoys very fresh organic produce; and we like that we’re helping local farmers with their advocacies.
|I can help you get the one|
on the left.
6. Kefir Life
What imported product does this replace? Well, if you’re a fan of yogurt, especially because you think it’s good for you, I’d strongly advise you to consider kefir. Like yogurt, it’s a fermented milk product, but it is something you drink instead of something you spoon. It also has a stronger flavor (admittedly a very acquired taste; that’s why there are flavored ones) and it’s stronger in terms of potency as well.
- Probiotics- Kefir has up to 40 kinds of strains of microorganisms vs yogurt with only 5 kinds. Kefir has 1.1 billion per ml microbial count vs yogurt with only 10 million per ml. Meaning, Kefir has 100 times more probiotics!!
- Bio-availability- Our kefir is 100% raw & perfectly bioavailable while commercial yogurt is heat processed & nutrients are altered/denatured.
- Enzymes- Our kefir has highest concentration & spectrum of enzymes for digestion & metabolic functions. These are totally absent in yogurt.
- Kefiran- only traditional kefir contains this unique substance called Kefiran. Studies show that kefiran contains anti-cancer & anti-aging properties. Kefiran can only be produced by kefir probiotics.
- Potency- the synergy of kefir probiotics, enzymes, nutrients & kefiran is beyond compare & makes yogurt an inferior substitute... On top of everything, our kefir is also cheaper than commercial yogurt.
With an awesome product like kefir, and blessed with an abundance of nutritious foods considered to be among the world's healthiest, like coconut, malunggay, grass-fed beef, durian, papaya, peppers, sweet potato (kamote), saba banana, etc., it's a wonder why so many of us here in the Philippines are sick. We shouldn't be!
If you want to give kefir a try all you need to do is email me for inquiries. For Cagayan de Oro customers, I will deliver the kefir to you personally. If you live outside Cagayan de Oro, I would be happy to ship to you via air freight.
7. Hapee toothpaste
Another reason why Hapee is such a worthy product to support is that the company that makes it is hugely involved in helping out the marginalized and disabled. One of the many projects they participate in is in partnership with DEAF Evangelistic Alliance Foundation Inc. (DEAF Inc.) where they have a series of activities to help the hearing impaired live productive lives.
Since Hapee is cheaper, just as effective, it puts money in Filipino hands, and the company is very involved in helping others, I truly cannot fathom why this product is not in every Filipino household in the place of international brands. In my mind, this is a no-brainer; make the switch and don't turn back!!
We started buying Nutri-Del and have never looked back. Other than the fact that it is proudly Philippine made and is cheaper than international brands, I am a fan of what they put into their baby food. With flavors and ingredients like Carrots, Green Beans, and Sweet Potato and Apple, Squash, and Malunggay (yeah, you can tell by my previous post that I’m a huge fan of malunggay), I think you're giving your baby some really good stuff! How I wish I fed my own children these when they were still babies.
|Lots of flavors to choose from; healthy choices, all of them|
Stay tuned to this blog for the final part of the series. While I appreciate your readership, I would especially appreciate that you turn your reading experience into action by supporting local Filipino brands. Remember, buying an American product feeds an American family, buying a European product feeds a European family, and so is the case with Filipino products: they feed Filipino families. That itself is reason enough to make the switch. Since Christmas is coming up, why not use some of the items in this series as gift items? Here is the first blog article for the local products that I support. The third and final installment will come in a few days. See you soon.
(Update: The 3rd and final article in this series is now online. Check it out here)
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