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A Blooming Foodie Find at the 27th Negros Trade Fair

Posted on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012

Before I move on to the details let me ask you first, have you eaten a flower? Or have you at least tried something with a flower, cooked or raw, or infused with?

If you don't know, there are edible flowers. As I was searching Google, there are 42 flowers that can be consumed. I used to know petals or flowers as garnish for salads and desserts. But come to think of it, we always use squash blossoms in our local veggie dish (Dinengdeng). I have actually featured one recipe in our Kulinarya group. Let me give you a couple from the list of these edible flowers.

Chamomile, chrysanthemum, jasmine and lavander are famously used in teas, that is if you love teas. Rose petals, angelica (like what is used in Lemuria), chervil, basil, cilantro even our national flower, the fragrant sampaguita (an extravagant ice cream with floral infusion can be savored at Ilustrado) are good addition to regular salads, soups and other desserts.

Bulawan winners awarded

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The most innovative Negrense products were recognized in the 26th Bulawan Awards of the Association of Negros Producers yesterday.

Bulawan Awards acknowledges producers, both large scale and small, for introducing creative innovations that cater to the changing market trends of the local and international market, its Vice President, Maxima Madera said.

She said the Bulawan awarded outstanding members of ANP under the Fashion and Garments, Gifts, Decors and Houseware, Food, Natural and Organics and Tourism sectors with trophies and certificates.


Written by S&T Media Service Published: 15 March 2016

Members of the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) - scientists, engineers, social scientists, and researchers of various academic fields - will convene on March 16, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City for NRCP’s Annual Scientific Conference and 83rd General Membership Assembly.

Around 700 members from all over the country are expected to attend and exchange ideas and experiences on the topic “Research Innovation for Inclusive Development.”

Pioneer Filipino herbal company eyes export markets in Japan, EU

By Melody M. Aguiba
Published: May 21, 2013

A pioneer Filipino herbal firm is exploring exports to Japan and European Union for its “ unique” natural health products like “Roselle Fiber Strips” as it had established more than 20 hectares of herbal farm in Negros Occidental.

Herbanext Laboratories, Inc. (HLI) has tapped consolidator Brandexport Phils. - Inc. to market abroad its products which have already created raving markets in the Philippines. It has 16 plus distribution centers mostly in Visayas at present.

It is a pioneer and perhaps the only company manufacturing Roselle products in the Philippines.

The company, started by 2005 TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) awardee Philip S. Cruz, has an existing 13-hectare herbal farm in Bago City (Negros Occidental) and another 10 hectare-farm five kilometers away from Bago City. Its processing plant is also in Bago City.

Thesis for Change

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Globally, there is a now a renaissance in the use of natural products with medicinal herbs playing a very prominent role. The World Bank estimates that by 2050, the market for natural products in the form nutraceuticals and functional foods will exceed US$ 5 trillion. Not surprisingly, many countries in Southeast Asia are investing heavily in the development of herbal products and the farming of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). In Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, the MAPs industry already generates tens and thousands of jobs and is an important contributor to rural economic development. China alone has around 500,000 farmers of medicinal herbs, while India around 150,000. MAPs farming and its supporting value chain is however a very new industry in the Philippines. There are many gaps in technology that still needs to be addressed before industry can take off. Clearly, natural products researchers play a pivotal in this development.

PSHS Students Complete Their Internship at Herbanext

Last May 6, 2012, a total of 13 students from the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Iloilo Campus completed their 30-day Summer Science Internship Program (SSIP) at the Herbanext Laboratory and Farms in Bago City. This outreach program of Herbanext is part of its commitment to promote interest in natural products research among the most academically gifted high school students in Region 6. PSHS is the country’s top academic institution for high school science education with students belonging to the top 0.1% of the population in terms of aptitude in science and mathematics, and is an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

This year’s batch of students were very fortunate to have been exposed to a wide variety of important work activities and learned firsthand from a select group of resource persons. During their entire internship program, the students stayed at The Quiet Place Farm Resort where Herbanext’s R&D farm is based. In their first week, the students were tasked to lay the ground work for the establishment of the herbarium from the company’s collection of nearly 200 medicinal plants. The current medicinal plants conservatory of Herbanext formally took shape in 2009 as a project of the first ever batch of SSIP students. The conservatory has since grown to become the biggest private collection of medicinal plants in the Philippines. With the herbarium project of the SSIP students, Herbanext aims to establish a reference herbarium for medicinal plants in the Visayas with the support of the DOST.

Herbarium and Medicinal Herb Museum Soon to Rise at The Quiet Place Farm Resort

From its humble beginnings in 2010 as an internship project for 3rd year students of Philippine Science High School - Iloilo Campus, Herbanext’s collection of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) at The Quiet Place Farm Resort has gradually expanded in size and diversity. Starting with less than 50 MAPs, the botanical collection called Herbee’s Garden has already exceeded the 200 species mark. Herbee’s Garden could very well be the biggest private collection of medicinal plants in the Philippines today. It is a must-see place for those wanting to learn more about the incredible biodiversity of medicinal plants in the Philippines, its cultivation, and its application to health and wellness.

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Visiting one of the roselle farms of Herbanext at Salong, Bago City

Link up with businessmen, Ilonggo inventor tells colleagues

DOST S&T Service
By Framelia Anonas
20 October 2011

Iloilo City --- Drawing on his own experience in making a crack in competitions and in the market, Philip Cruz, president of Herbanext Incorporated, told Ilonggo inventors to improve their craft and learn from business people. Cruz is one of the breed of inventors who successfully crossed over from mind to market with his practical inventions, including the awarded kinetic fish feeder.

“Invent and re-invent,” the Negros-based Cruz told to an audience of established and budding inventors from the Western Visayas during opening of the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit at the Amigo Plaza Mall in Iloilo City.