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Bignay Wine From Negros Named Best Tropical Wine

Federico’s Bignay Wine from Victorias City in Negros Occidental bagged the top prize in the Best Bignay Wine category of the Tropical Wine Competition hosted by the Department of Science and Technology South Luzon Cluster on November 11, 2009 at SM City Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.

Federico’s Bignay Wine bested six other finalists in its category which drew entries from several regions in the country. Dielle’s Bignay Wine from National Capital Region and Goyena’s Bignay Wine from CALABARZON placed second and third, respectively.

Federico’s Bignay Wine is produced by Federico’s Island Wine which produces all-natural and organic wines made from wild berries. This bignay wine has a rich, fruity flavor and aroma. It is clear and dark plum in appearance and has 13 percent alcohol content achieved through natural fermentation.


Clarito A. Caisip : “Indigenous Materials Should Be Utilized While They’re Still Here”

A member of the Philippine Inventors’ Society tells us why we should start drinking bignay tea.

In a recent study aptly titled “Antioxidant Potential and Components of Philippine Vegetables and Fruits” which was supported by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), bignay, kaluinpit and ubi were found to be high in antioxidants after it was subjected, along with other 15 fruits and vegetables, in a research designed to determine which of them had the most antioxidant capability.

Those 15 fruits and vegetables included: eggplant, patola, tiesa, mangosteen, durian, kalumpit, alugbati, ampalaya, bago, sayote, malunggay, bignay , squash, saluyot, sitaw and ubi.

Various steps in the research process, like the preparation of crude antioxidants extracts, screening of antioxidants, and partial separation of antioxidant components, were conducted to find out which among these fruits and vegetables have the highest potentials for producing antioxidants.


The Organic Farming Couple of the Cordillera

Anyone who visits Ryan’s Farm at Barangay Mapaway, Tabuk City, Kalinga is impressed by the organic agriculture and aquaculture practiced in it by Jeremy and Corazon Ryan. He is a British mining engineer who settled in the country after meeting Cora, a biology graduate, in Baguio City in the 1980s.

The Ryans are well-known in the Cordillera Administrative Region as the organic farming couple. When asked how they got into it, they tell everyone that, it came about because of earthworms.

Cora learned the basics of vermiculture, the farming of earthworms, when she attended the First International Symposium-Workshop on Vermi Technologies for Developing Countries held at Los Banos, Laguna in November 2005. She applied what she learned at their 7-hectare farm that had ricefields, orchards and fishponds. With the initial stock of the African nightcrawler acquired from a local source, she ventured into vermicompost (organic fertilizer) production using organic materials available in their farm and locality such as rice straw, carabao and horse manure, banana trunks, kangkong and bignay leaves.



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