Issue of January 27, 2013
Mt. Province

65th Courier Anniversary Issue
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The fight continues

One year ago, there was an outrage from the Baguio community over the cutting of trees by SM, despite a restraining order by the court. A big march was held and the voice of the local folk was loud for the world to hear.

The 1st anniversary celebration last week showed that the protest has been sustained over the past 365 days and the fight continues. In December, a Baguio judge ruled in favor of SM dismissing a complaint for contempt. He died the next month. The case is now with the Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, groups are working together to drum up public and government interest. The signature campaign has reached 30,000. Upcoming is a walk from Sagada to Baguio on Feb. 17 to 22 to protest the intended earthballing and cutting of trees by SM at Luneta Hill, promote boycott of SM, and further educate people about the value of trees.

Reinventing oneself

A few times in life comes the time for a makeover, not so much of physical appearance, but in the quality and direction one takes. Many times, it comes through a career change.

For many years, Rudi Tabora was a softdrinks dealer. After some challenges, he decided to give up the business. While a door closed, another opened in the form of a meat shop “Meat n’ Mates,” located at Rimando Road, corner M. Roxas. With siblings Caroline Tabora, Valerie Tabora-Bautista, and niece Adelenne Bautista, Rudi envisioned a neighborhood meat shop as a “cool idea.”

They would serve the community with quality meats and offer delivery services. Rudi says the business is located close to home, “parang home-based na rin, smaller in scale, less number of employees, less headache.

Why Meats n’ Mates? Meat is a basic staple, and anything that can be added to it to enhance its flavor – its mates – go together, creating home cooked recipes and a neighborhood convenience shop where a shopper can get things needed for a basic kitchen sa presyong abot-kaya. Eventually, they hope to have affordable budget rice meals and freshly cooked meals for people on the go.

We dropped by to pick up some meat and entered a well-lit shop. It is spacious and has a wide variety of meats in various cuts, ready to cook. On the rack were a variety of vegetables that could be made into sinigang or pinakbet. What we saw frying was a good-looking cordon bleu, but alas, it was the last piece.

Meat n’ Mates is a distributor of Monterey meats. They deliver. One just has to call 424-3385.

Being a carnivore, the universe has recently been sending me gentle reminders about eating the right food. These messages have come with offerings of vegetarian meals and a book, “In Defense of Food” that had been waiting on the bedside to be read. Author Michael Pollan offers seven words of advice, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

He says with the industrialization of food in the last few decades, the food we eat is a far cry from the kind of food our grandmothers prepared. Many food stuffs today are produced with synthetic chemicals and real food is disappearing from the shelves. Pollan said eaters have choices now for our health. There are positive signs of stepping out of the conventional food system with the resurgence of farmers’ markets, the rise of the organic movement, and the renaissance of agriculture.

As consumers, not only of food, but of other products we use, best we know what we are buying and decide not only in terms of what’s cheaper, but what is a better product on the whole.

Coming up

Kapihan ng media, a “Roundtable: Media in Focus,” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Justina Hall of Hill Station from 10 a.m. to noon.  Journalists, news sources, and those on the receiving end – the Baguio community – will gather to discuss media coverage of local news. Also on the table will be how news sources are viewed as dispenser of news and the reality of journalists wearing different hats.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, “Aquarelle 2” exhibit will re-open at the Forest Lodge, Camp John Hay, at 5 p.m. Featured are the watercolor paintings of Babeth Lolarga, Luchie Maranan, Patric Palasi, Roland Bay-an, Danielle Palasi, Lilian Oliva, Edna Guerrero, Lira Maranan, Pia Mondiguing, Fara Manuel, and this writer.

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