Mango Yogurt Parfait

by Guirlyn V. Kilat

Did you know that mangoes are the most cultivated fruit in tropical countries?  It’s because mangoes are available all year long.

An average size of mango can contain up to 40% of one’s daily fiber requirement. Mangoes are a great way to replenish lost potassium and they contain an enzyme with stomach soothing properties.

Here’s a lovely dessert recipe to try at home:


How to make it:

1. Puree one mango and spoon equal amounts in a cup

2. Top with a quarter cup of yogurt

3. Spoon cubed mangoes over the top

4. Top with reserved mangoes and more yogurt to create layers

5. Refrigerate until ready to serve

6. Top with a tablespoon of granola


by Guirlyn V. Kilat

Garlic is a bulbous plant, close relative of the onion. It is under the same genus as the onion along with shallots, leeks and chives. It was also used as medicine since early times because it has properties that helps in fighting against parasites, respiratory problems, fatigue and indigestion.


But did you know that garlic has other uses for you and your home too?

Here are a couple of Garlic DIYs:


Here’s what to do to make our own disinfectant out of garlic:

1. Chop 3 or 4 cloves of garlic

2. Add garlic to some white vinegar

3. Add a few drops of lemon oil

4. Place inside a spray bottle

How about having your homemade adhesive?


And there you have it, it’s simple and effective. Garlic can be useful in the kitchen and it can do a whole lot more.

Coconut water as an alternative drink

by Guirlyn V. Kilat

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside the coconut.It’s different from coconut milk that is pressed from the fatty meat of the fruit. An 11 ounce serving of pure coconut water contains 60 calories without a fat, 1 gram of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrates.

coconut2It is often described as a natural sports drink because it’s pack with electrolytes. It has twice as much potassium as banana. Recent studies also show that it also lowers your blood cholesterol.

Baked coconut shrimp recipe

Want to enjoy this deliciously healthy meal  at home? Here’s a quick how-to recipe from Green Living:

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees fahrenheit

2. Spray baking sheet with olive oil

3. Beat eggs white in the bowl

4. Get a small plastic bag and mix the cumin, coconut meat, garlic and pepper

5. Put shrimps in the egg white and shake in the plastic bag

6. Lay the shrimps on the baking sheet and bake for about six minutes until golden brown


And Voila! A healthy home-cooked meal for you and your family to enjoy.

Do it yourself garbage out of old magazines

Recycling helps control waste disposal problems at home. And here’s a nifty idea on how you can recycle old magazines and turn them into waste baskets.

magazine4Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Old magazines

2. A glue gun

3. A pair of scissors

4. A pen

5. Hips of time and patience


1. Cut magazine page vertically in half

2. Fold each piece vertically three times

3. Glue the ends of several strips together and coil them into a compact circle

4. Coil strips around a pen and glue both ends well\

5. Stick the circles to the base

6. Stick more circles on top of each other

There you have it, a garbage paper trash. An original piece like this can have a lot of corkyness to your sleek and polish homes.

THRIVE Festival and MUNI Market


Let’s create a happy, healthy, and thriving world.

Join us on October 17 to 25, 2015 for THRIVE.

THRIVE is an event series and festival celebrating creativity, entrepreneurship, and design that’s helping the planet by championing sustainability and social good. It will be a week of learning, networking, and mindful living through talks, workshops, and mixers all around the metro, led by field experts, creatives and advocates.

This first run of THRIVE is a collaboration by Muni PHSerious Studio, A SpaceVivaManilaBambikeRisque DesignsAshoka Philippinesco.labTweetup Manila, Amplify.phRags2RichesNational Bicycle Organization and more!

THRIVE kicks off on October 17 at A Space, Makati City, where a #thrivemanila campaign and exhibit will shine the spotlight on some of Manila’s finest creatives and their take on what we can do to contribute to a thriving city, country, or planet. Check out submissions by Arlene Sy-Silva, Dan Matutina, Deane Miguel, Ella Lama, Geli Balcruz, Manix Abrera, Nice Buenaventura, Rob Cham, Tof Zapanta and Tokwa Peñaflorida, to name a few.

In THRIVE events all throughout the week, we’ll explore how we can draw on a variety of industries to creatively address our world’s social and environmental needs.

Satellite events from October 18 to 23 include a cultural bike tour of Manila hosted by VivaManila and Bambike, an introduction to Risque Designs’ artisan shoe-making processes featuring local materials and handicraft traditions, and a workshop by Ashoka Philippines where social innovators and changemakers can trade best practices and learn how to create platforms for collaboration and growth.

Capping off the week is the action-packed THRIVE Festival & MUNI Market on October 24 and 25 at Capitol Commons, Pasig City. Gathering THRIVE partners and collaborators who harness creativity and entrepreneurship for good, this two-day festival will feature talks, workshops, live performances, and a mindful marketplace, all of which will empower festival-goers to live healthier, more socially and environmentally conscious lives.

Now on its 4th run, the MUNI Market brings together entrepreneurs, makers, and organizations offering mindfully created goods and services. More than just a place to grab a week’s supply of fresh, organic produce, the MUNI Market educates the public on conscious consumption and increases their options for eco-friendly and sustainable products and practices.

This year’s merchants include Bambike, Bayani Brew, Cropital, Edgy Veggy, Friggies, Gouache, Greens Vegetarian Restaurant, Habi Footwear, Hacienda Crafts, Jertie’s Kitchen, Kayumanggi Organics, Kimochi Pads, Lunchbreak, Manila Bake, Sustainably Made by Marsse, Nipa Foods, Obrano, Picole Pops, Proudly Promdi, Rags2Riches, Risque Designs, RuMe, Sparrow, Stanford Shaw, Taclob, Take Root, The E-Waste Project, The Green House Project, The Superfood Grocer, Theo & Philo, Tsaa Laya, Urban Ashram, V Kitchen, V&M Naturals, Villa SocorroWonder Paws, WoodArts MNL, and Yadu and more!

Complementing the MUNI Market’s mission to encourage responsible consumption is a lineup of THRIVE talks by our partners and collaborators. These thought-provoking sessions will cover topics such as healthy and sustainable eating, ideas and innovation to address climate change, and conscientious sourcing and production for brands and entrepreneurs.

Those who want something more interactive can sign up for THRIVE workshops designed to help participants grow in mindful living. Go biking, learn indoor planting, vegan cooking, connect with your body, mind, and breath in some hatha yoga asanas. will treat festival-goers to live performances by Anj Florendo Music, A Problem Like Maria, BennyBunnyBand, Fools and Foes, Hans Garcia Dimayuga, LM Cancio, Maya’s Anklet, Paola Mauricio, We Are Imaginary, and more.

If you are already a force for the planet’s good, THRIVE is the perfect avenue to meet like-minded individuals and organizations minus the stiff, conference feel, enhanced by music and creativity!

If you want to make the world a better place but you’re not sure where and how to start, THRIVE is the best place to find that out.

Let’s create a thriving world together. See you at THRIVE!

For more information on THRIVE and the lineup of events, visit Registration links and more event details will be published soon.

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by Guirlyn V. Kilat

Did you know that potato is the first vegetable that we’ve ever grown in space? It’s also the fourth most important crop after rice, wheat and corn.potato1 The potato is low in fat, high in starch, fiber and protein. It’s also packed with nutrients and vitamins. Here’s a recipe than you can cook with potatoes:

Garlic Roasted Potatoes with herbs recipepotato3   1.  2 tbsps. chopped garlic

2. 1 tbsps. olive oil

3. 4 cups potatoes

4. 1/2 tsp. sea salt

5. 1/4 tsp. black pepper

6. 1/4 cup chopped parsley

7. 1/2 tsp. lemon rind


1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees

2. Combine garlic and oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat

3. Cook 2 minutes until golden stirring frequently

4. Remove garlic with a set of spoon and set aside

5. Drizzle remaining oil in the potatoes

6. Arrange potato in a single layer sprinkle with salt and pepper

7. Baked at 475 degrees for 30 minutes

8. Combine the reserved garlic, parsley, and lemon rind

9. Sprinkle mixture over the potatoes Now, your roasted potatoes with herbs is ready to serve and eat.

LED Bulbs

by Guirlyn V. Kilat

An eco-friendly way to light up your home is to use LED bulbs.They have light emitting diodes or LED’s that converts electricity into light.These bulbs are 100% recyclable and does not have toxic chemicals. (Read this


Here’s what you’re gonna need to create your own LED lamp:


These are the steps:

1. Hollow out the bulb


2. Make cap and the wick using old shoe lace and a bottle cap.


3. Fill the bulb with lamp oil


4. Light up lamp


Now, your light bulb lamp is done and ready to use, just follow the steps.


by Guirlyn V. Kilat

Healthy plants  begin with  great soil quality.


A typical healthy soil sample should contain roughly 45% minerals, 25% water, 25% air and 5% organic matter such as decade plants, insects and animal matter. This means that healthy soil is generally lose and not compacted.

One of the best ways to make sure that your plants are healthy is to make sure that the soil is topnotch.

To start, prepare your garden. Check which part of the garden absorbs water the best. Simply pour water and which places drain fast. Soil with good drainage can drain water in about 10 minutes, anything slower than is too ompacted to allow water to flow through it easily.

If this is the case, you need to  to break up the soil. Look for a sign of life such as earthworms and insects. This indicates that your soil is healthy.


Next, look around your garden what kind of plant your thriving. If what you see is mostly grass and weeds, they probably means that your soil is acidic but it’s not a bad thing because there are plants that can luve with that.

Get your soil tested. That will give you a definite picture what kind of fertilizer you need to use.

Bamboo Technology

 by Val Amiel Vestil

Bikes have been popular lately.  People are now looking for a more eco-friendly mode of transportation. Bamboo Technologies is a company that creates bikes out of bamboo. 1

The bamboo

Bamboo is a very strong material. The tensile strength of a bamboo is higher than steel. Bamboo is also  abundant  in the Philippines and it grows easily. This makes  it a sustainable material to use.

Bamboo Technologies is also a social enterprise that has created livelihoods for local communities by providing them jobs in manufacturing, harvesting, and planting bamboo.


Bamboo bike

Bamboo Technologies bikes can be used  on the road or for cross-country rides.

The brand is also sustainable because it  uses old bike parts instead of manufacturing new drop outs and bottom brackets.

Etched on one of the bike’s designs are tribal writings which involve the history of a specific tribe in the Philippines. It was designed by a Manobo who became a Christian.


“We just have one world, people have to wake up. We can’t just keep on using all our natural resources,” says Boy Siojo, owner of Bamboo Technologies. “Isa lang mundo natin. It’s time we care and do something about it”, he adds.