Why Anibong?


It’s a new day for the Philippines. We have a new president. Everybody is gung-ho in helping out, in reaching out. I subscribe to the dictum by an anonymous Indian magus, that the sole purpose of man is to help his fellow man. Well, this is my bit of helping out.

We now have 90 million plus population–a huge market, if we can only empower them. So far, the reality on the ground is different. Bereft of succor and motivation, a lot of our countrymen are either abroad or comtemplating to immigrate or work abroad. Which deprives the nation of its foremost resource: the brain and brawn trusts of its people.

It so happened that I originated from Leyte, Philippines, although I have been residing in Brooklyn, New York for the past ten years already.

I sure am glad that volunteering for candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino paid off in that he is now our president.

Let it not be said that we will just sit it out and not lift a finger, now that we have been successful in catapulting him to the highest office. On the contrary, we have to be more pro-active, to be silent partners in good governance and people empowerment.

Now, being from Eastern Visayas, where Noynoy Aquino won overwhelmingly, I am inclined to contribute to nation building from a Leyteno’s perspective.

I come from Guinarona in Leyte, Philippines, where there are lots of “Anibong” palms, the sturdiest of all palms. So sturdy, in fact, that it is prized for home-building and crafts. That the Anibong’s trunk is covered in menacing spines indicates that it has a hard wood–in fact the locals call it “bahi”, meaning “as hard as a rock”.

Would that as a way of empowering the inhabitants of Guinarona we could fashion the Anibong into world-class products such as furniture, picture frames, knife handles, ax handles, op-art jewelry, wood tiles, and others.

As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Well, here we are in our journey with our new head of state, President Benigno S. Aquino III.

So let me start with the utilization of the Anibong into world-class products. As we go along, we will take up other resources in Leyte from which we can make value-added products for the domestic and export markets.

Life is short. A life well-lived is one with the ego out and the empowerment of your fellow man in.

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17 thoughts on “Why Anibong?

  1. Good first step Ben re anibong development.

    Wikipedia seems lacking on planning info for churning out an investment folio (UP Los Banos or our Forestry Bureau may have) – like what exactly is scientific name, where does it thrive, how many trees are these, who owns them, basic characteristics, current usage, or what is its usefulness now as tree, are they planted or are they wild, is it economical to harvest and/or replant these… etc. etc. From your description it seems to be a very dense tree, has these trees been cut and made into products?

    Your blog could be turned into a portal of research and investment info.

    • Thanks, Slendaya. And duly noted. Anibong’s scientific name is Oncosperma tigillarium. In Leyte, they grow wild, although you can farm them. At first blush, the resource is very prentiful, although in the medium and long terms, they should be cultivated as second-growth forests.

      As to being a resource for research and investment, well, in the ambit of Eastern Visayas, one can only hope.

      Incidentally, a close-up of the Anibong trunk:

  2. “An invasion of an army can be resisted but not an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo.

    All great products started from an idea into percepts then concepts and finally a really beneficial product.

    It is only through honest business that value production and value creation can be achieved.

    Go for it, Ben!

    • Ha-ha! Thanks, Peter Militante! A lot–I mean a LOT of indigenous resources in Leyte-Samar that we can make money out of. Would you believe that we can make water hyacinth pickles–but first, we have to have plenty of vinegar from the coconut water. Ditto with the “ubod” or pith of the abaca, which is just thrown away. The technique is fermenting the water hyacinth and/or abaca pith with hot brine and lactobacilli for five days, then pickle them.

    • Thanks, Dora of Tranteen! Love it that even denizens from elsewhere in the galaxy take notice! With two beautiful omens–the sundog on May 9 and the alignment of the Moon and Venus after the elections–President-elect Noynoy Aquino can do no wrong! He is blessed as well as guided. And so are we as a people, by extension.

  3. [i]Don’t be afraid of new ideas. Be afraid of old ideas. They keep you where you are and stop you from growing and moving forward. Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear.[/i] – Anthony Robbins

    Very good idea about the utilization of the Anibong palm to create world-class products, Ben. With research, project planning and finding national and foreign financial resources, this idea can be translated into a potential business opportunity.

  4. So happy for you all and may your country go from strength to strength!

    Your ideas for utilizing the Anibong palms sound wonderful! Go for it!

    • Thanks, Bev! After a very long, dark night,. . . .at last! Strength to strength, yay, I like that!

      Long time no hear! Please drop by from time to time.

      All my appreciation.

  5. there is no greater heart than that of a volunteer. its great to be happy knowing that the reason for being one is because you made other people happy as well..

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