Yvette Tan

Yvette Tan is Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture section editor and also the Editor in Chief of Agriculture magazine. A Palanca-award winning writer, her perspective on agriculture is unique. Originally coming from lifestyle and food journalism, she has seen firsthand the deep divide between the realities of food production and the trendiness of foodie culture. She is dedicated to encouraging people to push for sustainable food sources and is an advocate of food security, food sovereignty, and the preservation of community foodways.

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Reviving a lost textile may be key to reviving a lost crop (Part III)

This column concludes the three-part series on textile conservationist and cultural advocate Raffy Tesoro’s bid to revive Philippine muslin, commonly known as kulambo.

Reviving a lost textile may be key to reviving a lost crop

Last week, I talked about textile conservationist and cultural advocate Raffy Tesoro’s bid to revive Philippine muslin, more commonly known as kulambo, the fabric used as mosquito netting before plastic became de rigeur, and how for this revitalization to happen, training weavers on the lost art of muslin making should be done parallel to the cultivation of Philippine cotton, which has also died out.

Reviving a lost textile may be key to reviving a lost crop, Part 1

The Philippines has lost a lot of indigenous and endemic crops that have, because of commercial reasons, stopped being cultivated. One of these is Philippine cotton.

Harvest Dinner brings together agri stakeholders for conversation and collaboration

Over the weekend I attended a Harvest Dinner co-presented by WOFEX’s CSR arm and Sanko Plastics, featuring dishes from Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco and Gilbert Lee.

Cooperation is the way forward

I attended a webinar by the Agribusiness and Countryside Development Foundation, a non-government organization dedicated to generating jobs in rural areas, of which I am a member. Every two weeks, we invite an expert on an aspect of the agriculture industry to give a talk with the goal of learning from them and possibly connecting them to individuals and organizations who can help their cause, or vice versa.