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Hotel in Manila promotes Moringa

June 4, 2009

The Manila Times is joining the trend in the Philippines of sharing the many benefits of Moringa in terms of nutrition, medicine and health. An article published today refers to grandparents telling children about Moringa’s benefits, and that today people are discovering that those claims were right.

The article highlights the efforts of the Hotel Manila to promote Moringa (known as “malunggay” in the Philippines) through their “Malunggay Festival.” The president of the hotel, Atty. Jose Lina, is quoted as saying, “Malunggay leaves are very cheap, very easy to grow in our backyards, and yet so full of vitamins and minerals. The hotel would like to help educate more people about these health benefits and to bring the message across that malunggay can be used as a main ingredient in cooking a variety of great tasting dishes. Moreover, it is a good source of livelihood for small to medium enterprise.” (Read the full article)

Author Leony R. Garcia comments, “The Manila Times could only agree to that.”

Anyone interested in Moringa recipes can find several from India on the Trees for Life website: Moringa recipes from India.


Philippine government orders Moringa distribution

May 14, 2009

The potential benefits of Moringa related to nutrition, environment, health and medicine are being recognized and actively promoted by the government of The Philippines. Moringa is known as “malunggay” in the Philippines.

A press release posted yesterday on the Philippine Information Agency website states that government officials are now being instructed to actively distribute Moringa:

“Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol regional executive director Joselin Marcus Fragada has instructed his field officials in the provincial offices to distribute malunggay seedlings during the Independence Day celebration on June 12, 2009.

“Fragada said that the malunggay seedling distribution project supports President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s program to spur rural growth through job creation and food production to cushion the effects of the global economic meltdown and at the same time mitigating global warming and climate change.” (Full press release)

The press release refers to Los Angeles Times writer Mark Fritz stating that “Moringa contains seven times the Vitamin C found in oranges, four times the Vitamin A of carrots, four times the iron of spinach, four times the calcium content of milk and three times the potassium of bananas.” This comparison with common foods has been quoted and duplicated by many sources throughout the worldwide Moringa community, and originated from Trees for Life materials about Moringa.