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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush!

by the Busybee

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning

Mulberries! Just when everyone thought mulberry season is over, there is now an abundance of mulberries. The children here in the MSC Green Campus in San Gabriel, the MSC students, teachers, staff and guests, the MATH-Inic children, they all love mulberries. It’s a happy sight, a happy food, a super food. 🙂

We felt bad for the trees after Typhoon Glenda hit the city. The branches were broken and the leaves were crushed (much like what happens when you use your mortar and pestle to get juice out of your leaves). Surprise! After about 2 weeks, the mulberry trees have recovered. They now have brand new leaves and mulberries in different degrees of ripeness.

How many of you have tried/ tasted mulberries? They’re highly perishable so you probably won’t see them in groceries.

Anyway, if you have access to mulberries, you can try eating straight from the tree. That’s the best way to get your dose of mulberry, in my opinion at least. You can also make jam, jelly, and syrup out of mulberries. You can juice them, too. 🙂 So far, we’ve only tried eating them fresh and juicing them.

So, yes, my no. 1 source of antioxidants these days are mulberries.

Happy Mulberry Season! 🙂

Note: Mulberries are not berries, botanically speaking. I believe they are multiple fruits. It means that a mulberry fruit developed from an inflorescence, from many ovaries of many flowers. 😀

Silid Booklatan - San Pablo City

Silid Booklatan: Buksan ang Isip, Buksan ang Mundo

Booklat Isip, Inc. (BII) is a non-profit organization that promotes a lifestyle of reading in order to build a nation of readers. They work with community partners to provide venues, reading materials, reading-related activities, support, and encouragement to members of communities in underprivileged areas. It is their goal to build community reading rooms – a Silid Booklatan – in every barangay in the Philippines.

MSC Institute of Technology, Inc. and Kiwanis Club of Buklod-San Pablo are community partners for Silid Booklatan-San Pablo City.

MSC high school and technical-vocational students regularly devote time to keep the Silid Booklatan premises clean and its wide array of reading materials organized while the Kiwanis Club of Buklod-San Pablo conducts education programs focusing on children 12 years and below. From December 2012 up to the present, the Kiwanians have been holding Read-Around-The-World projects and Big-School Readiness, and Math Remediation programs in Silid Booklatan-San Pablo City with neighborhood children as participants.

Silid Booklatan San Pablo is located inside the MSC Green Campus in Barangay San Gabriel, San Pablo City, Laguna. Architects from the UAP Diliman chapter designed its beautiful open-air-structure that blends in with the environment, and maximizes the natural light and ventilation. Definitely a place that will make you want to sit down and read! The main target reading audience is the elementary school children from public schools near MSC. Then secondary reading markets are the senior citizens looking for a place to hang out, and the moms with their 6-and-below kids.

“Silid Booklatan” is a play on the words “silid-aklatan” (room of books, or library in Filipino), and “buklat,” which means to open or turn pages of a book. With Silid Booklatan, Booklat Isip, Inc. hopes to open up a world of opportunities for people who otherwise may not have them. Their hopes are embodied in the tagline “Buksan ang isip, buksan ang mundo“—literally, open your mind, open the world.

Why Read?

Studies have clearly shown that better reading skills lead to better job opportunities and greater chances of success. Literacy is also linked to higher self-esteem. In surveys cited by the National Institute of Child Health and Development in the United States, about half of teens engaged in substance abuse and half of those with criminal records have poor reading skills. Reading encourages a curious mind, and helps build brain ‘muscle,’ develops creativity, and makes it easier to learn all throughout life. Reading gives an individual power and freedom.
It has been said that there is no progress for a nation that does not read, and the Philippines, despite its claim of one of the highest literacy rates in Asia, is tagged as a nation of non-readers. Several factors contribute to this, but two major ones are lack of access to appropriate reading materials, and lack of motivation to read, beyond any required reading.

These two reasons are what Booklat Isip aims to address.

Silid Booklatan in San Gabriel, San Pablo City

The first Silid Booklatan was opened in Barangay Fort Bonifacio on November 24, 2012 while the second one opened its (revolving) doors to the communities of San Gabriel, San Miguel, and San Bartolome in San Pablo City, Laguna on December 5, 2012. Silid Booklatan – San Pablo City started with only two donated bookshelves and kiddie tables and chairs, a loaned coffee table and chairs, and a couple of mats. After one and a half years, generous donors have donated thousands of books, hundreds of magazines, and a couple of shelves, tables and chairs.

The wide collection of storybooks, fiction and non-fiction books are mostly sent in from the United States. Books are collected from several public libraries and donors by Mrs. Mary Sabbatino of Mercy League, Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Center in New York and then shipped to the Philippines by Mr. Sergio Javier and Mr. Geng Prudente. To date, around 10 balikbayan boxes full of books were already received by Silid Booklatan-San Pablo City through the efforts of Mrs. Sabbatino, Mr. Javier, and Mr. Prudente.

Read more about Silid Booklatan:

Exploring the MSC Green Campus

We have busy bees exploring the MSC Green Campus.  Specifically, we have a very Busy V (let us agree to use the name Veronica, to refer to this Busy V) doing the exploring, and documenting the rich flora and fauna found in the garden campus through her special blog site Busy Bees

Moth, science and computing?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is a moth found in the MSC Green Campus!

Our Busy V reminds us that it is almost Moth week! ( yep, Moth, not Math ) with this beautiful moth picture. arctiid moth

This arctiid moth (which looks similar to Alona lactinea) showed up reminding us that  it’s almost Moth Week! We all love butterflies but sadly, not a lot of us are particularly fond of moths. That’s because most of us believe that moths are dull-colored/ ugly versions of the well-loved butterflies. Follow the adventures of our Busy V, in BusyBees!