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PHILIPPINES : Cebu strikes gold – in mangoes

Posted by Online on Dec 10th, 2013 

If there’s gold in them mangoes, then Cebu, famous for its bestselling export product, dried mangoes, must own the mines. Wrong.


Because most of the mangoes that land in Cebu for processing into sweets come not from Cebu but other islands! 

Nonetheless, Cebu, through its University of San Carlos, has discovered another way to create gold out of the waste products of mangoes — skin, seed, kernel. 

The project, only a year old, has been so successful that the research group led by a chemical engineer-professor, Dr. Evelyn Taboada, has attracted P200 million in investments from two businessmen who have seen how the technology works – they have seen the future and it’s in “pera sa basura,” a future ripe for profits. 

From the peels, seeds and kernels, Dr. Taboada and her team have created briquettes for industrial fuel, antioxidants and moisturizers for beauty and anti-aging products, and animal feed.

USC, with a population of 20,000, is one of 68 colleges/universities and institutions picked by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) to go beyond pure research and come up with practical technologies that can be put to use and turn a profit, like what USC is doing—just remember to protect with a patent. Ric Blancaflor, IPOPHL director-general, wants more scientists and academics to be aware of and do something about a Bruce Lehman study that found that “of the roughly 1,000 publications of universities and research and development institutes, 27 percent of publications contained potentially patentable subject matter.”

In other words, we keep discovering and inventing but we’re not patenting or branding enough! 

Only seven PH brands have gone global — Magic Melt, EXPED, droplets, Profood International Corp., wagadoo, Efficascent Oil, Aloha – and they don’t say exactly what it is they’re selling!

Taxpayers should know more about IPOPHL, a government office that doesn’t look, smell or think like a government office. 

Without dipping into PDAF or DAP, this office in Bonifacio Global City is in the forefront of championing intellectual property rights of creators and artists, inventors and innovators, even celebrities with a name to sell to the world, like Pacquiao. If Freddie Aguilar had patented his global name early on, he’d be richer than a sultan today.

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The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

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Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate

 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST

Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…