'Oh My Gulay!' Launched Friday

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MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Edgardo J. Angara's latest pet project, "Oh My Gulay!", will be launched tomorrow evening, Feb. 11, at the Manila Polo Club in Makati.

The main aim is to popularize the eating and growing of vegetables, especially among the young. It is pointed out that eating vegetables is the right thing to do to attain good health. The senator who is the main convenor of the project stresses that hidden hunger or mineral and vitamin deficiency is the most widespread cause of malnutrition among children. He said that eating vitamin- and mineral-rich vegetables is the most sound and cost-effective solution to this stealthy, silent killer.

The advocacy will involve a multi-sectoral and trimedia campaign on healthy eating. The campaign includes print, TV, music and online media, tapping today's most popular artists to promote and lend names to this cause on a pro-bono basis.

The program's activities will include school feeding programs, vegetable backyard and school gardening projects, distribution of vegetable seeds and seedlings in schools and communities, and the teaching of vegetable cultivation in elementary and high schools.

Angara said that he is much inspired by the immense support expressed by friends in the private sector and the enthusiastic backing by public officials and their respective organizations.

Among the co-convenors of Oh My Gulay! are Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Andrew Tan of Megaworld Corporation, Vic del Rosario of Viva Entertainment, Teresita Sy Coson of SM Investments, Anton Huang of Store Specialists, and Bienvenido ''Donnie''Tantoco of Shopwise Philippines.

Also supporting the advocacy are Bro. Armin Luistro of the Department of Education, Dr. Enrique Ona of the Department of Health, Agriculture Sec. Proceso J. Alcala, Dr. Mario Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology and Corazon "Dinky" Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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February 12, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, there will be a forum on organic farming open free to the public. This will be held at the AANI Weekend Market at the St. Vincent Seminary along Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

On February 13, Sunday, from 8 to 12 noon, there will be an Aqua-Kapihan sponsored by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources also at the same venue. …