Sunday, August 21, 2005


Here's a bit of good news and a chance for the Philippines to lift it's profile in the international community once again. I was thrilled to discover yesterday that the Philippines' coconut geotextile a.k.a. "the coconet", an invention which combats soil erosion control has been chosen as one of the 12 finalists in Newsweek and BBC's (British Broadcasting Corporation) World's World Challenge. The World Challenge is basically a competition/search designed at identifying groups or individuals all over the world whose projects have had great impact at the grass roots level. A documentary about Philippine Coconut geotextile or coconet industry will be shown on the BBC World cable channel on September 24, 8:30 GMT (4:30PM Manila time) and will also be featured in the August 29 special issue of Newsweek. "The World Challenge" already offers valuable international exposure for the Philippine coconut industry but to win this prestigious competition would be a sure source of national pride, especially during these dark days of political bickering and oil price increases. To vote, please log onto their site here and click on the picture of the coconet.