Dragon Fruit

I seldom eat this fruit, not because of the taste but because it’s just too expensive for me to include in my regular food fruit platter. I find the taste so bland but it is more than worth the price when you compare the nutritional value you’d get from eating this fruit.

According to Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia) A pitaya or pitahaya is the fruit of several cactus species, most importantly of the genus Hylocereus (sweet pitayas). These fruits are commonly known as dragon fruit – cf. Other vernacular names are strawberry pear or nanettikafruit. In the United States it is also referred to as “pinkberry” due to the pink hue.

The edible parts of raw pitaya consist of mostly water and carbohydrates, with some protein and fat content. Pitayas contain slight amounts of calcium, iron, phosphorus, and other nutrients.

Particularly red-skinned pitayas are a good source of Vitamin C.
Pitayas are rich in fiber and minerals, notably phosphorus and calcium. Red pitayas seem to be richer in the former, yellow ones in the latter.
The seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, and in particular Red Pitayas contain very little saturated fat.
Pitahayas also contain significant quantities of phytoalbumin antioxidants, which prevent the formation of cancer-causing free radicals.
In Taiwan, diabetics use the fruit as a food substitute for rice and as a source of dietary fibre.
Pitaya supposedly increases excretion of heavy metal toxins and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Eaten regularly, it is credited with alleviating chronic respiratory tract ailments.
(source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)

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Colorful Weekend: LEGO PILIPINAS, TARA NA!

I consider it a privilege to have been invited for LEGO event last week for the unveiling of  LEGO PILIPINAS, TARA NA! held at SM Mall of Asia. It was the grandest exhibit I have ever seen from LEGO where they featured key tourist spots in the Philippines. Presented by LEGO, LAJ Marketing Philippines, SM Mall of Asia and the Department of Tourism, supported by SM Toy Kingdom, The Picture Company, The Philippines Star, Mommy Mundo and Creative Juice Communications, this exhibit will run from August 12-27 2011 at SM Mall of Asia. Exciting daily activities await the kids and the whole family as well.

In partnership with the Department of Tourism, LEGO aims to promote beauty of the Philippines through an exhibit of the re-creations of famous regional landmarks and icons which will be highlighted by the 18×30 Philippine map-all made of colorful LEGO bricks.

The LEGO Pilipinas, Tara Na! event also presents the “Ang Ganda ng Pilipinas, Ang Galing ng Pilipino” photo exhibit of local personalities who were not afraid to dream and who, through their excellent work and contributions in society, inspire others to do the same because the Philippines is not just about its wonderful places but also about great people who continue to shine all over the world.

Photo op with  Department of Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim and Ms. Connie Angeles.

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