OF THE WEEK
Making It Big
Mountainous La Trinidad
Valley, the Philippines’ strawberry capital some 260 kms north of Manila,
last week made it to the Guinness Book of World Records by baking the
biggest strawberry shortcake in the world. The cake, shown in photo taken
last March 20 with its bakers, weighed 9,642 kgs and measured 12.3-ft.
long, 8.42-ft. high and 8.69-ft. wide. The Guinness book however was
silent on the fact that what used to be the country’s vegetable bowl has
become one of the biggest victims of globalization. With cheap vegetable
imports being dumped into the country, Trinidad hopes to survive by making
it big in the Guinness book instead. But will making it big be able to
feed a growing number of hungry vegetable growers?
by Ace Alegre /
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