Rice Coffee Providing Sustainable Livelihood for Women in Banna

Banna Blend Rice Coffee

The aroma of freshly roasted rice for coffee at 6 AM in my younger years is still evocative as ever. Not really coffee with caffeine, the rice brew is child-friendly and healthy.

Rice coffee is said to aid in hyperacidity and constipation and is a good source B vitamins, potassium, zinc and dietary fiber.

In the period of everything instant, women in Banna have made life easier for rice coffee lovers. Hence the One Town, One Product (OTOP) product made from special hybrid rice locally grown in Banna, which is helping women earn and help sustain a family.

Banna Blend Rice Coffee

One of the more popular brands is the Banna Blend Rice Coffee produced by the Bagnos Cooperative in Binacag. It’s been featured in lifestyle shows and the Ilocos Norte product has reached other parts of the globe as of late. In Laoag, Banna Blend is available at souvenir shops. and select grocers.

Banna Blend Rice Coffee WarehouseBanna ChildrenBanna Blend Rice CoffeeGlory's Refreshment, BannaLomi

Our stopover in Banna before heading home. Lomi with lots of sauteed liver.

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Lippy Talk

I was with Me-Ann, Ann and Teennie for a Chinese dinner at Red 8 last night. We stayed up till midnight. Moms need breathing space every once in a while. Besides parenting and wife duties, what else was there to talk about? I wanted to take a peek into their make-up bags… nothing but lipsticks.

From left to right: Youngblood Envy, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Wonder Woman Marquise d’, MAC Bombshell

I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be able to guess who’s wearing what.

The lustable Essex Scout in someone’s phone.

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