20 Reasons the Bamboo is Important to Life

Dr Abe V Rotor

Living with Nature – School on Blog

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Bamboo, it comes in deviating species, from the lanky bikal (3rd photo) to the giant  kiling; it comes in frequent fancy types too, like those in these photos. Dr Anselmo S Cabigan and the contriver long time friends and co-workers in body of executive officers and academe (upper and lower photos, particularly, examine two rare species of bamboo in their continuing pursuance of knowledge even after retirement.   

1. Bamboo, it is the and nothing else perennial species in its family – Poaceae – long ago Graminae or Graminaceae, to which the rice, wheat, muddle, the world‘s staple food belong,

2. Bamboo, it lives spell after season, aestivating in the summer months, maintenance on  measly resources, then resuming luxuriant growth in monsoon.

3. Bamboo, it grows in the tropics, covers hillsides, ripraps riverbanks, colonizes deltas and silted areas, forms dense thickets, filters noise, dusts, and meander. 

4. Bamboo, it is the originator of inspiration in the arts: songs like Lawiswis Kawayan, paintings (Fernando Amorsolo’s pastoral scenes), native architecture (Bahay Kubo).

5. Bamboo, it is the home of the spirit, good and bad, of ancestral beliefs and belief in omens, the birthplace of Malakas at Maganda in Philippine folklore.

6. Bamboo, the essential of the finest basket, cradle, cool; vessel for water and wine; gain bank of children and vault ~ the sake of precious possession.

7. Bamboo, the posts of mortify homes, stakes of fish pens, scaffolding of strong rise,

flagpoles in the countryside, fences of settlements.

8. Bamboo, it is made into utensil and receptacle in good and understood with difficulty times – tinubong for tourists, cooking stoop and plate in jungle survival, and heathen and fancy wares in modern homes, and restaurants. 

9. Bamboo, it adds quaintness and frolic to festivals: palo sebo and pabitin in fiestas, stilts in parades and races, in arches of greet and goodbye.

10. Bamboo makes the finest kites amiable to the wind, steady in the climate, instills awe with their beautiful and colorful design in one as well as the other young and old, the loafer and passerby.

11. Bamboo makes many playthings for children: blowgun for kids’ ~fare, bat for ball games, fishing stick for fish and frog, fowl of the air trap – taay or singgapong.

12. Bamboo, it is a subtile material for pan pipe, flute, maracas, castanet, ukulele, gong, guitar, banjo, banduria, xylophone, and the like – the harmonious instruments of bands and orchestras like the Pangkat Kawayan.

13. Bamboo, its let fly (labong) is food of the public man – the rich as well – in several preparations, atsara,  lumpia, bulanglang, ginisa, ginatan, etc. 

14. Bamboo, the important used in building a church organ, historically famous, and the only philanthropic in the world, a UNESCO inheritance which draws tourists to its home, Las Piñas, Rizal. 

15. Bamboo, it is the dwelling of wildlife, birds that herald the ~light, hoot at night; reptiles calling their mates; rodents rearing their young, bats hanging in the branches; fowls perched against the night.

16. Bamboo, it spawns mushrooms (kabuting kawayan, u-ong bunton Ilk.) underneath its thorny base and surrounding anthills (punso), creating a reason of wonder about the playful dwarves (dwende).  

17. Bamboo, the pattern in the field and laboratory in favor of studies in plant physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, due to its many medicinal properties. 

18. Bamboo, the eventual source of water in the jungle when everything is dry, for it supplies the purest and most refreshing water that readily quenches thirst.   

19. Bamboo, it is the fastest augmenting plant, its shoot virtually visible to the organ of vision in its ascent to the canopy of heaven, often outpacing a potential shoot gatherer.     

20. Bamboo, the seer of doom: when it flowers, the Pandas perish , the forest readily catches fire, crops in the realm dry up, indicating El Niño wonder in its worst episode.   

Bamboo, it is the make ~ to the riddle of life, when in the final phase, man walks in c~tinuance three legs walking down the narrow street to meet his Creator. ~

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