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Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project: carving a niche in the export market for indigenous rice

By Rodolfo P. Estigoy
December 2010 – PhilMech Agripreneur
Have you ever heard of “unoy” or “tinawon”? These items might be sounding exotic, or more precisely tasting exotic to you. Rightly so they are heirloom rice varieties from Cordillera now available in the US market.

Dedicated to tradition: world heritage farming and heirloom rices

By Rene Featherstone
July/August 2010 – edibleSeattle Magazine  (
Have you heard of the rice whisperer, the mysterious lady of the Terraces? She arrives in Seattle in her Subaru loaded with seven kinds of rice you’ve probably not seen before.

From the Philippines to the Sandbox: Giselle Aris brings exciting guests to Development Dialogue

February 2011– The Global Exchange Connect–The Quarterly Newsletter of the Deshpande Foundation’s Global Exchange Program (India)  (
Two honored guests from the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project of the Philippines to attend the Development Dialogue as Keynote Speaker and Panelist.

Mountain Light Opinion column

Sun Star Baguio Newspaper and Online
By: Robert L. Domoguen

January 26, 2011
Promoting and developing the Cordillera’s heirloom rice industry

February 1, 2011
When a caring person dreams with a people, a heritage product, and a way of life is sustained.

February 8, 2011
Imagine Tinawon rice and white it represents to the world!

February 28, 2011
Cordillera losing its heirloom rice varieties

March 09, 2011
Remembering the old Suyoc village and its generation of rice growers

March 16, 2011
Technology and nature’s crown for me

Native Rice Seen to Save Rice Terraces

By Dexter A. See
September 26, 2010 – Manila Bulletin
The commercial production of various native varieties of rice in the region have not only helped in the uphill bid to preserve the century-old deteriorating rice terraces but also brought sufficient income to farmers.

Philippines: Ominio, Imbuucan, Chong-Ak rice profiles

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity (
The Ark of Taste searches out, catalogues and describes forgotten flavors from all around the planet: products at risk of extinction but surviving, that could be rediscovered and returned to the market.

Preserving a world heritage food: Mary Hensley and the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project

By Gail Jokerst
February/March 2011 – Montana Senior News
In Nevil Shute’s beloved fictional story, A Town Like Alice, a British woman returns to the Malaysian village where she spent the days of WWII so she could build a well for the village women. Fast-forward 60 years and you’ll find another story –this one true.

Purple Yam at the Edible Festival, Chelsea Market

October 4, 2010 – Purple Yam Blog (
For tonight’s offering at the Chelsea Market, we will be serving miniature suman or rice cakes made with the purple diket (glutinous) heirloom rice from the terraces.

Red, Red RICE: Colorful appearance, ancient back-story and pleasing texture make red rice a winner

By Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman
February 2011 – The National Culinary Review
A color invasion has infiltrated grains, and chefs couldn’t be happier. Now red rice is turning heads and catching chefs’ attention.

The seed keepers’ treasure

By Alaric Francis Santiaguel
October/December 2010 – Rice Today Magazine with additional photos
Challenged and threatened by development intruding on their lands and traditions, the seed keepers of the Philippines’ Cordillera
region fiercely held on to their native rice varieties. Now, the world is discovering the precious gems in their possession: heirloom rice.

Terraces of the Cordillera

By Mary Hensley
October 2009 – National Geographic Traveler magazine
More than thirty years ago I fell under the spell of one of the most remarkable man-made landscapes in the world – the ancient, hand-carved rice terraces that striate the Cordillera Mountain region.



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