WATP #11 - Meet Bitiliana the Malunggay and Lemongrass Seller

in Hive PH5 months ago
Hello Hive!

This is Kim Ybanez (@ybanezkim26) and it is with great honour that I will be presenting the 11th edition of #WhoAreTheyPhilippines. This is one step into making the Hive PH community be involved in the project. I was both excited and anxious when @iamyohann offered me weeks ago to do 1 feature for this project. This is outside my comfort zone, but I felt the need to do it.

This time, please meet Bitiliana, the malunggay and lemongrass seller.

I have no idea who to hijack for an interview this time. For those who knew me, I'm not really good at making first impressions with people, so this task of looking for someone to feature is not easy. I just got home from our hike to Mt. Mago in Carmen, Cebu and I have a few hours to look for someone deserving. That's when I thought I should explore the spot where we usually jog.

This place is called Lovers, maybe because a lot of couples used to date here before. Now, it's more of a place to jog and to practice driving. It's basically located at the border of 3 barangays: Banilad of Mandaue City, Banilad of Cebu City, and Cabancalan of Mandaue City. The place is part of Banilad, Mandaue City, but a few meters south of it is Santo Nino Village of Banilad, Cebu City. This is supposed to be a subdivision like an extension of Santo Nino Village, but for some unknown reasons, it was not finished with only the wide road, drainage system, and electrical poles being installed.

If you want to buy ornamental fishes like goldfish and koi, this is the place to find the cheapest of those kinds. There are fish ponds here that are managed by the informal settlers. As I was reaching the other end of the place, I noticed a lot of malunggay and lemongrass. I inquired if they are selling those and that's when I met Ate Bitiliana.

Who is Bitiliana

Bitiliana Lampago is a 57-year-old woman originally from Bantayan Island, Cebu. She lives with her husband and 11 children. I didn't really get much information about her because she's shy and was reluctant at first. I showed her the previous editions of WATP and that's when she finally agreed. They all live in one house and of the 11 children, 8 of them are already married. You can imagine the riot, especially during meals.

Malunggay and lemongrass, Ate Bitiliana's main source of income.

She lives by cultivating malunggay and lemongrass and selling them at the market as her source of income. She became a supplier of those vegetables. She sells wholesale to the retailers at the market at Php 50.00 per kilo. She said she sells 2 kilos of malunggay and 3 kilos of lemongrass every day, so that's an income of around Php 250.00 or roughly around $5.00 per day.

She said that's enough to supplement her husband's income from selling ornamental fishes, but she said income from the fishpond is not stable because it's not every day that someone would buy their ornamental fishes, unlike her malunggay and lemongrass. In a sense, tilling and cultivating those two main vegetables became their stable source of income.

I asked her the impact of the pandemic to her family and she said it's not much. She said they're okay because even before the pandemic, she rarely goes outside from their vicinity. She said since February, she hasn't gone out even to the road where people usually jog. This means retailers would just go to her to buy vegetables or one of her sons would just deliver them to the market in Cabancalan. The land they're tilling is not they're own as it is part of the supposed subdivision, but she said they have been living there for a long time.

That's all for Ate Bitiliana's feature. I know your contributions will help her. Considering the minimum amount of every feature of Php 500.00, that's already two days equivalent of her income, so it will really help her.

On a side note, I can't help but notice that she's satisfied with the simple living she had. When asked if she's okay with the pandemic going on and about life in general, she said she's accustomed to a provincial and laid-back routine. Considering that we're in a city, it's rare to see someone living that kind of life.

Thank you @iamyohann for this opportunity and privilege that you have given me to feature one person for WATP. To all of those who had their unwavering support to this project, I express my sincerest gratitude. I will see you again next week as I turn over the rewards and contributions to Ate Bitiliana. Peace out and have an awesome week ahead!

What is #WhoAreTheyPhilippines?

#WhoAreTheyPhilippines is a weekly project where I randomly select a person in the area where I live or work. I interview that person, take a few pictures and then post about him/her on the Hive PH Community. After 7 days, when the author reward can be claimed, I convert the whole HBD amount to the local currency (PHP) and hand it over to him/her along with some contributions from some of you.

I am very thankful to all of you for your support, upvotes and contributions. I am glad this initiative is well received.

Check out the previous editions here:

WATP #1 - Ernesto The BladeSmith and Ernesto's HBD Reward
WATP #2 - Marito The Trisikad Driver
WATP #3 - Pampilo The Vulcanizer
WATP #4 - Virgilia The Sari-sari Store Owner
WATP #5 - Eliza The Plant Seller
WATP #6 - Kris The Street Food Seller
WATP #7 - Claudia & Rosalina The Homemakers
WATP #8 - Trinidad The laundrywoman
WATP #9 - Alfredo The Retired Fisherman
WATP #10 - Mark The Construction Worker


I don't know but I smiled while reading your dramatic introduction @ybanezkim26. You are not that good in the first impression but still, you did it well. The images you captured and explaining to us. I was amazed by what did about her but not the lover place. I'm good with the featured woman. lol

Nakakaproud kim ha na part ako sa hiveph community. Well done kim.

I love your feature @ybanezkim26! And the photos!!! LOL! Thanks for this week's feature! :)

Yay! Glad you liked it @iamraincrystal!

Woww, congrats on your first feature @ybanezkim26! More more more! Haha

Sent 3 HBD for Ate Bitiliana.

I have received your HBD 3.00 contribution to Bitiliana's reward. Thank you very much for her.

Thanks Kath! Basin wala nay more kay kamo nasad. 😂

Well done @ybanezkim26 for this beautiful and engrossing feature! 😃 I am fascinated by Bitiliana's lemongrass and malunggay farm and how she's able to raise 11 kids!

Wonders of life. 😄
I really don't know how they did it. I'm even wondering how my parents raised us given their income. 🙈

Amazing 😀 It can't be stress-free. The hard work and can-do attitude are inspiring.

I love the abundance of agriculture. No piece of land is left unturned.
I have a hard time managing two lemongrass bushes, and she does a whole field. Those things get unruly real fast. Great feature!

At first, I thought you found her in Carmen. I didn't know there was so much greenery in your jogging area. I hope my small tip will help in any way it can.

I have received your HIVE 2.97 (HBD 0.529) contribution. Shall I add it all to Bitiliana's reward?

Yes. Add it all to her. Thanks.

Thank you for her 🙂

Ka nice sa ilang place, to think kung tan awon ang Mandaue City, congested na gyud. Sending her my tip. Hope ma open ang wallet, hina signal namo.

I have received your HIVE 5.00 (HBD 0.891) contribution. Shall I add it all to Bitiliana's reward?

Yes, please and thanks to your project.

Thank you for her 🙂

Please send 3 HBD to ate Bitiliana for me. It must be really tough to raise 11 children. I can't imagine how she did it. 😊

Thank you very much for your HDB 4.950 contribution.
HBD 3.000 will be added to Bitiliana's reward.

I agree, I can't imagine how difficult and stressful it must be to take care of 11 kids.

Oh, Sorry @wandergirl, I've only just realized that you sent 4.95 HIVE instead of HBD. Would you like me to use 3 HIVE for Bitiliana? Thank you.

Oops, I thought I sent HBD. 😊 Yep just send 3 Hive to her. Thanks!

Sure, no problem.
At the time you sent the HIVE, 4.95 HIVE was equivalent to HBD 0.850. So it will be HBD 0.515 for Bitiliana. Thank you.

I see. The value is a bit low. Please just give the 4.95 HIVE and I will just add 2 HBD for her. Thanks!

Sure, I will do.
I have received your HBD 4.95 contribution. I will give HIVE 4.95 and HBD 2.00 from you to Bitiliana, which makes a total of HBD 2.85.
Thank you very much @wandergirl for your generous help and support.

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@thegaillery I have received your HIVE 5.00 (equivalent to HBD 0.791 when received) contribution for Bitiliana's. Thank you very much for her.

Happy to help, watp!

@romeskie, I have received your HBD 6.00 contribution. Added to your existing pool, you now have HBD 9.00 remaining. As per your instructions, I will add HBD 2.00 to Bitiliana's reward.
Thank you very much once again.

It's a pleasure. Cheers to more features! Glad to see this initiative is branching out. 😍😍😍