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Top 10 Oldest Philippine Trees

Top 10 Oldest Philippine Trees

Natural Resources
The Philippines has rich biodiversity and natural resources. There are tens of thousands of plant species distributed in its more than 7,000 islands and some remained undiscovered by humans. Somewhere out there in the middle of the jungle, surely there are thousands of old trees in there and some may have been died already due to their age, but since they left undiscovered, it is hard to distinguish their real age. The size of the tree cannot be considered a deciding factor to determine the age of the tree. Some species are small and some grow to huge sizes despite their young age. This list provides only the oldest known Philippine trees discovered by humans and most of these are actually found outside the jungle. Balete, acacia, mangoes – are some of the biggest and oldest tr...
Top 10 Biggest Solar Power Plants in the Philippines as of 2021

Top 10 Biggest Solar Power Plants in the Philippines as of 2021

Natural Resources
The Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in terms of energy sources. Although lack of oil sources, the country can rely on its renewable energy sources like hydrothermal, geothermal, wind, and solar. The country is also one among many that do not have an operational nuclear power plant. The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) built under the administration of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. has never put into operation due to many factors, especially politics. In the last ten years, the country’s solar energy is becoming one of the biggest contributors of renewable energy. Let’s take a look at the Philippines’ ten biggest solar/photovoltaic plants that are operational as of 2017. 1. Cadiz Solar Power Plant (132.5MW) The Cadiz Solar Power Plant is a 132.5 MW solar...
13 Most Venomous and Dangerous Snakes in the Philippines

13 Most Venomous and Dangerous Snakes in the Philippines

Natural Resources
The Philippines is among the countries with rich biodiversity. Its forests are home to hundreds of different species of snakes from the smallest to the biggest python. The following is the list of the 13 most venomous snakes in the Philippines recorded by biologists and scientists. 1. King Cobra The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is a species of venomous snake in the family Elapidae, endemic to forests from India through Southeast Asia. This serpent is the world’s longest venomous snake. The king cobra is distributed across the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the southern areas of East Asia (where it is not common), in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and southern China. ...
Top 15 Hardwood Trees to Plant in the Philippines for Profit

Top 15 Hardwood Trees to Plant in the Philippines for Profit

Business & Finance, Natural Resources
Tree planting in the Philippines is not only an enjoyable hobby but also a profitable business and can help preserve our depleting ecosystem. Although the forestry business in the Philippines is mostly dominated by Gmelina and Mahogany, there are also other native Philippine forest trees that are worth investing in. By planting Philippine native trees, you are not only making money but also helping preserve these threatened tree species. Below are some of the threatened endemic Philippine tree species (except for mahogany, gmelina, and acacia), with their scientific names that are worth preservation and planting. 1. Gmelina (Gmelina arborea) Although Gmelina is not a native Philippine tree, it is the most important and widely distributed species of tree in the Philippines due t...
Gmelina vs Mahogany, Which is More Profitable to Grow

Gmelina vs Mahogany, Which is More Profitable to Grow

Business & Finance, Natural Resources
Many people are asking which of the two most common trees gmelina (gmelina arborea), and mahogany (swietenia macrophylla), is better and there is actually no direct and definite answer to this question. But before you decide on what to plant, either for commercial or personal use, it is important to read this article if you have time for this could give you the whole idea which is which. Planting both trees since I can remember more than 30 years ago, I think I have, at least an authority to compare which is which in terms of several factors that you can read below. I am going to tell you a short story first before we go into specifics. Silay City, Negros Occidental, 1984 I was eight years old. Our house was made of bamboo and cogon in a rural barangay in Silay City. The new encar...