Sunday, September 30, 2012

Drink of the Week | Pink October ‘Bugnay’ade

The month of October has always been a busy month for my team. This year is our second time to prep up something for Pink October, much grander than the first. Our’s is a month-long celebration that kicks off with a press conference, a launching of the pink room where women can have their clinical breast examination taken, a series of “pink talks” and to cap it off, a bigger “pink run”, all to benefit the breast cancer patients in Cebu City. Our’s is just a single effort and the entire world is celebrating for this one greater cause.

Recently I discovered the wild tree berries Bugnay that is locally produced in Talamban. Out of curiosity, I made up a piquant, tart and acidic Bugnay Jam that doubles up as my all-around salad dressing. I fell in love with its taste and went gaga over the bright red color it creates. Prior to reducing the bright reddish to fuchsia liquid from boiled berries when I made the jam, I set aside a portion and cooled it completely in the fridge. I don’t have any idea that this liquid will soon be made into something that is refreshing...and the color, is something that uniquely evokes the theme for this hallmark celebration.

This beverage is a breeze to prepare. Once you have “squeezed” that concentrated berry juice, your job is almost 90% done.

Boil half kilo of berries in a liter of water for an hour until tender where you may be able to squeeze the pulp out from the hard stones (seeds). Mashed the berries and drain juice from the pulp and seeds. Set aside and cool completely. Store in jar or in bottles and put in refrigerator. Use it when needed, and I think this juice can stay for week or so.

To make a juice, simply combine 1 part berry juice to 4 parts water, or depending on how sour you would like your juice to be. Add a tablespoon of honey, adjust sweetness according to your taste. Add crushed ice and garnish with sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.

I wasn’t able to stumble upon a medical research outlining the benefits of these berries. Apparently, Bugnay was recently featured in Korina Sanchez’ Rated K under “miracle” fruits and I think this is enough proof that we need to change how we look into this fruit. We don’t know this might be a cure for cancer, the “miracle” we need and the reason why we are celebrating Pink October.

Enjoy your pink bugnayade, not a lemonade!

On the other side, here's the details of the month-long activities prepared for all our mothers, sisters, girlfriends, ladies, tita's and of course, men out there. There will be free clinical breast examination and Breast Cancer Forum every Saturdays of October in two venues: in iMEZ Building in Pueblo Verde, Mactan Economic Zone II in Lapu Lapu City as well as in The Persimmon Plus in MJ Cuenco Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City. This is entirely free. As we always hear it, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, so better do it now before it is too late.

And to cap off the month long activity, there will be PINK RUN. If my schedule permits, I will definitely be joining this event. What is something different about this run is that it will not be on the usual "streets" where runners compete with rushing vehicels. The route is inside the industrial zone (MEZ II) and Mactan Benito Ebuen Airbase, think of that as a new place to experience if you have not been inside the airbase! Proceeds of this run will be for the benefit of the breast cancer patients through I CanServe Foundation, Inc. and Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Foundation. It is always good to run and help push the advocacy.

You can go to RUNNR Ayala to Register for the Pink Run. The AboitizLand, Inc's commercial developments The Persimmon Plus in MJ CUenco Avenue Mabolo and iMEZ Building in Pueblo Verde, MEZ II are also accepting registration for the run.

Let's think PINK, act PINK. Happy Month of October pips!

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