Planting 1 Billion Bamboo Saplings to Save the Philippines | ASIAN BOSS

Bambuhay is a Filipino company that helps farmers grow bamboo instead of other crops. Bamboo is more resilient under tough climate conditions and can be used to make sustainable products (rather than single-use ones). We interviewed founder Mark Sultan Gersava as well as one of the farmers he helped.

Special thanks to Mark Sultan Gersava for sharing his story.
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  1. We love highlighting entrepreneurs who are working on solving big problems and are contributing to humanity. Reach out to us if you have a compelling vision and are actually taking action to change to the world. Thanks for watching everybody and stay curious!

    1. rags to riches is another organization that uses fabrics from thrift stores/ overstock and creates beautiful handbags/walletsand provides jobs for filipinos!!

  2. Philippines is rich & beautiful but the people are lacking self discipline and responsibility. Filipinos are notorious for throwing garbage everywhere, no proper program for waste disposal, not even doing garbage segregation. I wish the government would be really strict with these wastes disposal things.

  3. He said that the first reason of climate change is deforestation. Actually it’s the animals we eat. I am very confident to say that Philippines is half carnivore country (not like China that eats almost every single animals). I am vegan. I want my country to start eating raw not animals. It’s the World’s No.1 cause of climate change, it’s animal cruelty, it’s unhealthy (we all believed that cow’s milk is healthy for bones, no! First, We are not a calves to drink cow’s milk. Second, It actually can cause cancer and other diseases.) GO EFFING VEGAN!!! climate change will be the No.1 cause of end of the world. Kung gusto niyo mag end of the world edi mauna kayo mamatay para end na world mo..

    1. @Living A Mark oh yeah.. my mind that time is thinking about the carbon and methane animals released also the processing of meat after they killed..

  4. Bamboo isn’t very useful as timber, and it’s very invasive and can take over already existing forest, destroying any biodiversity that was left over.

  5. Philippines is full of negative/hate news in the media right now, this positive news should be highlighted. Thank you for pushing environment-friendly products, it might seem small, but a small change in lifestyle will definitely create a big change

    1. ​@NEIL ASTIG filipinos like to speak English any time instinctively when they want to speak formally/professionally, since it is the formal prestige language, but since he is being interviewed in Filipino and the topic is about helping the poor lower classes, they speak mainly in Filipino(Tagalog) but he adds in English phrases because he is also the owner of his small company that he talks about so he tries to speak professionally.

    2. @NEIL ASTIG the native and the old spanish words are all Filipino(Tagalog), except the English words being used. Filipino is modern standardized Tagalog of the capital. Filipino is also the casual informal language of the common people, while English is our formal professional prestige language in government, commerce, and academe. In modern times, we mostly just casually mix together English in our Filipino(Tagalog), which we informally call as “Taglish”, but the English terms are not part of the Filipino dictionary …yet. lol

      With regard to the difference of “Tagalog” and “Filipino”, there is not much difference. when we refer to the language called, “Filipino”, it usually just refers to Tagalog, specifically based on the Modern Tagalog dialect of Metro Manila (the capital) that has many colonial era Spanish loanwords that are now spelled in Filipino orthography since they were borrowed centuries ago when Spanish was the formal prestige language although there are purer older tagalog terms used before, though sometimes they are too long or long forgotten or just old or not accurate enough to describe a modern concept that colonial era spanish or modern english already has a simple word for which is why we use those loanwords or codeswitch to english these days.

      The concept of calling Modern Tagalog as Filipino is like how other countries for example, we say “Chinese” or “Modern Standard Chinese” which in reality usually just refers to Mandarin of Northern China, especially the Beijing dialect, when we say “Italian”, we usually refer to the Standard Italian, which is in reality based on Florentine Tuscan (the Tuscan dialect of Florence in the Tuscany region of Italy), or when we say “Spanish”, we actually refer to the Standard Spanish that is based on Castillian of Castille in Spain, when we say “German”, we’re referring to the Standard High German, which is based on Thuringian/East Franconian (East Central German dialects of Thuringia/East Franconia in German state of Saxony), or when we say French, we refer to the Standard French, based on the Parisian French dialect used in Paris (the French capital), or even with British English that is based on the Midlands English dialect of England. Even American English is mostly based on the English that was used around the American East Coast in the New England area before it became widespread as the defacto standard across the country there.

    3. @xXxSkyViperxXx ohh I see, for everyone to understand it and for international views. So if someone speaks in with words only that has no translation they are Tagalog and if they uses more english even if it has equivalents its Filipino am I right?

    4. the interviewer is making an effort to speak purer tagalog while avoiding some spanish loanwords though she still adds in a bit so she is speaking filipino but the one being interviewed also dips into english so the interviewer eventually does too. normally, filipinos at least around metro manila will speak filipino(tagalog) which usually has frequent mixture of old colonial spanish loanwords in most every sentence and ever since american colonial times, filipinos also love to frequently codeswitch with english sentences and terms while speaking in filipino/tagalog. we basically colloquially call this combination of filipino(tagalog) and english as “taglish”. Taglish is very common and is the normal casual informal language in many parts of the country especially at the capital in metro manila. also, it seems the one being interviewed is not used to speaking english all the time so he makes some mistakes in his english. this usually is just a sign that reveals his cultural upbringing or socioeconomic background since usually the upper middle to upper class are very proficient and natural at english while the more populous lower middle class masses usually prefer filipino(tagalog) or other local languages more while keeping english as a close second language since it is required in most areas of philippine society. this telling background makes sense for him since he is someone who is campaigning to help the lower classes which he probably more identifies with

  6. Thank you for this great interview! Your Youtube channel is inspiring. I am so glad that you are spreading news about social justice, climate change etc… I would definitely spread the word about Bambuhay. 💚🐳

    1. @Stella they didnt speak “filipino” though. They spoke half their sentence in english. Its not a “loanword” if you use an english word transitioning to another english word and then after 5 english words they go back to speaking tagalog. Thats called switching to another language at that point. You are just another whitewashed filipino that supports eurocentrism

    2. @RebeccaBlackVirus Ah, but Filipino is not Tagalog. This is the reason why YOU are misunderstanding things. Tagalog in the provinces have stayed the same, WE Tagalogs still speak the deep Tagalog our ancestors speak. Maybe you ought to visit the provinces instead of arguing online, miss.

    3. @Stella theres a difference between loanwords and speaking 10 words of english before switching back to tagalog. Even filipinos tell me the younger generation dont know the tagalog words the older generation knows. English words had replaced them. Stop being purposely daft.

    4. @RebeccaBlackVirus not at all. we don’t have our own words for certain things, especially for science/tech/math/commerce. in such cases, we just use the English or Spanish equivalent. This is just how languages evolve, btw….the modern English you know used to be a Germanic language, it is a language which borrows heavily from French, Greek, Latin, and other languages. Evolution in languages is not unusual. Loanwords are not unusual.

  7. wag ka na pumapel Gersava, ang panget mo na nga, parang gago ka pang mag-salita. Baka sabihin lahat ng Pilipino gaya mo. Tapos yang interviewer na panget, di pa pala nagre-resign. nakakahiya

    1. @Paint Myworld our goal is to plant more bamboo for the trees to be protected. We need alternative livehood for the poor people for them to stop cutting trees. Bamboo is the most Sustainable plant in the planet.

    2. Yup but as what he have said, only 18% of the Philippines forest remains. The mission is to plant more bamboos on the areas which where deforested. Hopefully people in your place continues to nourish the plants and trees over there. 👍

  8. Most filipinos are so ignorance of climate change.. they’d rather pray and leave everything to God..they make babies un controllable.. over populated.. more poverty all over the country.

  9. 👍👏👏👏👊💙💙💙 npakagaling po ng naisip at ginawa nyo sir…maraming salamat po, naway mas maging matagumpay p ang bambuhay 😇😇😇 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭

  10. Asian Boss punta kayo ng Bgry.San Andres ,Balud ,Masbate para maturuan ang may gustong mag aral about bamboo crafting,furniture and anything that made of bamboo coz we have a lot their.also to teach how to eliminate ANAY on bamboo furnitures.

  11. Totally enriching content. 🌱🌱🌱
    Mark Sultan Gersava talks the talk on poverty, has a huge heart for impoverished people, and passionate about developing solutions to climate change. He has the ultimate vision to make the future a sustainable reality.
    POWER 💥 to this humble man! 💖
    And yeah, let there be 1 billion Bamboos by 2030 !!! 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

  12. so proud for this man who is trying to fight poverty and climate change. Maybe it is a wake up call for every Filipinos to share for his advocate that’s why I’m doing my part also, everytime I do my shopping I bring my own eco bag.

  13. This is so precious. Our government should implement on every barangay or municipality to atleast have a tree planting because these would help us in many ways and shouldn’t focus on nonsense issue.

    1. Daniela Vallente I agree. There should be a program that teaches and encourages people not just to plant trees but also vegetables in their own garden or in a community/barangay garden. This will also help the people’s welfare.

  14. What a genius mind he had. I salute you sir! Ipray that your creation’s may prosper in the future and can’t wait to see your product in the market.

  15. A great way to solve plastic pollution. Keep up the good work and advocating environment. You deserve help from Philippine government with your social cause.

  16. kahit kailan di naging mahirap ang Pinas ..dahil it can sustain life and support life …naging mahirap itu dahil sa system na pina kilala ng mga Americanu at yun yung BANKING SYSTEM o MONEY SYSTEM …the SAD TRUTH FILIPINOS FACE …

  17. Wow Filipino ako di ko toh alam. Thanks for covering this and will definitely buy his products. Sobrang tagalog straight ginamit ninate nung una tas bigla na nag taglish haha hirap na tlga mag straight tagalog dis days lol

  18. I love how they interviewed the founder but also the workers. Really breaks my heart whenever I hear their story of how they are or were struggling with money 😢❤️

  19. Muli mga kapwa ko Pilipino,

    ‘di po tayo Third World Country. Noon oo kasi ang mga First World etc…ay ginamit noong nagsimula ang Unang Pandaigdigang Digmaan.

    Ang 1st World countries ay mga bansang kaalyado ng UK, France, USA etc..

    Ang 2nd World ay mga bansang Komunismo (USSR, China etc…)

    Ang 3rd World naman ay mga bansang ‘neutral.’

    Ginamit ang 1-3rd world countries bilang klasipikasiyong pangpolitikal hindi pang-ekonomikal/estado.

  20. No offense, but i heard that bamboo is actually considered as a pest in a tropical rain forest. Places with bamboo will have no other big trees as they will outgrow other trees by a lot in a short time. Bamboo is a pioneer species in a forest which grow and dominate a site after deforestation happen there.

  21. Years and years
    There are many volunteers,
    but there are more illegal loggers.
    Unbelievable mountain of trash will replace the forest mountain.

  22. “Nature is our biggest ally in poverty reduction and achieving human welfare”. — Tony Juniper. I’d also like to add, as well as tackling climate change. Thank you Bambuhay for ticking all the boxes. This company is paving a bright, happy and healthy future for all. May more companies follow sustainable ways of producing products. Keep up the great work Bambuhay! ✌️❤️👍

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