By Justinne Lou Go, RND
IT WAS an invigorating weekend with the recently culminated Living Lunhaw event organized by Lunhaw Vegan Cafe and hosted by Hostel Seven at Escario. With the arising global issue of plastic pollution problem — especially with the Philippines being among the top waste producers in the world — it is only apt that we all become aware of the impact of every little action we make in this planet and be more conscious of the way we use our resources.
“Living Lunhaw,” which translates to “Living Green,” is a gathering for the eco-conscious Cebuano. The two-day event last September 1 and 2 featured six hand-picked vendors to showcase and promote awareness on eco-sustainability and health. It was not only a healthy weekend market filled with locally crafted, low-waste products to hoard on, but it was just as enriching with the series of talks on environment consciousness and even a vegan cooking demo with free tasting samples — all these for a free admission. The activities ran from 11 a.m. up to 5 p.m.
The market was an interesting mix of local eco-friendly and healthy products. Here are the finds:
Litterless.ph is a bulk refilling station which offered a cheaper and easier way to live a low-waste lifestyle. Just bring your own container and get just the amount of items that you need for your home and kitchen. They had soaps, red rice, black rice, chia seeds, activated charcoal, and more. Instagram: @litterless.ph +63 917 915 8806
Real Meals is an online meal delivery that brings the “farm to fork” experience to Cebu with wholesome meals curated by a Nutritionist-Dietitian, sourcing the best produce from local farms. They serve affordable healthy meals such as fresh mixed green salads, whole wheat chicken wraps, fresh coconut chia juice, and chia puddings. Nothing beyond P150.
Facebook: Real Meals PH
Swap is a waste-free brand by a Cebuana, created to help Filipinos say no to single-use plastic. They supply sustainable alterantives to products we use daily such as shampoo and conditioner bars, menstrual cups, space-saving cups, wooden utensil sets, reducing our carbon footprint one swap at a time.
Facebook: Swap Cebu
Lunhaw Vegan Cafe offers healthy and delicious meals that both vegans and non-vegans can appreciate. They promote Man’s Original Diet, which is also the only diet that can help save the environment. Their booth offered vegan desserts and their famous buffalo broccoli.
Facebook and Instagram: LunhawVeganCafe
Succulent Souvenirs displayed a diversity of ornamental cacti that make the perfect low-maintenance plant to decorate your home with.
Knot Co. is an online shop that shares the beauty of macrame and the use of raw materials. They create hand-made plant hangers, cotton chords, and Ro mesh bags. They use natural and reusable materials in their products and packaging.
Facebook: Knot Co PH
The passionate speakers who presented their advocacies throughout each afternoon were:
A representative from Lilo’s Movement introduced their advocacy towards eco-friendly awareness with an open invitation to those who may be interested to join the group as a volunteer. He also talked about the benefits of using all natural products.
This beautiful young lady is an eco-friendly lifestyle advocate and freediver who does her part in caring for our environment by organizing ocean clean ups and teaching people how to make ecobricks. She taught the audience what ecobricks are for and how to properly make them.
Boe Paras of Dragonfruit Cebu shared about how easy it is to grow your own dragonfruit plant and offered free cuttings in exchange for ecobricks. This is an ongoing endeavour of Dragonfruit Cebu, so if you wish to trade in your ecobricks for some dragonfruit cuttings, feel free to get in touch with them through their Facebook page DragonFruit Cebu or contact them at +63 933 689 5180 and +63 926 042 0870.
Jillien Lacerna of Litterless PH gave a sobering talk on the effects plastic has on our planet and why we should make the switch to environment-friendly, low-waste products.
And a segment of the event that everyone surely appreciated most was a vegan cooking demo by Lunhaw Vegan Cafe’s very own Chef Harvey Segarino during the last day of the event. He explained how veganism or choosing a plant-based diet more often helps the environment and demonstrated how to make vegan cheeseburger. Free samples were given out so everyone could experience a taste of being vegan even just for one meal in a day. I definitely enjoyed my sample. The cheese was made from soaked cashew nuts and flavored with some spices such as onion powder, nutritional yeast, and bellpepper.
Despite the heavy downpour in the afternoon last Saturday, the event was a success with a good attendance and positive reception from all the attendees. It was such a privilege to have participated in this event and to have witnessed the green movement going strong in Cebu. This was also the soft launch of my baby business venture, Real Meals, with a partner from the Cebu Farmers Market group. Both days of the event were truly enriching as I made new friends and learned so much about eco-sustainability.
Thank you for having me, Lunhaw Vegan Cafe, and congratulations on the very successful event! Looking forward to more events like this!
Lunhaw Vegan Cafe is located at the Ground floor of The Maxwell Hotel Cebu, N. Escario Street, Cebu City. For inquiries and reservations, you may visit their Facebook page or Instagram account: Lunhaw Vegan Cafe.