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Riceless Dinner Campaign Against Rice Crisis

The prices of rice are going up. Whether you are a fan of C4 Lagkit, Sinandomeng, NFA rice or Star rice, you are affected with this problem. We are in a rice crisis.

Well, the prices are going up because the supply is getting low and the demand is high. It’s just a basic law of supply and demand. For a rice-eating Filipino, a meal is not complete without a rice, hence the demand for it. And since the supply is getting low, the price is going up. Do I make sense? 🙂

Well, here’s my idea. Unlike the oil crisis where we have no choice and no power to control its prices, I think, we have a choice on this rice crisis. As you can see, we have this problem because the demand is high and the supply is low. The government’s solution is to import rice to meet the demands. My solution is to lower the demand while the supply is low. How? By having a riceless dinner campaign!

So, what’s this riceless dinner campaign? Well, the name tells it all. It’s a campaign to eat dinner without rice. You don’t need that much carbohydrates and calories at night before going to sleep, do you? Eat normally during breakfast and lunch, and on dinner, don’t include rice on your meal. There are many substitute for rice, like bread, cassava, mashed potato or whatever you can think of. If you usually eat on a fastfood chain like Mcdonalds or Jollibee, instead of ordering chicken with rice, why not their spaghetti-chicken meal? 🙂 Of course, this applies only to people who’s going to sleep after dinner. If you are on a night shift, I think, you should have a riceless breakfast. 🙂

If all rice-eating-Filipinos-on-dinner join me on this campaign, we’ll be able to lower the demand on rice by 33%. I’m not sure how this is going to affect the prices, but when the demand is less, the price will go down, right? Or it could hinder the current trend of the price going up. A break even is a good scenario.

So, who wants to join me on this campaign? 🙂 This is just an application of the saying, “Kung maigsi ang kumot, magtyagang mamaluktot.” against “Kung maigsi ang kumot, mag-import nang mas mahabang kumot.” 🙂

Note: This is NOT an April Fool’s Joke though it may sound ridiculous to others. 😛

Marhgil Macuha

Marhgil Macuha is a Computer Engineering graduate of Batangas State University. He is currently a Senior Solutions Developer at a Canadian IT company.


  1. Me and my family are currently limiting our rice consumption. Mahirap since we have to re-write the menu all over again pero it has to be done.

    MoRE TOGE!

  2. ako madalas cereals ang kinakain ko sa gabi, kasi lagi akong naantok kaya bawal mabigat na meal pag gabi.. kaya fede ako jan!

  3. I do hope that more people will join the said campaign. The government should take necessary actions to solve this problems of the Filipinos or else more people will suffer.

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  5. i was planning on a riceless dinner yesterday after reading this post. But i wasn’t able to resist the offer placed in my table. that was 2 cups of rice, grilled fish, pochero at ibang ulam.

  6. wala ka bang pics? asst. ko kc eh.. 🙁

    dpat kc ung gasolina ang sinisisi at ipababa na kc yan ang dahilan kung bakit tumataas lhat ng bilihin d2 sa pinas! tsaka wla nmn tayong rice crisis dapat eh.. full of rice tau d2 tinatago lng nila sa mga warehouse! and for sure tumaas lng ang bigas pra matakpan ang ZTE scandal ni arroyo! i hate her tlga!..

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