“What nutritious drink could we offer in our school canteen?” this was the question of the TLE teachers of Southville IV NHS (SV4NHS) upon restrictions of selling bottled/canned drinks and tetra packed juices sold in the canteen.

Through the creativity and innovation of Lea Madulid, the school TLE coordinator of SV4NHS, conducted series of testing using Aratiles leaves in making milk tea. She chooses the under-utilized Aratiles plant as her main ingredient. It is an indigenous plant that is native to a particular area and can withstand the kind of weather condition in the country.

In addition, aratiles has anti-oxidant properties that may protect body cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. It also has phytochemical content such as saponins, glycosides, tannins, triterpenes, and flavonoids.  It reduces blood pressure which is essential to life because it forces the blood around the body, delivering all the nutrients it needs.

Aratiles Milk Tea won 3rd Best Product in the 2019 Regional Festival of Talents (RFOT) in Technolympics for Bazaar held in Antipolo City on November 12 to 13. (Edwina C. Nabo, Education Program Supervisor in TLE/TVL, SDO Santa Rosa City)