From Ka Bino: 6 easy steps to get water from an alternative source

posted on: Monday, November 11, 2013

Lifestyle Geek

With the recent disasters that hit the Philippines, there was one thing I noticed during the aftermath and it was the scarcity of water supply among the affected residents.

The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Visayas came without warning so naturally, people were not able to prepare food and water that will last them for at least 2 days.

With regards to super typhoon Yolanda, even though people prepared water and food, their houses were totally destroyed. Their supplies have either been washed out by flood or storm surge.

What’s worse?

Tens of thousands are feared dead.

For the survivors, the challenge now is placed on looking for water sources.

What if the relief goods from various institutions don’t come in time?

This is when ingenuity of humans will come in.

According to Ka Bino Guerrero, Cebu’s premier heritage interpreter, a banana tree can help you get an alternative water source.


These 6 easy steps are what survivalists have been doing. A simple tool such as a knife or a sharpened rock can help in a big way.


Find a fully-grown banana or plantain tree.

Banana Tree courtesy of


Using a sharp knife or rock, completely cut the top of the tree and leave at least 1 foot of the stump behind.

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From the stump, carve a bowl using your sharp knife or rock. Make sure that the bowl to carve is about 6 inches deep. Just imagine a regular bowl and follow its shape. Like this below…

Carve your bowl more or less like this. (Image courtesy of )


After carving the stump, the bowl that you carved will slowly be filled with water. Once full, take out all the water but don’t drink it just yet. Expect a bitter taste if you instantly drink from it. You will not like it for sure.


Repeat the 4th step for 3 times.


You can start drinking the water on the 4th time that the bowl is full. Your banana tree bowl will be your temporary source of water for a minimum of 3 days.

Water is life! (Image courtesy of )