These are ripe fruits of the Mama Sita banana which was introduced into the country as part of a collaborative research between a private foundation (Mama Sita Foundation) and a government research institution, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD). The project which was aimed at introducing possible fruit crops for commercial production was originally initiated by former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr. who used to head the Agriculture Committee in the Philippine Senate. The research was undertaken by Dr. Benito S. Vergara, a retired scientist from IRRI but who is very much interested in horticultural crops. The Mama Sita banana did not take long to take off as a commercial variety for local production. It is now grown by many farmers, using tissue-culture planting materials as well as suckers.