Recently I was saddened to read the news that more than half of the Great Barrier Reef are at high risk of dying off because of severe bleaching. And what’s disheartening is, it is 175 times likelier triggered by human-caused climate change. If we’re not careful much of our reefs in our country could suffer the same fate. That is why Human Nature, a local manufacturer of natural personal care products, initiated the first Save Our Seas Coastival dubbed #SOSCoastival in San Juan, La Union. It’s a day of gathering like minded individuals with the passion for caring for our environment and spreading awareness on how we can practically contribute on preserving environment by choosing eco-friendly products in our daily lives.
I’m an advocate of walking. Whenever I’m in a new place or destination, walking is a way for me to familiarize with the environment. It gives me an idea on the economic and social status of the place aside from getting my bearings. When I was invited by a friend Tin of JovialWanderer to join Gideon of Pinoymountaineer as well as members of Global Shapers Community – Manila hub for #WalkEDSA last October 25, walking the length of Edsa from SM MOA to SM North Edsa, I jumped in on the idea. One of the reason is I haven’t done that before and it would be interesting to see Manila on foot through the city’s busiest thoroughfare.
“Where is Tañon Strait?” I asked a friend when he told me about the project. I’m sure I share the same sentiments with other Filipinos who have no common knowledge of Tañon Strait which happens to be the largest marine protected area in the Philippines bounded by two islands Negros and Cebu. I was invited to be one of the photographers for the Oceana Photo Safari on Tañon Strait together with underwater photographers Gutsy Tuason and Danny Ocampo, travel photographer Oggie Ramos, chief news photographer of Cebu News Daily Tonee Despojo and chief photographer of the Freeman, Ferdinand Edralin. For six straight days the group captured the beauty and bounty of Tañon Strait above and underwater. And this recent World Oceans Day, June 8, 2015, Oceana Philippines hosted a photographic exhibit showcasing images captured during the photo safari.
He was soft-spoken, quiet and reserved. For a child of 10, his slim frame made him look younger and smaller. He would constantly cover up his board while drawing, not letting anyone see his work but I could see this kid has talent. For a young age his drawings have forms and its wonderfully styled. He seems to love art and its written all over his skin – literally. Once he finished he jumps over to his friends, smiling to look at their works. He has a quiet enthusiasm in him. I’ll call him “A”, one of the 15 sponsored child from World Vision at a school we visited in Zambales. We were there to spend time with the kids before handing them their World Vision Noche Buena Gift packs.
Have you seen what a “green” public restroom is like? No, I’m not talking about the colour, but how sustainable and environmental friendly a restroom can be. The above photo is an example. It may look like a typical restroom, but behind the mirrors you could see the white tanks which is part of the “Innovative Rainwater Harvesting System” invented by Adamson University Engineering Dean Antonio F Mateo. The multiple tanks harvest rainwater and are purified for use. If you are curious to try this, head over to Manila and witness the iconic Rizal Park Go Green.