Category Archives: environment

Run for the Mangroves : Fun Run of Consular Corps of the Philippines, 19 October 2013

Did you know that the center of the center of the world’s marine shore fish biodiversity is in the Philippines?
Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the epicenter of the world’s marine fish and coral biodiversity, the Philippines’ Verde Island Passage provides critical ecosystem services to support the livelihoods and food security of over seven million people, but this way of life is threatened by climate change. The impact of which affects not only the region’s fragile ecosystems and species but also the communities that rely on fishing and tourism for their livelihoods and mangroves for coastal protection from storms.
In an effort to protect and promote the Verde Island Passage’s ecological sustainability and biodiversity, the Consular Corps of the Philippines, the professional organization of career and honorary consuls for the Philippines, planted 30,000 mangrove seedlings in Baco, Oriental Mindoro in 2011. This year, the organization furthers its Verde Island Passage’s protection efforts by committing to rehabilitate 20 hectares of mangrove forests in Calatagan, Batangas.
This is the driving force behind the Run for Mangroves happening on 19 October 2013 at 4:30 AM at the Bonifacio Global City. The fun run is organized by event management specialist, Huper International.

For inquiries, please get in touch with Huper International at (+63) 919.992.6865 – mobile or (+63 2) 661.6489 – landline.

Press Release: Isang Litrong Liwanag = 1 Liter of Light

IsangLitrongLiwanagShows How Human-Powered Solutions Can
Revolutionize our Approach to Climate Change
MANILA – JULY 22 – IsangLitrongLiwanag(1 Liter of Light), the story of the first grassroots solar lighting program in the world, will make its national debut in a special screening at the Cinemalaya film festival on Thursday, July 26, at 3:30pm in the Dream Theatre.
Directed by Ms. Joy Aquino, the documentary follows the first efforts of the MyShelter Foundation and its volunteers as they bring the green revolution to the bottom 99% in the Philippines and around the world.
Empowering local entrepreneurs and marginalized groups like prison detainees and trash pickers, IsangLitrongLiwanag shows how simple technologies powered by human hands can immediately address the access to energy gap, one of the most critical issues facing the planet today.
In a world where over one billion people currently lack access to or cannot afford electricity, there are few solutions that reach the underprivileged communities that need them most. Using discarded plastic bottles, water, and a bit of bleach, 1 Liter of Light has given hope to thousands by lighting up their homes with low-cost, zero-carbon emission solar bottle bulbs. What started out as an initiative with one carpenter and one set of tools in San Pedro, Laguna, is now a global movement, with youth groups and volunteers replicating the project in at least ten countries around the world.
IsangLitrongLiwanag will inspire audiences by sharing the story of how a developing country can share its gift of knowledge with the rest of the world and revolutionize the way Filipinos think about solutions to climate change.

Nat Geo Earth Day Run, 22 April 2012

22 April 2012

Bonifacio Global City

Registration Period
March 12 – April 15, 2012

Registration Venue
You may register online or at their registration center at Greenbelt 3, G/F Left Wing for cash registration 
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A Tribute to Odette Alcantara

At a coffee shop last week, while reading the papers, my attention was caught by one of the headliners, “Odette Alcantara, environmentalist, art patron; 67.” I turned the page and read the whole story.

I’ve met Ms. Odette during the ‘Harana Style’ gathering of artists at her home in Quezon City on July 5. I ran the Milo half-marathon race early morning that same day. The gathering was to raise funds as well as showcase different local and indigenous talents. I was fortunate enough to be invited by Joey Ayala’s vocalist, Tapati.

I sang two songs, Himig ng Pag-ibig by Asin and Walang Ibang Sadya by Joey Ayala at ang Bagong Lumad. It was indeed a night of music about the environment. What happened next was the surprise of my life. They asked me to sing Bayang Barrios’