Earth Day at the CCP

By choosing to head out late for the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) yesterday, April 21st, I  missed the best parts of its Earth Day Celebration. Tough luck for me –I wanted to skip only the early morning Fun Run because I’m not physically fit for such an activity.

I learned that right after the Save Manila Fun Run around the CCP Complex, there was a short program hosted by Mae Paner and Jonathan Tadioan. I also missed the dance ritual for Mother Earth performed by the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, and an excerpt from the stage presentation of the Bicolano epic Ibalong, among others.

I was in time, however, for the walk along the seawall promenade and the short program prepared by the CCP and its partner organizations.

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Artists, cultural performers, youth groups and other participants formed a human chain or GREEN LINK that turned the area from the Manila Yacht Club to the US Embassy as a venue for giving voice to their call to Save Manila Bay.

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The human chain included performers from the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and other CCP artists.

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Jonathan Tadioan and social activist Mae Paner with mythical characters from the Bicolano epic Ibalong.

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Youth groups chanting “Save the Bay” and “No to Reclamation”

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Dancers from the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group perform a short routine.

Later, an exhibit/fair showcasing the products and advocacies of CCP’s partner organizations for a greener and healthier Mother Earth opened at the Liwasang Kalikasan area.

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Artwork done by Greenpeace volunteers on sale at the exhibit.

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Rice hulls + agricultural waste = Biochar. Farmlands that use biochar produce more crops and need less fertilizer.

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This NGO aims to reduce and eliminate the use of toxic materials through its various programs.

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The Bureau of Plant Industry gave out free vegetable seeds.

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Bikers and fun run participants cooling it down at the Liwasang Kalikasan.

Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to create awareness among people all over the world on environmental issues.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle are three ways we can help protect the environment.

For more fun ways, learn to make Christmas gifts and fashion jewelry from recycled materials. You may also help a two-year-old win a scholarship to Indonesia. Remember to think green when traveling and discover why ecotourism is more fun.

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