I come from a very big family. Most of which are now children below 17. I am halfway done with my lifetime. And what I have to say here, I want my kids to remember and learn from.

Throughout my travels, I was lucky enough to enjoy what EARTH has to offer such as the beautiful beaches in the Philippines, the alps in Switzerland, the canyons of Arizona and many more.

What this blog is all about is how I want the EARTH to still be alive and beautiful for all children to see and enjoy.

Al Gore's The Inconvenient Truth has opened up many realizations about how our planet is slowly dying. Facts and figures, statistics and studies have shown the rapid and destructive effects of global warming.

After I watched the film and the live talk of Al Gore here in Manila, I didn't want to go home and still do nothing.

Here's a journal of what I and other people close to me are doing to stop Global Warming. Please feel free to share your story thru this blog site.

Be GREENified!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Fashion Show at the Tree Planting.

It was THE question that I always got a few weeks before the tree planting event. "WHAT DO I WEAR???"

I wore a plain black shirt, black sweat pants and red and white Puma sneakers. I refuse to post a photo because I looked disgusting.

Here are some tree planting fashionistas that stole the show.

I asked for a cleavage pose and I got it! Love people who are not afraid to show off some skin.

Candifier's Tree Planting Event!

I can't express enough how grateful I am to those who came and supported the event. It was such a success because all the volunteers enjoyed and felt a great sense of accomplishment that we were able to plant 1000 Narra seedlings.

Here are photos of the tremendous force behind this success and although it looks tedious and back breaking, all of them are excited for the future tree planting exercise.

First, Zarah and Joel showed us on how to plant the seedlings properly.

After which, it was easy as pie, even to kids as young as 5 years old. What a great experience for all of us.

These are the seedlings that need to be planted. All 1000 of them.
My troops head on up the hill to the site.
Bamboo sticks mark where the holes have been pre-dug for easier planting.
Checking out what needs to be done....
And off we go...

After sandwiches and drinks and sweet goodies from my sponsors, we head on back the uber comfortable bus. Did I tell you that JAC Liner has free wifi on board?? WOOHOO!!!

Heading towards the bus to go home.

A big hug to all of you.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Make a Difference, Plant a Tree with Me!

It's been a while since Al Gore's visit to Manila and even if I have stopped asking for plastic bags from grocery store, even if I asked my girls to sleep in my room to conserve energy and even if I have been collecting all the fit n right plastic bottles to be made into something useful, I still feel that I should do more.

So, thankfully, I met Zarah and with our collaboration, I was given the opportunity to gather 100 people to plant 1000 trees in a 4,000 sq/m lot in Mt. Makiling. That's 10 trees each volunteer which isn't really much compared to the waste that each person produces in a year.

On July 24, 2010, 6 am - 2 pm, there will be a bus to take us to Mt. Makiling, have a snack along the way, plant 5 trees, packed lunch will be served, then plant the other 5 trees and head home to a somewhat greener Earth.

There will be 3-4 people who will be assigned to maintain and make sure that the trees we plant will grow and make it thru whatever weather comes our way for 3 whole years. This service is already included in the small fee of P750.00/person.

Here's a little bit more information about this project.

Tree Planting and Nurturing in the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve (MFR)
in cooperation with Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems.

Generally, this project aims to reforest an open area in MFR
Specifically, it aims to:
1) Plant 1,000 indigenous seedlings in Year 2010;
2) Serve as a show window/demonstration area of a successful tree planting project;
3) Contribute in climate change mitigation; and
4) Improve the ecological balance and environmental condition of the area.

I do hope that you can help me make our air cleaner, because after all it is OUR planet.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ayala's Philippine Living Flag.

I never knew about this until someone suggested the page to me in Facebook. I really like this idea. Maybe will drop by the park one of these days to check it out. Will try to convince my dad to make one in our garden too. But maybe not of the flag but of the Earth.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eco-friendly Birthday Party!

It was Galo's birthday and we decided to show the kids in the party how to be environmentally friendly and still have fun at the same time. The guests were kids as young as 5 to a young adult of 14. Even with the big age difference, EVERY SINGLE ONE enjoyed the theme. Even the parents.

Ginny did an amazing job with the decor. She had her kids (child labor?) make the banderitas out of old magazines.

The guests were told to bring their own recyclable materials for a competition. There were mineral bottles, tin cans, egg cartons, old magazines and more.

Categories were: Most Artistic, Most Useful and Most Artistically Useful. Ginny laid out glue, color, popsicle sticks, paint, scissors, tape and crepe paper for their decor. Will post photos of the winning pieces as soon as I get them.

All in all, the kids were so busy making something wonderful using their imagination and at the same time, being Earth friendly. Let's follow suit!!!

Happy ECO-Birthday Galo!!!