GREENIN’ Philippines and Run2Plant

The GREENIN’ Philippines Program is an environmental thrust program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. It aims to go beyond tree planting and develop real forests.

GREENIN’ Philippines’ objectives are:

  • to raise awareness in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation across sectors
  • generate public awareness to draw participation
  • consolidate and harmonize tree planting and reforestation activities, interventions and initiatives in the province and regions
  • contribute to the national and global goal for sustainable development through environmental program initiatives and interventions.

GREENIN’ Philippines’s goal is to cover the 2,900 hectares of land with 5 million native tree seedlings in five years. Why native tree seedlings? This is because native tree seedlings promotes  the growth of plants and animals and it balances the ecosystem, whereas exotic trees disrupts it.

In order to realize the goal of reaching 5 million, and to consolidate also with the thrust of other organizations and institutions, RAFI collaborates with the Cebu Provincial Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), with the support of Aboitiz Leader’s of Excellence (ALEx), Cebu Association of Biology Students, Cebu Bloggers Society, MCWD and CEAP to host a Cebu Wide event called Run2Plant.

Run2Plant is an event with two segments. From the program title itself that is comprised with two verbs: Run and Plant. The running segment and the planting segment. Running nowadays has become a fad and has become a lifestyle for some. There is also an emergence for reforestation. Putting these two together targets a bigger audience, both sports enthusiasts and environment advocates alike.

Run2Plant realizes the plans and objectives of not only RAFI’s GREENIN’ Philippines Program but the Cebu Provincial Government’s, DENR’s,  MCWD’s and the LGU’s as well.

Run2Plant will be held this June 25, 2011. Why June? It’s because June is the Philippine Environment Month. June 25 will also serve as our belated commemoration of the World Environment Day last June 5 as declared by the United Nations.

The Run2Plant has three run legs. There’s the 8km, 4km and 1km. Each has their designated assembly area and designated color.

8km

This is the first leg. It will be marked with Green flags to designate the specific route to take. Green symbolized the Greenness of the trees. The assembly area for the participants of this leg will be at the Talisay City Hall. This is good for those who are athletic, for those who have the resistance and endurance and for those who wish to shed off a lot of weight.

4km

If you want a challenge but a lesser stress, go for 4km. The second leg that will be marked by blue flags (Blue to symbolize the skies and seas) will assemble at the East Visayan Academy grounds.

1km

If you are passionate for the environment, though you know your physical limits, then go for red which means passion. If you wish to participate in the 1km leg, you will assemble at Lucia-Vista Grande-Pacific Heights Junction.

After the running, there will be a short program that will be followed shortly by the planting of the seedlings. The site is already prepared for the participants; holes have already been dug; and the seedlings are already positioned beside the holes. All the participants have to do is to unwrap the seedling from the plastic, bury its roots under the pre-dug hole and cover it up with soil. That’s it!

The Run2Plant is a free event. However, a little contribution is asked of the participants.

Participants will take care of the following:

  1. their attire. The official run attire is Green T-shirt.
  2. snacks and lunch
  3. Water bottles. There will be refilling stations in designated areas.
  4. transportation to Talisay City
  5. They may also bring protection from the harsh sun: caps, visors, shades, and the like.

If you are interested, you may register online at http://rafi.org.ph/. Or Visit the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. office at 35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City, or any of the partner institutions:

Talisay City Hall, University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR), Metro Cebu Water District Office (MCWD), and the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the 50 Towns and Cities of the Province.

If you’re free this Saturday, June 25, 2011, Join the Run2Plant. Help yourself by helping the environment. You don’t just burn calories here. You cool the earth with trees. It’s not just a fad; it’s a good cause!

If  you don’t act now, you never know, the fun runs fifty years from now will require runners to carry oxygen tanks on their backs.

 

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GREENIN’ CIT-U

As Champions of GREENIN’ Philippines ( Generation, REdemption, and Expansion of Natural resources INitiatives in the Philippines, of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.), Cebu Association of Biology Students’ President Evanjohnn Mendoza, Cebu Blogger’s Society’s Vernon Go, and yours truly, Janelle Moran of the Aboitiz Leaders of Excellence (ALEx) held an Information-Education Campaign in the Cebu Institute of Technology-University.

Johnn showing us his life as a Freshman Medicine Student. Very thick books! Fast-paced lessons and problem-based learning. A semester's lesson congested into one discussion. Thank goodness I shifted. Whew.

The Trio, Champions of GREENIN' Philippines: Vernon, Me and Johnn... I'm quite intimidated by the imba factors of the two. One of them is a social media specialist who urges me to go for fame and fortune and the other one is a future Doctor who makes gives me nosebleed with scientific terms. Both are Canonistas, and both frowned upon me for choosing Nikon. Both are my idols for being such influential bloggers.

The participants of the seminar are student body officers from the different organizations of CIT-U. The seminar aims to make the students aware, to educate them, to encourage them to make an action and to inspire them to persevere and commit for their actions.

AWARENESS and EDUCATION

Science101 lessons from a Genius Biologist.

Evanjohnn Mendoza, the first speaker talked about some Cebu situationers, when it comes to biodiversity. He pointed out the importance of trees in the environment and he made me really think about ‘what is a tree?’. True, I know how a tree looks like, but when asked to define it, I couldn’t give an answer.

Johnn also surveyed who among us had been to tree-planting and majority had raised their hands claiming that they had. But when he asked if we were aware of the species of trees we planted, the people were taken aback. So yep, a lot have been to tree planting activities, but they really haven’t had a grasp of the significance of tree planting. More often that not, what is planted on tree-planting activities are Mahogany seedlings because they’re easy to grow. But even so, Mahogany is an exotic kind of tree and it disrupts the environment. When it thrives, a native specie of tree may die.

Johnn ended his talk with a quote. (Not verbatim. So, sorry about that, Johnn) A million is so big, but it starts with one. A million can never be a million if ‘one’ is missing. His quote challenges us to do something about the nature’s degredation.

Vernon listening attentively to Johnn. We were really awed at Johnn's expertise on Biology, especially when he cited the scientific names of the species he discussed.

ACTION

The next speaker was Vernon Joseph Go, a social media specialist who upon his ‘imba’ biography of an introduction, shuffled with laughter in his seat. (But I think he really loved the exposure. Here’s the guy who encourages me to go for fame and fortune, even quoting Brad Pitt as Achilles via twitter: “Immortality, take it. It’s yours.)

The speaker discussed little about climate change and its causes and effect. He also presented statistics of the current forest cover in the Philippines and Cebu and the urgency to reforest. In the statistics, it was revealed that in 1999, about 18% of the total forest cover are left. That was already the number in 1999. I wonder how much is left 12 years later. It was revealed that the estimate remaining forest cover left is no more than 4%. (Shocks!)

Vernon introduced to the audience Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.’s GREENIN Philippines Program of which our respective organizations (CBS, CABS and ALEx) are collaborating with. (For the information about GREENIN’ Philippines, I think I’ll make a separate entry for it.)

Vernon had given us the truth when he said that in taking an action for the environment, we are not actually saving the environment. Nature can heal itself and that’s no question. But what we’re actually doing is saving ourselves.

Vernon discusses the Current Philippine Forest Cover and GREENIN' Philippines

PERSEVERANCE AND COMMITMENT

The last speaker is me, Janelle Moran, who had not done seminars and talks since she set her foot out of high school. I miss the stage and the microphone, and I surely missed the experience of being able to share information and partake knowledge to other people. But I’m glad I’m given an opportunity to speak in behalf of the environment again. It’s been two years since I had my last talk about the Philippine Biodiversity back in High school Green Team.

My topic is about one of the programs of GREENIN’ Philippines which was Run2Plant. This activity fuses two events into one. There is going to be a running segment and a planting segment. Basically, it’s hitting two birds with one stone, or shall I say to be kinder to the birds, hitting two birds with one bread. This event makes use of fun runs and marathons, that has now become a vogue, to get people to involve themselves with the necessity to reforest.

Run2Plant is going to be a Cebu-wide event in commemoration of the World Environment day and in celebration of June as the Philippine month for the environment. This is hosted by RAFI’s GREENIN’ Philippines in collaboration with the Cebu Provincial Government and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources. The event will be held this June 25, 2011. The main event will reforest 5 hectares of land in Jaclupan, Talisay. Each town and municipality in the province will also participate by covering one hectare of land.

(I’ll make a separate post for GREENIN’ Phils and Run2Plant, but if you’re interested you can visit and register online for the event at RAFI’s website.)

Janelle Moran, two years of hiatus in speaking for seminars and talks, comes back with an information about GREENIN' Philippines Run2Plant.

Preparing for the audience's questions

Accepting my certificate of recognition from Ronell Padillo, president of CIT-U. I also received a token and a baller. I'm wearing the baller right now. (You can click on the picture to be directed to Ronell Padillo's blog.)

Me, Evanjohnn and Vernon with our certificates.

Credits to Glenna for some of the shots. Thanks, Glenna.

Thank you CIT-U for having us and for the hospitality. I especially loved the token, the baller, the framed certificate and the yummy snacks after. I also enjoyed the crowd. They were attentive and participative. 😀

Met the Azkals

May 30, 2011–Yesterday, the Members of the Philippine National Football Team, a.k.a. the Azkals had a meet-and-greet session with their fans (mostly females. Boy, am I not surprise when I found out how good-looking they are in person) in Ayala Terraces, Cebu City.

Honestly, when I heard about the Azkals, I only know the Younghusband brothers. Yes, I didn’t know anyone but them. So during the meet-and-greet session yesterday, I was introduced to the other members of the Azkals team. Unfortunately, I really don’t have a very sharp memory. I don’t remember the names.

As you can see, the audience is packed with female teenagers. Most of them were soccer players. Fan girls squealed! I almost got myself carried away, too. Fortunately, I maintained my cool.

 

So, the event started with a question and answer portion. The audience were asked to write their questions and names on a piece of paper and the MC would pick randomly. If you’re lucky, your name gets to be mentioned and your question gets to be asked. I really tried to listen to the questions and the team’s answers, but it was too noisy with female hormones oozing out every female being’s pores. (Yes, good-looking Azkals have that effect on them. They almost worked on me.)

In the end, I gave up on taking down notes and decided to just focus on photographing them. Waaaah, it’s so hard to pretend to be a journalist. My goal really that day was to get decent information for ‘blogging purposes’, but I really did not know what notes to take down and I could not let the opportunity of taking pictures of them slip away. They were just picture perfect. (and I know that when I upload the pictures later on in my Facebook, a lot of my friends would view it.)

After the question and answer portion, some of the members showed off their awesome ball handling, whereas Simon Greatwich showed off his abs, with assistance from Neil.

Neil Etheridge, Jersey number 1 and Goal Keeper also showed off his ball handling skills. But he said he’s not really good with ball exhibitions because he is a goal keeper and he doesn’t do much ball dribbling.

For more pictures: check out the Photographic Journey of a Noobie.

After the exhibition was the meet and greet session. Only those with passes get the chance to have their pictures taken with the Azkals. I was one of the unlucky ones who went to meet and greet the Azkals, but didn’t have a decent shot with them as this female organizer was hurrying me up to move. Darn… I should’ve been just stubborn (Paugat effect!)

Okay, I’m so disappointed, because I didn’t get a decent shot with any of the members. I should’ve tapped them on their shoulders them like my sister did. I wanted a photo with James Younghusband! Waaah! Anyway, I got good shots of the guys (without me, of course) thanks to a trustworthy Nikor 200mm lens. and you can check those pictures in my photoblog or Flickr.

A Blast @ Cebu Blog Camp 2011

I was pretty nervous attending the Cebu Blog Camp 2011, as it is my first time and I know no one. But I swore to myself, I’m not going to let my shyness overcome me. I swore to myself to practice conversing with other people, smile my friendliest smile, make friends, plug in my blog and digest properly the information I will be learning on that day.

Here are the  Highlights for this Event that makes Cebu Blog Camp 2011 an unforgettable experience for me.

The Speakers of the Events

I’ve learned a lot from these guys and aside from learning from them, I am inspired to take my blogging more seriously. I am inspired to make it big in the blogging industry and become a big influence. (hahaha. ambitious much?)

The Resolutions

I made a resolution after the event. Here’s a list of them.

  • download Mozilla Firefox 4, The new feature which was the Panorama feature was really cool. It keeps tabs organized. As a student, I can use it to group the tabs for my homeworks and researches and the tabs that manages my blog and social network sites. As a person who’s pretty unorganized, this feature is very helpful.
  • register at Piclyf.com. As a photoblogger wannabe, this Facebook+Flickr+Foursquare site that can share pictures easily to other social networks is really convenient.
  • Comment at other people’s blog more often. I visit a lot of sites before, but I never leave traces of me. If I want more traffic to my site, I should comment at other people’s blogs, too.
  • Join more social network. Aside from facebook, I have an inactive Youtube account that I use for uploading personal videos. I also started Flickr. I have an unmaintained Tumblr and Twitter. So, aside from joining more social networks, I should make it a point to resurrect in Tweeter.
  • have a calling card
  • get a more distinct blog identity. I blog almost about anything and recently about photography. I think I should establish myself better online by sticking to one niche (perhaps photography?) I don’t have any idea how I exist as a blogger yet. I better find that inner voice in me. 😀
  • place watermarks (I do place watermarks but sometimes I’m just too lazy to edit pictures and leave my mark.)

New People and New Blogs to Read 

I put on my thick face to approach people to ask for their URLs. I wasn’t able to get a lot of them since I was still a bit shy to approach other people (Shy daw?)

Here are the links I got. I’m going to add them on my blogroll later.

Freebies


Off the Record:
But damn, my left eye hurt from the contact lens I wore. During the camp, my irritated eye was bothering me. There was even a talk that I stayed in the washroom trying to not poke my eye as I fix my contacts.

I think I’m not going to wear contacts for awhile. This teaches me a lesson that I should be just proud of my black eye (I mean black pupils… not black eye as in bruise)

I make wearing contact lenses look really painful. If you haven't tried contacts yet, don't dare watch me put it on. You're going to tear up in my behalf.

It usually takes me a short while to put on contacts. But there are times it takes almost forever.

That’s it for my post. The Cebu Blog Camp 2011 is a success and a very great experience for me, a noob blogger. I hope to join the third Cebu Blog Camp which is set on May 26, 2012. I’m surely going to attend the next camp, that is if 2012 isn’t the end of the world.

Cebu Blog Camp 2011

The Cebu blog Camp is an event organized annually by the Cebu Bloggers of the Blog and Soul Movement which is the educating leg of the Philippine Blog Awards Inc.which has been running for already four years. This is the largest gathering of bloggers in Cebu.

THE CEBU BLOG CAMP 2011 is co-presented by

Bronze Sponsors

Geiser Maclang Marketing Communications, Inc.

Media and Institution Partners

 

Official Web Browser

Official TV Media Partner

 

Official Online Print Media

 

Official Photo-Social Media Partner

DONOR 

Academy for International Culinary Arts

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Before I give you five reasons why I would love to attend this Blog Camp, I’d tell you first five reasons I’m into blogging.

 1. Blogging is therapeutic.

 I started a very close relationship with blogging just last March 2011 when I felt the need to vent out. That time, I was bothered by a confusing thought in my head and a discovery of something within me that I couldn’t bring to tell even my closest friends. I was planning to tell them anyway, but I wasn’t ready yet. So, what I did, I wrote my feelings and thoughts and poured out my emotions through words which I posted in my blog. After having written everything, believe it, I felt relief.

 2. Blogging is fun.

My summer is boring. I didn’t take any summer classes or traveled abroad or to other places. I just stayed at home. Blogging kept me entertained throughout the summer and I got to enhance my writing skills, the one I think is rusty after not having exercised them after graduating high school.

3. Blogging allows me to express the words I couldn’t say 

I’m not a very talkative person. (Or maybe, that’s an understatement.) But I do keep my guards up all the time especially when dealing with people I’m not so close with.  Sometimes, I can share my thoughts and feelings better when I write them instead of saying them.

4.  Blogging allows me to keep track of my life. 

Blogging also functions as a diary or journal. With my blog, I can look back to the things I did, events I attended and dramas that I succumbed to and make an evaluation of myself and know the things I improved on and things that still needs improvement.

5.  Blogging keeps my friends updated.

Sometimes, you just can’t tell everything through text messaging or Facebook chatting. In text and Facebook, you can’t write so much details. With my blog, if ever there’s something new with my life: a discovery, a recapitulation, an experience or an idea that needs to be shared, I just message my friends to read my post.

Okay, here are now the reasons I want to join Cebu Blog Camp 2011 this coming May 28, 2011:

1. Because I’m a noob blogger

I’m new to blogging so I don’t know much the 101s there is. I use blogging as a medium of vent outs, and have no idea how to use it for other purposes. I’m sure that joining this camp will fill me with information that will help me become a better blogger.

2. Learn from the experts-

The speakers of the camp are imba bloggers or imba netizens. As a noob, I’d pretty much want to meet these guys.  Since this camp is for free, it’s an opportuniy I must not let slip away. Here is the link of the camp’s program with the list of topics and speakers. (link)

3.  Photography– One of the topics for me  is so timely as I’ve recently developed an extreme, a serious passion for photography. In the camp, we will be taught the basics of photography, how to use camera settings, composition and lighting and the usage of the different photography tools and equipments. (list of program here). This is a very good opportunity for me as I’m not only noob to blogging, but I’m also noob to photography (and DoTa, too… {offtopic} hahaha). I’ve been self-studying photography online, but I know it’s going to be really different when you have someone to mentor you.

 4. Meet new people and expand my network– Honestly, I’m someone who really aspires for fame. Hahaha. I can’t help but want to see more views and hits on my blog and it really makes me happy to see a comment (even a spam, like WTH? I even approved some spams I received, thinking it was a heartfelt comment from a reader) on my dashboard. When I was using blogger, I so aspired to have more followers. Yes, I want to get famous, I want my blog to be popular. Is that wrong? (hahaha.) So, maybe if I meet bloggers who share the same interest (like in my case photography and a bit of randomness and drama in life) I’d get more readers?

5. Freebies– Who doesn’t want them? Hands down.

I hope I’d be able to go to this camp. I’m excited. Can’t wait. See you there!

First Wedding Gig 2011

Too tired for words…  I conducted a photoshoot with my cousins and sister just for fun and I’m so beat. I’ve noticed that ever since I took this hobby seriously, I’m getting frequently hungry. Do you burn lots of calories when you conduct photo shoots? Well, I do sweat a lot whenever I do. I mean even if I’m not the model, I still find myself in complicated positions just to get great angles and shots.

So, as I promised yesterday, I’m going to blog about my first wedding Gig which happened last May 23, 2011 (yesterday). I was assisted by Jiboy, who I think will be my official assistant ever. The wedding took place in Alliance of Two Hearts Church and was followed by a reception in Lola Eat’s which really served delicious pork belly and beef that I almost overindulged. Thankfully, I’m not the glutton Jam like I was before. I’ve been controlling my appetite. But still, I get usually very hungry after a photoshoot.

Okay, back to the wedding… I did this for free, just to practice. But of course, I made sure my practice was as good as perfect. It’s important to still make the bride and groom happy with my pictures even if I gave my services for free.

Here are some of the shots… I have a hundred others which I will give to the newly-wed in a CD.

The bride is my mom and my manicurist and nail artist.

Me @18

“You only turn eighteen once.” Nicole, one of my friends told me after my birthday party.

Several months ago, I was opting for a debutante’s celebration, a big ball that’s usually thrown when a girl turns into a lady at eighteen; the usual ball with 18 of your closest guy friends to offer you a rose and waltz you around the dance floor and 18 of your closest girl friends to give you their birthday wishes and light your 18 candles.  The eighteenth birthday of a girl marks her entry to womanhood and is then one of the biggest events in her life, next to that will be her wedding day. I was starting to conceptualize my debut. I thought of a Mafia theme, which would be unique from the other debut themes and instead of the usual 18 roses and candles, I would have another set of 18: the 18 voices. 18 people who will render my 18 most favorite songs. I was thinking of hiring a live band for my birthday and make it as casual as possible.

Then, I changed my mind. I didn’t want a debutante’s ball after all. After being invited to so many debut parties, I realized that it’s actually well, a hassle, if I might say. It looks expensive and too much effort. And I didn’t want to spend so much for something that’s going to end after one night. So, I opted to make a more long-term investment: DSLR. So, in exchange for a grand party on my 18th birthday, I asked my parents to get me a DSLR instead and I got my Nikon D3100 on May 10, ten days before my birthday.

All I wanted for my 18th birthday is a small intimate gathering with my family. I suggested to just eat out at a restaurant, but my mother insisted on ordering the food and insisted on buying me 18 cakes. I said no, because it was already too much, but she’s really stubborn and she told me the same thing Nicole told me, “You only turn 18 once.” She also bought me 18 balloons, rented a karaoke machine and ordered a whole lechon. So, in the end, my plan of a small intimate gathering was upgraded to a small party.

My mom, with my closest friends were actually conspiring (lol for the term) to throw me off my feet by surprise. But I think I’m not the kind of person who’s into surprises because having suspected that there was going to be a surprise got me more anxious than excited. When I arrived home from my sister’s recital, my college friends had already arrived, but not too early enough to finish decorating our living room with balloons and a banner. The moment I stepped in of the house, my friend, instead of yelling, ‘surprise!’ just smiled at me and said, ‘She knew about this naman.’

Then, after dinner, my friends isolated me and everyone went inside the house and left me karaoke-ing alone. My best friend went to fetch me, while I was singing ‘Incomplete’.  She ushered me inside my house and ‘Tada!’ the real surprise. Like a real debutant, 18 of my family and friends offered me a single beautiful thornless white rose and with that a heart-warming message. My friends also offered me a 19th rose, a red one that was supposedly from ******* who, unfortunately couldn’t come.

 

I might be sitting on our living room chair and not on a throne, in my living room and not in a hotel’s grand ballroom, in a newly bought Mental outfit and not in a gown, I still felt like a princess at 18. I really felt the love from my friends and my mother who put so much effort in this, even when I had insisted on something just ordinary.

My friends put so much effort in this. My special thanks to:

Nicole and Miko for organizing this, for trying to communicate with my sister (epic fail there) and to communicate with Dee, my high school best friend.

Nicole and Miko (again) together with Darrel, Sophie, Ken, Jay and Romar for witnessing me on my 18th.  In addition to that, together with six others who couldn’t come (Eufeen, Michael, Kate, Wendy, Bea and Mikae), thanks so much for the tripod! (I don’t know if you read my blog posts but I was always stating how I badly need a tripod. Hahaha.)  It’s a big milestone for me in pursuing photography as a serious hobby.

 

Dee, for her so much effort in her handmade present, her video presentation and for asking my old friends to give me their special message. She got Irvin , my childhood friend, Lyssa and Ana to send me a video.

My mother and Ate Vergie for planning the surprise and coordinating with Nicole and Miko.

To my friends: I love you, guys. Thank you for completing my 18 years of existence.

To my mother: Thank you so much for loving me unconditional these years and for rearing me up to who I am now. I love you.

 

Happy Birthday, to me!