Surf and Clean the Turf with Reef and WWF at Fun Baler

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20170930_062554Time for Vitamin Sea once again . . . this time in Baler, Quezon for some surfing and team cleaning adventure. What a great way to appreciate our beautiful beaches by not only having fun in the water but also enjoying the company of friends cleaning up as a community. The idea is really to experience the fun of beach life along with the responsibiltiy of keeping the environment clean.

20170929_111351.jpgThanks to the collaboration of Reef Philippines and WWF who joined forces last September 29 to October 1 for an event to “Free the Sea” from choking in garbage. More

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Oceana Sets Sails To Race and Save Tanon Straight

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“Sailing away to the sunset” is usually the final scene in a film, but for Oceana, it is the beginning of something exciting and fruitful. Keep in mind,  the Philippines is a sailing nation – a country of 7641 islands connected for thousands of years by waterways via various watercraft.

To celebrate the Month of the Oceans, Island Buzz Philippines, a water sports company dedicated to make Cebu the ‘Paddling Capital of the Philippines’, paid tribute to traditional Visayan sailing and paddling culture by organizing a Bigiw regatta. Held last 13 May in Moalboal, the second annual ‘Bigiw Bugsay’ event gathered both traditional sailors and modern stand-up paddle-boarders in the biggest flotilla yet seen in Southern Cebu. More

Shedding Light on the Kabbalah Mystery

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Many have come across Kabbalah, but what is it all about? Is it a religion? A Philosphy? An exclusive club . . . a cult? Or is it just a theoretical concept?
Admittedly, I struggled in questioning about it’s concept during the launch of the first Kabbalah Center in the Philippines last March 21, 2017 at Baranggay Poblacion, Makati. I didn’t know where to start so I asked questions off the top of my head, groping for a definite direction. A panel composed of selected members were presented to respond to questions from the guests, they were: Reema Chanco, Nicky, Plinky Recto, and Pinky Amador. Perhaps due to curiosity and a certain amount of interest, I ended up asking the most questions. Even Sarah Weston, Head of Kabbalah Center-Far East, assisted the panel in addressing perhaps a question that may have been tricky to answer.

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TOFARM Finalists Named for Farming Inspired Music and Film Creativity

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After Levi Celerio’s classic “Magtanim Ay Di Biro” (Planting is No Joke), the time has come to find a present-day take on uplifing music that celebrates the life of a farmer. Not just in music, but in film as well. The search for a moving story about the farm life has wrapped up as well for 2017 with six finalists selected in a variety of genres. This, together with the ten finalists for the TOFARM Songwriting Competition was presented last February 8 at Novotel Hotel in Cubao.
The event allowed media to interact with the finalists and ask more about how they came up with their works and what was their inspiration. Clearly the music presented by the 10 finalists were rich in melody and thought-provoking in lyrics, and at this point all of them were winners already. Whoever will be announced as the final winnner in April 9 will just be a formality. The same goes for the six finalists of the film category. They are already winners as they were selected from the numerous entries. The theme for 2017 centered on “Planting the seeds of Change”.

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Vertical Race and More at BPI To Fund Eco-Friendly Village

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Press Update:

Employees of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) tackled 20 flights of stairs plus a host of grueling physical and mental challenges in the annual BPI Vertical Race, which will fund an eco-friendly village in Guinhadap, Masbate.

Over 200 participants climbed to the top of the BPI headquarters in Makati last December 10, 2016, where top male athlete Jose Augurio de Vera Jr.finished in 4:42. Top female athlete Jules Villamor completed all challenges in 5:18, while fastest group ‘Team N’ breezed through the race in 4:24.

The Vertical Race is part of BPI’s employee donation campaign. Launched in October 2016, the move generated P250,000 to support the World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF’s Earth Hour Village in one of the poorest Philippine provinces, Masbate. More

WWF Teaching Climate Change and Health to Students

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It’s a chilly January morning but the classrooms of the General Roxas Elementary School in Quezon City are heating up, abuzz with the chitter-chatter of nearly 100 students, discussing ideas and listening to WWF-Philippines National Ambassadors Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez, plus a team of environmental educators from WWF-Philippines and Pascual Laboratories.

“Can you guys name all the vegetables in the song Bahay Kubo?” asks kuya Rovilson, alluding to a popular Filipino children’s song. “Regularly eating vegetables can build up your immune system and shield you from cough, colds and other sicknesses brought on by stronger typhoons,” he explains.   More

Capturing Lives of Farmers In Music

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14393838_10154042699992956_183480229_oWhat an inspiring theme to focus our songs on— farming and nature. To bring to mind a farmer’s toils, beauty of nature and plants, life in a farm, beauty of a tree, songs in praise of God’s works, these are some wonderful musical directions wherein we can focus our songwriting talents. Songs that share positivity and hope are great songs to sing along to with friends, listen to while traveling, working, or relaxing.
The opportunity to portray lives and everyday experiences through songs was a brilliant idea that Dr. Milagros How, Executive Vice President of Universal Harvester Inc, embraced and acted upon to help create awareness and recognition for the hardworking farmers and other workers in the agricultural sector.

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