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pEDo: April 2010 - The other side of my cerebro.

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4/23/2010 05:47:00 PM

Earth Day at Session Road

 Session Rd. was closed for Earth Day

Earth Day has been actively campaigned in the U.S. thirty years ago, but it seems that here in the Philippines, the importance of Earth day and nature campaigns has just started a few years back. I think one of the things that caught the attention of almost all of the Filipinos about the consequences of environmental degradation was the flooding caused by heavy storms such as the tropical depression 'Ondoy' (Ketsana). And after this devastating event, earth and nature-related campaigns began to circulate in the attention and ears of every Citizen.

Save Mother Earth

As part of the observance for the awareness about our mother Earth, different campaigns have emerged to fully spread the inspiration and appreciation of our only planet. It comes from Earth Hour which just started in 2007 and being observed every last Saturday of March from 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM; Earth Week which started since 1988 and is celebrated from April 16 and culminates on April 22 - the celebration of Earth Day.

This same day, was my Dad's last day of being with us - his family. His spiritual body left on April 16, and his physical body peacefully went back to it's soil form as the celebration of Earth Day begins - April 22.

This day have been so memorable to me in every way! It was also then when I realized the saying "some leaves fall, for the new leaf to grow."

An artistic way of recycling

Check out the following photos I have taken while walking at the Session Road, Baguio City as the road was closed from the traffic for the whole day. People of all ages took part in expressing their love for mother earth by sketching, drawing, writing, playing musics, and even displaying their proud art from recycled materials along the stretch of the Session Road in both lanes.

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4/17/2010 10:18:00 PM

Kalawakan

Kalawakang walang hanggan,
kalawakang 'di lumilisan;
Parang langit ang kapangyarihang,
natatanaw sa dalampasigan.

Sa dilim ng gabi'y,
liwanag ang iyong taglay;
Sa paggising ng umaga'y,
pag-asa ang naka-alalay.

O ano'ng hiwaga ang nadarama!
sa kagandahan mong kahanga-hanga;
Tunay at walang hanggang ligaya,
sa iyo, nadama't nagsimula.

Image credit from exoduspodcasts

Background: 02Sep1997 @ 0430p, my first impromptu poem at school during our Filipino subject as a fulfillment for the requirements.
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4/16/2010 12:09:00 AM

Sa Isang Kainan

Taong Gutom: ahmm... ate, pa-order naman po two rice.
Serbidora: ilang rice po?
Taong Gutom (nagtataka!): dalawa.

Serbidora: Ano po'ng ulam?
Taong Gutom: half order sa ampalaya.
Serbidora: ilang order po ng ampalaya?
Taong Gutom (lalong nagutom): kalahati.
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The populace of running has tremendously increased and still continues to do so up to this time. Running has become a fitness trend as well as a way of life, if not for all, but for many people. People of all walks, age, affiliation and status have been hooked in this new kind of “golf”. These made event organizers, companies, foundations, non-profit and non-government organizations attracts the heart of runners to support a lot of purpose – from a fund-raising event, product launching, marketing and advertisement, and for the cause of their beneficiaries if any.


When I regained my interest in running way back in 2008, I and my colleagues participated on an event that has benefited a TV network’s foundation which has also been helping a lot of people. Just after a few months, we are again on the same kind of event, which was to benefit the “Tahanang Walang Hagdanan”. Then we joined next some promotional campaigns such as the “run don’t ride” campaign of the Land Transportation Office (LTO); a campaign for an honest 2010 elections; recycling campaign; and so on. Thus, most of our runs have a special purpose not only for our own fitness but also for the beneficiaries of the event, or for the good cause of the campaign being launched.

Getting well hooked with running, I just suddenly realized that we’ve been joining a lot of races with or without a beneficiary. We’re already addicted, and we’re not stopping.


So when I get to know about the Earth day run event of National geographic channel, I was not particularly impressed or concerned about where the proceeds would go to. I just know that I might join this event for the sake of running, keeping on-track with my running schedules, beating my PR, all for my own personal reasons.

But last March 19, 2010, during our NatGeo chat with some bloggers, runners, and Mr. Jude Torcuato, Fox International Channel’s Territory Director, and Mr. Illac Angelo Diaz, Executive Director and Founder of MyShelter Foundation, my perspective about joining a running event has been filled with more passion, but this time, it’s for the cause.

So what or who will be the beneficiaries of this event? It will be all of us, from the urban poor community in Taguig City, and to climate vulnerable communities around the world. It will be our move to make an impact on the global problem of climate change. As Sir Illac said, the idea is very ambitious, but it is possible. It seems impossible, but it is actually possible. Through DAtE (Design Against the Elements), this unique and one of a kind global campaign will become possible.


After the NatGeo chat, I made up my mind. I have surrendered our Company event/outing which is also scheduled on the same date (Apr. 18, 2010), and opted to join this running cause instead. So to my readers, I hope you could also join this noble cause. You don’t need to be a runner to be able to join this event. Whoever you are, and whatever you may be, we can all be a part to mitigate the effects of the natural disasters brought and worsened by climate change.


You may also join this event through online registration.
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