Nation Celebrates Earth Day

Almost a hundred classical singers and instrumentalists performed various versions of the Ave Maria Prayer at the Ave Maria Gaia Mystica Concert, a multimedia event held at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, last April 20 to celebrate Earth Day 2007. 

The multimedia concert featured videos of our very own Tubbataha Reefs Reserve, Donsol Whale Sharks, Bohol and Malapascua Dive Sites, the Olango Bird Sanctuary, Balabac Strait Wildlife and the Agusan Marsh, our mountain ranges as the Cordilleras and the Sierra Madre. 

The classical singers performed the opening number of Gounod's Ave Maria, usually intoned by Benedictine Monks, accompanied by Raul Sunico and Mary Ann Espina at two grand pianos. Famous Ave Maria works by Caccini, Tosti, Saint-Saens, Malvare, Schubert, Montecillo, Verdi, and Mascagni were interpreted along with local compositions by Buencamino, Abelardo, Santiago, Francisco, Dadap, De Leon, Bolipata, and Cayabyab. Versions of the Ave Maria were sung in Philippine dialects such as Ilocano, Pangasinense, Kapampangan, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, and Bikolano.

Uniting for the Common Good

The GREEN ARMY Supports the DENR “Green Philippine Highways” Project.

The Filipino Bayanihan Spirit is alive and well! Rather than squander precious energy on matters that divide and exclude, people from all over the archipelago came together on the morning of August 25, 2006 to plant native trees along the sides of the 3,439.5 kilometer Pan Philippine Highway which stretches from Ilocos province in Luzon to the cities of General Santos and Zambaonga in Mindanao.

The Green Philippine Highways project was initiated by the DENR and actively supported by the Green Army, a foundation comprised of representatives from the business, NGO / civil society, the religious and government sectors dedicated to caring for the Philippine environment.

Through the generous support of Green Army’s partner — Mirant Foundation, the Green Army conducted a massive information education and awareness campaign to engage and mobilize public support for this multi-sectoral endeavor.

Earth Day Network

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Earth Day Network is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network, activists connect, interact, and impact their communities, and create positive change in local, national, and global policies. EDN's international network reaches over 15,000 organizations in 174 countries, while the domestic program keeps over 5,000 groups and over 100,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year. As a result, Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a half billion people participate in our campaigns every year. >>

PBSP

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Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is a private and non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting business sector commitment to social development. Organized in 1970 by 50 of the country’s prominent business leaders, it has since grown to become the nation’s largest business-led social development foundation >>

Manila Water

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For nearly ten years now, Manila Water has been delivering water and wastewater services to more than five million customers within the eastern part of Metro Manila. Often recognized as one of the most successful public-private partnerships in the region, the Company has achieved significant milestones in its business. It was able to transform a public sector company into a financially stable and socially responsible private company. >>
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