Changing the World

“I” for Change has been the catchy theme for a host of activities in April to celebrate Earth Month. It signifies that one act to help the environment and be environmentally aware can make a difference.

Batfish at the Danjugan Island marine reserve and sanctuaries

Batfish at the Danjugan Island marine reserve and sanctuaries

Organized by the Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation Foundation (PRRCF) Earth Month celebrations, which started one April 1 with a fund- raiser art exhibit at the Orange Gallery, will reach a climax on Saturday, April 30 with a fun run and a concert.

The Earth Month ‘I RUN for FUN’ run kicks off at 5am on Saturday at the newly-opened Art District behind Lopue’s Mandalagan. It will feature three, five and 10 kilometer runs plus a special one kilometer event for children.

Athletes, runners, joggers or just plain walkers of all ages with their families and friends are invited to join in the fun, and at the same time do their bit for the environment.

Registration is open until April 28 at the PRRCF offices at MK room 14a, Art District, Lopue’s Mandalagan; NFEFI’s Center by the Provincial Lagoon; Cool Runnings at the East Block Canter and the Run Club Bacolod at Robinsons’ Mandalagan.

Youngsters taking part in a coastal clean-up as part of a youth  marine and wildlife camp on Danjugan Island

Youngsters taking part in a coastal clean-up as part of a youth marine and wildlife camp on Danjugan Island

In the evening, Earth Month celebrations will end on a high note with a free concert at the Arts District. Starting at 8pm, it will feature the exciting sounds of noted guest acts including MALIGNU, Mike Tupas of Mitu’s Tribe and Arthur Mirano, Grupo Espading, Wicked Tarsiers and Stealth.

The Earth Month fun run and concert are designed to increase environmental awareness in Bacolod City and to raise much-needed funds for the vital work of the PRRCF’s Danjugan Island Education Program and reforestation projects of the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation.

Said organizer Kaila Ledesma “We’ve had incredible support for the many Earth Month activities from sponsors and local artists, who generously donated the proceeds of their work or performed their music without a fee. We are truly grateful for the strong support we have received.”

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