The Magic of Two: How Two Surfers Cleaned The Ocean Floor.

This is a brief story of how two (2) surfers cleaned the ocean floor of garbage.  Their story will surely inspire us.

Earthniversity considers this initiative as one of the World’s Best Practices which other local government units globally can practice in their local levels.  As what we used to say here on Earthniversity,  “Everyone Thinking Globally And Acting Locally”.

Thanks to Hashem Al-Ghaili for sharing this video on youtube.  Most importantly, thanks to 4Ocean for sharing this idea of concern to clean up the oceans of the world.  Cheers!

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Balaring Mangrove Park

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Located in the city of Silay, Balaring Mangrove Park is a coastal reforestation program of the city government of Silay in cooperation with the Japanese group called “Ikaw-Ako Japan – Negros Partnership for Environment Protection”.

The partnership was made possible through Professor Yorihisa Goto of Nihon Fukushi University and Lieutenant Yunichuro Doi an officer of the Japanese Imperial Army during the second world war.  Doi escaped to Patag at the height of the American campaign to free Negros from the Japanese forces.

This mangrove forest park is managed by the local residents of Balaring specifically the Mangrove Planters Association who also worked closely with the city government of Silay.  The members oversee the planting, protection and maintenance of the mangrove forest park.

If you tour the place, you will be able to see those mangrove trees growing abundantly from the entrance of the mangrove park up to the coastal area of Balaring facing the Strait of Guimaras.  Species of mangroves like Bakhaw, Pagatpat, and Bungalon are abundant in the park.

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The bamboo bridge that starts at the entrance of the mangrove forest park, extends up to the coast.  The bridge gives the visitors an opportunity to appreciate the mangroves when they begin navigating the whole area using the bamboo bridge.

Along the way, there are rest houses that visitors can use to relax.  A restroom is also available in the area.  A lookout or a tower made of bamboo and lumber had been constructed to enable the visitors to see the expanse of the whole mangrove forest park as well as appreciate the view of the Strait of Guimaras. An entrance fee is collected by the management of the park.

For those who are planning to visit the area, please be advised to bring a black plastic bag for your rubbish.  Let us keep the mangrove forest park free of garbage.

On my first visit, I had to rush to reach the coastal area but the rain stopped me when I reached the curve portion of the bridge.  I decided to return to the entrance where there are houses so I can stay out of the rain.

My visit to Balaring Mangrove Forest Park was brief, very brief, but it gave me an idea that when the community and local leaders unite to protect the coastal areas as well as provide shelter and spawning area for all aquatic life and even provide sanctuary for the birds, then the whole project can succeed.

Balaring Mangrove Park is located at Barangay Balaring, Silay City, in the province of Negros Occidental. Continue reading

Revisiting Suyac Island’s Mangrove Eco-Tourism Park

One of the most effective ways to prevent future damage on the coastal areas of any island anywhere in the world is by planting mangroves on the coastlines.  There are 7,641 islands in the Philippines and each one faces a different challenge every time there is a storm and much worse, if there is a storm surge.

In some areas like Suyac Island, the damage caused by past typhoons and storm surge had been minimal.  Unlike Typhoon Haiyan or Typhoon Yolanda which left an unimaginable damage to the island of Leyte and other parts of the Visayas in the Philippines, Suyac was spared of this catastrophe.  The locals reasoned out that they were not greatly affected by the Typhoon Yolanda because of the hundred years old Mangrove Trees that were abundant on the island’s coastline.   The strong wind and the strong current of sea water are prevented from lambasting the island because the Mangroves served as a buffer.

In this blog about Suyac Island, Touristang Pobre tells a story about the result of a community effort in preserving their coastal area through Mangrove tree planting and conservation program.  Here’s the link:

http://touristangpobre.blogspot.com/2017/09/suyac-island-model-of-community.html

Happy Holidays Everyone

This holiday season, we wish you a joyous celebration wherever you are in the world.

Our prayer is for everyone to live in peace and harmony with all the creatures of the planet.  Seems not plausible in some instances but we keep a positive mind that many things can happen when people gather together to celebrate peace and instill peace in their lives.

Here’s a unique version of the song The Prayer featuring Marcelito Pomoy, a Filipino Champion of Pilipinas Got Talent.

The Prayer

by Carol Bayer Sager and David Foster

I pray you’ll be our eyes, and watch us where we go

And help us to be wise in times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

I pray we ‘Il find your light, and hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night,
Remind us where you are
Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day
Help us find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

A world where pain and sorrow will be ended
And every heart that’s broken will he mended
And we’ll remember we are all God’s children
Reaching out to touch you
Reaching to the sky

We ask that life be kind, and watch us from above
We hope each soul will find another soul to love
Let this be our prayer, just like every child

Who needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
Needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe.

(Thanks youtube and Wish 107.5)