I love Original Filipino Music and I do support advocacies concerning environmental awareness. Since I love both, I attended this year’s Earth Day Jam Street Party held at 9th Avenue corner 34th street in Bonifacio Global City.
Earth Day is annually celebrated worldwide to promote and support environmental protection. It is observed every 22nd of April every year where the Philippines is an active supporter. As part of the celebration, in its 13th year, the Philippines’ longest running environmental awareness concert was held last April 19, 2013.
The benefit concert was attended by big names in the music industry such as Ely Buendia and his new band The Oktaves, Raimund Marasigan and Sandwich, Rivermaya, Barbie Almalbis, Ketchie Nadal, Callalily, Rocksteddy, Nina, Moonstar 88, and a lot more!
The concert started around 7 PM with the performance of Kalayo. It was followed by the performances of different bands. The artists were given a chance to perform 3 songs. In between artists, representatives from different environmental organizations were invited as speakers to discuss some issues related to the environment.
The main issue discussed was the climate change. Other topics covered were the importance of water, caring for animals, and about pollution. The organizers also let the artists as well as the audience to create their own pledge in caring for the environment. Some members of the audience were asked by the hosts for their pledges and were given seedlings to plant as a support in caring for Mother Nature. Some of the pledges were to lower down electricity and water consumption, disposing garbage properly and minimizing vehicle usage to lessen air pollution.
Slideshows and presentations were also shown to the audience for them to observe that the concert is not purely about watching and singing with the artists but also to be educated on how to take care Mother Nature. One presentation presented was the list of 100 places worldwide you need to visit before you die wherein 6 spots in the Philippines made to the list: #100 Chocolate Hills of Bohol, #71 Magellan’s Cross of Cebu, #65 Rice Terraces of Banaue, #60 Boracay, #48 Underground River of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and #26 Mayon Volcano of Albay. The list was topped by Great Wall of China.
To end this post, I also want to pledge for the environment. As a traveler, I promise not to leave any trash in places I visit. I will talk to locals and will ask them to take good care of their beautiful place/attractions for the next generations. Now is the time to be aware of the things that are happening around us. Mother Nature has no replacements or substitutes, it’s only one.