You know that climate change is a veritable reality when even on a Holy Week this year, a super typhoon (Code name "Maysak") is threatening to hit the island of Luzon. It is supposed to be the height of summer time and yet there is a gloomy consciousness about this new normal. Our Planet Earth is indeed fucked up. Pardon my french.
But rather than be helpless about it, the humanity in us hungers to do something about it. Anything. An activity or an initiative that would give us a feeling that we can make a difference.
For us in the local running community, a tangible thing we can do is to join fun runs that advocate for a clean environment. One such fun run is the Pro Earth Run. Last April 12, 2014, the Bicolano Penguin got to join the Pro Earth Run together with more than a couple of dozen First Balfour co-workers (http://bicolanopenguin.blogspot.com/search?q=PRO+Earth+Run+2014). No doubt, the name Pro Earth which stood for Protect, Respect and Oversee our Mother Earth was catchy and it got our attention.
For the 2015 edition, I will be running again this coming April 25 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) grounds in Pasay City. Everyone who cares about nature is encouraged to join. The registration details are in the posters below.
In addition, the Bicolano Penguin was invited to the Media Briefing which I attended Tuesday night (Mar 31) at the Merrell Concept Store in Market Market, BGC, Taguig.
The media briefing is an opportunity for us bloggers to be able to know more about the fun run and the passionate people behind the advocacy. In the case of the PRO Earth Run, we are fortunate to have met and shared a chat with Dr. Metodio Palaypay and Dir. Rico Salazar.
Dr. Palaypay is the Chairman of Earth Day Network Philippines which is the organization that is at the forefront of the annual worldwide April 22nd Earth Day Celebration. It actively engages the participation of people from government, corporate, religious, and academic institutions to rally behind environmental protection, preservation, and promotion. One such avenue Earth Day Network Philippines used is the Pro Earth Run, now on its 2nd year. Talking with Dr. Palaypay, I did get a sense of the zeal that the good doctor has for our Mother Earth. He even told me that "good ecology leads to a good economy." In his talk on stage, he rallied all those who cared to listen to be champion for our planet - - "The future of humanity is everyone's responsibility. That is why we never get tired of telling people that Earth Day must be everyday, everywhere, for everyone." He even had a specific challenge to all bloggers present in the media briefing to spread the message of earth care to the public - - "Into your hands, I commit Mother Earth."
|Ms. Edith Mendoza did a fine job as emcee of the media briefing.|
|Dr. Palaypay joining the bloggers in a photo.|
|The BP with Dr. Palaypay.|
|Dr. Palaypay on stage spreading the Gospel of Earth Care.|
|Dir. Salazar in action|
|The BP with Maida|
|With the Merrell Brand officer|
|The cool blue Merrell shirt.|
|The lucky winners of the Capra hiking shoes.|
|Thumbs up on this shirt and on this event.|
Details on Pro Earth Run 2015 are posted on www.facebook.com/ProEarthRunPh.