(Released by CCP)
AS a leading national establishment, the Cultural Center of the Philippines has the responsibility to raise awareness and educate its audiences about issues happening in the Philippines and in the world, which include ecological challenges.
Through arts, people can explore the relations between nature and humankind and understand the importance of biodiversity in their lives.
On March 24, the CCP welcomes the return of Earth Hour after 10 years since it held its first-ever switch-off event in the Philippines in 2008. It will lead a myriad of activities until the 60-minute switch-off at 8:30 p.m.
Co-organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, Earth Hour 2018, following the theme #Connect2Earth, focuses on the urgent need to care for our planet’s biodiversity amid the changing climate. Highlights include activity booths, exhibits and cultural performances by local artists to honor Mother Earth.
Text by Euden Valdez; Photos courtesy of KKHC, RAK Ph Mountaineers
NO matter how far-flung or neglected they are, the Philippines’ indigenous peoples (IPs) are also the most skillful artisans — if we must call them — when it comes to their traditional crafts.
From textiles to accessories to house ware, these many items showcase cultures unique to different tribes. And essential in making of these are their strong, meticulous and patient hands.
Envisioned to empower IPs with a sense of pride and dignity in their handicrafts through a sustainable, social enterprise, Katutubong Kamay Handicrafts Co. (KKHC) was established.
Behind it are two enterprising and inspiring Filipinas, Churchille Montealto and Maereen Olayta, who when given the chance to uplift the lives of an IP community in Visayas, did not hesitate to take it.
“Katutubong Kamay Handicrafts Co started in 2015 when we discovered an IP community, a group of Aeta (Ati) located at Sitio Kati-Kati in Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan in Guimaras province. We saw the ingenuity they put in their crafts and understood that it can be translated into a business opportunity for the community,” Olayta told this author.
It was from here that KKHC became a profit-oriented, society-centered enterprise with IP communities as partner-beneficiaries who will craft fashionable and marketable handmade accessories.
With the intervention of KKHC, the women Aeta of Sitio Kati-Kati started creating the Maruyog Charms. This became the enterprise’s first brand featuring bracelets made from locally sourced stones like diamante negra, salindugok, panaming, tagupapay and amigos, each with different meanings. Other indigenous materials like handwoven hablon and lana, as well as the all-organic coconut oil complete the 100-percent handmade accessory.
WHEN traveling, losing important travel documents, money and credit cards, and mobile devices is devastating so being street smart is always a MUST.
But what if we can travel without worrying from theft?
Fellow travelers rejoice because there is Pacsafe, a travel gear brand developed by two Australian travelers and aimed at addressing this very concern.
Let's take a closer look at the technologies that make Pacsafe bags the “safest and securest” in the market:
First developed in 1998 when Pacsafe was founded, the eXomesh is made of flexible stainless steel mesh that forms an impenetrable barricade against thieves. This simple means more slashing of bags! Incorporated on almost all Pacsafe products, the inner lining is best maximized in backpacks. Imagine walking around without the need to watch out for your back. (Pun intended)
Text by Euden Valdez; Photos by Alex Delos Santos
“WE like to consider ourselves as strong, empowered women,” said Jessa Belle Garibay of herself and Karina May Reyes-Antonio.
No doubt they are!
As co-founders of Centre for Sustainability PH Inc. (CS), both women led the establishment of Cleopatra’s Needle Forest Reserve as a critical habitat. Located in Puerto Princesa City, this 41,000 hectare, bio-diverse forest is home to some of Palawan’s endemic species, as well as the last remaining members of the indigenous Batak tribe.
On February 22, Jessa and Karina took a break from their work in Puerto Princesa City and shared their inspiring stories as women in environmental conservation at R.O.X.’s series of talks dubbed “Outdoor Guide.”
is a former dyarista, now digitista who has been writing whenever the tides, the winds, the earth take her somewhere familiar, somewhere new.