A vow to save Mother Earth

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Instead of using a traditional guest book, guests left ‘leaf marks’ using their thumbs

Instead of using a traditional guest book, guests left ‘leaf marks’ using their thumbs

SINCE my husband and I are both educators, what we value most are the welfare of children and the future generation. We feel responsible for educating the youth, as well as influencing other people in the best way we can. And one of our advocacies we wish to spread awareness on is environmental conservation.

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We also both love to travel together. Most of the time, we take nature trips because we love the relaxing view of seas and trees. Another thing we enjoy doing is planting trees, however, we rarely do this together since we belong to separate groups.

I joined the Buhay Punlaan and tree planting with my Kumon family while he joined his co-teachers in their own tree-planting activity. We both have very busy schedules but whenever our schedule permits, we support other fund raising activities like fun runs. This year, I hope we can join Haribon’s bird watching activities.

As a regular citizen, we both believe that NGOs and other conservation projects of the government will be useless if we, citizens of this country, will not start in our own homes.

In our case, we try to practice the 3Rs (Reuse, Recycle and Reduce) daily. Both of us like to enroll all our bills into paper less or online billing because if there are less papers, there are less trees to cut. Thus, we only use tissue papers like Sanicare that support forest conservation efforts, and bring our own mugs, containers, and stainless spoon and fork in the office. I always make sure I have reusable bags with me every time I shop at the grocery, and we try our best to save on water and electricity consumption.

Nova Arante and Sherwin Kenneth Madayag wed with the theme ‘Saving Mother Earth’

Nova Arante and Sherwin Kenneth Madayag wed with the theme ‘Saving Mother Earth’

I became more active in conservation when I became a member of Haribon Foundation. I got the idea of gifting postcards from my beloved Kumon Phils., Inc. We received Adopt-a-Seedling postcards together with our planners every start of the year. The feeling of having a tree planted in your name is really priceless. It’s truly inspiring to see your name on it and I want to share this kind of happiness to our wedding guests.

So when my husband and I are prepare for our wedding—which was aptly themed saving Mother Eart—we came up with the same idea of adopting seedlings from Haribon. We want our nuptial gifts to last for a lifetime.

Being a Balisara member, my idea of gifting is to promote awareness and to provide what we could to help our environment. Instead of giving wines and other grandiose material gifts, we decided to adopt a seedling after their name. I believe that by doing so, it will be both beneficial to our principal sponsors and to our forests.

While helping to organize the wedding, I also realized that our theme, designs and venue complement our advocacy. This is our way of promoting Haribon’s project. And we’re hoping that our simple gesture will eventually benefit Mother Nature.

Our wedding is very simple and we want it to be memorable. We don’t want our money to put into waste by just investing it in material things. Aside from Haribon, in lieu of traditional wedding favors for our other guests, and as donor-partners we also made a donation to other non-profit organization. We want to create an impact to humanity and to our environment.

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Join Haribon’s Adopt-A-Seedling, Nurture-A-Seedling programs, and Tree Planting Activities. Call 421-1209 or e-mail act@haribon.org.ph to make a donation today.

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