• Haribon celebrates 41st anniversary with rock concert


    On October 2, the Haribon Foundation held its Biodiversity Rocks! concert at the Hard Rock Café in Makati City.

    The proceeds from the concert will be used toward Haribon’s Rainforest Organizations and Advocates or ROAD to 2020 campaign, which aims to bring back the Philippine rainforests using native tree species. Each ticket purchase adopted a seedling in each attendee’s behalf, and included a complimentary cocktail exclusively made for the event by Hard Rock bartenders.


    Former frontman of Sugarfree, Ebe Dancel

    With Philippine forests in a state of degradation, the event not only added more funds to the program, but also more attention.

    Hosted by Haribon Chairman and violinist John Lesaca and RX 93.1’s Dr. Love Tom Alvarez, forest statistics and data were announced throughout the program.


    Haribon Foundation Chairman John Lesaca with Hard Rock Cafe’s Operations Manager

    In an effort to push for the adoption of more trees, the hosts announced Haribon’s goal of planting an entire forest with the Biodiversity Rocks! attendees.

    By adopting a lot (five seedlings for a donation of P1,000), adopting a block (15 seedlings for a donation of P3,000), adopting a plot (30 seedlings for a donation of P6,000), or adopting a patch (50 seedings for a donation of P10,000), attendees were given a chance to “turn up the volume” on their commitment to environmental sustainability.


    Bogart the Explorer

    With the talented performances of Itchyworms, Ebe Dancel, Rita de Guzman, Jeffery Hidalgo, and Tonight We Sleep, the event also celebrated Haribon’s 41 years of Philippine environment conservation.

    Haribon Ambassador for Conservation Iza Calzado attended as well along with Youtube celebrity Bogart the Explorer who gave his own expertise about Philippine forests and their ability to retain water for surrounding communities.

    The event proved to be another example of the ongoing efforts in the country aimed at restoring Philippine forests. It reminded everyone involved that getting together for the country’s watersheds, forests, and the communities they serve, whether it be for a night, or for a lifetime, was the only way we can give back.


    Iza Calzado and Bogart the Explorer with Victoria Court staff who supported the Haribon concert
    Photos courtesy of Victoria Cour

    For indeed human beings love to go out and party. So why not do it for the trees that give us the air and water to do so?

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    If you are interested in participating in Haribon’s adopt-a-seedling program, simply deposit your donation at any Bank of the Philippine Islands branch and fax or email your scanned copy of the deposit slip to (632) 434-4696 with your complete name and a contact number (landline or mobile). Email scanned copies to admin@haribon.org.ph.
    Donating from within the Philippines: Account Name: Haribon Foundation; Branch: Kalayaan Avenue; Savings Account No.: 1991-0036-02

    Donating from outside of the Philippines: Account Name: Haribon Foundation Branch: Kalayaan Avenue; Savings Account No.: 1994-0556-89; Swift Code: BOPIPHMM.


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