The blues of New Year celebrations


"Seven-year-old hit by stray bullet" "Boy killed, over 400 hurt in Philippine revelry" Year after year, these are the typical scenario in many areas, and the "expected" headlines in most news programs, during New Year celebration in the Philippines.  At the height of merrymaking and noise, someone has to mourn and some have to squirm …

Greener way to welcome the New Year


2013 is now two days away! What could be more fun to welcome the new year than by making noise and setting off fireworks?  Yes, fireworks has been so much a part of peoples' culture. It seems to be woven into the very fabric of almost all nations that an occasion cannot be complete without …

New Year’s resolution tips for a healthier environment


It's almost 2013! And we're beginning to hear again the proverbial words, "New Year's Resolutions".  While many people seem to be passive about the idea, there are really those who are keen about making a list of New Year's resolutions. Whether you believe in making resolutions for the coming year or not, I am making …

The Wave: reminiscing the Jurassic Age


This multi-coloured sandstone rock formation is a popular attraction and hiking destination on the Colorado Plateau, near the Utah and Arizona (USA) border. Believed to be approximately 190 million years old, this natural wonder is truly a gift of God to us. The Wave has survived millions of weather, may it forever be preserved for …

Going bananas: sagging with benefits


While the Philippines has successfully put its piña fabric, the clothing made of pineapple leaves, into the mainstream of the fashion industry, let’s move further forward and identify another possible source of our basic need - that is, clothing, hoping to revive the tradition and lifestyle that our forefathers used to have.  I’m not talking …

Eco-tourism on Siquijor Island


The tiny Siquijor Island has now become one of the new tourist and traveler destinations in Central Visayas, Philippines. Its pristine white sand beaches, waterfalls, caves, and other sites have attracted many people seeking for a tranquil respite.  And because it is sparsely populated, Siquijor is able to preserve its natural beauty - and the …

Hybrid vehicles: a transport to sustainable development


Fossil fuels have brought us into this modern economy. But they also put us in danger because of the increasing carbon dioxide levels they produce. It is now time that we seriously look into the use of hybrid vehicles to reduce emission of carbon dioxide. Hybrid vehicles that are charged by electricity produce clean energy. …

Going green at home


Our planet Earth has already suffered so much due to our overuse, and abuse of the resources that nature has provided us with. Even as governments are doing something to resolve the issues, we, as citizens of this planet must also do our share in keeping our activities and consumption within the carrying capacity.  And the …

Basic water conservation practices at home


Due to several factors, such as population increase, the human race faces a threat of clean water shortage. And so, we are enjoined to observe water conservation practices at home. The twentieth century has seen a significant rise in human population. Because of this, the need for renewable water resources also increased six-fold. Studies even …

June 5 is World Environment Day


June 5, 2012.  Today marks World Environment Day. Forty years ago, at the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, the United Nations established June 5 as the day of special dedication to Mother Earth in order to: give a human face to environmental issues empower people to become active agents of sustainable …