Friday, March 30, 2012

Earth Hour Philippines 2012


Three sites are declared as official switch-off sites of this years Earth Hour in the Philippines. These locations will be Makati, Cebu and Davao.

Makati City’s Ayala Triangle Gardens shall be the central hub for Luzon. At 6:30 PM on March 31, glow-in-the dark dance troupe Bailes de lUces and the Caracol dancers shall form the vanguard of an Earth-themed parade which starts at the Makati fire statin and ends at Ayala Tower One – where WWF-Philippines National Ambassador Rovilson Fernandez shall host a programme with performance from El Gamma Penumbra, Brigada and other groups. No less than Earth Hour Founder Andy Ridley shall lead the coutnry’s main stritch-off event, hosted by WWF with the help of Ayala Land and the Makati City Government.

In Cebu, Plaza Independencia shall be the chief switch-off site for the Visayas. A festive street parade led by local Sinulog Dancers shall start from Fuente Osmena”s Circle from 5:30 PM and onwards. The Cebu switch-off further features a candle lighting ceremony capped off by the release of biodegradable sky lanterns. Cebu’s event is in cooperation with Abiotiz Group and the Cebu City Government.

SM Davao shall be the main swith-off site for Mindanao, WWF-Philippines National Ambassador Marc Nelson shall host the switch-off, which features a tribal-themed parade aroudn SM Davao at 6:30PM. Black-light and fire dancers shall woo the crowd with specialized routines once the city plunges in to darkness. The Davao event is in Collaboration with SM Supermalls, the Green Alliance and the Davao City Government.

Earth Hour Philippines National Director Atty. Gia Ibay shares, ” We’re extremenly excited for this year’s switch’off ceremonies, WWF has traditionally celebrated Earth Hour from Manila. To commemorate our coutnry’s fifth Earth Hour, we thought is is high time for WWF to observe the movement across the arthcipelago – which has always been what we’ve aimed for.”