Scene City | Earth month winds up with WOLE

A FITTING way of bringing Earth Month to a close was the holding by the Green & Pink Movement of a program in cooperation with the Rotary Club of South Davao and the Mutya ng Dabaw and her court, held on April 28, 2018 at Chateau del Mar.WOLE or Women/Men Loving Earth, the Pink & Green Movement, invited the Mutya Ng Dabaw and her court to share their thoughts on how they planned to protect and save the environment during their reign and serve the community as citizens of Davao City

The Green & Pink Movement aims to release energy to rediscover the goodness of everyone from within, both male and female, encouraging the development of spiritual awareness, elevated attitude and behavior.

At the same occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed for the Rotary Steps to Peace with the Rotary Club of South Davao and the Rotary Club of Samal, leading to the Monfort Bat Cave.

Arlene Lozano gave the Welcome Address, followed by a talk by Norma Monfort of the Monfort Bat Sanctuary on “Understanding Karma – A curse or a Blessing?”

A Crystal Bowl Ceremony which consisted of a Prayer to Mother Nature and Rose Water & Sage Blessing was done by the 2018 Mutya Ng Dabaw and her Court.

Mutya Ng Dabaw 2018, Shelah Faye A.  Juntilla shared some of her thoughts: “What we are doing to our environment is truly a mere reflection of what we are doing to ourselves. Our thoughts and actions as a person also determine our way of treating our environment. Clean thoughts also lead to a clean environment. As an advocate of women’s health, I am very proud to say that this year’s Mutya and her court also have the agenda of environmental protection and preservation. Hand and hand, we will do our best to lead the movement of promoting not only the health of each woman but also the health of the environment.”

Mutya Ng Dabaw and her court – (L-R) Claudine Verga, Cindy Pauline Benedicto, Shela Faye Juntilla, Pamela Framil and Mary Rose Vicente

Mutya Ng Dabaw and her court – (L-R) Claudine Verga, Cindy Pauline Benedicto, Shela Faye Juntilla, Pamela Framil and Mary Rose Vicente

Diwa ng Dabaw 2018 Cindy Pauline R. Benedicto gave her thoughts on this occasion: “Over the years we’ve seen a rise of consciousness towards the deteriorating state of our shared home and so we’ve taken steps, albeit small and slow, but steps nonetheless forward for a brighter and greener tomorrow. But over the years there’s also been a lack of coverage or awareness towards the deteriorating state of our mental health.”

“We live in a world where everything is fast-paced, everything seems to happen all at once and as individuals living under such circumstances we can’t help but feel overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted. That is why I think it is important that we normalize conversations pertaining to mental illness, that we correct false notions on this topic, that we disseminate correct information and that we, as a community, provide extensive and dynamic options to those who are brave enough to seek our help. We’ve already lost so many beautiful souls to this illness and i just hope that more and more people do their part in making sure we don’t lose more.”

Pamela Framil – Sinag ng Davao 2018 says “As we celebrate the 2nd Annual Women Loving Earth Movement, I would like to share my experiences as a woman in taking efforts to take care of the environment. As an enthusiast of male-dominated sports like mountaineering and freediving – activities that opened my eyes to the environmental issues that the society is facing today – I have struggled a lot to keep up with men’s pacing. At first, I was afraid to take part in these activities but my love for nature has always driven me to also join climb for a cause programs and clean-up drives. And I realized that love knows no gender, especially love for Mother Earth. I dream to organize events that can spread awareness to the youth and encourage them to do something that can help the environment regain what it had before. Joining Mutya ng Dabaw 2018 and winning the title as Sinag ng Dabaw can help me materialize my goals as I can use this as a platform in pushing for my advocacy which is environmental conservation and protection. My love for the ocean and for the mountains has inspired the advocacy that I am pushing for”.

Claudine Alyssandra E. Verga – Pag-asa ng Dabaw 2018 also shared her thoughts: “As we celebrate Women Loving Earth movement, this helps us to be reminded that women are not only bound to take care of herself and the people around her but she also has a responsibility to her environment.”

“With this movement, we should always remember every day that we only have one earth. One environment to take care of and one home to live in.”

Mary Rose Vicente – Patnubay ng Dabaw 2018 says “Our environment gives life to us. But how can we acknowledge that the environment gives life to us, by recognizing and thinking of it? All of us are busy improving our lives by using also the environment, we overused it and we forgot to give back. Now we are suffering the consequences.

The – Youth AmBatsadors for Peace –(YAP) performed a choral recitation of the BK Anthem of Affirmation to close the program.

Soroptimists International of Davao Dr. Socorro Oesterdal (far right) and Marilyn Roque (left) with Nomi Monfort, Leticia Averion and Tita Iturralde-Tesoro

Soroptimists International of Davao Dr. Socorro Oesterdal (far right) and Marilyn Roque (left) with Nomi Monfort, Leticia Averion and Tita Iturralde-Tesoro

Nomi Monfort with the guests at Chateau del Mar

Nomi Monfort with the guests at Chateau del Mar

 

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