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Green Wanderer Sustainable Travel Fair by WWF-PH and SSI Group

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On August 11 to 13, 2017 at Central Square, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines’ National Youth Council and the SSI Group, Inc. are holding the Green Wanderer Travel Fair, where traveling meets sustainability and awareness.

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A project led by the National Youth Council of WWF-Philippines

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Green Wanderer will be offering sustainable travel options—from products made by local artisans to ecotourism destinations with uniquely curated itineraries for the curious, green traveler.Green Wanderer Sustainable Travel Fair by WWF-PH and SSI Group (5)Green Wanderer (5) Green Wanderer (6) Green Wanderer (7) Green Wanderer (28) Green Wanderer (29)The 3-day affair will be the venue for exhibitors like El Nido Resorts,Green Wanderer Sustainable Travel Fair by WWF-PH and SSI Group (3) Green Wanderer Sustainable Travel Fair by WWF-PH and SSI Group (2)GetGo Rewards by Cebu Pacific, Skyjet Airlines, Reef PH, Lagalag, Banana Peel, The Circle Hostel, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Travel Factor, Locally PH, Green Wanderer Line, and WWF-Philippines. The exclusive and limited-edition Green Wanderer merchandise will be on sale during the fair; and a portion of the proceeds, together with the contributions of all exhibitors, will be donated to WWF Philippines. All Mastercard cardholders will also receive exclusive offers from Stores Specialists, Inc. brands located at Bonifacio High Street and Central Square.

A travel fair like no other, Green Wanderer will have various activities,

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along with special promos and raffle prizes for guests including a special package and an irresistible 2-night + 1-night free offer from September 14-17, 2017 from El Nido Resorts.green wanderer line ssi Travel and Tour Packages SSI green wanderer Green wandered lines 3

Overnight stays at all The Circle Hostel branches (Zambales, La Union, and Baler)Green Wanderer Sustainable Travel Fair by WWF-PH and SSI Group (4) and at Palawan’s Daluyon BeachGreen Wanderer Sustainable Travel Fair by WWF-PH and SSI Group (1)and Mountain Resort are also up for grabs, as well as the chance to travel to scenic Siargao or Batanes via Skyjet Airlines. Cebu Pacific will also be distributing GetGo cards, while existing card holders can rack up additional points, and get 5,000-10,000 GetGo points plus other goodies from GetGo Rewards. On top of these, Cebu Pacific will raffle off a roundtrip ticket to a local destination.Green Wanderer (1) Green Wanderer (2) Green Wanderer (3)Green Wanderer (25)Green Wanderer (24) Green Wanderer (4)Green Wanderer (26)Green Wanderer (27) Green Wanderer (8) Green Wanderer (10) Green Wanderer (11)Green Wanderer (30) Green Wanderer (14) Green Wanderer (16) Green Wanderer (17)

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Get a glimpse of renowned photographer Scott “Gutsy” Tuason’s travel experiences focusing on underwater photography and ocean wastes through breathtaking photographs showcasing the beauty of our marine assets and the need to protect them. Bring out the nature lover in you and get educated on basic mountaineering with Lagalag, and get the chance to win Trekker socks, Lagalag Pride shirts, and Lakambini tank tops that you can use on your future hikes. Amp up your outdoor style as Reef PH offers Reef Caps and Reef backpacks as part of the raffle during the festivities. Take home nice pairs of Banana Peel Earth Hour glow-in-the dark slippers for your planned beach trips.

Elevate your culinary taste and join Clang Garcia as she gives a talk about culinary heritage through a live demonstration with food tasting using sustainable ingredients from Philippine Harvest and cookware by TefalGreen thumb or not, learn about the benefits of growing your own food and get the chance to win DIY garden kits from Qubo.

A sustainability forum, which will be moderated by CNN-Philippines’s Mitzi Borromeo, will also be held on August 12, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, in one of Central Square’s theatres to shed light on the current status of our planet in relation to sustainable travel and ecotourism. Panelists include Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and Mayor Josephine Alcantara-Cruz of Donsol, among others.

As the Chairperson of WWF-Philippines National Youth Council, Alexa Cancio highlights the importance of sustainable living.  “Young people, having access to various information particularly through social media, are aware of the different social and environmental issues taking place all over the world. We believe that many of these issues can be addressed on the individual level by improving the way we live, which is why our council of eight members felt sustainable living would be the most appropriate message to push not just with young people, but with the Philippine society in general.”

She adds, “Right now, there isn’t any common online platform to find all the sustainable travel options in the Philippines, which is why it is timely to organize a travel fair like Green Wanderer that will house various sustainable options for the people.”

Another active green traveller and WWF-Philippines National Youth Council member, Nikki Huang believes that along with transport, accommodations have the biggest impact on our ecological footprint when traveling.Green Wanderer (19)

(In the photo are Nikki Huang (center) with WWF Philippines National Youth Council Chairperson Alexa Cancio (right) and fellow NYC member Yza Nazal (left). Together with the rest of the NYC, they actively spread WWF’s message of environmental conservation and bring pressing issues to the general consciousness of the Filipino youth. (photo credit: WWF Philippines)

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“The most interesting feature of the Green Wanderer travel fair is that it is green. Travel fairs are common, but WWF wanted to put a twist on this one. It’s as much a testament to sustainability and conservation efforts in the Philippines as it is a fun tourism experience. Travel takes on a whole other level of significance when done in a way that not only reduces harm, but is beneficial to the environment and local people and animals, and this is something that all of the organizations represented at this fair stand for,” shares Nikki.

According to WWF-Philippines President and CEO Joel Palma, travel and tourism contribute around 9 percent of the world’s total GDP. One out of 11 jobs are related to tourism and travel.

He notes, “The benefits from the travel industry are so vast a scale that we cannot afford this industry to fail. With climate change and wasteful consumption issues over our planet’s ability to produce, green travel is a must to save our environment. This should be a concerted effort from both the traveler and the travel industry to ensure that we leave a living planet for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.”

SSI Group, Inc. President Anton Huang says, “It’s a privilege to be able to partner with WWF on this truly unique event. Travel has become a big part of all of our lives. Whether you’re a budget traveler or a luxury traveler, there’s always room for more awareness when it comes to how our travels impact our planet. Creating Green Wanderer is our way of practicing this advocacy here in our own backyard, and presenting Filipino travelers with options and ideas.”

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Green Wanderer, presented by SSI Group Inc. and WWF-Philippines, is co-presented by Mastercard, El Nido Resorts, and PHILTOA. Major sponsors are NutriAsia and Locally PH with CNN Philippines, National Geographic, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Our Awesome Planet, and When In Manila as media partners.

Green Wanderer Travel Fair will be held from August 11 to 13, 2017 at Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information, visit facebook.com/WWF.Philippines, or follow @ssilifeph on Instagram.

About SSI Group, Inc:

SSI Group, Inc. is the leading specialty retailer in the Philippines with an extensive portfolio of established international brands that caters to all aspects of a quality lifestyle and is supported by a nationwide strategic retail presence. Leading the Philippine specialist retail market in terms of the size and breadth of its international brand portfolio and store footprint, SSI Group Inc. has also expanded its retail format offerings with its entry into convenience stores under the FamilyMart franchise.

About WWF:

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF-Philippines has been successfully implementing various conservation projects to help protect some of the most biologically-significant ecosystems in Asia since its establishment as the 26th national organization of the WWF network in 1997.

The WWF-Philippines National Youth Council (NYC), which was established in 2016 as the organization’s youth arm, brought together eight young Filipinos to spread WWF’s message of environmental conservation and bring pressing issues to the general consciousness of the Filipino youth. The primary goal of the NYC is to empower the youth on what they can do as we face a plethora of environmental concerns and have currently reached out to more than 500,000 individuals.

About Central Square:

Central Square, a 240-hectare mixed-use development, is a premium destination at the heart of Bonifacio Global City. It holds the flagship stores of international specialty retail brands such as Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Marks & Spencer, GAP, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, Marc Jacobs, Hamleys, TWG, and Starbucks Reserve, among others.

Harvest Basket by Kai Farms

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 Super LOVE the gift of LOVE, Light and Wellness

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I ordered this Harvest Basket

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from the prettiest farmer  Karla @karladelgado1 from Kai Farms @kaifarmsph ?

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It comes with a list of  benefits of each of the item inside the basket

To order: +63 998 843 4379 #H2HPeople #KaiFarms #h2hhealthyproducts #H2HGreensharvest-basket-1 harvest-basket-4

Flower Dome at Gardens By the Bay

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 If you eat in Pollen @pollenrestaurantsg you get exclusive access to the Flower dome at @gardensbythebay #GardensByTheBay #PollenRestaurantSg #H2HSingapore #FlowerDome

This was the access from the main dining room of Pollen

 Previous entry:  Pollen at the Flower Dome October 6, 2016flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-2Access from the Terrace of Pollen flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-5Its very cold inside the flower dome – they say 23 to 26 degrees but it felt like 15 or even lower.  It was night time so maybe that is why it was cooler.  During the day with the light and heat, maybe the temperature goes upflower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-3 flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-4flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-6 It’s beautiful!  I hope to go back to see this during the dayflower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-7 flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-8 flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-9 flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-10 flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-11 flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-14Make sure to look up and go up to see the Raven driftwood sculpture by James Doran Webb
flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-15 Miniature cactus gardenflower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-17 Cactus and succulents!! flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-18 flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-19flower-dome-at-gardens-by-the-bay-21
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Enter a world of perpetual spring, where unique plants bloom in the largest glass greenhouse in the world, Flower Dome, as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records

Enter a world of perpetual spring, where unique plants bloom in the largest glass greenhouse in the world, Flower Dome, as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records


The Dotson’s Garden

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The last time I was here, it was already night time and I could not take photos of the garden :-)  But this time I was so happy to see their beautiful garden!!

 Previous entry:  Visiting Greg and June October 17, 2014The Dotson's Garden (1) Flowers in the front of their homeThe Dotson's Garden (35) The Dotson's Garden (2) The Dotson's Garden (34) The Dotson's Garden (3) Pretty!!!The Dotson's Garden (4) For sure this garden is full of love -It is a reflection of the art and creativity of the couple – Greg and June

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Young Environmental Activist Seeks Unity on Climate Agenda

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How nice to see the young ones being so conscious about the environment at an early age!  Thank you proud Mama Maja Olivares Co for sharing this article of Rama

By Rizal Raoul Reyes

Young environmental activist seeks unity on climate agendaATLAS did not shrug. Neither did Rama Olivares Co, 16, the second-youngest member of the National Youth Council (NYC) of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.

There was no earth-shaking event for me to respond to the call of environmentalism, according to Co. Nevertheless, he always felt that climate change is a major and global issue that is beyond race, class and nationality and, more important, everybody is vulnerable.

“On the other hand, it [climate change] exists as an opportunity like no other,” Co said in an e-mail interview with the BusinessMirror. “The universality of the climate-change threat is such that we, as a species, are forced to put aside our differences for the sake of a common good. I believe that, to be a part of the movement, that is the chief facilitator of such a peace; [it] is the greatest honor of all.”

Co, son of designer Maja Olivares-Co, was tapped by the WWF recently for the Philippines’s own version of its youth group. The WWF Philippines said it organized the NYC to give young people a bigger role in promoting environmentalism and sustainability. The council has seven members ages 16 to 24 coming from Philippine-based schools.

Just like any true-blue environmentalist, Co cites Al Gore and Christiana Figueres as role models. The former is the 45th vice president of the United States, who predicted the world to have ended last month.

Figueres is the current executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. An anthropologist by profession, Figueres offers a perspective that is quite different from typical environmentalist, according to Co.

“While an understanding of the science behind climate change is undoubtedly necessary, it is her ability to understand how this phenomenon affects humans on an interpersonal level that makes her a successful champion of the cause.”

Co said he looks forward to exchange ideas and learn from the experience and maturity of his older contemporaries in the WWF council. Although he knows his youth can be sometimes a handicap, he believes that each member of the council brings a unique perspective.

“It is the synthesis of our differing backgrounds that will result in a successful [youth council].”

Co said he plans to pursue his environmentalism in college. Definitely inspired by Gore and Figueres, Co plans to take up Political Science, International Relations, or Anthropology.

He said he believes that a solid background in either a social science or humanities subject will enable him to become a more effective advocate and communicator.

“I think this is especially relevant, as climate change continues to remain a very intangible nonissue in the minds of many individuals, despite its looming threat,” he said.

Co believes the Filipino youth is the country’s greatest assets, “because [we have] both the passion and the vision to drive the Philippines forward.”

However, the youth needs a venue to harness their talent and enthusiasm, he said.

“I believe this applies not just to environmentalism, but to any advocacy,” Co added. “This youth council represents a great leap forward in bestowing upon the youth the platform for expression that we so crave.”

Source:  http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/young-environmental-activist-seeks-unity-on-climate-agenda/

nawwTys X Backyard Farms

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Back at nawwTy’s Kitchen’s backyard :-)  This time for another collabnawwTys X Backyard Frams (6)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (8)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (2)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (15)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (7)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (17)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (10)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (4) nawwTys X Backyard Frams (5)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (9)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (18)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (19)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (12)nawwTys X Backyard Frams (20)  I met Tisha Dominguez @tishadominguez from Saranggani who eats only chicken!   She told me how she created her own healthy and Pasteur raised chickens – from 50 chickens and now 2,000 chickens! She and her partners Jenny Yrasuegui @jenyrasuegui and Kaye Garcia have now @backyardfarmsph And made it available in Manila. They also put up a farm in Batangas with 2,000 chickens  and growing! To meet the demands of the market. Congratulations and more power!!

nawwTys X Backyard Frams (11) The chickens in Backyard farms are not only fed fresh ingredients but they are fresh frozen – meaning after they come from the dressing plant to remove the bacteria, they are vacuum sealed to avoid bacteria from coming in and then they are blast freezed to make sure they are not further contaminated
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for healthier meals , try their pasteur raised antibiotic & hormone free chickens, as well as their bio dynamic red & black rice
for inquiries on our home cooked dishes using backyard farms products contact us ? nawwtyskitchen@gmail.com  Cellphone:  (0918) 998 7474 or  (0917) 866 5849
to contact backyard farms and for more details , please call (0917) 673 7796
or log onto www.backyardfarms.ph

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The Organic Market

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Come visit the Organic Market this December!!  Organic market december 2015

Here are some photos from the first Organic Market last October 25!The Organic Market (1)stella organic marketOrganic market stella
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Ribbon cutting with Organizer Stella Que and Undersecretary of Agriculture Berna Romulo Puyat as Guest of honour Organic Market (9)

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Have a Messy Bessy Christmas 2015

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This holiday season, why don’t you opt for gifts that give back? We thought you’d like to know that when you choose Messy Bessy, you join in our crusade to employ, educate, rehabilitate formerly impoverished, abused, incarcerated, trafficked young adults through Project H.OU.S.E.

Here are several gifting options that would suit everyone on your gift list – babies, kids, men, women, and everyone in between! You may also check out our online store!

For orders or inquiries on bulk discounts, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Angiela through anj.deligiero@messybessy.com 09175607871 Or 02 502 7176/ 02 844 5133

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