29 March 2011

Subic’s Lighthouse Resort goes green with beach clean up, Eco-Art

Hundreds of residents and stakeholders in this free port joined hands to protect the environment during the Annual Summer Beach Clean-up organized here by The Lighthouse Marina Resort and the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR).

The clean-up, held during the early hours of March 25 at the beach front area of the Moonbay Marina Complex, was joined mostly by students from local schools like the Mondriaan Aura College, St. Joseph’s College, and Olongapo City National High School.

Representatives from civic groups, locator companies, and tourism-related establishments also took time to help clean up the beach area.

The activity was followed by a junk art workshop conducted by environmental artists from Baguio City known as the “Junk Artists”, who coached student-participants in creating art works from junk.

The participants used trash collected during the clean-up as materials for their junk art. The artworks will be judged by a panel composed of IYFR leaders.

According to Jun Avecilla, CEO of The Lighthouse Marina Resort, organizers of the cleanup want to spread the mission of taking care of the environment.

Avecilla said that the Lighthouse group and the IYFR are committed to preserving the environment and have conducted tree planting activities across the Philippines, including about 1,000 trees at the Angat watershed and the La Mesa Ecopark.

During the Subic activity, the group also planted coconut trees along the beach front area near the Lighthouse Resort.

A day before the clean-up, the organizers also opened the Eco-Art Exhibit, which featured Nature paintings, including artworks by Filipino watercolorist Adriano "Boy" Valino. The activities were held in a run-up to the Earth Hour, which was held the following day, March 26.

Ameth Dela Llana-Koval, manager of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s Ecology Center, said in a message delivered during the Eco-Art Exhibit launch that people “should take baby steps to stop climate change.”

She also noted that activities such as planting trees and participating in the Earth Hour by turning off electrical appliances maybe considered small steps, but these would make a big impact if people would do it together.

The Subic Bay beach clean-up was made possible in cooperation with the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce, various RotaryClubs, and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

Stakeholders help clean up Subic’s waterfront during the annual summer beach cleanup organized by The Lighthouse Marina Resort in the Subic Bay Freeport.