Davao Saturdays: 10,000 Sky Lanterns on Earth Hour

DAVAO CITY will have a unique celebration of Earth Hour as it encouraged Dabawenyos to send off 10,000 biodegradable lanterns to the sky in time for the light switching off from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on March 31. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) officer Bo Puentespina in Wednesday's Club 888 said, "We're making it bigger this time by making a statement and targeting 10,000 biodegradable lanterns to be sent off that time." 

Releasing sites identified by the DCCCII are Magsaysay Park, Times Beach and Toril in Davao City; Sta. Cruz, Digos City, Malalag and Malita in Davao del Sur; Mati City, Lupon in Davao Oriental; Pantukan in Compostela Valley; and Tagum City, Panabo City, and IsLand Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte. "No matter where you are, we can all make a statement by sending off these wishing lanterns. Wherever you plan to be, when the Earth Hour strikes, we can all simultaneously release the lanterns, with our wishes for a proactive business community, in light of present climate change realities," Puentespina said.

Participants may purchase the lanterns from the DCCCII before the Earth Hour Event which will have its main ceremony at Abreeza Mall Davao. It is also during this ceremony that households and even big establishments will be turning off non-essential lights for an hour. Also in time for the Earth Hour 2012 ceremony, the Department of Energy in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Philippines and in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency will be conducting a seminar on energy efficiency and conservation targeting a multi-sectoral participation from the local government, students, businesses, NGOs, and various consumers.

Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative spearheaded by WWF and Leo Burnett. It began in one city in 2007 and by 2011 reached over 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across every continent, receiving acclaim as the world's largest campaign for the planet. Earth Hour Philippines debuted in 2008 and has since grown into one of the largest annual events in the country, with over 18 million participants in 2011. 

Join the fun and save the earth! Our place...our home...

Your Trailblazer,
Dave :)

Article Credit: Frances Mae Gevera Macapagat
via goldstardailynews


  1. I've never heard of that here but it must be a beautiful sight to see.

  2. Hi Ate Linda,

    Earth Hour is widely celebrated in the USA. So you have not heard about it yet in your local? I find this event so moving. I was part of its media launching here in Davao last 2008. Yes indeed, it is a beautiful sight to see ^_^

  3. I never thought we have it here in Davao. and I still wonder, HOW CAN WE MAKE THOSE LANTERNS? WHAT ARE THE MATERIALS? :D

  4. Yup Rica, we have it na here in Davao, thanks to the existing suppliers. I'm not pretty sure if DIY is available for sky lanterns. But what I'm certain is that it's available in selected stores in the City. An event supplier in Bankerohan has and G-mall too.

    Join the fun!
    Dave ^_^

  5. we joined earth day celebration in davao,specifically at the park near queens land. unfortunately it was not well organized-the sound system is so poor and there was no program to higlight the countdown. worst it poured hard which made the sky lanterns fail to fly....

    1. Hi, thanks for dropping by. I feel for you, the rain was caused by climate change, which is the main cause of the earth hour movement. Me too, I joined the celebration at Magsaysay Park. Amidst the rain, we were able to release the lanterns. I will post soon the details and behind the scenes of the said event.

      Keep loving our mother earth,
      Dave ^_^



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