Subic Bay. Last March 25, 2017 at the Lighthouse Marina Resort, the Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo & Zambales community celebrated Earth Hour together with millions of people around the world switching off their lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm to show their support for our environment and encourage people to take action and go beyond switching off your lights.
The corporate economic globalization has fueled the greatest weapon of mass destruction... global warming. In our modern globalized world, growth continues to be the focus of many corporations who deplete our environment for economic gain. However, if human beings are the source of the problem, we can also be the foundation of the solution. Our generation is capable of completely changing this world.
The people of Subic Bay are blessed with wonderful nature, thus there is a stronger need for them to fight and persevere it. As stakeholders of Subic Bay Freeport, it is their social purpose to ensure the sustainability of the environment.
Several speakers were invited to share with the audience their environmental projects and their inspiration on why they do what they do. Guests speakers included young entrepreneurs of social enterprises such as co-founder of SIP Straw, Ms. Elena Villanueva, and co-founder of MAD (make a difference) Travel, Mr. Raf Dionisio. They also invited home grown heroes such as Olongapeño triathlete, Mr. Frank Lacson a.k.a. “The Legend”, with his advocacy on island swimming to create awareness of the love for the ocean and OIC for Public Affairs Office of the City of Olongapo and currently the project head of several environmental campaigns of the City, Mr. Anthony Bayarong. Moreover, the Hall of Famer in the advocacy and implementation of Solid Waste Management Act and was voted as a nationwide model barangay by the Ecological Solid Waste Management Bureau, Hon. Raulito Ditales.
These individuals have been doing their part in creating awareness and inspiring people to change their behavior towards trash. In fact, this event hopes to eradicate the use of “one-time-use plastic straws” through the program of SIP Straw and Straw Wars as an example of a behavioral change which hopes to show that small acts can add up to something big.
Zed Avecilla, director for Environment Committee for the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of Clean Up the Philippines said, “The whole objective of this activity was to be able to change people’s behavior towards trash and develop a more environmental-friendly lifestyle because to win this battle to change people's minds and hearts is a matter of lifting levels of awareness.”
This event was organized by the Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation in cooperation with the Clean Up the Philippines in partnership with Subic Bay Hotels, Attractions, and Tourism Stakeholders Visitor’s Board (SBHATSVB), the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce (SBFCC) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) supported by DENR Zambales, Olongapo City Goverment, WWF, Zero Carbon Resorts, Leave No Trace, Sip Straw, Straw Wars PH.
Sponsored by Standard Insurance, Nanofixit, Moonbay Marina, Air Juan, Mouvere, Funtastic Park, JRA Lights and Sounds, Contech Sound and Events.
Hotel partners include the Lighthouse Marina Resort, Subic Grand Harbour, Subic Park Hotel, Hotel Bahia, and Leciel.
Media partners are La Isla, C! Magazine, Calibre, Batang Gapo News, K-lite, Subicom, Newsrack.