Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Trees for Life

Today, the Xl Admin Team joined DENR and other stakeholders in the launching of “Trees for Life: 1.25 Million Seedlings for Planting and Nurturing” under the Green Philippines Program of Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Literally, that was the text written in our streamer.

I woke up as early as 6:00 AM because our assembly would be before 7:30 AM at Badgers, Banilad. I only had less than 5 hours of sleep (as always).

But it was a worthwhile activity. We had a breath of fresh and chilly air. I loved the scenery of lush vegetation and green canopy of trees…a welcome retreat from the polluted city life.

It was also a perfect venue to shoot for ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) fanatics and wannabe’s like Sylvette and me. Ms. O also joined in the craziness and cover girl poses ala-Tyra Banks.

The boys did most of the dirty jobs digging and clearing up the location where we could plant the tree seedlings. We were able to lodge in a total of 40 seedlings. Since BOI (Board of Investments) required us to plant 100 trees as a requirement for our company’s registration, we have to schedule another tree planting to complete the requirement. We’re looking at the mountains of Sibonga as per suggestion from Ms. O.

Though a bit tired, we have to go back to the office after a hearty lunch at Chikaan.

I believe that what we did today was a noble act. Our forest has been receding to make way for what they call --- DEVELOPMENT. It’s a sad fact that our children and grandchildren might not experience the perks of Mother Nature because of our careless and selfish acts today.


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