Sunday, March 29, 2009
it was another great moment to participate in this year's Earth Hour movement. we were at SM Mall of Asia, the world's fourth largest mall last night to witness one of the most significant hour this year.just recently, Earth Hour ranked the Philippines as the highest in terms of the number of cities registered to participate in this advocacy. see the official news from Earth Hour here.i was with friends Nadz and Calay as early as 5:30pm and so i had the chance to see the event area hours before the culminating global event. the main stage was set infront of the mall's globe structure.we had our dinner and arrived at the area just in time for the Earth Hour. the program was broadcast live through Studio 23 simultaneously with other cities like Cebu and Davao.the countdown was led by the mayors of the cities of Manila, Paranaque and Pasay. people were festively shouting when the lights turned off. moving neon lights dominated the area.a neon version of "pandango sa ilaw" opened the event's hour as performed by the Philippines' most prestiged cultural dance company. followed by Gary Valenciano's performance and ending with Lea Salonga singing two beautiful songs.i went around the mall during that hour and majority of the lights were turned off except for a few restaurants who reduced their light source.when the last minutes were coming, people were again cheering as the countdown ended with confettis popping out at the center stage. photos below shows the last few seconds until the turning on of the lights.it was a great moment to know that more and more people and countries support the Earth Hour movement. thanks to all those who participated and supported one of this year's most important hour.let it not be a temporary action, but instead serve as an awareness to conserve energy everyday.