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Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment

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Alyz Henrich of Venezuela celebrates as she is crowned Miss Earth 2013 by Tereza Fajksová, Miss Earth 2012, in a photo taken last year during the beauty pageant’s final night.  On Tuesday, 49 delegates to this year’s Miss Philippines-Earth pageant presented themselves to members of the media. RICHARD A. REYES

Greeting spectators “Happy Earth Day!” under the scorching heat of the summer sun, 49 delegates to this year’s Miss Philippines-Earth pageant presented themselves to members of the media at the poolside of the Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City before noon on Tuesday.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Lagos gets on its bike with recycling ‘loyalty’ scheme

Nigeria's biggest city Lagos is home to some 20 million people and produces a staggering 10,000 tonnes of waste every day, a lot of which piles up on the busy streets or floats in open sewers. Currently, an estimated 40 percent of the megacity's waste is collected and taken to massive rubbish dumps, where scavengers pick through it for scrap and salvage to sell. But a new scheme is hoping to change people's attitude towards rubbish -- and their immediate environment -- by providing a material incentive to recycle plastic bottles, bags and tin cans.  AFP

Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos is home to some 20 million people and produces a staggering 10,000 tons of waste every day, a lot of which piles up on the busy streets or floats in open sewers.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The Story of O

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Friends fondly called her “Tita O,” “Lola O” or Odetski, while her detractors might have called her “The Green Witch,” for her stubborn defense of environmental causes. But for me and others who had visited her home, the late Odette Alcantara, founder of Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc. (EDNPI), would always be the “Green Angel,” and not just for her advocacy.

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Filipino celebs cited for lending star power to causes

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Like Hollywood celebrities Charlize Theron, Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, they used star power to help address global problems.

Posted: May 28th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Watch out for these carcinogens in your shampoos and makeup

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THUMBS up to the green lifestyle: spaholics are Earth-loving people, too.

The worldwide movement to go green is very evident in the global spa community. Spa operators have been taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint by making a conscious effort to save water, maximize the use of recycled and organic products, and use natural light as much as possible.

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Health and Wellness | Read More »

Beware of charms in Chinese New Year bearing harm

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Some Chinese New Year charms and accessories might not exactly bring good fortune.

Posted: February 6th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Not just any tree, got to be native for Odette Alcantara

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ODETTE ALCANTARA is dearly missed. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Her fiery spirit continues to stoke the passions of her fellow earth defenders. And so it is that three years after her death, Odette Alcantara is still called upon to be the champion of the trees.

Posted: October 14th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

What’s hot, what’s not in the face of calamity

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Rescue teams, police and hospital workers went above and beyond the call of duty to come to the aid of those in need, logging in long hours and setting aside their own comforts and event safety to serve other people. Volunteers wasted no time, springing to action even as the disaster was still unfolding. They braved the strong rain and the flooded streets to get to relief centers, to cook meals, to pack goods, to get people to safety, to let the hapless know they weren’t forgotten. Those who couldn’t leave their homes raided their closets and pantries for things they could donate and used the Internet to disseminate important information. Donations have been given and pledges have been made even by people outside the country. We wish we had all their names so we could honor them. They are all heroes.

Posted: August 11th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Photogs capture beauty, slow destruction of Hinulugang Taktak

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Hinulugang Taktak. HANDOUT PHOTO

Professional photographers and photo enthusiasts in Rizal province have taken up a cause: to expose both the beauty and the appalling state of Hinulugang Taktak, the famed waterfalls in Antipolo City.

Posted: May 10th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

I must have ‘killed’ more than two dozen pine tree seedlings

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A CANDLE which is actually the new shoot that has to be pinched off if you don’t want the plant to become lanky.

Pine trees are lovely to look at, but are delicate to handle. With the raging controversy over the balling of pine trees by SM in Baguio City, I could not help but put in my two cents worth.

Posted: April 18th, 2012 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

12 steps to a green 2012


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The Worldwatch Institute, one of the institutions I truly admire, has come up with a list of 12 steps for the developing world to go green. Some, if not all, of these steps you have already heard before. But we can always use a reminder every now and then.

Posted: February 15th, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

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