Actress Sarah Lahbati and her husband, actor Richard Gutierrez, went scuba diving recently, with the adventure being their first dive of the year.
Lahbati documented their experience and shared it on her Instagram page yesterday, Jan. 5, in the hopes that it will help raise awareness on the importance of coral reef restoration.
“Grateful to have been able to have a purposeful weekend with @richardgutz [and] to have been able to dive again together,” Lahbati said. “We learned about coral reef restoration and the process of micro-fragmentation from the best people [and] hosts. We hope to be able to plant corals in our own reefs one day.”
Lahbati stated that “more than 500 million people worldwide depend on reefs for food, jobs and coastal defense in reducing damage in the event of storms, hurricanes and other cyclones.”
“The Philippines is part of the coral triangle and area with more species of fish and corals than any other marine environment on earth,” she added, noting that “corals provide food security and livelihood to millions of people around the country.”
She then asked the public to help in the preservation of coral reefs. The actress reminded people to be always aware that lifestyle choices have an impact on the ocean and future generations.
Lahbati and Gutierrez got married on March 14 last year, in a simple ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They had an underwater prenup photo shoot in El Nido, in line with their passion for diving. JB