8 September 2019, Siniloan, Laguna – Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Under their slogan, “Plant today, Save tomorrow”, 41 enthusiastic and boisterously happy RM for BTS fans stormed the Training Center at the Laguna Quezon Land Grant (LQLG) in Siniloan, Laguna, where FEED has been planting since its inception of its LIVING LEGACY program.
Since last year’s planting by the same Patrons of Education & Environment, this year tripled in numbers of planters as well as number of native Philippine rainforest trees planted, from 200 trees in 2017 to 600 this 2018 – congratulations and kudos to our RM for BTS eco-warriors!
Arriving on the dot at 7:30 AM this Sunday, they received an early-bird climate change welcome talk from FEED by its Partnerships Director, Anne-Marie Mananquil Bakker; and a Status of Philippine Forests open exchange with Forester Rey Lorida of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), steward of the 9,000 ha. LQLG protected forest situated in the longest mountain range in the Philippines, the Sierra Madres – one of our staunchest storm barriers and natural watersheds in Luzon.
Published on the 10th of September 2019 by Jonathan Hicap of the Manila Bulletin Entertainment section:
“RM will turn 25 on Sept. 12 and fans in different countries have various projects to mark the occasion.
In the Philippines, Pinoy BTS ARMYs, led by Kim Namjoon PH, went to Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in the country, in Siniloan, Laguna on Sept. 8 to plant the indigenous trees. This is the second year that RM and BTS fans held the “Plant Today, Save Tomorrow” project.
“To celebrate RM’s birthday, we planted 600 indigenous trees in Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in PH, hoping to leave a legacy for RM & ARMY and be part of the solution to climate change,” according to the Pinoy RM fans.
The tree planting was made possible in collaboration with Fostering Education & Environment for Development (FEED), a non-government organization that supports tree planting and sustainable development.
Before the activity was held, the fans were taught about the status of forests in the country, climate change and about FEED.
RM, whose real name is Kim Namjoon, was born in 1994 in Sangdo-dong in Dongjak District in Seoul and grew up in Ilsan in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.”
Before heading on their 30 minute short nature trek through the forest to their planting site, the BTS Army volunteers warmed up at the base camp with Diane Penales, VP for Operations, to ensure strong hearts were readied for the 1 hour planting experience. With diligence send some selfies, their 600 seedlings of about 6-8 months of age, were converted into their mini-forest, resulting in a very happy team of forest guards and fans.
On the trek back, many pictures were taken of the 30 minute moderate nature walk back to base camp through the 44 hectare Heritage Trail, which includes a bamboo forest and detour through one of the sites community run nursery of Philippine rainforest (hardwood and fruit bearing) mainly trees and some ornamentals.
By this time, it was 10:45AM and time to nibble on some Insulin plants for an energy boost…
…prior to enjoying a native Binalot lunch of chicken adobo with rice, banana, egg and tomato by the lake, picnic style or under the shade of the Narra.
Certificates were then handed to each participant by Forester Reynaldo Lorida, Field Manager Laguna Quezon Land Grant, to the honorary graduates in foresting and forest guardianship – Congratulations and Thank you BTS ARMY and Kim Namjoon PHL!
Our hearts are full having seen the outpouring of gratefulness, pride and joy the group generated amongst its worldwide fan base and other environmental eco-warriors to BTS, inviting hundreds of positive support and love on @KimNamjoonPHL planting posts on Twitter:
Thank you ARMY RM of BTS ECO-WARRIORS!
All participants now Eco-Warriors, received Certificates of Participation for their solid contribution to environmental conservation and protection of our forests. Kim Namjoon PH, Kim Namjoon / RM of BTS and Elena Panfilova also received additional e-Certificates acknowledging their contribution to the planting.
May the Forest be with you all, always!
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||MID-INITIAL||LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||MID-INITIAL|
|1||Opong||Gershwin Chelsie||Antivola||21||Carsula||Alyssandra Faye||T.|
|2||Antivola||Cecille||Dela torre||22||Espanto||Averie Danielle||A|
|3||Apuhin||Althea Demi Angelica||Ledesma||23||Alias||Marie Arvi||T|
|10||SALUD||PAULINE FAYE||AVECILLA||30||Frivaldo||Persian vee||Talusan|
|12||DELA CRUZ||RODALYN||A||32||Bilazon||Venice Danielle||O|
|15||Basilio||Wyndell Keith||Z||35||Landicho||Mariell Ann||C.|
|19||Catonina||Darlyn Grace||R.||39||Lanorio||Ivy Gelyn||Q|
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About King Namjoon PH
King Namjoon PH is an independent Philippine fanbase for Kim Namjoon, know as RM, leader of the international sensation BTS/방탄소년단. The fan base has previously organized projects including PH Flag Ocean during the Wings Tour concert in Manila, One Love Namjoon Project for RM’s birthday 2017 and Plant Today, Save Tomorrow Tree Planting in 2018.
In 2015, the Philippine government submitted to the United Nations the country’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The country committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The carbon dioxide reductions will come from the sectors of energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry.
Join us! Help us reverse the Earth’s “hothouse climate” tipping point.
FEED runs a number of Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – such as mangrove planting for coastal protection or ridge reforestation plantings; One Child, One Tree; Bio-Intensive Gardens (BIG) for nutrition in public elementary schools and other spaces; Climate Change Survival 101 and other LIVING LEGACY programs – customised environmental engagement activities for individuals and organisations interested in contributing to climate change adaptation efforts and greening critical areas such as watersheds, ridges, and reefs that all require rehabilitation.
Tree-Planting with FEED
Check out the video journey by Clueless Commuter to get a good idea of how FEED plantings go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPC29Rwr6Pg
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