MIT International School DARE – “Be the Change: Grow Green” – Reforesting the Sierra Madres

MI-INTL-SCH-13APR201947.jpg13 April 2019, Laguna Quezon Land Grant, Siniloan, Laguna. “Be the Change: Grow Green” – that is the tagline of MIT International School’s DARE Creative Social Outreach advocacy group, of which 18 students from different grades/years joined in the tree planting with FEED at the Sierra Madre mountains last 13th of April 2019.


Forester Rey is pictured above finishing the technical demonstration of how to de-bag and plant the seedlings properly to ensure its highest survival of at least 90% of all that we plant.

Forester Reynaldo E. Lorida, who helps manage part of the over 9,000 hectares of protected rainforest, expressed his appreciation to the  group, saying: “You could easily have been somewhere else during your weekend, at the malls or at the beach or just resting at home – but instead you are here with us and 20 other forest guards to protect and plant our last remaining forests. So thank you and hope to see more of you in the future!”

MITIS-Registration-FEEDAfter site registration, the 18 MITIS eco-warriors received a short history about FEED & the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) – FEED’s longest and first Living Legacy partner by FEED Director of Partnerships, Anne-Marie Mananquil Bakker; and a Status of Philippine Forests updated by Forester Rey Lorida.

MI-INTL-SCH-13APR201917The group then proceeded to the planting site via a short trek through the “Forest Fitness” trail designed by the 25 plus permanent forest guards who patrol the over 9,000 hectares on a daily basis. Each participant planted 5 seedlings, and one mother decided to buy an additional 10 to add to her count, bringing the total to exactly 100 native Philippine forest trees planted.

GPS Coordinates

Use any GPS (Global Positioning System) software / application to input the latitude and longitude coordinates to be able to remotely see the location of your trees planted. Some examples include:


Some of the Native Philippine Seedlings Planted

Some of the species planted (with scientific name) and benefits are listed below:

  1. Malaruhat (Syzygium nitidum)
  2. Bani (Pongamia pinnata)
  3. Kalumpit (Terminalia microcarpa)
  4. White lauan (Shorea contorta)
  5. Lipote (Syzygium polycephaloides)

Malaruhat (Syzygium nitidum)


Bani (Pongamia pinnata)


Kalumpit (Terminalia microcarpa)


White lauan (Shorea contorta)


Source of tree images and descriptions:

Lipote (Syzygium polycephaloides) 


Slide Show – MITIS


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Photo Journal – FEED


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Thank you MITIS Eco-Warrior Students, Teachers and Parents!

“Thank you for joining us in this little change! Together, let us build a better future for everyone. #BetheChange #SeeBeLive #CSO2019”!

  1. Myra Joanna C. Arce
  2. Nikki Floranne V. Castolo
  3. Rodalyn A. Gasid
  4. Maria Sophia T. Alipit
  5. Margaret Cassandra M. Dungo
  6. Anusha Menon
  7. Annika Julia B. Lavilla
  8. Jialin Precious P. Gan
  9. Julianne B. Lavilla
  10. Anna Deborah R. Medina
  11. Richmond G. Calunsag
  12. Patrisha Jane P. Gan
  13. Jiap Patrick Gabriel P. Gan
  14. Olivia P. Gan
  15. Joel Andrei C. Ramirez
  16. Meann B. Plotteck
  17. Ezekiel Kyle M. Blanco
  18. Carmi Montañes

MI-INTL-SCH-13APR20199.jpgAbout MITIS

MITIS-2.jpgPhilosophy of Education

MIT International School believes that properly motivated students can master basic skills and reach their respective development potentials. It believes that the highest standards of learning and conduct are better achieved when teachers and school staff work in close collaboration with families. It believes that students respond positively to the challenges of rigorous academic work and to the demands of responsible citizenship within a warm and supportive community and through the life example of their mentors.


MIT International School is an exemplary school welcoming students from different cultural backgrounds and geographic areas. It inspires each child to attain his/her full potential in a challenging intellectual and genuinely caring environment under the tutelage of well-trained and dedicated teachers. It is a center of enlightened thought and practice in the education of the young towards competent and responsible citizenship in the home, nation, and international community.


MIT International School offers an integrated curriculum rich with values-oriented, inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate, and hands-on learning experiences. Strong emphasis is given to proficiency in mathematics, science, and oral and written English. A special place is given to the lively appreciation of music, painting, dance, and other arts.

Special attention to the learning needs of every child shall remain a primary commitment. The school shall, thus, engage the services of top caliber teachers, provide clear and constant communication with families, offer state-of-the-art facilities, and maintain small class sizes and a relatively small school population.

The school shall promote actively traditional values among its students and all its stakeholders. It shall uphold the core values of Solidarity, Truth, Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, Excellence, and Service (STRIPES) in all its programs and practices to ensure the integral formation of all learners.


More about DARE :

Contact FEED

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: Video 

Check out the video journey by Clueless Commuter who planted with us last 24th of June 2017 to get a good idea of how FEED plantings go:


Contact us at FEED for more details, to join our regular activities or to design your own CSR Program: or call/text +63 (0)917 552 4722.

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