A Simple but Meaningful Gift for SB19 Josh’s Birthday

Source: Official IG SB19

22 October 2020, Siniloan, Laguna, Sierra Madre Mountains, Philippines“Always choose to be kind” is an unwritten rule of A’TIN, a community of passionate and dedicated fans of popular and talented PPop boy group SB19, which consists of Sejun, Josh, Stell, Ken and Justin.

The words of wisdom of SB19 leader Sejun inspire A’TIN and is amplified by SB19 through their hard work, humility and fortitude for the betterment of their craft and achievement of their bigger goals.

Thus, as a random act of kindness and to celebrate the special day of SB19 most charismatic and well-rounded member Josh Cullen Santos, trees are planted on behalf of his name through FEED.  Just like trees, may SB19 serve their purpose, always be grounded and resilient to storms, winds and heavy rains.  At the end of the day, SB19 will claim their rightful spot in this world of music, which will bear fruits for everyone.

A Certificate of Appreciation was issued to Josh, acknowledging also the contribution of FREY.

“Congratulations to Frey, who reached out on behalf of the A’TIN fan base to make this happen for Josh. Dedicating trees to him on his birthday, especially in light of the climate change and Covid-19 crises we face, may be simple but it most certainly is meaningful. Such acts of kindness and environmental leadership – especially from our youth leaders – typically inspires others to “be part of the change we wish to see in the world”. In fact, we have planted for Philippine BTS fans for RM’s birthday twice. Thank you Frey, and May the Forest Be With You Always!” – FEED Advisor Dr. Asuncion K. Raymundo  

I’m an A’TIN (SB19 fan) I would like to make that donation to plant trees/help on your good cause and name it for SB19 Josh Cullen Santos.@ifreystar (Twitter)

Native Philippine Trees Planted by Community of Forest Guards

10 (+2 additional, contingency) Native Philippine forest trees were planted by the local community of forest guards, who are a total of 25 permanent features at the over 9,000 hectares of protected forest at Laguna Quezon Land and Laguna Land Grants, in Siniloan, Laguna Province, Philippines.

Those responsible for the planting were Lauro G. Rizaldo, Leody A. Avenido and Deraño G. Alawas, who together prepared the site and planted the following species:

  • 3 Yakal
  • 3 Batikuling
  • 3 Balobo
  • 3 Dangula

The site is FEED’s first and longest Living Legacy partner, where regular Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reforestation projects are held as part of the preservation and protection of the Philippines longest mountain range.

About the Laguna Quezon Land Grant

Laguna Quezon Land Grant suffered from deforestation, slash and burn for agricultural development, charcoal making and human settlements. In the early 1990s, FEED and the  University of the Philippines carried out reforestation efforts with the Armed Forces of the Philippines under the FEED-coined “Living Legacy: Plant a Tree, FEED our Future” program to address the issue of deforestation. In time, with growing interest from the private sector, government and the public at large, FEED developed its Climate Change Action Programs to address the also rapidly increasing CSR and volunteer movements addressing environmental conservation, ensuring community-based Ridge to Reef reforestation approach in order to also provide alternative livelihood opportunities for surrounding villages.

Long term survival is as critical as tree-planting is to sustainable reforestation programs, which is why all FEED plantings aim to achieve and have so far sustained survival rates of at least 85 percent of all species planted, making sure they thrive for future generations too.

The Laguna-Quezon Land Grant covers a 6,765-hectare property acquired by the UPLB by virtue of Republic Act 3608 of 1930, forming the larger part adjacent to the Laguna Land Grant in Paete, Laguna. Reforestation and biodiversity conservation remain the core focus of both land grants 90 years after its establishment, since majority of the remaining forest cover of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range is home to a last bastion for many species that have become endangered in other parts of the country.

The Sierra Madres span 690 km (430 miles) and is the longest mountain range in the Philippines. Through the north-south direction from Santa Ana in the province of Cagayan to the north and Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon to the south, the mountains form the eastern backbone of Luzon Island.

GPS Coordinates – SB19’s Birthday Trees

  • 14°29’21.93″N
  • 121°30’53.28″E

GPS coordinates help keep track of your trees remotely, allowing us to monitor their growth and protection from anywhere in the world any time via online/mobile applications.

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

More About A’TIN

“If BTS has an ARMY and BLACKPINK has their BLINKS, the Philippines’ very own SB19 also came up with their official fandom name which they unveiled in a Facebook Live video on November 2.

The first P-pop boy group revealed that their fandom name is A’TIN, which is pronounced as “eighteen.”

According to a reportSejun explained in the Facebook Live video that SB19 wouldn’t have been possible without their fanbase. He said, “So, kasi, kami, SB19! 18! 19! Kasi, kumbagasiyempre, 18 muna bago 19. Pag walang 18 (A’TIN), hindi makakarating sa 19.”

SB19’s fandom name sounds very positive and inclusive. Sejun added, “Another meaning, so if you’re going to read this, it can also be read as “atin” (ours), so all the success, lahat ng natatamo natin ngayon, atin ‘to. Everything is ours. Hindi lang sa amin, kundi sa inyo rin.”

In October 2019, the five-piece group revealed their official logo which represents the group’s struggles, aspirations, and the people behind their success. In the same month, the boys also dropped their official color which is sky blue which represents the boys’ confidence and sincerity.

Contact FEED

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!

Join FEED’s Ridge to REEForestation Programs

Contact us at FEED for more details, to join our regular activities or to design your own tree-nurturing eventinfo@feed.org.ph or call/text +63 (0)917 552 4722.

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