Earth Hour 2013 @ SM Lanang, Davao

Earth Hour 2013

Earth Hour 2013

The last time I joined Earth Hour was in 2011. I was in Singapore then atop The Lantern‘ of Fullerton Bay Hotel. It was a quiet celebration with candle lit tables and dimmed lights, uncommon for a rooftop pool bar, and overlooking Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands.

Earth Hour 2013

SM Lanang

SM Lanang

Two years later and a more environment-conscious world society, Let’s Go Sago joined Earth Hour once again last March 23, 2013 at the Fountain Court of SM Lanang Premier in Davao City. In contrast to that of the Singapore experience, the observance of Earth Hour 2013 involved a public event program with no less than environmental advocates and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Other SM malls in Mindanao: SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM City General Santos, and SM City Davao, had similar activities. This is actually part of the bigger picture participated by all SM Supermalls around the country. However, this exercise is particularly significant for Mindanao where most provinces are currently experiencing an electric-power crisis with rotating blackouts.

Davao, Philippines

Davao, Philippines

Fountain Court, SM Lanang Premier Mall

Fountain Court, SM Lanang Premier Mall

Earth Hour @ SM Lanang Premier

Hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-International 2007 Ms. Nadia Shami, the event started as early as 8pm. The opening remarks was delivered by Ms. Debby A. Go, AVP-Operations, Mindanao-SM Supermalls. This was followed by the showing of SM and Global Earth Hour videos. The main message was given by guest speaker Mr. Arturo Boncato, Jr, Regional Director Department of Tourism (Region 11). There were also dance performances from Davao’s local groups.

Ms. Debby Go, AVP-Operations, SM SUpermalls Mindanano

Ms. Debby Go, AVP-Operations, SM Supermalls Mindanano

The mall design is inspired from the Japanese art of origami.

The mall design is inspired from the Japanese art of origami.

Earth Hour 2013 Crowd

Earth Hour 2013 was observed in all SM Supermalls in the Philippines and 6 SM malls in China

The Fountain Court was also filled with hundreds of participants from all walks of life and ages from children to old folks alike. Come 8:29 pm,  the much anticipated countdown towards the ceremonial lights switch-off was held. The synchronized shut-off covered most of the mall lights in and outside SM Lanang Premier, fountain court show lights, and the adjacent new hotel by Radisson - Park Inn Davao.

Check out this YouTube video of Earth Hour 2013:

Candle lights among the crowd were also lit up and shared as another dance group celebrated the occasion. A huge ‘60+‘ standee was alighted with energy-saving LED lights as well. And as can be expected from a Filipino crowd, a number of ‘photo opps‘ were taken advantaged off. :) A Filipino celebration is never complete without the so-called ‘Kodak‘ moments. :)

Earth Hour Countdown

Earth Hour Countdown

Fire Dance Exhibition

Fire Dance Exhibition

WWF ‘I WIll If you Will

Another crowd-drawer was the fire dance exhibition which was a feast to the eyes. A writing wall of “I Will if You Will” was also available near the registration table in an effort to get the public’s commitment to saving power and getting more Earth-friendly. The advocacy is central to WWF‘s campaign of encouraging people to commit in contributing in saving the Earth in exchange for a commitment to sacrifice some pleasures which produces a large amount of carbon footprint.

WWF's 'I Will If You Will'

WWF’s ‘I Will If You Will’

60 minutes of shut-off lights worldwide

60 minutes of shut-off lights worldwide

Manila Bloggers in Davao

Manila Bloggers in Davao

After the festivities, we went home with the hope that more people were educated and made more aware of our world’s state and the importance of acting now in saving  mother Earth. As more and more people join in, may our efforts to save the place we live in exceed the 60 minutes of shut-off lights, and go beyond Earth Hour 2013 in SM Lanang and Davao City.

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