Earth Day celebrated in Philippines

A rich and diverse day

In the Philippines, EARTH Day was celebrated on 20 April 2018 at the 23 hectare Farm of the Good Shepherd in Sariaya, Quezon Province.  The celebration was initiated by The Ministry office of the Philippines – Japan Province of the Good Shepherd (headed by Sr. Anya Borbon PLT Councilor for ministry) in coordination with St. Mary Euphrasia Development Foundation Inc. (SMEIDFI).

 

Participants

Participants included 117 delegates representing students and teachers from the College Department of St. Bridget College, Batangas, the group of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate from Marikina City and Good Shepherd Mission Partners of the Provincialate Community, and Good Shepherd Community from Quezon City. 

The Ritual

The whole day celebration started with the Ritual of reading excerpts from Laudato Si and the Good Shepherd Position paper on Ecology.  These were written in canvas and were displayed in the strategic areas so that people who visit the farm are reminded of the wisdom of Pope Francis in his Encyclical on our common home and the stand of the Good Shepherd sisters about ecology. 

The Eco Walk

Together, the participants had an ECO WALK in the entire farm.  They were invited to recognize in twelve prepared stations the sacredness of the different parts of creation and praise God for such beauty and grandeur given to mother earth. 

Planting seedlings and other activities

Later, thousands of collected seedlings were blessed and prepared to be planted by either June or July, 2018 when rain is expected to come.

Simultaneous activities were done after lunch.  These were:  soil painting, sessions on vermi culture preparations, solid waste management and Good Shepherd position on ecology including showing of a video on climate change. 

Sr. Ailyn Binco gave the input on Good Shepherd position on Ecology while Rose Dones led another group to discuss Solid Waste Management and Vermi culture preparations.

Invitation to personal commitment

The day was concluded by writing personal commitment to help preserve the Earth, our common home on the canvas with the globe as background. 

All the participants went home with a strong determination and commitment to make personal and even group efforts to help preserve the Mother Earth.

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