Filed under: Defending our Oceans | Tags: Apo Island, Marine Reserves, Ocean Defenders
Apo Island Marine Reserve in central Philippines is a ‘ray of hope’ for oceans around the world, Greenpeace said today during the visit of the ship MY Esperanza to the famous reserve. The Esperanza was welcomed in pristine Apo Island by the local community who displayed a 20 meter long banner by the shore, with the words ‘Marine reserves: hope for the oceans.’
The visit is part of the Philippine leg of the Esperanza’s global Defending our Oceans tour following a two-week campaign against marine pollution in different parts of the country. It underscores how the establishment of such protected areas in the oceans is a key solution to the crises that seas worldwide face today.
Greenpeace is calling for 40% of the world’s oceans to be protected as marine reserves in order to reverse the current decline in the health of our oceans due to the impact of human activity on marine ecosystems that already reached a critical tipping point.
Filed under: Defending our Oceans | Tags: Angel Aquino, Cinemalaya, Ocean Defenders, Sid Lucero
Angel Aquino is no stranger to the limelight. She has always been a favorite cover girl of various magazines. Starting out as a model, she later became a successful film actress and lifestyle television host. Angel is now a Greenpeace Ocean Defender.
Last July 19, 2006, the gala premiere of “Donsol” was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It is one of the entries at the 2nd Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival where Angel played a lead role. Donsol’s theme is learning to love again despite the possibility of another heartbreak. In this film, Angel and lead actor Sid Lucero starred as two strangers who were troubled by past heartaches. Eventually, they found themselves drawn to each other as they let love surface anew. Thus the tagline, “love is an ocean of emotions.”