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Celebrating Culture and Wetlands:  
A Literary and Musical Night

Likha-Diwa sa Gulod
University of the Philippines Campus
Krus na Ligas, Diliman, Quezon City

     In line with this year’s theme, the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands celebrated the World Wetlands Day by holding a Literary and Musical Night that paid tribute to humanity and its long time relationship with wetland ecosystems.  To illustrate this relationship and communicate its importance, the cultural night featured numbers which revolved around the following sub-themes: 

* the history of wetlands and people
* wetlands as an early source of food and raw materials
* working in wetlands – the tools of the trade
* cultural heritage – a management challenge
* wetlands – a cultural landscape
* wetlands – a cultural landscape for learning and leisure
* wetlands and spiritual life
* wetlands – an inspiration in art, music, literature and folklore

musical numbers featuring local artists

Makiling Ensemble
Miriam College Chorale
Yayi Lecciones

poetry reading of literary pieces inspired 
     by wetland ecosystems

Simeon Dumdum, Jr.'s  "What the Water Says to the Poet", as read by Finance Undersecretary N. Osorio 
Manuel Santiago's "Isang Tuyong Ilog" (A Dead River), as read by Unilever Manager C. Macapagal and SCPW President A. Lecciones
excerpt of Fernando Monleon's "Alamat ng Pasig" (The Legend of Pasig), as read by the former Assistant Director of Protected Areas and  Wildlife Bureau C. Ulep
Felizardo Martelino's "Waterlilies", as read by  a wetland advocate from the Coastal Environment Programme
L. Baens Ramos' "The Nurtured Nature",  as read by Ms. Mendoza of Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila Bay Environmental Mgt. Project
"Ang Garapon"  (The Glass Jar), as read by Che Prudente of Likha Diwa

production number by the Protected Areas and 
        Wildlife Bureau’s Dalaw-Turo
showing of film clips ... CLEAR's "Laguna de Bay in Focus"
truths about wetlands 
photo exhibit

"The Many Uses of Wetlands"
     - Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau
"Laguna de Bay, a Living Lake"
     - Laguna Lake Development Authority

paying tribute to the Philippine wetlands -

...with the Moonstar88

... with the Makiling Ensemble

... with the Miriam College Chorale

reading wetland-inspired poetry..

Undersecretary N. Osorio, Department of Finance Asst. Director C. Ulep, Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau

Ms. A. Lecciones of SCPW and Mr. G. Macapagal of Unilever

photo exhibits on
      wetlands and humanities...

Laguna de Bay, a Living Lake

The Many Uses of Wetlands

To the Friends of the Society who helped to make the event possible and successful -

Likha-Diwa sa Gulod
Philippine Sustainable Development Network Foundation, Inc.
Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau

and to our CLEAR partners:
Laguna Lake Development Authority
Unilever – Philippines

Thank you!