To the core
The core of environmental protection are conservation and preservation, and pollution prevention. All are necessary but pollution prevention is essential, globally.
According to Greenpeace Philippines in an inquirer(dot)net article, the Philippines now ranks as the third worst plastic polluter of oceans, i.e., the third biggest source.
It’s “because global corporations are locking us into cheap, disposable plastics, rather than innovating or finding other solutions,” Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace said.
Whether it’s global corporations shortcomings and limitation, or the masses need for strong determination, both may have contributed to this drastic kind of situation.
Our actions do impact our environment and the planet in many ways, good and bad. In any event, plastic waste management has now become a “global” critical issue.
And as we celebrate this years World Environment Day, may this serve as a constant reminder that helping to protect the environment is everyone’s responsibility.
Philippine Environment Month (June)
June 4, 2018 – The National Power Corporation Watershed Management Division-Mindanao Generation (NPC WMD-MinGen) hosted a program in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month (June).
The 2018 Environment Month activity with the Theme: “Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it” was held during their flag raising ceremony at NPC-MinGen, Maria Cristina, Iligan City.
Mr. Kharis R. Maranda, the manager of Watershed Management Division, along with other colleagues of WMD, spearheaded the program launch.
The special program was the first in a series of scheduled activities to mark the month-long observances and commemorated in songs.
The celebration culminated in a song rendition of Smokey Mountain’s “Paraiso” by their very own WMD-MinGen, led by Ms. Angel Leah Manigo.
With guest performance by Iligan City’s local band, Mitochondria, playing two original compositions, “Sakim” and “Kalayaan Mo’y Kayamanan.”
Most of the band members had become victims to the severe Tropical Storm Washi, locally known as “Sendong” when it hit the country.
The storm calamity and wreck then drew inspiration for lead vocalist Anthony “Tony” Albert A. Lumbo to compose a song which was first entitled “Tambutso.”
Looking for another title, Tony asked lead guitarist Ronald Allan S. Salazar for suggestions, who in turn inferred of the Tagalog term, and most likely cause for disaster.
Playing “Sakim” during the program was the song’s first public performance. The song though had slight deviations from its original version from beginning to end.
As the lead vocalist was trying to play and compose himself at the same time, near tears, with voice cracking, Tony was quite emotional throughout the song’s performance.
“Kalayaan Mo’y Kayamanan” is a song created as a collaboration between Tony Lumbo who composed the music and Aileen Alaban who wrote the lyrics.
With other obligations and responsibility, the band had been lying low again for almost two years now since the 2016 reunion, after having stop playing eight years before that.
Getting to play once more, after receiving the invitation about a month earlier, the band was very eager to take the unique opportunity to showcase their songs again.
A months long preparation maybe quite enough, but with new commitments, members just practiced on their own, and run through the songs with just one and final rehearsal.
The band still enjoys making and playing their own music for the love of it. With 60 original songs (in Bisaya, English, and Tagalog), they still continue composing to this date.
Word of Thanks
Mitochondria wishes to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the following:
Mr. Kharis R. Maranda, Manager Watershed Management Division-MinGen
Ms. Lea Pilayre
Ms. Angel Leah Manigo
Mr. Malik Nagamora
The Watershed Management Division
National Power Corporation
Many thanks for the most generous gifts, and special thanks to all MinGen employees for such a warm welcome.
Written by: Mito’s BassMan