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Let's Turn Off our Lights for the Earth Hour 2012!

Is sharing one trait that we Filipinos are good at - turning off our lights. Why? Since 2009, the Philippines is the top country with the most participants of cities and towns that turn off lights for the yearly Earth Hour 2012.

According to Yahoo Philippines's article Mark Earth Hour 2012, "Earth Hour started in Australia when the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) asked 2.2 million individuals in more than 2,000 businesses in Australia to turn off their lights for one hour. Since then 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries and territories have responded with a worldwide commitment to a better future." 

Reason for this is very self-explanatory. To save energy that is. Since we owned technology as way of life, sometimes it is the technology that owns us! This is to remind everyone that we need to get in touch with our friends and loved not only on Twitter, Facebook and mobile phones but find time to see them in person, hear their voice and feel their presence.

Wanna know where to celebrate Earth Hour  with others? According to WWF Philippines website:

Makati City’s Ayala Triangle Gardens shall be the central hub for Luzon. At 6:30 PM on 31 March, glow-in-the-dark dance troupe Bailes de Luces and the Caracol dancers shall form the vanguard of an Earth-themed parade which starts at the Makati fire station and ends at Ayala Tower One – where WWF-Philippines National Ambassador Rovilson Fernandez shall host a programme with performances from El Gamma Penumbra, Brigada and other groups. No less than Earth Hour founder Andy Ridley shall lead the country’s main switch-off event, hosted by WWF with the help of Ayala Land and the Makati City Government.

Cebu City’s Plaza Independencia shall be the chief switch-off site for the Visayas. A festive street parade led by local Sinulog Dancers shall start from Fuente OsmeƱa Circle from 5:30 PM onwards. The Cebu switch-off further features a candle lighting ceremony capped off by the release of biodegradable sky lanterns. Cebu’s event is in cooperation with the Aboitiz Group and the Cebu City Government.

SM Davao shall be the main switch-off site for Mindanao. WWF-Philippines National Ambassador Marc Nelson shall host the switch-off, which features a tribal-themed parade around SM Davao at 6:30 PM. Black-light and fire-dancers shall woo the crowd with specialized routines once the city plunges into darkness. The Davao event is in collaboration with SM Supermalls, the Green Alliance and the Davao City Government.

So there you go! Please turn off your lights tonight for an hour. For more information about the Earth Hour Philippines you may click here the WWF's Earth Hour Philippines website.

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