Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas: Photographers collected over P55,000 for charity
Aileen Cerrudo • April 6, 2020 • 1160
After rallying together to to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’, photographers are now selling pieces of their work to collect enough funds to help those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
As of April 4, the contributions and donations for Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas have reached Php 57,400.
According to the group, their main goal is to be able to raise funds to help their fellowmen in times of calamities.
“We all know that a pandemic infection namely COVID-19 is affecting millions of lives all over the world. In the Philippines, the virus is spreading fast and our healthcare workers/frontliners lack the needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves,” the group said. AAC
Ten months after the death of her husband, a wife still received a heart-warming surprise from him for their 25th wedding anniversary.
Aly Mendoza received an email from her late father regarding instructions for an anniversary surprise. The email also contained a letter for her mother.
“Apparently before my dad passed away 10 months ago, he planned everything, he even contacted and paid for a florist to deliver flowers to my mom for the coming years on every special occasion, my mom’s birthday (August 19,) Valentine’s Day, and their anniversary (June 10),” she wrote in her post.
“Even if they’re not physically together, even though he’s no longer here, he was still able to surprise and make my mom happy. Not even death could stop my dad from loving my mom and showing her how much she meant to him,” she added.
Aly said her dad picked the flowers for the bouquet: white and pink.
“White roses are special to my parents because when my dad was courting her, my mom had two suitors. She told herself that whoever gives her white roses was ‘the one and obviously it was my dad who gave her white roses,” Aly said.
Aly felt the joy her mom felt when she saw the surprise. She shared how her parent’s love endures—and not even death could make them part. AAC
Did you know that corals are not rocks? They aren’t plants either.
Corals are animals. At a glance, we picture corals as uniquely-shaped rocks with seaweed-like leaves but in reality, corals are composed of tiny creatures called ‘polyps’.
Coral polyps are tiny organisms that are more closely related to sea anemones and jellyfishes.
What do they do exactly?
Corals serve as home to numerous sea creatures. It also protects coastlines to dissipate huge waves. Scientists can also determine prehistoric climate patterns by studying coral reefs which can make a huge impact on how we should live in the present.
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippines is part of the Coral Triangle which is a marine area located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is considered as the center of global marine diversity.
The Coral Triangle covers areas in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Solomon Islands. It is the home of 2.5 million hectares of coral reefs, 500 species of corals and 1,763 reef species.
In celebration of Coral Triangle Day, the DENR sets out to raise awareness on the importance of corals and the Coral Triangle in the country.
“There are 130 million people directly dependent on its marine natural resources,” the DENR said.
What can we do?
CleanSeas Pilipinas reiterated the importance of preserving coral reefs especially when climate change and pollution in the ocean continue to threat marine life.
Here are some of the actions we can do to help save the coral reefs:
Don’t touch coral reefs!
Use reef-safe sunscreens
Don’t purchase corals from gift shops
Volunteer in local beach or reef cleanups
“Protecting them is essential to food security as coral reefs contribute to 70% of fishery production in the world,” the organization said. –AAC
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