2013 Miss Earth International Adopts Kids to Forest School Caravan

Nov. 18, Laguna. Carousel Productions and Miss Earth Foundation brought 23 Miss Earth International and two Miss Earth Philippines queens to Yakap Kalikasan's adopted school i.e. Christian School International (CSI), for its K2F school caravan. The queens were each assigned with one classroom for a session on “Loving Mother Earth”. Misses Northern Ireland, Korea and Panama were awarded during the day as Best Miss Earth Teachers.







Kids to Forest EcoBags received by the 2013 Miss Earth International Candidates

All 25 Miss Earth International and local queens received one ecobag each from the K2F Earth Ambassadors during the former’s School Caravan at Yakap Kalikasan’s adopted school, the CSI. The ecobags were personally hand-painted by selected K2F Earth Ambassadors with insignias that advocate their contributions to Mother Earth.







Yakap Kalikasan Executive Director received certificate of commendation

The Carousel Productions and Miss Earth Foundation, Inc., organizer of the 2013 Miss Earth International Beauty Pageant, commended Yakap Kalikasan for hosting the 2013 Miss Earth International School Caravan held last November 18, 2013 at Christian School International (CSI), Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines. The caravan included a tree planting activity and festive luncheon program sponsored by the partner school.








A Motorcade of Miss Earth International Beauties hosted by Yakap Kalikasan

The 23 International candidates and two local host Miss Earth Philippines queens graced the morning in Los Banos with a long motorcade in the main streets of the municipality and UP campus. Los Banos community warmly welcomed the queens by cheering “mabuhay” (welcome and goodluck). The event was hosted by Yakap Kalikasan in partnership with Christian School International (CSI), University of the Philippines (UPLB), UP-Open University, Local Government Unit of Los Banos, Laguna and 11 volunteers who provided ride for the motorcade of Miss Earth International candidates.










Additional K2F Facilitators trained.

With the intent of institutionalizing the Kids-to-Forest (K2F) as a strategy in sustainable forest management, Yakap Kalikasan in partnership with the UP Open University, trained a new set of K2F Facilitators in facilitating a whole K2F cycle. The trainees are foresters and personnel of different local offices of DENR in Luzon and a state university (Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry), including counterpart faculty of some public elementary schools. The training was divided into four main periods, i.e. virtual discussions and sharing of ideas through the UP Open University's portal; face-to-face review and action planning; practicum and application backhome. The training mainly intended to bring the K2F strategy to the provinces and to create a workable partnership between the technical foresters and school teachers.



K2F Earth Ambassadors Performed for the Society of Filipino Foresters.

October 23, 2013, Baker Hall, UPLB. The K2F Earth Ambassadors continue their mission of spreading awareness to the general public that the children and youth are contributing something to Mother Earth. Selected K2F Earth Ambassadors and finalists of the K2F Theme Song Competition entertained the members of the Society of Filipino Foresters (SFF) with their original compositions of environment songs during the SFF National Convention Foresters' Night. Themed as "The Voice of the Earth Ambassadors", the kids wowed the foresters with their advocacies.

The Foresters' Night was attended by more than 600 foresters working with the government, state universities, private and donor organizations, NGOs and business corporations from all over the country.


"Forests and Children": Regular topics in Yakap Kalikasan's and Earth Ambassadors' Radio Program

Yakap Kalikasan hosts a regular radio program every Friday at 12:30-1:30 in the afternoon via DZJV 1458 khz entitled Kids to Forest: Kamalayang Kagubatan ng mga Bata. The program is co-hosted by a kiddie Earth Ambassador. Topics revolve around environmentalism and children/youth participation. The Regional Public Affairs Officer of DENR-region 4a once guested and discussed the essence of the National Greening Program (NGP), while another time was devoted to the very encouraging stories of the 2nd and 9th topnotchers of the 2013 Forestry Board (Foresters Josue Alvin Reyes and Glen Umali, respectively). Mrs. Tina Malinao, the wife of a slain Forest Guard of Mt. Makiling, also inspired the listeners with how she continued the advocacy of her husband for sustainable forests.

"Kilos Kabataan": Official Theme Song of Kids to Forest: Philippines

Composed by Music Institute Kami (MIK), Kilos Kabataan (Let's Act, Young People) was selected by a group of eight judges as the Kids to Forest Official Theme Song. MIK is a group of youth from different parts of Laguna who met each other in a youth camp last summer. A couple of members learned about the K2F theme song competition and began jamming and creating the lyrics with newly found friends. Kilos Kabataan is a song that emphasizes that the youth and children are the hope of our land. It encourages them to initiate and participate in activities that help sustain forests. A rap that moved the audience to their seats called for the Filipino youth to become forerunners of developmental change. To quote "Tayong kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan. Ikaw at ako'y may ambag sa kagubatan. Pagpapanatili samu't saring buhay na bigay ng ating Diyos lalo na sa kalikasan. Hindi atin 'to kaya ating ingatan. Tunay kang astig, Pinoy na Kabataan. Pag-asa ka ng Bayan. oh oh… Tayo nang manguna, Pinoy na Kabataan"

Kilos Kabataan by MIK bagged the two major awards in the Kids to Forest Theme Song Competition

Aug 2, NCAS Auditorium, UPLB. The Music Institute Kami (MIK), a group of young non-professional singers and composers, first time to join a theme song competition, won the First Prize and Kiddie Choice awards during the Kids to Forest Theme Song Competition held on August 2, 2013 at NCAS Auditorium, UPLB. The pop song "Kilos Kabataan" which was simply performed with a lead guitar and a beat box left a mark with the two-verse rap and a repetitive chorus of "Kilos kabataan, tayo'ng pag-asa ng bayan. Kagubatan atin nang alagaan, tungo sa magandang kinabukasan". The song also gathered the hearts and sway of many children during a series of surveys conducted by Yakap Kalikasan with different schools in search of the Kiddie Choice Song. Second Best Song went to "Ang Dampa" by Joshua Guinto, while the third Best Song went to "The Call" by Rusty Keith Placino. MIK received a total of P12,000.00 for the two awards. Kilos Kabataan is the 2013 Official Theme Song of Kids to Forest.

Powerhouse of Judges during the Kids to Forest Theme Song Competition

Aug 2, NCAS Auditorium, UPLB. Eight judges, whom the audience called as "powerhouse" completed the selection of the official theme song of the Kids to Forest. The Board of Judges was headed by Rene Boncocan, a famous original Filipino Music composer and singer. He co-founded Buklod with Noel Cabangon. Other members of the Board of judges were: Bb. Kim Suiza, Ms. Earth Philippines-Air 2013; Dr. Mutya Paulino, a choir conductress and head of research division of a university; Forester Remedios Evangelista, head of Forest Management Bureau's Reforestation Division and National Greening Program-Coordinating Office ; Forester Glenda Aquino of the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization; Mr. Paulo Emmanuel Baysac, a poet, artist, stage actor and flute expert; Mr. GJ Herman Gomez, musician and the Music Coordinator and Faculty of the Philippine High School for the Arts; and Ms. Angel Dayao, award-winning composer and arranger of musical plays, and head of Harmonya and other musical groups. The same judges rated the seven top entries during the pre-final judging for musicality (30%), content (30%) and audience acceptability (30%). The last 10% was rated during the live performance on August 2 at the NCAS Auditorium, UPLB.



Kids to Forest Album is out

The top seven songs of the Kids to Forest Theme Song Competition, plus a song composed and performed during the 2011 International Year of Forests is now out on promo sale for only P150.00. The cd comes in a pack with pages of the lyrics of the songs and individual advocacies of the composers. The same CD shall be shared with the DENR, DepEd, United Nations-Food and Agriculture Office, Climate Change Commission, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and groups with particular interest on the environment, more specifically the forests. CDs are available in the office of Yakap Kalikasan. For orders, kindly email us at yakap_kalikasan@yahoo.com.





Ms. Philippine Earth AIR 2013 judges the Kids to Forest Theme Song Competition

The reigning queen of Ms Philippine Earth AIR served as one of the key judges of the recently concluded Kids to Forest Theme Song Competition held in UPLB. Ms. Kimverlyn "Kim" Suiza who is a Lagunena by origin, is well loved by the audience. She is a Mass Communications graduate and currently the Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator of the longest running noontime show in the Philippine television, Eat Bulaga. She told Yakap Kalikasan executives how she loves children and how her heart strongly promotes care and love for Mother Earth. Indeed, a true lady queen for Inang Kalikasan.


A Call on the Wall

Some Earth Ambassadors art-painted the fence of a compound in Los Banos that is owned by a renowned Filipino Artist, Jun Yi. The children and youth received some advise on how to mix colors and how best they can express their thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting. A Parent Earth Ambassador joined the children during one painting session. The kids bannered the Kids to forest phrase as their main theme. It took the kids two weekends to finish painting the fence. The art work has been attracting passers-by. (click for pictures)






K2F Facilitator's Tool Guide:  Ready for Testing

Judges Deliberate on K2F Themesong entries

May-June 2013. Six experts in music, promotions, arts and culture, information/education and forestry composed the panel of judges for the K2F Themesong Competition. The panel conducted the first level of judging/screening of the 15 entries submitted to Yakap Kalikasan in recorded versions of the compositions.








K2F Facilitator's Tool Guide:  Ready for Testing

K2F Facilitator's Tool Guide: Ready for Testing

June 2013. Yakap Kalikasan, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), developed a Tool Guide for teachers, volunteers and technical staff (ex. Foresters) who might be interested to run and coordinate interactive sessions with children and youth on forest and forest management. The Guide is a result of the NGO's experience in implementing the Kids-to-Forest Project in 2011 where about 150 very young children, young adults, and parents and teachers learned different technical and forestry matters in a very practical and enjoyable manner. The Tool Guide shall be tested in a K2F Facilitators' Training scheduled within June 2013. Results of said Training shall be inputs to the validation and refinement of the Tool Guide.




Yakap Kalikasan Distributes School Supplies

Yakap Kalikasan Distributes School Supplies

June 2013. Partner schools of Yakap Kalikasan in its Kids-to-Forest Project received some tokens of pencils and pad papers for pre-elementary and Grade 1 pupils and dustless chalks for teachers. The items provided may not be sufficient to the number of schooling children, but the management of this NGO believes that pencils and pad papers are usually the most utilized and consumed school supplies in schools. With the provision, more children will be encouraged to express their ideas in drawing and in writing. Yakap Kalikasan also supports health in schools, thus the provision of dustless chalks. They may be costlier than ordinary chalks but they keep the teachers and students away from chalk residues when they work on blackboards.




15 Young Artists Compete for K2F Themesong

May 2013. The Kids-to-Forest Theme Song Competition which was launched last March 2013 encouraged 15 young artists to compose original songs of various genre that show the importance of developing awareness and movement of children in support of the environment...the forests, in particular. Six judges with backgrounds in music, arts and environment sat down to select the top songs which shall undergo a thorough mentoring from Yakap Kalikasan, a co-producer and partner recording studio. The songs will undergo another stage of judging where the best song shall be chosen as the K2F themesong. The winner shall receive an award of P10,000. A CD of the top songs shall be distributed to DENR, the DepED and UN-FAO.

The 15 entries and their composers/artists are: "Ang Dampa" by Joshua Guinto, "Ating Kagubatan" by Nadine Toribio, "Ating Kalikasan" by Band Allies, "Buhay Natin" by Ryan Paradero, "Kalikasan" by Divina Gomon, "Kalikasan" by John de Robles, "Kilos Kabataan" by Tropang MIK, "Masdan ang Bukas mo" by Antonio Antonio, "Munting Hiling" by Emmanuel Inocencio, "Nurture Nature" Jose Luis Bobadilla, "Stop" by Patricia Ramos and Cedric Patangan, "Sulong Kalikasan" by Dale Santos, "Tanimang Solusyon" by Francisco Abugan, "The Call" by Rusty Placino and "Lovely Mountains" by Ma. Theresa Lumdang.

Earth Ambassadors: Nag-Summer Training

ni Lester Pantaleon, GK Earth Ambassador

Inenjoy ng mga batang Earth Ambassadors ang 2013 summer vacation dahil ito'y naging pagkakataon upang muling magkita-kita, magkamustahan at mag-aral ng mga bagay na hindi napapag-aralan sa classroom. Tatlong magkakahiwalay na sessions sa Earth Ambassadorship ang dinaluhan ng 15 kiddie Earth Ambassadors at isang PTA Earth Ambassador mula sa Calauan, Bae at Los Banos.

Sa unang session, tinuruan ang mga Earth Ambassadors kung paano magagamit sa mas makabuluhang bagay ang camera o simpleng cellphone…. ang Developmental Photogprahy. Ang dalawang trainers mula sa UP-SIBOL na sina Sonny Paciona at Kala Bernardino ay nagbahagi ng kanilang mga kaalaman at kasanayan sa potograpiya, at mga tamang paraan sa pagkuha ng magagandang mga litrato na maaaring gamitin ng mga Earth Ambassadors sa kanilang pagpromote ng environmentalism sa ibang kabataan at sa buong pamayanan.

Ang ikalawang session ay tungkol sa Radio Broadcasting -- isang paraan upang ang Earth Ambassador ay makapagsisiwalat ng mga karanasan, kakaibang ideya at magagandang balita tungkol sa pangangalaga ng kagubatan at kalikasan. Ikinatuwa ng mga trainees na maging tagapagsalita ang isang popular na radio anchor ng DZJV na si Ate K (Kaye). Ang training na ito ay paghahanda upang ang mga Earth Ambassadors ang mismong magiging tagapagsalita sa isang programang pangkalikasan ng Yakap Kalikasan at Earth Ambassadors sa Radyo-DZJV.

Ang ikatlong session ay tungkol sa mas mainam at atraktibong pagsusulat ng mga script at pabalita. Dito ay sinanay ang mga Earth Ambassadors na magsulat ng mga balita, talakayan at artikulo na maaaring gamitin sa newsletters, blogspots at radio. Pagkatapos magsulat ng script binigyan ang mga bata ng pagkakataon na ipakita ang kanilang mga nagawa sa pamamagitan ng simulation activity o pagsasadula na parang nasa aktuwal na radio o pabalita.

Mainit man ang summer vacation ngunit naging makabuluhan ito dahil sa mga trainings na ito.

Yakap Kalikasan in Model Forest Regional Workshop

Yakap Kalikasan was involved in the Asia Regional Workshop on Model Forests held in Tagbilaran, Bohol in March 2013. The event was a sharing of experiences and meeting of the executive body of the Model Forests in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, India and China. Yakap Kalikasan served as NGO partner of the Ulot Watershed Model Forest in Samar from 2006-2012 through the International Model Forest Network Secretariat (IMFNS) and DENR-Forest Management Bureau. Yakap Kalikasan facilitated the development of the area's Ecotourism Development Plan, market systems installation for some natural resource products (i.e. bariw handicrafts and torpedo ecological attraction) and capability building support for entrepreneurs.

Earth Ambassadors Shared K2F Experiences in an Environment Forum

Selected Earth Ambassadors from four elementary schools presented special numbers and gave testimonies about their Kids-to-Forest (K2F) exposures and how these have created impacts in their homes, schools and communities.

They presented during the Forum on: Pagmamahal at Pamamahala ng Kalikasan (Love and Management of the Environment) held at UP Open University on February 16, 2013. Still fresh in their memories, the children recalled how much they enjoyed yet learned from the activities and lessons from the K2F, such as the 3-day Akyat Bundok (Forest Exposure) with forest foster parenting, interactive games and tour of the forest, plus the cross visits to entrepreneurs, offices and mangrove forest, including the hands-on on organic fertilizer production and tree planting. Besides their testimonies, the children also displayed colorful and unique products made from recycled materials.

Some reactions posted virtually by the audience are: "yung mga Earth Ambassadors, ang gagaling at bigatin. Parang nag-aaral ng Masteral degree." (The Earth Ambassadors were good. They spoke like they are Masteral degree students", J. Adriano UPOU student.

"I learned a lot from the Earth Ambassadors' reflections", A. Morales, DLSU Faculty.

"The real stars of the show were the Earth Ambassadors — amazing young kids, with so much thoughts, reflections and intelligence about the environment. I hope this kind of activity becomes regular", V. Rivera, student/journalist.

K2F Earth Ambassadors surprised UPLB

February 13, 2013, UPLB Grounds

Around 90 children and youth Earth Ambassadors caught the attention of a big crowd on the second night of the UPLB-February Fair with their call for public awareness and involvement in keeping the environment healthy for today and the next generations.

The Earth Ambassadors performed a flashmob (sudden dance number in the crowd) using lyrical interpretation of the original composition "Inang Kagubatan" (Mother Forest). It surprised the viewers of the on-going environmental concert staged by Yakap Kalikasan, UPLB Student Council, UP-Open University, DENR-CALABARZON and Tulisanes. The children also rendered special numbers as Yakap Kalikasan explained the Kids-to-Forest strategy and DENR CALABARZON encouraged everyone to contribute in sustaining the forests at least by planting trees. Bystanders had different reactions: "We were caught in surprise. The children danced well.

They are young but they are very good advocates of environmentalism. The flashmob is really one way of getting people's interest on an agendum."

Participants to the flashmob included students from the elementary schools of Dayap, Sto Domingo and Puypuy, Colegio de Los Banos-High School and youth volunteers from Gawad Kalinga-Tuntungin. Most of them were exposed in the Kids-to-Forest (K2F) Project in 2011 while the others expressed excitement to the next K2F activities. Aishteru Dancers choreographed the flashmob.


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