Earth Hour Philppines 2016, a night of fun and celebration

The Philippines  participated  once again in the celebration of Earth Hour on March 19,  with a lot of national landmarks, major establishments,  and several towns and cities switching off unnecessary lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

From a single-city event in 2007 at Sydney, Australia the Earth Hour movement is now on its 10th year,  and is now observed in 7000 cities and 172 countries. Organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Earth Hour is a symbolic global event aimed to highlight the need for solutions to the climate change problem hounding the planet.

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In the Philippines, the Earth Hour 2016 had its main switch off event at the Quezon Memorial Circle. A three-hour program celebrating  the Earth Hour featured WWF-Philippine Ambassadors Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez, and Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.

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The hosts were joined by the attendees in the energetic countdown to the Earth Hour. As soon as the counter hit 00:00,  an LED map of the Philippines was lighted by 10 stationary bamboo bikes pedaled by volunteers.

The "pedal power" was used to " to show that united, Pinoys can light up this country with their collective energy. Together, anything is possible," according to Earth hour Philippines Director Atty. Gia Ibay as quoted by Manila Bulletin.

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Hundreds of bikers and cause-oriented individuals attended the event, including celebrities like National Youth Commissioner Dingdong Dantes, who pedaled one or the wooden bikes for a few minutes,  to light up the LED map. Dingdong's advocacy is also focused on climate change and even attended the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference

Meanwhile, Filipinos shared hundreds of picture on social media, showing how they participated in the event. Some took photos of their darkened houses, others posted selfies with candles in the background. In all, it was another successful Earth Hour celebration in the Philippines.

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