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Little by Little, Step by Step

These were the words going through my mind as we trekked Mt. Paliparan, Rizal last November 30 - Saturday. We had a breathtaking time with Love Education Philippines as we had our first ever outreach program for EcoNest Ph: Future Seeds.

Along with over forty other participants, we did our own little deed and planted native Narra trees. To keep it truly eco-friendly, we used our cassava biobags to hold each of the baby trees, so that they could later decompose into the soil without leaving any microplastics behind.

Josh from EcoNest Philippines with his native Narra tree held inside a cassava biobag Group of participants pose with trees as we walked through Mount Paliparan Rizal

We then made our way to the school of the Damagat tribe and we got to meet their wonderful children. The very energetic, Teacher Inah of Love Education Philippines lead the interactive book-reading session of a great Filipino classic, Si Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Haragan by author Rene Villanueva. We laughed so much to the point that we forgot how tiring the 2-hour trek was! It was wonderful to see how tentative the kids were in learning how to take care of the environment - the more it made me realize how important it is to protect it! 

Teacher Inah Salazar of Love Education Philippines reads Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Haragan by Rene Villanueva to the children of the Damagat tribe in Rizal

The kids later wrote down their own oaths to Mother Nature and it was really heart-warming to know that children as young as five years old already had so many ideas on how they can take care of the environment themselves. They even made little Earth-heart crowns to represent the power they have in making an impact for our environment. 

Participants from EcoNest Philippines and Love Education Philippines Future Seeds program pose with the children of the Damagat tribe in Rizal Participants from EcoNest Philippines and Love Education Philippines Future Seeds program pose with the children of the Damagat tribe in Rizal

To end our time with the children, they were provided new school supplies packed in CommonThread Ph’s “This is a Cassava Bag” compostable biobags custom made by EcoNest Philippines. The opportunity to introduce new alternatives made from renewable resources to the Dumagat Tribe and our fellow attendees was a huge feat for the team as one of our main advocacies is to be able to spread the word to as many people as we can about these great solutions! 

The children of the Damagat tribe in Mount Paliparan Rizal hold their CommonThread Philippines cassava biobags custom made by EcoNest Philippines

We were successful in planting seeds of good hope not just literally into the ground but also in the minds of our future eco-warriors who we are protecting this beautiful world for. It was such an amazing adventure and we are very thankful to everyone who made this day possible - Love Education Philippines, CommonThread Ph, Love and Light Co, Shangri-La Makati, DLSU-D's ECE and the rest of the awesome volunteers!

We can't wait until next time! Learn more about our activities by signing up for our newsletter! Support Love Education with every purchase of our Future Seeds Eco Kits! Do volunteer and visit their page! 

Participants from EcoNest Philippines and Love Education Philippines Future Seeds program smile for the camera at Mount Paliparan Rizal. Group included friends from Love and Light Co, Shangri-La Makati, and Engineering students from De La Salle Dasmarinas.

Danielle Quiwa is EcoNest Ph's Business Development Associate
Written by Danielle Quiwa
Danielle is a sociopreneur by heart, with years of Marketing experience on her résumé. She loves giving belly rubs to her two dogs and three cats, reading stories to little children, and singing in the shower - she's sorry for all the rain!