Loren, Bril­lante re­unite for 1st pro­tected areas doc­u­men­tary

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

AN­GE­LES CITY — Af­ter the suc­cess of the film “Tak­lub,” Se­na­tor Loren Le­garda and in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed Ka­pam­pan­gan di­rec­tor Bril­lante Men­doza team up once again for the first ever pro­tected areas doc­u­men­tary se­ries to air on Philip­pine tele­vi­sion.

The doc­u­men­tary se­ries ti­tled, “Our Frag­ile Earth: Pro­tected Areas of the Philip­pines,” con­cep­tu­al­ized by Le­garda and pro­duced by the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR), con­sists of 12 short doc­u­men­taries that were shot by Men­doza on lo­ca­tion and took two years to fin­ish.

Af­ter work­ing to­gether on sev­eral doc­u­men­taries (Buhos, Lig­tas, Philip­pine Marine Bio­di­ver­sity, and An­tique: Coral Restora­tion Pro­gram) and a ful­l­length film, Tak­lub (which was part of the 68th Cannes In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val and earned a spe­cial com­men­da­tion from the Fes­ti­val’s Ec­u­meni­cal Jury), Le­garda and Men­doza re­unite, this time, to raise aware­ness on the coun­try’s crit­i­cal bio­di­ver­sity areas.

Vice-Gov. Den­nis Pineda and DOLE Pam­panga head Ar­lene To­lentino to­gether with board mem­bers Fritzie David Di­zon and Cherry Manalo and PESO head Lun­ingn­ing Ver­gara turn over checks to Spe­cial Pro­gram for the Em­ploy­ment of Stu­dents (SPES) ben­e­fi­cia­ries dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Pam­panga Day kick-off.—

Chris Navarro

“This se­ries aims to ed­u­cate cit­i­zens on our pro­tected areas, which are crit­i­cal in con­serv­ing our bio­di­ver­sity that is es­sen­tial to our ex­is­tence and sur­vival. Through this doc­u­men­tary se­ries, Filipinos will learn more about our pro­tected areas— the rich­ness of these areas and the chal­lenges in con­ser­va­tion. We want Filipinos to ap­pre­ci­ate the unique nat­u­ral heritage that we have and en­join ev­ery­one to pro­tect them,” said Le­garda.

Pro­tected areas are iden­ti­fied por­tions of land and wa­ter set aside by rea­sons of their unique phys­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, man­aged to en­hance bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity and pro­tected against de­struc­tive hu­man ex­ploita­tion. There are 240 iden­ti­fied pro­tected areas in the coun­try. Le­garda said that the first episode will be about the Apo Reef Nat­u­ral Park in Sablayan, Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro.

“Be­neath the wa­ters of Apo Reef Nat­u­ral Park is a world that many of us have not seen. A wide ar­ray of marine species— from mo­ray eels and tur­tles, to sharks, jacks, tuna, bar­racu­das and dol­phins— live there. To pro­tect the bio­di­ver­sity of the world’s sec­ond largest con­nect­ing coral reef, a no take zone policy, which is con­sid­ered as one of the best prac­tices in the coun­try, is be­ing strictly im­ple­mented,” said Le­garda.

Other pro­tected areas that will be fea­tured in the se­ries are: Camotes Is­land Mangrove Swamp For­est Re­serve, El Nido Man­aged Re­source Pro­tected Area, Puerto Princesa Subter­ranean River Na­tional Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Sa­gay Marine Re­serve, Mt. Bana­haw-San Cris­to­bal Pro­tected Land­scape, Rasa Is­land Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary, Coron Is­land, Mt. Hami­gu­i­tan Range Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Lake Sebu, which is part of the Al­lah Val­ley Pro­tected Land­scape.

The se­ries will also fea­ture the Ifu­gao Rice Ter­races, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Verde Is­land, which is con­sid­ered the cen­ter of the cen­ter of the world’s marine bio­di­ver­sity. The Pro­tected Areas doc­u­men­tary se­ries will air ev­ery Satur­day start­ing De­cem­ber 9, 7:45 a.m., on the ABS-CBN News Chan­nel (ANC), with re­plays ev­ery Sun­day, 1:45 p.m.

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