An Eco-Campaign : Water for Pitak Project

3 more days ..

72 hours to go for the crowdfunding campaign Our Quest for Water “to be self-reliant and independent in our water supply for our holistic farming management and natural building projects; and  to be a model farm in terms of water sourcing through the use of alternative and renewable energy.” Their Pitak Project  located  in Tubao, La Union Northern Philippines  is a model  ecofarm adapting permaculture system and principles to promote a sustainable and regenerative living.

photo courtesy of Pitak Project
photo courtesy of Pitak Project

I  diligently support our friend and colleague’s initiative Pitak Project . I strongly believe an endeavor as noble and as inspiring as theirs will be successful. Their  sincerity of preserving and loving Mother Nature by initiating a project a thousand kilometers away from the city that we have been accustomed to is in itself a great challenge.

Yet they never faltered  towards their vision to be a site that displays an ecosystem in symbiosis with its human occupants promoting permaculture, and improving the quality of life of all living creatures on site and sharing their knowledge to the community both local and international.  They continue to selflessly share their knowledge to the community how to build mud houses, plant and farm organically and now sustainability for human and economic development.

In a country where we have seen the damages of modern infrastructure , real estate developments, irresponsible  garbage disposal and a many other insignificant projects , Pitak Project is worth my commendation for  being a Sustainably Green and Healthy Environment.

Summer is a time to enjoy in the waters. People  usually take their vacation to go to the beach and relax with a piña colada or a cool refreshing frappe , splurge on a spa and cool showers, take a dip in the pool , and all those cool summer getaway stuff.  But there is more to waters than mere leisure and pleasure.

Have you ever thought how you could help someone today? Have you ever realized how a humble bucket or even a droplet of  water is considered more precious than gold by others?  We look forward to your share and support in this eco- campaign Our Quest for Water .

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A Tree and A Flashback

I should have given that familiar tree a hug when I had the chance. But I never knew where in our neighborhood it stands. And it was not on my property for me to call my own. Only when I look through my window to gaze and chase the sunset do I ever see its glorious green and its magnificent stature.

Yesterday I had witnessed how they had cut off its crown and branches. Were they pruning or cutting her? I really don’t know. I am still saddened by the thought that it will take years for its leaves to grow back, or maybe she will never recover from those cuts.

I had spent four years chasing the sunset through my window. And she has always been a part of the view, adding color and character to my subject. Through my lens I see her smiling with the sunset’s rays. Through the years I have watched how her leaves changed color and form to follow the season.  She has withstood strong winds and rains when all the others around her have not. I know her long branches have welcomed breeding birds and provided refuge to them that are migrating.

I still feel the notch in my stomach whenever I recall the image of her struggling against the man’s striking and sawing. This disturbing human activity I had seen will remain a puzzle. Will I see the tree grow back its leaves again?  Will she be around when I come home after years overseas? Will I ever find another tree as stately as she while I chase and capture the sunset?

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And then I noticed the young tree beside her.  With the sunset as her last audience and her leaves reaching out to touch the branches of the smaller tree, she whispered her wisdom.  “As small and as frail as you are, stand tall even when storms and strong winds beat you.  The years will prove how strong a tree you will be when you have gained branches to withstand nature’s path of arrogance. I leave behind a shadow for you to follow even when my leaves are not there to behold. Remember my dear, I too was once a sapling like you. “

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my new sunset tree_31jan2015
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28oct2012
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24oct2013
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19feb2014
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21jan2015
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my new sunset tree_31jan2015
my new sunset tree_31jan2015