Thursday, September 3, 2009

Planet Philippines - Richard Gutierrez New GMA Documentary

They say that if you want to be "immortal," you do any or, if possible, all of the following:

� Write a book,

� Have a child, and

� Plant a tree.

Being an environmentalist (a recipient of a Fr. Neri Satur award no less, which was named after the priest who died fighting illegal loggers and protecting the forest in Bukidnon), Richard Gutierrez opted to do it backward � plant a tree first, that is. Well, he can always do the two others later, if not sooner. I guess he would have a child (within wedlock, I�m sure) and then write a tell-all autobiography.

A few days ago, Richard, along with his Ate Ruffa, led his star-friends (actually, those managed by his mom, Annabelle Rama) in a tree-planting activity using endemic tree species (kamagong, narra, etc.) in Montalban, Rizal, organized by Earth Day Network and Kabataang Sambayanang Kristiyano. The group included Ana Roces, Bubbles Paraiso, Carla Humphries, Inah Asistio, the Madrigal sisters Michelle and Ehra, and TJ Trinidad.

"We need to reforest," said Richard. "If the youth don�t do it now, the next generation will suffer from the effects of global warming."

Did you know that, according to statistics, the combined forest area lost every year is about 163,000 hectares, which is roughly the size of Cavite province?

Aimed at inspiring interest in environmental causes, the tree-planting activity was a kick-off to 2009: Planet Philippines, a GMA News & Public Affairs documentary showcasing the country�s wilderness and its unparalleled biodiversity. It�s hosted by Richard, just like the previous GMA docus "Signos" and "Full Force Nature" which focused on the importance of preserving the gifts of Mother Nature and for which Richard got his Fr. Neri Satur award (together with esteemed people like Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, Bishop Julio Labayen, Joey Ayala, Kidlat Tahimik, Kim Atienza, Timmy Cruz and the late Francis Magalona, called the "environmental heroes").

2009: Planet Philippines is airing tomorrow night, Sept. 6, on GMA starting at 10:30.

Video source: bualaw via youtube

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