Interesting Booths and Highlights of the 2nd Environmental Summit

SM Megatrade Hall  1 and 2, 5th level SM Mega Mall , Mandaluyong City -Philippines


2016 Environmental Summit

The 2016 Environmental Summit with the theme, “Fostering Shared Responsibility in Integrated Waste Management.”  This event was held in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), League of Cities of the Philippines , National Youth Commision , City of Mandaluyong and the local government units (LGUs).

 group photo
There were a lot of interesting and educational  booths from government attached agencies like  environmental management and sustainable development to reduce waste, improve processes,  , business value, private businesses , corporate and even international funding agencies .
Nestle-Philippines booth
Nestle-Philippines booth showcase the progress that the company is doing in recycling their plastic wraps and aluminum packs .  They have also donated the benches to public schools and other NGO groups.
Nestle-Philippines also makes bricks  out from shredded  foils packs and plastic wrappers.
Big name companies like Mc Donalds, Petron ,Harbour Center, Inna Water, Jollibee , Robinsons Residences, San Miguel Corporation, Maynilad , Bay View Park Hotel, Manila, MegaWorld, Uni Pack Mackerel , Unilever -Philippines , Philippine Airlines, Tupperware Brands are just some of the big corporate brands that made their presence.
Mr. Russ Cuevas designed a gown from recycled plastic
The event started past 10:00am with a fashion show by the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines  or  FDAP members using local, native and recycled materials in the fashion show and a cultural presentation showcasing native dances and interpretative dances .


Mr. Edwin Uy together with his creation of different Philippine costumes made from indigenous materials
ribbon cutting ceremony
The highlight of the opening was the ribbon cutting ceremony by Senator Loren Legarda who authored almost all the environmental laws in the country.


Senator Loren Legarda
” We must concretize our participation in climate action and make it part of our daily living bu adopting a low carbon lifestyle , which is the conscious effort by individuals and communities to change their daily routine and practices to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to create carbon dioxide sinks. Learning how to manage our local resources will eventually lead to the sustainability of our country .
Among the important legislature that Senator Loren Legarda had authored included :
  • – Ecological Solid Waste Management Law
  • – Clean Air Act
  • – Clean Water Act
  • – Environmental Awareness and Education Law
  • – Renewable Energy Law Act
  • – Climate Change Act
  • – Dissaster Risk Reduction and Management Act
  • – People’s Survival Fund Law


Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.
The vision of MBCFI is “the long-term conservation of Mindoro’s native and endemic wildlife and their natural habitats for the benefit and wonder of future generations of all peoples who may inhabit and share the natural resources of this island”. On the other hand, the mission of MBCFI is “to enhance and enable the conservation of Mindoro’s unique and threatened environment, biodiversity and natural resources into perpetuity through the establishment of integrated biodiversity conservation and development programs”.
The volunteers gave away interesting pamphlets , button pins and postcards to the visitors to appreciate and to create awareness.


One of the first UNICEF offices established in Asia, it works to uphold the rights of children in the Philippines, including their right to an education, healthcare and protection from abuse and exploitation. It also advocates for political change in support of children, and works with partner organizations from the public, charity and private sectors, to effect change. For those wanted to help the group, Please try to visit the site.
Mr. Ral Arrogante
Mr. Ral Arrogante exhibited his works which included sculpture and items made  recycled items .
solar powered vehicle made by the students of Mapua Institue of Technology
There were also interesting trade fairs and community booths selling recycled products like mats, bags , wallets and fashion jewelries .
floor mats , rugs , bags and wallet made from recycled cloths
There are also interesting lectures , talks and open forum were the public can actively participate .
2nd  Environmental Summit was managed by Artistespace, which is the event organizer from planning to executing events and digital marketing solutions.
For those who wish to come , The Entrance is FREE and the event will be until June 24, 2016 . Please mark this in your calendar .
Please try to visit the website  



Philippine Heritage Homes- guidebook launching

Casa Manila, Intramuros , Manila-Philippines

Dr. Jaime Laya and Senator Loren Legarda

It was a sunny afternoon when members of the Advocates for Heritage Preservation , Heritage Conservation Society , Ancestral Houses of the Philippines , National Commission for the Culture and the Arts , Intramuros Administration , Turalba Foundaton and Anvil Publishing Company launched the book entitled ” Philippine Heritage Homes ” a guidebook.

invited guests and members of the AHP facebook wearing yellow t-shirts

The event started early in the morning when some of the members decided to have a photo-walk in some of the restored houses within Intramuros .

A short talk about the importance of the ancestral house and the need to preserve them .

Architect Maria Christina Turralba and Dr. Jaime C. Laya

Facebook page members who signed several weeks before ( thread ) of Ancestral House of the Philippines were given a 20% discount by Anvil Publishing House and the authors. The book is co-authored by Dr. Jaime C. Laya , Architect Maria Cristina Turalba and Architect Martin I. Tinio Jr.

Ancestral House of the Philippines book

 There are already plans to  to have a copy of Philippine Heritage Homes Volume 2., which according to the authors  will feature some heritage houses of Visayas and even in Mindanao .


I do not have an idea on the number of books ( quantity) that  were printed by the publishing company,  since it affects the pricing of the book.  I wish they printed more and make it hardbound so  it can be read by more people ( softbound books tend get easily worn-out due to usage) and distributed it to libraries and even useful handbook for history, architecture, heritage , fine arts . The price range of the book is Php495 which is a bit on the middle- range  ( some  guidebooks  / coffee table book /  books ) cost cheaper with almost same number of pages, quality of the paper , book binding, celebrity book author involved. The entire book is about 135 pages which only represent homes located in Luzon area.

Despite the 20% discount at Php 400 , The guidebook is a little but pricey but is cheaper compared to any paper back book.  The good side of having this pocket size book is the ability of any architecture lover to comfortably bring them anywhere as to compared to the large coffee table size books which cost several thousands of pesos!

Typo Error

The book can be easily read in just one sitting . We have notice some typo errors in the scientific name,  one such error spotted –  ” The interiors of the house was sourced from the Bicol Region . The architectural detail of the interior is a celebration of the gem of Philippine hardwood , narra ( Ptecarpus indicus).” page 59 Sabino -Santos House of Region III.

The scientific name of narra, our national tree is Pterocarpus indicus .

Website link:

Kew Botanic Garden:

National Tropical Garden :

 Some blurred photos on pages 41 and 53. While there were 22 heritage homes that were featured in the book, There are some houses that was featured in the book which had no actual historical value but was reconstructed based on old plans created by the Intramuros Administration from period houses in San Nicolas and old-Intramuros like Casa Manila page 28 to 33, Museo De La Salle page 42 to 45 .

Transplanted Houses like Casa Luna, Casa Candaba, Casa Jaen I, Casa Bizantina , Casa Hidalgo, Casa Alberto , Casa Unisan which is now at the Las Casas de Alcuzar in Bagac, Bataan province.

Handful of Information

The book is loaded with a lot of handful of information about the history , culture, architectural details of the homes . The authors are all expert .

Additional Information

The authors must allot at least 1 or 2 pages for the feature of Las Casas de Alcuzar since ( 7) seven of the heritage homes featured in the guidebook is now currently located in the resort.  I hope that they must also include if the homes that they feature are OPEN to the public or they are just for private functions. I lend the book to one of my friend who wanted to visit one of the heritage homes that was featured in the book but there was no contact information provided.

Overall , I would give a 7.90 Rating out of 10 Points to this guidebook , It is well-written and there are a lot of good photos.

The book is available at Anvil Publishing Incorporated and leading Bookstores nationwide !

Anvil Publishing Inc.


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