It was a wet and wild World Oceans Day celebration for El Nido Resorts (ENR), as staff volunteered their off-duty hours to clean up El Nido and Taytay’s beaches, experience the daily operations of the ENR Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), play water-related games, and unleash their musical talent via a songwriting contest.
In the morning, the staff from Miniloc, Lagen, and Pangulasian Islands in El Nido trooped to the MRF to see first-hand how the MRF troopers deal with the resorts’ daily waste. They sorted through both biodegradable and nonbiodegradable waste and prepared compost. Afterwards, the Environmental Officers hosted water-themed games, from filling a bottle with seawater using only the items they were wearing, an ocean-themed game of charades, and a human obstacle course. In Apulit Island in Taytay, volunteer staff took a dinghy around the island and cleaned up the trash brought to the island by the southwest monsoon (habagat). They held a water polo tournament and a kayak race afterwards. The staff also signed their Ocean Promises – things they promised to do to safeguard our precious oceans.
For the afternoon’s festivities, the Miniloc, Lagen, and Pangulasian Island staff cleaned up the beaches of Dangan, Shimizu, Corong-corong, and Snake Island, while Apulit Island staff cleaned up Isla Blanca. Working together, the morning and afternoon batches picked up 404.5 kilos of trash. The volunteers met up in Entalula Beach Club, where games and snacks also filled up the afternoon. To cap off the event, the resort finalists for the World Oceans Day Songwriting Contest performed their winning songs. The WOD songwriting contest aimed to unleash the resort staff’s musical side by asking them to compose and perform original songs about the ocean, the importance of the ocean, the threat facing our oceans today, and what we can do to protect them. The resort finalists were Miniloc Island Band and Babes (MIR), Randy Lucas (LIR), Rejhey Catipay (PIR), and Ruel Lascano and Sandy Molato[backed by the Apulit Band] (AIR), with the Miniloc Island Band and Babes emerging as the Grand Champion and first-ever ENR Environmental Superstar.
“Paraisong Dagat” by Miniloc Island Band and Babes
“Dagat ay Kayamanan” by Randy Lucas
“Yaman sa Mundo” by Rejhey Catipay
“Batang Paslit” by Ruel Lascano and Sandy Molato, backed by the Apulit Band
foam – 12 kg
plastic (assorted) – 185.5 kg
plastic (PET bottles) – 11 kg
rubber, flip-flops – 11 kg
cloth – 3 kg
rope – 130 kg
glass – 35 kg
tin cans – 15 kg
aluminum cans – 3 kg
residual waste – 2 kg
TOTAL – 404.5 kg picked up by 164 volunteer staff