El Nido Resorts celebrates International Coastal Cleanup 2012

El Nido Resorts joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup last September 15, 2012. For the morning event, 33 high school students and teachers from Potter’s Place school and nine staff from Ten Knots Philippines (the landholding company of the Ten Knots Group) teamed up to clean Dalimatan beach on the El Nido mainland, collecting 400 kg of trash.

Students from Potter’s Place School pitch in
All of the morning volunteers: Potter’s Place School students and teachers, Ten Knots Philippines staff, and El Nido Resorts Environment Department. Cheers!

For the afternoon event, staff from Miniloc and Lagen Island Resorts cleaned up the Big Lagoon, both inside it and the beaches just outside. Aside from the “standard” beach cleanup wastes of empty plastic and glass bottles and plastic bags, the group found something most surprising: the front bumper of a car. The 27 volunteers from MIR and LIR collected 195 kg of trash.

Miniloc and Lagen Island Resort staff joined the afternoon cleanup

Apulit Island Resort held its extended ICC celebration on the other side of Palawan last September 22, 2012. The festivities were kicked off with an underwater cleanup along the resort’s house reef and a coastal cleanup from West Beach to the resort’s game area.

Apulit Island Resort staff clean up West Beach

To reward them for their hard work, all the cleanup volunteers were treated to games and prizes, plus a relaxing party with food and drinks. They also received souvenir bag tags designed by Environmental Officer Mavic. The evening celebrations featured cocktails and live music performed by special guest performers Regimer Duka and Mike. Both evenings were capped off with a showing of Busong (“Palawan Fate”), a film by internationally acclaimed director Auraeus Solito. The film shows Palawan’s pristine nature and how man’s careless actions towards it will have dismal effects to himself.

The Apulit staff with their souvenirs

See you all next year!

Total trash haul = 595 kg

Dalimatan beach = 400 kg

  • glass bottles – 185 kg
  • plastic water bottles – 45 kg
  • assorted plastics – 134.50 kg
  • rubber – 17 kg
  • styrofoam – 18.5 kg

Big Lagoon and beaches = 195 kg

  • plastic water bottles – 23 kg
  • assorted plastics – 83 kg
  • styrofoam – 28 kg
  • sacks – 4 kg
  • rope – 57 kg

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