Friday, September 14, 2012

Passing through Iloilo Esplanade

This week, I passed through one of the most recent developments in my city, the Iloilo Esplanade. Aside from new businesses opening up and having their offices constructed, there has been a lot of restoration and construction projects going on within the city nowadays, and it was good to see one that's finished and of really great quality. Our city officials are working really hard to improve Iloilo City, and so far the outputs have been positive. 

I went out to buy internet cards when I decided to pass through Iloilo Esplanade from the national highway to go to Iloilo Supermarket - Molo Branch. Along the way, I took these pictures below.

Iloilo River Esplanade River Photography Tourism Travel Recreation Iloilo City

Iloilo River Esplanade River Photography Tourism Travel Recreation Iloilo City

I Love Iloilo River Esplanade River Photography Tourism Travel Recreation Iloilo City Development Philippines Visayas

Iloilo City Development Project Leisure Recreation For The People Ilonggo Iloilo River

Efrain Trenas Iloilo Esplanade

Iloilo River Esplanade Viewdeck Wood Architecture

Iloilo River Esplanade Photo Photography Travel Tourism Visayas

From what I've researched about the Iloilo Esplanade, the project costs a total of ₱70 million. It's more than one kilometer long, and is perfect for group get-togethers, running and biking. The man behind its design is Paulo Alcazaren, who also designed Singapore's Clarke Quay. As of now, small and medium-scale vendors are not allowed in the area to maintain it's cleanliness and orderliness. However, in the future I can see them setting up stalls when definite rules and regulations for the area are implemented. The site also aims to boost tourism in our city aside from being a leisure and recreation area to the locals. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

ICS Social Action Project: Teaching kids the little things they could do to save the environment

International Citizen Service Education Climate Change Global Warming Environment Asia Philippines Iloilo City Iloilo Central Elementary School

This morning I finally did my social action project (SAP). It happened in Iloilo Central Elementary School in Iloilo City. Originally, I was supposed to do a session in one fourth grade class, but some teachers suggested that I do a presentation in the school's regular porch activity every Monday morning. I thought it was a better idea than mine so I went on with that. I dragged my sister to come along to take pictures. It was so early in the morning that we were still sleepy when we arrived.

The school has ten sections for fourth grade, ten sections for fifth grade and eleven sections for sixth grade. Each section has an average of 40 students. Imagine that. I had a presentation about climate change and how young people can do their share in protecting the environment. During the SAP, I asked the kids to raise their hands if they heard of 'climate change' and 'global warming', and I was pleased to see so much hands raising up! One of them even went upon stage to share what she knows.

Though my SAP started with a little talk about climate change, the bulk of what I talked about were the simple way in which youngsters can help save the environment. The weekend prior to my SAP, I've read bits of information from the internet about educating kids about climate change and the environment. In the end, I chose seven simple ways they can practice. It was also good to know that they were practicing some of the 'environmental tips' I told them. I ended the SAP with a message that anyone can do his or her share in helping and protecting the environment, and that little efforts can collectively make big changes.

The SAP went better than I expected. I was nervous the night before, and was even thinking of postponing it. After my presentation, I was called to the principal's office to get a 'certificate of appearance.' The principal and her assistant thought that it could be handy for my documentation as a proof that I appeared in the school to do the activity. Me and my sister went to the nearest McDonald's to get breakfast after we left the school. Thanks to the teachers who made my SAP possible.