Category: environmentality

random thinking

they look like a colony of ants from afar 😀

there are three things that came into my mind when i saw this.

number one. aside from being anti-social, the guy on the stairs is simply rare. these types of people are somehow special and has a world of their own. i’m not referring to those who have psychiatric/psychological problems. they are the ones who are certainly different from others. he must have been in a hurry, so he took the stairs instead of the escalator. this also proves that he thinks fast and reacts to situations that require critical-but-streetsmart decisions.

number two. see those people piling up, waiting for their turns to step on the escalator?? this shows how overpopulated our world now. the setting must be in a mall; just imagine how these people flock to these public places especially during 3-day sale or holidays!!! one thing more, unlike the man on the stairs, the people who used the escalator do not respond and think fast. the person/s in front of the line should have hurried because the pile is getting longer and longer and longer behind his back. also, the people should have learned that there is a probability that more people will use the escalator since it’s much more convenient than the stairs; and yet they still chose the escalator to go up.

lastly. which is greener? the stairs or the escalator?? the escalator, for this instance, will use more work than normal because of its increased capacity due to these lazy people riding on it. thus, this will also use much electricity. going up using the stairs is also a simple way to stretch those laid-back muscles of yours before it’s too late you realized you’re getting fat.

so that’s it. a picture paints a thousand words. and those are just my intuition and observations.

P.S. i want to know what you think of this graphic, which i got from really. that’s how random thinking works and stimulates your brain. type it in the comments box. 😀


a pair of binoculars for beginners and a digital camera can make you a starter wild bird photographer.

aside from the long-tailed shrike, pied fantail, chestnut munia and cute golden-bellied flyeaters perching on tree branches, i just captured a blurry shot of a cinnamon bittern! coooool! 😀

next item on my bucket list: camera binoculars.

target date: ASAP 😀

what can you do with a pile of scratch papers from your past readings, a paper bag from a coffee shop and a used file folder?


After ng Candaba, ngayon na lang ako ulit nakapag-birdwatching. Exciting pa rin. Di man naming nakita ang hinahanap naming Oriental Cuckoo at Black-naped Oriole.

an uncommon migrant in UP Diliman: oriental cuckoo

ang mailap na black-naped oriole

nakakita naman kami ng Philippine Woodpecker.

nawala ang dismaya namin ng makita namin to, Philippine Woodpecker 😀

Marami pa kaming na-spot-an tulad ng Golden-bellied Flyeater, Yellow-vented Bulbul at Brown Shrike sa isang puno ng Balete sa left side ng amphitheater.

ang maliliit na golden-bellied flyeater

the small predator, Brown Shrike

my lifebird: yellow-vented bulbul 😀

At syempre di rin mawawala ang mga Pied Fantail at Eurasian Tree Sparrows aka maya. Kewl. Meron ding 2 bird species sa may beta way na di naming ma-identify ni Marky kung anong ibon sila, kung Little Pied Flycatcher ba or hindi at isang black and white na small-sized bird na nakatayo sa isang sanga ng puno few meters away from the walkway. May nakita rin kaming isang malaking white na bird na lumilipad sa himpapawid, sa may Quezon Hall, at di namin makita ng maayos kung ano sya (egret?).

pied fantail

Eurasian tree sparrow aka MAYA :p

little pied flycatcher

Ang fail ko lang dahil di pa ako masyado nakaka-distinguish ng ibon from afar at mga huni nila. Pero I think this is the start! Yeah! Bukas ulit!!! 😀

A public lecture on sustainable energy resources

Speaker: Dr. Fred Schlacter,  Lawrence Berkeley Material Laboratory

March 25, 2010; 10:00-11:00 am; College of Science Auditorium

This forum basically talks on issues regarding sustainable energy future in application to transportation. The main implication of the discussion is the search for renewable and sustainable energy resources to fuel our cars. The speaker, Dr. Fred Schlacter, a physicist, emphasizes the need to tap natural and sustainable energy sources instead of the conventional, non-renewable fossil fuels used for the transportation in most countries.

Major issues have been raised. Transportation and industrial sectors have been the primary reasons why we extract petroleum products beneath the earth’s surface. And this, eventually, becomes a necessity. The demand for energy to power up vehicles and equipments, to provide services and manufacture goods for the entire population, is increasing. What has been stressed by the lecturer, much emphasized by our own scientists in the country, is that we are now in the peak era of fossil fuel consumption. If the trend continues, oil supply rapidly decreases, as it will totally run out in the near future. Economically speaking, as this supply declines, up next is increasing fuel costs. Moreover, as we’ve seen in the past few years, this causes global financial instability. I may not know these things perfectly and with sufficient knowledge but I can state a simple reason why is this happening. Admit it, WE NEED ENERGY. I mean in this modern age, energy, specifically electricity, is becoming essential in our daily living. From the transmission lines of MRT up to the power needed by your laptop while charging, you can barely survive without it. And as we need (or ‘want’ perhaps), we have to import petroleum products to fuel our industries and infrastructures. Importation of oil is about lots of money. Rich countries in power, USA for example, who is among the top energy users in the world as Dr. Schlacter always claims during his lecture, will take over and strive harder to get their share. And so, economic threat will arise and hoarding will occur.

The more pressing issue here is energy security. As consumption of fossil fuels accelerates towards progress and development, supply decreases, thus energy security is threatened. And as the world runs out of its fuel, though several explorations are still on, exploitation still rises. We are now experiencing an emerging oil shortage.

Secondly, oil and petroleum products, being non-renewable or can be acquired but still millions of years is needed, are not sustainable. Tapping renewable resources might be useful and will be very much advantageous. According to Dr. Schlacter, there are 4 primary sources of energy resources in this world, namely: Solar, Nuclear, Geothermal and Moon/Gravitational. Since summer is now official in the Philippines, why not use it to power up your houses or fuel your cars. Sun’s radiation can be generated to produce electricity using PVC’s or photovoltaic cells. Next is the controversial nuclear energy. Nuclear power plants are now operating in many countries on the world and have proven its efficiency when it comes to power generation. Philippines is ranked second in producing electricity using geothermal energy. This type of energy is extracted from the heat produced by the mantle, a layer on the earth’s interior. Lastly, the gravitational forces produced by the moon. The moon uses gravity to ‘pull’ the earth’s tidal motion. Once motion is created, energy can be generated. Given these possible and potential energy resources, the world predominantly consumes coal, classified as stored solar energy, as its power provider. While hydroelectric power, under gravity/moon category, is yet to be utilized much further. This suggests that we still rely on non-renewable as our primary source of energy.

With the viable and abundant energy producers mentioned earlier, what we could do is to develop and enhance technologies that would produce efficient and sufficient energy without compromising its sustainability and the environmental impacts it would bring. What we need today, in the midst of the climate change concerns, is a source of energy that is significantly sustainable and renewable.

After the discussion, questions from the audience were responded by Dr. Schalcter. I remember one question answered by Dr. Schlacter, one student asked him, ‘Sir, how about lifestyle change?’ where he pertains to a better solution for a sustainable future. The answer of the physicist and I quote: “Changing the way we live is by far the most difficult.” I believe that his answer has yet to proceed to a more admirable reply, that lifestyle change is indeed difficult but is the most effective way to turn to a more sustainable future.

That’s why UP Haring Ibon lives with its motto, ‘Live simply, so others may simply live.’ And this, I say, is the bottom line.

avian archipelago

Likhalikasan na!


in cooperation with

OICA (Office of Initiative for Culture and the Arts)

invites you to join




DAYAT IYA BILAY (Dagat Ng Buhay):




A painting contest with a theme on Philippine Seas,

open to all High School and College Students!

Win up to P 4000.00 and a Green Shirt!


Registration fee: P 70.00

January 17, 2009 (Saturday)

Palma Hall, UP Diliman


For further details, contact:

Krista Marie Rayos Del Sol – +639194365888; +639228129776

Anna Ilustre – +639178307845

i have voted!


you can now vote for the 7 new wonders of the world (and get the cool certificate that shows the world that you have voted)!

simply click this link, and choose the top 7 natural wonders you want.

but wait, just be sure to include in your list our 2 nominees (one is a national qualifier, and the other one is a multi-national nominee) namely: and the

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park – Palawan

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the most important conservation areas in the Philippines. It was created to protect the impressive cave systems, lush old growth tropical rainforest, interesting wildlife, unspoiled natural beauty of the area and one of the most impressive cave system in the world. Its main focus is 8.2 km. long underground river that flows beneath a spectacular limestone formation before directly emptying into the sea.

It is a core area for the Palawan Biosphere Reserve and is designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). It was also declared as a National Geological Monument. In recognition of global significance, the PPSRNP has been inscribed to the list of natural World Heritage Sites

for more information visit this site:

Coral Triangle – Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste

Spanning Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste, this extraordinary area holds the richest concentration of iridescent corals, fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants in the world.  Labyrinths of limestone reefs, extensive sea grass meadows and coastal mangrove forests attract sea turtles and giants of the sea such as humpback whales to feed, breed and rest in the rich and sheltered waters. .

Coral reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia ©Jones/Shimlock-Secret Sea

Lionfish in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia ©Jones/Shimlock-Secret Sea






for more information visit this site:

these two would hopefully be included in the prestigious list of the NEW 7 WONDERS OF THE NATURAL WORLD!


vote now!

After exposing worldwide viewers to the consequences of climate change of ‘The Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘Eleventh Hour’, GMA network started a breakthrough in Philippine television when it released early this year a documentary regarding issues of global warming entitled ‘Signos: Ang Banta ng Nagbabagong Klima’, narrated by Richard Gutierrez, with reports from Howie Severino, Maki Pulido and Raffy Tima. And there it is, the consensus of most Filipino scientists believe that the Philippines is at the forefront of this environmental crisis.




Last year, I think it was mid-July, Tullahan Bridge which connects Malabon and Valenzuela collapsed following a heavy rain.  And it was not solely about the cracks on the bridge, for it was built many years ago, but because of garbage. When the typhoon came in Metro Manila, it produced vast floods in many areas including the CaMaNaVa district. This area always experiences flood because of below-sea-level land, inefficient drainage systems causing garbage to clog. As a result, bulks of trash, together with the extreme flood due to continuous rainfall, hit the low-lying connection and broke it apart. The next day, vehicles going in and out of Valenzuela were stranded. They built 2 footbridges at the sides so commuters can pass through. Since then, I really had a bad time walking almost 2kms just to take a bus and go to school. If you ask how much wastes could be enough to smash a bridge, try to see the places around Tullahan, and realize that it’s not hard. This is mainly because of throwing and dumping garbage in the river’s vicinity. If you walk around, you will encounter streets always have trash around theirs corners. People still put their litters even if they see mounts of them. It happens everyday, since the bridge broke until the new one if built. It’s almost a year but people tend to ignore. Everyday, as the bus I’m riding passes the bridge; I always notice that there are still junks floating in the river or stacked up on the side. It’s just disappointing to think that those people near the rivers don’t know how to dispose their wastes properly.

 tullahan bridge when it collapsed

One doesn’t need to watch documentaries like Signos for him to understand and realize what global warming is all about. But this would give a little help of disseminating information to the people. After watching this film, I realized that residents’ discipline is still a prerequisite for preventing global warming. Being responsible of what you are doing and contributing to the environment is good to know, this will make you realize of the larger impacts as a whole.


You could make big change out of small things. We can downgrade the rapid increasing of global temperature. Aside from the little things Richard said, there are also minor things you could accomplish on your own. Avoid using too much plastic and styrofoams. Have you realized that using straws is useless? You are just adding another non-biodegradable waste in the environment. And as UP Haring Ibon member, I’m expected to make a stand for nature. Why not join an environmental organization? I’m not inviting you to join UP HI, but this is also a good step for contributing good examples for our planet. Moreover, making advocacies pro for the environment lessen harmful effects in the surroundings. There are several options that require effort and sacrifice, consuming less meat means less emission of carbon dioxides in the atmosphere, according to some vegetarians. See, it doesn’t force a person to make a big action to sustain a living planet; it’s a matter of choice and knowing its outcomes. All you have to do is make a move, for the better and not for worst.




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call of nature…


Filipinos can now use their power in using the internet by participating in the ongoing tallying of online votes for the new 7 wonders of nature.

as of sept 28 ’08, 7:00pm, 4 of our natural sites entered the top 15 of the live ranking of 77 nominees. these are

puerto princesa subterranean river national park in palawan (rank 1);

tubbataha reefs in palawan (rank 4);

chocolate hills of bohol (rank 5);

and the mayon volcano in albay (rank 11).

you can cast your votes at

the top 21 will be eligible for voting of the final 7.

saving our natural wonders and proving that the philippines is a haven of natural resources and a ‘megabiodiversed’ country is just a click away.

now, i hope this would not be a waste of time for you.

these four have finally barged in the top ten again!

it’s now or never…

pls cooperate, thanks.