Thursday, April 18, 2013

Malolos Diocese to lead Earth Day Concert



MALOLOS CITY—Its all system go for the Earth Day concert here on Friday, a run up for the global celebrations next Monday.

Organized by the ecology desk of the Diocese of Malolos, the concert’s theme will focus on “Pintig ng Kalikasan: Buhay ng Sangkatuhan.”

It will feature singer-composer Noel Cabangon and will be held at the Malolos Convention and Sports Complex here on Friday at 7PM.

Father Efren Basco, head of the Diocesan Ecological and Environmental Program (DEEP) said the concert is an event that will fuse live music and environmental education and hopes to deepen people’s commitment towards being environmentally responsible.

He said that the concert will bring about the coming together of all age groups to a meaningful activity of great exuberance which speaks directly to our times.

“It’s the perfect time to ‘show and tell’ why concerts are the perfect venue to teach stewardship of the planet,” the priest said.

Basco stressed that  “addressing the beauty of creation as well as its destruction by humankind, this concert is both a call to action and a cry of hope; it promises to be an unforgettable experience for all who will attend it. May we be inspired and collectively work towards a common mission for Mother Earth’s well-being.”

Part of the run-up of activities before the Earth Day 2013 Concert were a series of education for care of the environment seminars that include proper waste management and promotion of organic method, tree planting in the Sierra Madre mountains.

They also led planting thousands of mangoves seedlings on the coastal towns of Hagonoy, Paombong and the City of Malolos.

Basco added that environmental care and protection is one of the key highlights in the year-long celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Malolos that started last year.

This was magnified in DEEP’s Ecological Conference Statement of June 12, 2009 signed  by the Bishop Jose F. Oliveros and by 140 Clergy, 105 Religious communities and 132 parish and school leaders in the diocese.

An excerpt of the said statement declared that  “we affirm that the whole universe reveals God’s manifold blessings and acknowledge our responsibility as caretakers of God’s dwelling place. There is only one air, water and land system on planet Earth. Upon these interrelated systems, the health and survival of all forms and all peoples depend. Damage to one part of a system affects the whole system; damage to one system affects the other systems.” (Dino Balabo)