Blogging for education: my new blogging stint!

Officially put on another blogging cap today, as among the bloggers of the newly-launched blog of Dane Publishing, Inc.dane logo

Dane has been in the publishing business since 1987, producing textbooks, magazines, and other educational materials used in public and private schools. The blog is intended to supplement Dane’s roster of instructional classroom materials by featuring interesting content that teachers and students alike can check out. Thanks again to Blessie of Nanay Notebook for connecting me and other bloggers with Dane!

Not surprisingly, my first posts are environment-related, namely renewable energy and the Philippines’ new underwater territory Benham Rise. I see this blogging stint as another opportunity to write about topics such as these that are close to my heart, but I’m looking forward to exploring other topics as well. Hhmm, I wonder what those other topics can be? Any suggestions?

In the meantime, check out my posts and other interesting articles in the Dane blog!

Benham Rise Whale SharkFilipino scientists explore new underwater territory

Two years ago, the size of the Philippine territory grew by 13 million hectares, an area that is about three times the size of Luzon Island. (View full article)


Bangui windmillsPlugging in to renewable energy

Are you interested in getting electricity from the wind and the sun? Why not, right? Unlike coal, gasoline, or diesel, the energy from sources like the wind and the sun is clean, and what’s more, it’s free! (View full article)


Selfie for Biodiversity

May 22 is the International Day for Biodiversity and to celebrate the event, the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau and GIZ are holding a photo contest called Protecting the Reservoir of Life, Selfie for Biodiversity.

Yup, you read that right. The organizers are hoping to leverage the ubiquitous selfie as a way of getting people to celebrate biodiversity.

Selfies have been so popular that the Oxford Dictionaries declared “selfie” as the Word of the Year for 2013. And judging from my social media feeds, it looks like the selfie is still going strong.

Admittedly, selfies can be quite annoying, especially if done in excess. As in an entire Facebook album dedicated to just one selfie session one lazy afternoon. As in at least one selfie posted per day in all of one’s social media accounts. However, this contest wants you to make selfies that are not so, well, self-centered, by relating it to biodiversity.

Biodiversity is defined (also by Oxford Dictionaries) as “the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable.” In addition to living organisms, the UN definition also includes ecosystems (“ecological complexes of which they are part”) as part of the concept of biodiversity.

The Philippines has tremendous biodiversity resources, and really scientists have barely begun to scratch the surface.

Specifically, the contest seeks entries that “capture the true essence of biodiversity, why biodiversity is important, and explain how Filipinos can help conserve the Philippines’ rich biodiversity.”

Full contest mechanics HERE.

Now, I’m not that fond of selfies, and I’m not sure the judges would go for these, but here are some simple ideas for selfies for biodiversity:

Simple selfie for biodiversity concept #1. Selfie while holding a glass of water. Water is a vital benefit of healthy forests. Healthy forests are chockfull of biodiversity, and the whole system works to regulate our water supply. Bada bing, bada boom. Konek!

Extreme version: selfie while rappelling down a waterfall. E di ikaw na.


from the forests the nourishing waters flow. Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape, Southern Palawan

Simple selfie for biodiversity concept #2. Selfie with a bug, or butterfly, or worm you found in your garden. Or selfie with an ant. Or selfie with a spiderweb, yes, preferably with the spider still in it. Because all living things have a role in the ecosystem, and we’re all connected, yes, like a web.

Extreme version: selfie while in the company of some humongous/rare/badass animal in its natural habitat. So for example you managed to snap a selfie while swimming alongside a whale shark in Donsol, then congratulations. We probably won’t be able to actually see the whole whale shark in the frame because after all it is a pretty big fish, but the judges will take your word for it. Maybe. Let’s see. But don’t go harassing wildlife just so you can get a selfie; that’s not badass, that’s just tacky.

responsible tourists keeping their distance

responsible tourists keeping their distance

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