Taking Care of Our Backyard: Verde Island Passage

As you drive through a town, any town on the outskirts of Metro Manila City, you will see homes hemming in the roads with patches of land in front and behind. You will see native greenery, flowers, mostly ornamental at the front; and vegetables lined up like children for flag ceremony at the back. You will also see the householder, sweeping to a rhythm, sweeping the fallen leaves, maintaining a sense of order and pride at their home.

There is a swelling pride in being Filipino no matter where your feet take you. There is a need for every Filipino to keep tidy no matter where they live and the size of their home.

The SEA-VIP Institute, Science Education Advocacy-Verde Island Passage, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) and ALKFI (ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc) would like to be the proud Filipino sweeping up the coastal shores of the Verde Island Passage that touches upon the shores of Batangas, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon. The SEA Institute is on a mission to make the VIP, everyone’s backyard.

There is an abundance of wealth just a little over two hours from the bustling metropolis of Metro Manila. There are coastal communities that live off this abundance. But just as we must till and keep the soil rich, and at times, let the land rest at our backyard, we must attempt to do the same for the incredible seas that border five provinces and have been acknowledged as the center of the center of marine shorefish biodiversity.

The VIP is our heritage. It is our birthright. It is our responsibility to protect.

Sept 28, Wednesday
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL

Sept 29, Thursday
Philippine Consulate
Peoples Gas
122 S Michigan Avenue #1600
Chicago, IL

Oct 4, Tuesday
Philippine Consulate
447 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA

Oct (Date to be announced)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
86 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA