Artists for Nature is a group of talented Filipino artists who perform exhibits to help raise funds for various advocacies. This May, the group is hosting a photo exhibit entitled “Bakawan,” which is the Filipino term for mangroves. The exhibit, which opens on May 6, will be held at Handuraw Pizza Café.
Handuraw is a pizza and events café located at 460 Gorordo Avenue, in Cebu City. The establishment is famous for its thin crust pizza and for its active role in the promotion of local music. As indicated in our previous article feature for the establishment, “It serves as a haven for Cebu-based bands and helps strengthen the local band community. Apart from being the charming “tambayan,” it now revels with the distinction of being the home of the “greatest-tasting thin crust pizza” in the city.”
The exhibit is in support of the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation (CCEF) Inc’s Adopt-a-Mangrove Project, which involves community-based reforestation and rehabilitation of degraded mangrove areas.
Below is the official press release from the organizers of the exhibit:
Photo Exhibit on the State of Mangroves in the Philippines Opens May 6 in Cebu
A photo exhibit on the state of mangroves in the Philippines opens on May 6, 2013 at Handuraw Pizza, Cebu City. “Bakawan” is a fundraiser for Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation (CCEF) Inc’s Adopt-a-Mangrove Project. It features the works of Artists for Nature, a group of artists who does art exhibits fundraisers for various eco organizations.
The artists and organizers behind the event seeks to raise awareness on the importance of mangrove forests not only to the environment but also to people’s lives. Mangroves (or bakawan in Filipino) are communities of tropical, salt-tolerant trees and shrubs that grow in tidal flats along coastal lines.
Extremely productive ecosystems, mangrove forests play numerous key roles in both terrestrial and marine environments. Some of the world’s most extensive collections of mangrove forests can be found in Asian countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Unfortunately, there has been a drastic decline in mangroves. In the Philippines, rate of loss is from 2,000 to 3,000 hectares per year.
Manmade activities are the major threat to mangroves. Deforestation, coastal infrastructure, pollution, overharvesting and destruction of coral reefs are only few of the many causes of mangrove decline. If mangroves disappear, there will be no feeding sites, habitats and nesting grounds for many wildlife species including sea creatures. Since mangroves serve as buffer against storms, strong waves and soil erosion, we will be at huge risk, given that the Philippines is affected by about 20 typhoons annually.
Reforestation is one of the possible solutions. Supporting environmental efforts like CCEF’s Adopt-A-Mangrove project can go a long way. In this project, CCEF with local community, students, and partner organizations visit sites that require community-based reforestation and rehabilitation of degraded mangrove areas for tree planting, monitoring and other related activities.
Bakawan will open on May 6, 6 p.m. at Handuraw Pizza 460 Gorordo Avenue Cebu City. For inquiries, contact Wendi Garcia +639162742859 or [email protected] For updates, check www.facebook.com/artistsfornature or www.twitter.com/artists4nature.