Makati City, Philippines--- The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines held its first Mural Painting Marathon on February 18, 2012 at the Glorietta Dolphin Park where participants pledged in support of the environment and had their chance to make a bold and colorful mark. They registered as an environment supporter, assigned a number then started painting an image of one of the many dolphins outlined by mural artist and dolphin crusader, AG Saño, as an expression of their concern. These four walled paintings of dolphins, about 200 feet in length, will be auctioned after wherein the proceeds will go to the WWF Palawan project.
The event was another effort of WWF-Philippines to provide creative ways for everyone—families, youngsters and peers—to demonstrate their support for a living planet and at the same time raise awareness about local endangered species.
The Mural Painting Marathon was staged for the benefit of WWF-Philippines’ Adoption Program. For a one time donation of P3,000, you can symbolically adopt a panda or a dolphin stuffed toy that comes with a species information card and an adoption certificate.
The panda was picked to represent WWF’s logo and spread the knowledge that it is among the world’s most threatened animals, while the dolphin was chosen to highlight conservation work in the Philippines, specifically in Malampaya in Palawan. The Malampaya Sound hosts the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.
The funds raised from the organization’s Adoption Program will help protect local endangered animals and their habitats.
A WWF Adoption Center was set up for the Adoption Program, along with other booths for face painting, henna tattooing, anime painting and other surprises from event sponsors like Drypers Wee Wee DRY Diapers, Big Chill, Tully’s Coffee, Healthway, 2GO, Virtuoso by Boysen, The Fortnightly, BC Magazine, Spark and Glorietta Ayala Center all gathered together in one venue to make an artistic statement for mother nature.
While the mural painters were busy designing their designated dolphin, a program hosted by WWF Ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez was running simultaneously to entertain them and the guests.
The program featured musical and spoken word performances from Bigkas Pilipinas’ Kooky Tuason, Marty Tengco, Rommel Pidazo of Ilaya, Opaline Santos and live acoustic sessions with Charms Tianzon, Lee Grane, Swissy and Maegan Aguilar.
The mural painting participants likewise took their advocacy a step further by signing the Commitment Wall panel at the right end of the mural. Signing the wall is a pledge to minimize carbon footprint, and to not patronize activities that harm nature and its inhabitants, or cause ecological imbalance.
The mural wall will continue to be exhibited at Glorietta Dolphin Park until February 26, 2012 and will be auctioned off for a minimal starting bid of P1,000.
This event was co-sponsored by: Drypers Wee Wee Dry Diapers of SCA Hygiene, Big Chill, Tully’s Coffee, 2GO, Virtuoso by Boysen, The Fortnightly, BC Magazine, Spark and Glorietta Ayala Center, Shutterhedge Eco Bags, Right Click Photobooth, Healthway Medical Philippines, Silverworks, EastWest Bank – Fort Branch, Plato Wraps, and Farmer John Premium Potato Chips.
WWF-Philippines has been working as a national organization of the WWF network since 1997. It began as an organization focused almost entirely on species work and conservation science. Today, WWF-Philippines has 13 project sites across the country and is at the cutting edge of an expanding spectrum which includes climate change policy, adaptation and mitigation drives; water and coastal resource management for sustainable food security; renewable energy technologies, and environmental education.