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Grandmas urged to revive bedtime story telling during Earth Hour

Iloilo City (25 March) -- Grandmothers were urged to revive story-telling, an age old tradition during the Earth Hour 2010 on Saturday, March 27 that involves switching off unnecessary lights and electricity for an hour starting at 8:30 pm.

Dr. Kristin Trenas, one of the organizers of Earth Hour 2010 in Iloilo said that grandmothers who still can't think of how to use the one hour temporary darkness can revive the age old tradition of telling stories to their "apos".

There are also other ways to spend and enjoy an hour of darkness when the lights and electricity are out during the Earth Hour, a collective effort to raise awareness against global warming and climate change, according to Trenas.

Other ways include going outside to view the stars or family can simply interact to catch up on each other's lives.

"We will be surprised, how much also, we can enjoy, if we are in our homes, exchange stories for an hour. You will be surprised how much you have lost communication with your children, with each other", said Trenas.

With lights out, Trenas said, newly-weds or lovers can have the candle light moment.

She added that Ilonggos could also spend the one hour at SM City Iloilo where they will be entertained by volunteer performers and artists.

Trenas, who chairs the program committee, encouraged young and new artists to perform in the earth hour countdown event and showcase their talents. Those interested to join can contact SM City Iloilo.

SM City Iloilo in Mandurriao is one of the identified sites of the Earth Hour 2010 countdown event in the country.

As part of the Earth Hour 2010 activities in Iloilo, an interactive exhibit is currently on-going at the lower level of SM City Iloilo featuring water situation, climate change, Earth Hour event, and initiatives and projects related to environment of various agencies and groups.

Some of the agencies and organizations that participated in the exhibit include Iloilo Watershed Management Council, Photographic Society of Iloilo, Metro Iloilo Water District, Department of Public Works and Highways, Iloilo Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, National Irrigation Administration, Iloilo Provincial Planning Development Office, Iloilo City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Environmental Management Bureau, Kahublagan sa Panimalay, Green Forum, CPU-AREC and DENR 6. (PIA) [top]

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