Earth Hour plunges Paseo, other landmarks to darkness PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 April 2012 14:50

All roads led to Paseo del Mar last night, as Zamboanga City joined Earth Hour to display commitment to the worldwide campaign to reduce global warming impact and ultimately to protect and preserve the environment.

People representing multi-sectoral groups and local and national government agencies and other concerned individuals converged at the Paseo as early as 6pm for the registration leading to the short programme before power for the Rio Hondo feeder, where Paseo del Mar draws power, was shut off at 8:30pm.

The program kicked off with ecumenical prayers led by Rev. Fr. Adriano Ruiz Jr., Amilpasa Bandaying, Al-Haj and Pastor Edwin Siva, Jr.  City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. followed with the welcome remarks.

A dance presentation by selected students from the Brent Hospital and Colleges Inc. preceded the start of the Earth Hour countdown led by Mayor Celso Lobregat at 8:29pm.

As the lights were switched off at 8:30, Mayor Lobregat then led the lighting of the candles and eventually the flying of the lighted sky lanterns. As these were done, Wyneile Reeve Sabino and Melita Darlene Sabellina sang “Journey”. The Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College Drum and Bugle Corps also provided the overture.

When power was restored at the Rio Hondo feeder at 9:30pm, Councilor Joana Mas, Sangguniang Kabataaan Federation president gave a song number.
Mayor Lobregat followed with his message where he called on all sectors to stay committed to Earth Hour, a global campaign to reduce the impact of global warming not only last night but beyond the hour.

A community singing of the song “Let there be peace on earth” led by Daven Wee and company, followed.

The ceremonial observance of Earth Hour was capped with the signing of the Pledge of Commitment. Representatives Beng Climaco of District I and Erbie Fabian of District II were expected to take part in the Earth Hour advocacy, where millions of people from all corners of the globe took positive actions for the environment and celebrate their commitment by switching off their lights for 60 minutes.

Other feeders in the city had their power shut off during designated power curtailment with schedules provided by the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO). — Sheila Covarrubias