MANILA, May 28 An hour-long rain shower delayed but failed to dampen the spirits of Miss Earth Philippines beauties who joined the May Flower Festival organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City on Friday afternoon.
A parade from the Protected Areas Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) offices inside the Parks and Wildlife Park on North and Quezon Avenues was cancelled due to the wet footpaths inside the park and the slippery road on North Avenue leading to SM City North EDSA Mall.
Instead, the beauties and their escorts were hauled off by government vehicles to the fourth floor of the malls annex.
In celebration of 2010 as International Year for Biodiversity, the DENR organized the festival dubbed as Flores de Mayo para sa Samut-Saring Buhay (May flower festival for different lives).
Miss Earth Philippines beauties played the role of sagalas as they carried with them Philippine native plants species at the SM North EDSA.
The event aims to promote public awareness on the importance of biodiversity in human wellbeing.
Also helping out in the event were the Haribon Foundation, Ms. Earth Foundation, the local government of Quezon City, the Philippine Orchid Society, Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc, the Philippine Foundation for the Environment, and the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Inc.
The sagalas donned nature-inspired gowns and umbrellas during the event. A short program cum mini fashion show followed at the SM North Annex Building and a tour of the International Day for Biodiversity (IDBD) 2010 Photo Exhibit at the Silver C Lobby, also at the SM North EDSA.
DENR Secretary Horacio C. Ramos also participated in the Flores de Mayo and he viewed the IDBD 2010 Exbihit to learn more of the countrys rich natural wealth.
There is so much to learn about our countrys natural resources. It is unfortunate that not all of us have the opportunity to go visit their natural habitats. The exhibit provides an alternative way of enriching our understanding of our natural heritage in vivid colors, Ramos said.
The year 2010 was declared as the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations and the Convention on Biological Diversity with the theme, Biodiversity is life, Biodiversity is our life. (PNA) vcs/JCA