PUERTO PRINCESA – On Valentine’s Day, Puerto Princesa City celebrated its love for Mother Nature through a tree planting activity and mass wedding.
The city held its annual “Love Affair with Nature” event in Sitio Tagbarungis, Barangay Inagawan Sub, with locals and visitors alike planting trees native to mangroves and beach forests.
According to City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Atty. Carlo Gomes, an estimated 15,000-20,000 seedlings of Bakhaw and beach forest species (Dangkalan, Bani, Tabigi, Ipil and Talisay) were planted in the area.
A local judge, Judge Paul Jagmis, also held a mass wedding or “Kasalang Bayan”, with 83 couples exchanging vows.
The yearly celebration features a mangrove planting festivity in coastal zones to restore degraded mangrove areas, and aims to heighten awareness on the ecological role of mangroves and other coastal ecosystems in the vital web of life.
The first “Love Affair with Nature” event was held in Barangay San Jose, Puerto Princesa City.