Blackouts in 1,041 Philippine towns to mark Earth Hour

10:49, March 28, 2010      

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Filipinos in 1,041 cities and towns turned off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time Saturday to participate in the Earth Hour, a symbolic call for united action against global warming.

About 15 million Filipinos have pledged to switch off the lights at homes, offices and businesses for an hour this year. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also participate in the event by turning off lights and signages in all its camps for one hour.

In Metro Manila, with the count-down coming to the end, lights at the Mall of Asia, a landmark building, were switched off at 8: 30 p.m. Customers went out to watch performances staged at a seaside open ground.

Gina Manguiag, a 40-year-old mother, took her eight-year-old daughter to the mall this year. She said, "Earth is the mother of the mankind. When the Earth is facing the threat of climate change, all its children should united to save their mother."

Roger Sausa, an 18-year-old from southern Mindanao Island, said he wanted to witness the Earth Hour celebration this year along with other people. He believed the activity would arouse people's awarness of environmental protection.

Similar Earth Hour events, including rock concerts and street parties took place in many other cities and towns all over the Philippines.

This is the third consecutive year that the Philippines joined the global movement initiated in Sydney in 2007 and is held on the last Saturday of March annually. Last year, 647 cities and towns switched off lights for 60 minutes, saving an estimated 611MWh of electricity.

Earth Hour Philippines National Director Naderev Sano said, " One just have to switch off the lights for one hour - enough to do one's part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Source: Xinhua
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