Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (CHMSU) showcased its strong advocacy for the environment and its students’ talents in Earth Jam: A Tribute to Mother Earth held at the Corte Area, Ayala Malls Capitol Central on April 28.
The Center for Internationalization and External Relations (CIER), in line with Greening CHMSU, partnered with Ayala Malls for the Earth Jam to end its celebration of Earth Month.
Sherwin Macahilig, CIER Advocacy Support Staff, said in his message that the school has been hosting different activities for the environment since the start of April. This included the school’s Bionihan Monitoring and Inventory at Gawahon Eco-Park, Victorias City, workshops, and exhibits. He said that these are manifestations of CHMSU’s core values ExCELSIOR and the spirit of volunteerism in every CHMSUan.
According to Macahilig, even during the pandemic, the school continued its advocacy for the environment and held the first Earth Jam online. He also emphasized that protecting the planet is everyone’s responsibility and that it can be done through little things every day.
“The change must start from us,” he said.
The Earth Jam featured a variety of performances from CHMSU students and alumni. The line-up included a contemporary dance performance from Bachelor of Physical Education students, spoken word poetry by Jethro Hermano and Genie Joy Magbanua, a violin rendition of “Paraiso” by Christine Belgira, and many more.
The Rafael B. Lacson Memorial High School Association of Performing Arts, led by its Director Ralph Garbanzos, and Faith Marie O. Estacion from STI West Negros University also joined the show as guest performers.
Christine Saroca, Senior Associate Manager at Ayala Malls Capitol Central, thanked CHMSU for organizing the Earth Jam and being the mall’s partner in other sustainability activities since 2020. She mentioned that as of 2022, the mall has donated around 500 kilograms of recyclable plastics to CHMSU for its projects.
The event closed with the community singing of “Earthkeeper” led by Macahilig and CHMSU alumnus Mel Stephen Amacan.