Saturday, May 1, 2010

Family Reunion: The Day We Started A Family Tree Planting Tradition!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

"This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in." -Theodore Roosevelt
The Tradition.

Inspired by this quote and as part of our family contribution to the Deparo Ward's community service projects for the Church Jubilee celebration, we included a tree planting activity in our annual Family Reunion on April 30-May 1, 2010.

The Venue. 

Paradise Ranch Nature and Conservation Park is a perfect venue for the kick - off of the family tree planting tradition. Paradise Ranch is a 100-acre environmental project design to educate children and the general public on protecting the environment and saving wildlife. It is located on the hills of Clark Air Base,Angeles,Pampanga overlooking the Sacobia River, Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. Arayat and other mountains and majestic sceneries! The ranch has a massive reforestation and environmental conservation areas.

The Cause.

For a fee of P50 per tree, we started a tree planting tradition at the occasion of our annual family reunion. Since we paid for 300 mahogany trees, the ranch give us a special marker sign that will be placed along the road as a memorial for the family being 'Friends of the Forest'. Then we plant the trees in the area designated for us. We took a photo of the entire family standing next to the place where we planted the trees. We will make it a tradition to take a family photo with the tree every year on that date - May 1.

It is good to know that with the amount we paid, the ranch can hire one Aeta (native of Pampanga) who will take care of the trees for at least three months,until the trees can grow on their own.

The Tree Planting.

Everyone participated in the tree planting - young and old - (KIDDOS) Mikaelah Alliune - (2), Shanara Mae (2 1/2), Franchette Anne (4),Shaznay Anne (4 1/2), John Anthony (5) ,Francine Kyle (5), James Bernard (9),Jay-M (9 1/2),Ian Benedict (10 1/2) and Michellyn (11) (ADULTS) - Belenda, Imee,Amelyn,Allan,Mhe-anne and Michael Anthony and even our SENIOR CITIZENS - Papa Lito and Mami Tita.

The Legacy.

We started a scrapbook with the family photos during the tree planting. Each year,we will take a photo of the trees and will place the new photos in the book.By doing this we can watch the trees and our family grow over time.


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