EXISTENTIALIST.FREE-SPIRITED.SPONTANEOUS.

EXISTENTIALIST.FREE-SPIRITED.SPONTANEOUS.

9.14.2014

Eco-spiritual Pilgrimage at Davao

Last year, Ateneo de Manila High School went to Naga City in Bicol to have a cultural and spiritual immersion at the Penafrancia Festival. This year, AHS went to Davao for an eco-spiritual pilgrimage and bench-marking with Ateneo de Davao's best environmental and sustainable practices.

It's amazing how Davao is able to reconcile the dichotomy of the environment and progress and development. I hope that even though other people aim for progress and development, they don't compromise our Mother Nature.

Before I share some photos from our Davao trip, I'd like to share first an excerpt from a reflection made by one of the students in my team - Saejj Remorque of 12-B 2015:

"We take for granted one of God’s greatest blessings that He has ever bestowed on us, Mother Nature. Ironically, we have been assigned by God Himself to be stewards of His creation, yet we continuously defile Mother Nature as we progress technologically, and try to satisfy our endless needs. We fail to see that Mother Nature does not only give us natural resources for our food, shelter and clothing, but she also helps us reconcile with God."

That is really something we should ponder on.

From that mind-opening reflection piece, below are the highlights of our Davao trip.

DAY 1: SAMAL ISLAND












DAY 2: 

PHILIPPINE EAGLE CENTER





BIRD SHOW AT MALAGOS GARDEN RESORT






PAMULAAN CENTER - We had an interaction with the different ethnolinguistic groups in Davao.




Here's the reaction you'll probably get when it's your first time to try Durian. HAHAHA.


DAY 3

TREE-PLANTING ACTIVITY


HANGING BRIDGE


ATENEO DE DAVAO HIGH SCHOOL
- we saw and experienced their environmental and sustainable practices through an amazing race (our group won whooooo!!!)
-after dinner, students from ADMU and ADDU interacted with each other


ADDU has a facility that collects rain water and they use it to water the plants. Imagine the amount of water they save when watering the plants. :)


ADMU-HS boys performing for the ADDU-HS crowd :)


So lucky to have these boys in my team! Van #2 represent! :)


And that wraps up our meaningful Davao experience! Our stay there was definitely enriching. :)

On a final note, I realized that yes raveling alone, traveling with family and traveling with my friends can be very fun but traveling for work with students brings a different kind of fun.

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