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A Salute’ to World Oceans Month with the “Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit for Marine Conservation”

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Let’s all celebrate World Oceans Month together with WWF-Philippines, Oceana, the Department of Tourism, Canon Philippines and Solaire Resorts as they showcase the captivating underwater photos of multi-awarded photographers Anna Varona and Danny Ocampo in a breath-taking visual spectacle entitled “Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit for Marine Conservation”  featuring the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs):  Marine Sanctuary in Tingloy, Batangas, Apo Island in Negros Oriental, Cagayancillo and Tubbataha in Palawan and Tanon Straight in the Visayas.

Photographer, Responsible Tourism Advocate, Diver and Marine Wonder Woman,  Anna Varona and her collection aims to spread awareness on the role of MPAs in the management of long term food security not only in the locality of the MPAs but for the whole country as well.  She believes that this endeavor is very much aligned with the World Oceans Day 2017 theme: “Our Ocean, Our Future”.  According to Anna, these MPAs ensure that our coastal resources and produce are given the chance to regenerate and provide the nation with the sustenance of the sea not for this generation, but for the coming generations to come.  The MPAs can also assure  that our local fishermen are given a more stable means of livelihood as well as the education of the local fisherfolk and the LGUs towards a more stable and sustainable livelihood.

On the other hand, Diver-Photographer and Marine-Life Superhero Danny Ocampo, campaigns for ethical and responsible diving and photography, and hopes to influence tourists, foreign and local alike, to be more responsible and respectful when they visit the MPAs, as a lot of these, especially that of Apo Island, continue to inspire hundreds of individuals, organizations and policy makers here and abroad.  Sadly, its popularly is beginning to be its bane and measures have to be taken to ensure that tourism and conservation complement each other.

A big congratulations for the WWF Team who put together this effort, along with artist-collaborators Anna and Danny, together with the Department of Tourism, Canon Philippines who sponsored the printing of all the portraits, including the postcard versions that will be sold to help the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines in their continuous efforts to conserve the Philippine oceans and the communities that greatly depend on them.

A salute to the   “Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit for Marine Conservation”  as it opened to the public.  WWF-Philippines’ work in protecting the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park inspired the declaration of a one million MPA by the Municipal Government of Cagayancillo though a municipal ordinance covering its entire municipal waters and surrounding open sea.  

The exhibit runs until the 22nd of June, 2017 at the Art Wing, Ground Floor of Solaire Resorts.

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