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Cardinal Tagle invites faithful to join Earth Hour 2017




Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle invited the faithful to take part in this year’s Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening by tuning in to Radio Veritas.


“May paanyaya po kami sa inyo, taunang ginaganap ang Earth Day, sa taon pong ito magaganap ito sa March 25, 2017, mula alas otso y medya ng gabi hanggang alas nuebe y medya ng gabi. Bukod po sa pagpapatay ng ilaw, tayo po ay inaanyayahan na magdala ng rosaryo kasama po ang Radio Veritas. Kaya po sa loob ng isang oras na yon, makatipid, pagpahingahin ang mundo sa pamamagitan ng pagpatay ng lahat ng kuryente at manalangin. Umasa tayo sa Panginoon. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” Cardinal Tagle told Radio Veritas.

Radio Veritas, the Catholic radio station of the Archdiocese of Manila will broadcast a special program called “Ang Banal na Oras para sa Kalikasan” on Saturday, March 25 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. 

The program will be an hour and a half of reflection, prayer and sharing about God's gifts of creation through Laudato si as we call on Mercy2Earth in this year of the Parish. It will be moderated by Lou Arsenio, Coordinator of Archdiocese of Manila Ecology Ministry and Rodne Galicha, Country Manager of Climate Reality Project Philippines together with the Eco-Prayer Warriors of the Archdiocese of Manila. 

Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is an annual environmental campaign that aims to increase awareness on the different effects of climate change. During Earth Hour, individuals are asked to switch off their lights and some appliances that are not being used at home and in the office for an hour and shine a light on climate action.

The first Earth Hour started as a lights-off event in Sydney Australia in 2007 and the Philippines was first among Asian countries to participate in 2008. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)