Bluewater Resorts' Earth Day Family Festival dubbed as "myblueARTh" is a full day of fun and learning activities which happened on April 21, 2013. Now on its second year, it is a festival of arts, food and music to increase awareness about the environment and its protection which is an advocacy of the Bluewater Resorts Group.
The day started with Project BLUE (Bluewater Love the Underwater Environment) wherein Mactan divers, PNP Maritime 7 and BFP 7 divers organized by Enrico Monsanto, the Corporate Marketing Officer of Bluewater Resorts, spent the morning cleaning up garbage from the ocean and shores around Mactan Island and weighing of the collected garbage. A Boodle Fight, which is a way of eating with bare hands; the food placed on banana leaves that serve as the plate ensued after the clean-up.
The event officially started at 9:00AM with a prayer and Earth Day declaration, followed by a ceremonial pledge, environmental speech and hanging of chimes by guests of honor. The morning ended with a Tibetan Stretching exercise for guests and cooking demo by Chef Dennis Jay Uy.
We had our lunch at The Oyster Bar where Utazo was silently gaining on our food.
The other activities during the day include:
- Art and Craft Station
- Art Garden
- Art Exhibit
- Refresh Stations / Mixing Demo
- Guitar making demo by Alegre
The afternoon activities started with a myblueARTh music fest from 2:30PM to 5:00PM.
Hiyas ng Bituin Dance Group
After the music festival, the Hiyas ng Bituin Dance Group - a homegrown talent by Bluewater Maribago kicked off the RTW contest.
Recycle To Wear Models
The RTW or Recycled to Wear is a contest promoting environmental conservations thru recycling. It is part of the Bluewater Group's advocacy in preserving the natural resources that is the primary asset of our country. Shown are the 16 contestant wearing the dresses recycled from different used items by the University of San Carlos - College of Fine Arts.
Martina San Diego
The ladies romped around the activity area while listening to music played by 19-year old Martina San Diego, an up and coming Fil-Am from California who moved to Cebu to trace her roots. If my information is right, she was once a contestant in the show "America's Got talent."
The RTW contestants posing before the winners are chosen.
The top three winners of the Recycle to Wear contest from grand prize winner
(above right to second runner-up in clockwise order).
The grand prize winning design is made from plastic straw, mosquito net and nude fabric made by John Arellano and modeled by Jehanne Dy (above right). The first runner-up is designed by Jephunneh Polancos. She used juice tetra packs, drinking straws and plastic folders for the dress worn by Mary Anne Guimaras (lower right). Katrina Badilis used drinking straws and rope for the second runner-up winning RTW dress worn by Naomi Fuji.
Pangandoy sa Kalangitan
The last activity is the Pangandoy sa Kalangitan (Wishes in the Sky) where guests can write their wishes for the environment as well as personal wishes in sky lanterns before they are released in the sky. I am hoping to be here again next year as the Bluewater Group vowed to make the celebration of Earth Day better than the previous year.