Coming up: Tree haven in Quezon

Published April 18, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Danny J. Estacio

Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon – A self-proclaimed environmentalist and nature lover man will open in this town a haven for native and prime woods library which will be called ‘Libra-tree Habitat for Humani-tree.”

Conrado Diaz, a resident of Lucena City, has the hectares of the lot that he devoted for growing various trees. He started planting trees several years ago.

He said the Libratree is a haven where students and other individuals could witness for themselves the real trees. All of the trees are native to the areas are the other plants.

Among the hardwoods Diaz has planted are narra, yakal, molave, balayong, tangili, guyong-guyong, akle, dao, red and white lauan, calumpit, antipolo, tindalo, antingan malagaitmon, and kamagong.

These trees will stand tall for future generations, he said.

Diaz said he created Libra-tree as contribution to climate change mitigation and to combat global warming.

He said that he is also putting up a tree museum that will be open to enthusiasts in the near future.

So far, he has 150 planted indigenous and endemic trees, and 300 others that Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) experts need to identify.

Diaz said he wanted students to learn more about indigenous trees the Philippines after observing that millennials know little about trees.