Kantakalikasan launched by DENR to promote environmental awareness

Published July 1, 2019, 11:27 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched a music album that features songs about nature to help inspire and promote environmental awareness and change.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MANILA BULLETIN)

Through DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the launch of Kantakalikasan capped the month-long celebration of the Philippine Environment Month, with the theme “Beat Air Pollution.”

This year’s celebration also paid tribute to the “Battle for Manila Bay,” an ongoing effort to restore the heavily polluted water body to its former glory.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu expressed high hopes that the music album would serve its purpose of encouraging more people to care for the environment even as he congratulated the producers, composers and others who have taken part in the undertaking.

“We are optimistic that through this medium, we can deliver the message across that all Filipinos should be empowered to take care of our environment and natural resources,” Cimatu said.

The DENR chief also urged everyone to “not just listen to the songs, but also share and apply the message behind each song—that we only have one life to live, one planet to love, and many chances to make a difference for our environment and natural resources.”

Featured in the album are the winning entries in the Kantakalikasan Environmental Song Writing Competition organized by the EMB-Central Office last year.

Interpreted by the DENR’s Kantakalikasan Environmental Singing Ambassadors, all songs are original compositions focusing on environmental protection, conservation and preservation. The songs are in various genres, such as pop, ballad and classical.

The album features environmental songs “Kalikasan at Pag-ibig” composed by Kantakalikasan champion Oliver Narag; “Kayamanan” by Bejay Fabia; “Para sa mga Musmos pang Darating” by Rochelle Anne Rodriguez; and “Liliwanag Din ang Ating Mundo” by Arnold Ramos.

Other songs in the album are “Kalikasan ay Kayamanan,” “Kalikasan,” “Himig ng Inang Kalikasan,” “Katapusan,” “Kalikasan ay Kalakasan,” and “Tayo nang Gumising.”

The album is featured in streaming sites Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer and YouTube.