Hundreds make colorful statement for nature in
WWF’s first Mural Painting Marathon

Families, group of friends and individuals attended the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines first Mural Painting Marathon on February 18, 2012 at the Glorietta Dolphin Park all pledging to make a bolder, more colorful statement for the environment. 

Upon arriving at the venue, participants were already painting images of dolphins. Outlined by mural artist and dolphin crusader AG Saño in four walls of about 200 feet in length.

The Mural Painting Marathon was also an effort of WWF-Philippines to provide creative ways for everyone—families, youngsters and peers—to demonstrate their support for a living planet and at the same time raise awareness about local endangered species.

The main reason for the said Mural Painting Marathon was for the benefit of WWF-Philippines' Adoption Program. You pay for a one time donation of P3,000 and symbolically adopt a panda or a dolphin stuffed toy that comes with a species information card and an adoption certificate. 

The panda was picked to represent WWF’s logo and spread the knowledge that it is among the world’s most threatened animals, while the dolphin was chosen to highlight conservation work in the Philippines, specifically in Malampaya in Palawan. The Malampaya Sound hosts the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.

The funds raised from the organization’s Adoption Program will help protect local endangered animals and their habitats.

A WWF Adoption Center was set up for the Adoption Program, along with other booths for face painting, henna tattooing, anime painting and other surprises from event sponsors like Drypers Wee Wee DRY Diapers, Big Chill, Tully’s Coffee, Healthway, 2GO, Virtuoso by Boysen, The Fortnightly, BC Magazine, Spark and Glorietta Ayala Center all gathered together in one venue to make an artistic statement for mother nature. 

While the mural painters were busy designing their designated dolphin, a program hosted by WWF Ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez was running simultaneously to entertain them and the guests.

The program featured musical and spoken word performances from Bigkas Pilipinas’ Kooky Tuason, Marty Tengco, Rommel Pidazo of Ilaya, Opaline Santos and live acoustic sessions with Charms Tianzon, Lee Grane, Swissy and Maegan Aguilar.

Bloggers during the event.

The mural painting participants likewise took their advocacy a step further by signing the Commitment Wall panel at the right end of the mural. Signing the wall is a pledge to minimize carbon footprint, and to not patronize activities that harm nature and its inhabitants, or cause ecological imbalance.

The mural wall will continue to be exhibited at Glorietta Dolphin Park until February 26, 2012 and will be auctioned off for a minimal starting bid of P1,000.

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