“Nanay Natin”, a heart-touching story depicting a mother’s deep connection with nature, recently won first place in the DENR 7 Kalikupan Short Film Festival 2020.  The production team from the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Ecotourism Research Center – Technology Transfer and Extension Unit (CRERDEC-TTEU) primarily aimed to capture the emotions of the audience by telling the story from a mother’s perspective, begging and prompting viewer’s sense of responsibility, and finally asking their help in restoring and protecting nature.

The storyline introduces a calming, welcoming figure of a devoted and nurturing mother to her children, through her planted trees. “Nanay” or mother laments after enduring the unpleasant scene of her trees being damaged or cut down, hence, begs for help to restore and protect nature. The film revealed the allegory that “Mother” is about Mother Earth.

The Kalikupan Short Film Festival participated in by the DENR 7 regional/field offices and bureaus is one of the major events organized in line with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month in June this year. Film entries were originally produced and reflecting positive environmental practices in the community consistent with this year’s environment month theme, “Protect Nature, Sustain our Future”.

Aside from the short film grand prize, CRERDEC also bagged 2nd prize for the Environment Vlog – ”EnVlog 2020” competition, likewise organized by DENR 7. The EnVlog features the sustainable and best practices at home focusing as well on this year’s environment month theme. Said EnVlog features CRERDEC researchers embracing sustainable environment practices at home through sharing their low waste journey. Moreover, it highlighted promotion of common yet effective ways to help nature such as waste recycling or upcycling, organic urban gardening, and composting. Definitely, there are several ways that ALL OF US can help protect this planet we call Earth.  Ma. Jonesca Joy E. Bautista, CRERDEC