The 2014 Celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity was held on May 22-23, 2014 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Quezon City. The celebration was highlighted with a youth summer camp with the theme "Island Biodiversity".


This was participated in by around 100 high school students from selected private and public secondary schools from the 6 districts of Quezon City. Some of these schools were: a) Ernesto Rondon High School; b) Quirino High School; c) San Francisco High School; d) New Era High School; e) Holy Spirit of Mt Carmel: f) Don A. Roces, Sr. Science Technological High School; g) Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School, etc.

Participating schools were clustered to feature an island through an exhibit- showcasing the islands rich biodiversity resources (flora and fauna), tourist spots, products and the like.

The camp was spearheaded by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) formerly PAWB particularly the Nature Recreation Division (NRED) under the leadership of Ms. Meriden Maranan. Their group was assisted by youth desk coordinators/officers (YDC/O) from the bureaus (ERDB, NAMRIA, FMB, LLDA, MGB, Regions NCR, 4A, 5, 6, 11 and the central office. YDC/O served as facilitators, contest administrators and judges.

They facilitated the activity on "getting to know you" portion, the biodiversity skit, the amazing island race and the "biodiversity henyo" game.

The amphitheater at NAPWC served as venue to almost all activities of the camp, such as the celebration of the holy mass, opening and closing programs, lectures, biodiversity skit, film showing, biodiversity jamming and anime (animal encounter).

On the other hand, the ecology walk and the amazing island race were done around the vicinity of NAPWC. The tour (ecology walk) around NAPWC was spearheaded by the Wildlife and Recreation Center staff with assistance from the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Inc. (PNPCSI). Tents were pitched at the picnic area, near the amphitheater. Ma. Vienna O. Austria, UERD