December 6, 2023

The 3rd Saleng Festival has started. 

The kickoff acti-vity started last June 7 with the unfurling of the calendar of activities at the Baguio Cultural and Convention Center and awarding of the winners of the “Rhythm and harmony of nature” choral competition.

On the same day, a month-long real estate and development exhibit was launched at Malcolm Square with sustainable building practices displays such as ecocentrism and greenology.

The Green Business Expo is ongoing at the Melvin Jones until today, June 11. 

From June to September, seminars will be conducted for college students interested on how technology can be used to promote sustainable living. Students have the opportunity to hear from experts, engage in discussions about technology and sustainability, and acquire better understanding of practical knowledge for eco-conscious life decisions.

As part of the “community pantree project,” the City Environment and Parks Management Office will provide free pine tree seedlings and saplings, ornamentals, and fruit bearing trees for locals to plant in chosen venues.

The project, which coincides with the planting months of June to September, aims to engage the community in re-greening, tree planting, care, and nurturing.

Another project, the “breathe easy with saleng”, a free emission testing program by the Environment Management Division of Cepmo is conducted every Sunday from June to September, at chosen thoroughfares.

Certificates will be given to those who pass the test, while owners of vehicles that failed will be advised how to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

On June 25, tree carts featuring miniature forests will be paraded at Session Road and then exhibited at Malcolm Square.

A fashion show dubbed as “Green runway: Second life collection” will be launched to highlight recycling and upcycling techniques for sustainable fashion.

The “Wet and Wild Adventure” is three-day skills and endurance activity.           

“Green rhythms: Battle of the bands” on July 29 at the Melvin Jones grandstand aims to use music as a tool to promote the connection between music and the environment.

The 2023 Saleng Festival has the theme, “Amplifying voices for environmental advocacy”. – Julie G. Fianza