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Tanim Kinabukasan Year 2: A Personal Account
By Michelle Mercurio
Tanim Kinabukasan is part of Diwa’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program. On it’s second year, the tree planting activity, which was held on June 5, 2010 at Mt. Manabo, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, added close to 1,000 trees to the about 800 tress planted last year, which have grown to about a meter high by now.
I’m the kind of person who would not pass up an activity like this. And so, while some people were wishing for heavy rain, I was hoping for clearer skies.
Considering that it was a company event, for some reason, the last thing I was expecting was a challenge. The trail was not hard, but it was not that easy either.
It was about an hour trek up to the planting area, marked with laughter from the volunteers, a lot of pit stops, hollers for the respective teams (that would be Gelo, our team leader, calling out “Pink, pink!” for my team), and the several “five minutes na lang” (which would still be five minutes after ten minutes have passed).
I was able to plant at least ten seedlings. I lost count after that, as Kuya Jose (also known as pink 1) started distributing the remaining seedlings to the holes, so that all we had to do was peel off the plastic and cover the roots with soil. Good thing Grace (also known as pink 2) gave me her other glove. It was not easy breaking the soil with bare hands. We were probably the last team to leave the planting area and start with lunch. What do you know, adobo for lunch.
After a short rest and some pictures, it was time to descend, one of the highlights being trying not to lose sight of Sir Dec’s back, lest Joy and I get lost.
The activity provided me an opportunity for a lot of things. For the wanderlust in me, it provided me a new destination, an adventure. It was another day trip. Being relatively new with Diwa, it was also a chance to experience more than just work with the company. Most of all, it was an opportunity to give something back. It’s not that often that I am given this chance. And all I had to do was to be there because it had all been planned out.