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Lowly ‘labahita’ may yet help heal Tubbataha atolls

LIFESAVER  The surgeonfish, a tropical bony fish known locally as “labahita,” may yet help heal the Tubbataha atolls from the damage inflicted by the groundings of a US Navy minesweeper in January and a Chinese fishing boat in April.    GREGG YAN/WWF-PHILIPPINES

They aren’t the most beautiful fish in the sea, but the labahita may just be what the Tubbataha Reefs need to regenerate after being bruised by the intrusions of two foreign vessels earlier this year.

Posted: June 9th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Earth Hour: Gimmick that works

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This general shot shows buildings from Manila's financial district after the lights were turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 23, 2013. AFP

It’s a gimmick, but it works. This was how the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines defended the country’s participation in Earth Hour which it has consistently topped since 2009.

Posted: March 24th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Do the right thing, green group tells US Navy


An international environment conservation group yesterday urged the US Navy to do the right thing and finance the restoration and continued protection of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park after its minesweeping vessel ran aground in the area two weeks ago.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »