My close encounter with a turtle happened when we were at our honeymoon.  Since we were going to visit the South portion of the Great Barrier Reef, Stan and I could not NOT grab the opportunity to dive.  We visited the Great Barrier Reef from Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island.  The ocean  live was amazing.  It was actually like Anilao but on a much much MUCH bigger scale.  Coral reefs as far as your eyes can see.  Stan and I were lucky to be in close contact with sea creatures including these pawikans.  I’ve never seen one when I was diving in Anilao.
So when Wendi emailed me and asked me to share this Art and Music Fest, I immediately agreed because I definitely want to see pawikans the next time I dive in Anilao!

Eco Art & Music Fest Fundraiser Opens January 19 at Conspiracy Garden Café

Manila (December, 2012) – An art exhibit and music fest fundraiser for Save Philippine Seas’
Pawikan Watchers program opens on January 19, 2013 at the Conspiracy Garden Café, Quezon
City.

EndDanger, which features mixed media artworks from the group Artists for Nature and
performances from Flying Ipis, Extrapolation, and Peso Movement, calls attention to the
growing problem of animal endangerment in the Philippines and encourages the community to
get involved in conservation and protection efforts.

Although gifted with a rich and biologically diverse ecosystem, from lush forests to a vibrant
marine life, our country’s natural resources have significantly dwindled over time. Animal
species, in particular, are under increasing threat from habitat destruction, pollution and
commercial exploitation. Many are now in the verge of extinction.

The artists and organizers behind EndDanger seek to raise funds for the monitoring of one of
the Philippines’ most threatened species, the pawikan. All proceeds from the event’s ticket
sales will go to the Pawikan Watchers training program, which Save Philippine Seas (SPS)—
an independent movement that fights abuse of our aquatic resources through legal discourse and
social media—launched in cooperation with Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB).

Pawikan Watchers aims to educate volunteers from different parts of the Philippines on the
ecology and biology of, and PAWB-approved guidelines for, handling sea turtles. Apart from
raising funds, Artists for Nature sees the exhibit as an opportunity to broaden public awareness
of the urgent need to preserve our wildlife.

EndDanger is sponsored by Numa the Organic & Eco Baby Store, Ministry of Mushrooms,
and Holy Carabao Holistic Farms, and is in partnership with WhenInManila.com, Clean
Up Philippines, Eco-Sys Foundation, Green Fins, Society for Sustainable Tourism and
Development, Inc., Sea News Network, Butanding Network, UP Green League and Earth UST.

The art exhibit runs up to February 8, 2013. Conspiracy Garden Café is located at 59 Visayas
Avenue, Project 6, Quezon City.

For opening night tickets or more information, please contact Wendi Garcia at +639162742859
or artistsfornature@gmail.com. Like them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/artistsfornature and
follow them on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/artists4nature for updates.

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