Plogging became a trending word over the weekend. Thanks to The Bellevue Resort which hosted Panglao’s first ever Plogging Event as part of its beyond-the-hour participation in the worldwide observation of the Earth Hour campaign, the collective effort to rehabilitate and preserve our environment.
Over three hundred volunteers and participants showed up at the Bellevue Resort Pavilion at the break of dawn, March 30 for the plogging event.
Some of the Maharlikang Filipinas- Bohol 2019 finalists& organizer James Obedencio
Bellevue Resort’s Exec Assistant Manager Mr. Nigel Ebba
is joined by Bohol Runners Community members
With Al Anthony Ladaga, Bellevue’s Marketing & Communications & staff
Your Roving Eye is joined by vlogger Jhuris Everdeen, Karen Mortreaux & Carl Martinez
SO WHAT IS PLOGGING? As explained by the organizers prior to the event launch, plogging is a new environmentally- conscious fitness trend, a combination of jogging and picking up of litter. This exercise-meets-eco-friendly activity started in Sweden around 2016 and has spread across the globe in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching (while picking up the litter) to the main action of running, hiking, or walking.
Coast Guard personnel are among the early birds
Bellevue Resort GM Rommel Gonzales is joined by youthful & charming resort staff
Panglao law enforcers ensure the safety of participantsThe plogging event is one of the green initiatives of the Bellevue Resort, recipient of the ASEAN Green Hotel award for two consecutive years for its eco- friendly practices and supported by Earth Hour 2019, Plastic- Free Bohol, LGU of Panglao, DENR & Bellevue Resort
Bellevue Resort GM Rommel Gonzales welcomes plogging participants
Your Roving Eye & DYRD anchor Allen Doydora
The successful event kicked off with a warm welcome from Bellevue Resort GM Mr. Rommel Gonzales followed by a Zumba warm- up and concluded with words of gratitude from the resort’s Executive Asst. Manager Mr. Nigel Ebba, followed with an environmental talk from DENR 7 Bohol Provincial Environment & Natural Resources Officer Mr. Charlie Fabre and mid- morning snacks for the participants who gathered at the beachfront for the closing program.
A look at the imposing beauty of Bellevue Resort
Al Anthony Ladaga, the resort’s very amiable & dependable Marketing & Communications guy later told the press people who attended the event that a total of 1,095 kilograms of trash were collected. I had mixed feelings about the output.
Your Roving Eye at an earlier visit to Bellevue ResortWhile I was so happy that it was an effective campaign for bringing attention to the environmental problems Mother Earth is facing, I also felt sad because the huge number of collected trash from the five kilometer plogging route means that a lot of people are still very undisciplined when it comes to waste disposal and segregation. I hope that the event would pave the way for better disposal of trash and a collective sense of community.
See you all for the next plogging event and congratulations again to Bellevue Resort for leading the way.