Tourism and Travel Management Students of Holy Name University

By Emmylou Palacio-Noel

In celebration of World Tourism Day 2008, the Tourism and Travel Management students of Holy Name University under the Tour 116 (Convention, Exhibition and Event Management) Class will spearhead an event for a cause, Sept. 22 to 27.

One of the highlights of the event is an eco-concert with Chinchin Gutierrez at the MetroCentre Hotel on Saturday to cap the celebration.  The dinner-concert "Go Green: I'm an Earth Saver" will awaken one's passion for the love of Mother Nature based on Gutierrez's album Uyayi: A Collection of Philippine Lullabies."  

Through a creative and highly entertaining combination of music, dance, theater and spirituality, she will relay an engaging and insightful message toward man's sacred duty to protect Mother Nature and Motherland and hopefully to imbibe in every person the advocacy to save the earth.

Under the theme, "Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change," the class coined the theme "Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?"  The series of activities lined up is aimed at providing the students and the community a venue for information and awareness on Mother Nature leading to a broader outlook and a deeper understanding for environmental issues and sustainable development.

To kick off the week-long celebration, the class will go on a Firefly Tour in Loay town tomorrow. 
On Wednesday, the class will have a tree planting activity at the Sikatuna Tree Park.  An eco-fashion show dubbed as a "Fashion Show for Gaia: The Goddess of the Earth" at the Island City Mall on Friday will showcase garments and accessories made of indigenous or recycled materials in honor of Gaia the goddess of the earth.

The activity aims to develop awareness on how people can find new ways to recycle or create products by using indigenous materials and to enhance the creativity of the students through a fashion show.  

Chief executive officer of the class is Francis Delusa with Emmylou Palacio-Noel as class adviser.
The class would also like to thank the supporters and believers of the project. - Bohol Chronicle