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Environmental Education Starts With The Children And Youth

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To My Dear Children and Youth of Puerto Princessa:

Every year we celebrate the tree-planting festival Pista Y Ang Kageban. This is because we care about our environment, especially our forests.

Pista Y Ang Kageban, the book, is for you. The story is told by a child like you who participated in the tree-planting festival and enjoyed it very much. I hope that you will also come and help us plant more trees this year when the rains start in June.

Pista Y Ang Kageban is about how we in Puerto Princessa unite to take care of our environment. In a real way, this is about taking care of ourselves today and our love one's who would come after us. Someday, when you grow up, you will understand these things more.

In the meantime, get ready with your seedlings. Let's celebrate Pista Y Ang Kageban everyday of our lives.

Your friend and mayor,
Edward S. Hagedorn



A native of Palawan, a Baha'i, Jane Timbancaya-Urbanek, for the past 20 years has been involved with development communications and environmental education via radio broadcasts, community dialogues, musical plays, songwriting contests, and community mobilization projects like the now popular city-wide tree-planting festival, Pista Y Ang Kageban (Festival of the Forest) and province-wide Pista Ng Kalikasan (Nature's Festival).

PISTA Y AnG KAGEBAN , the book, is a documentation of the tree-planting festival through the eyes of a child. With this book Ms. Urbanek hopes to be able to plant the seeds of love for Nature in the hearts of children.

Ms. Urbanek lives in Palawan Islands, Philippines with her family. An advocate of world peace, she believes that the true well-being of man and the earth can be attained if people unite and work together using a viable formula.

ABOUT THE illustrator:

Beth Parrocha-Doctolero is an artist and a mother to 4-year old Uriel. A graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, she enjoys doing anything related to her craft, that of an illustrator and a graphic designer.

For PISTA Y AnG KAGEBAN , the book, she went to Palawan to "smell the earth, the forest, the waves, the sand" before she immersed herself in the drawings. She confesses that this is the first time she had to draw so many people and forest for a book.

To date, Beth has illustrated more than 15 books. She is a recipient of a National Best book Design Award for the book Philippine Picture Postcards and a Gintong Aklat Award for Fruits of the Philippines.

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