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Keeping it clean and green on TV

/ 12:05 AM November 20, 2017
Kim Atienza in “Matanglawin”

Kim Atienza in “Matanglawin”

We like watching “Matanglawin” from time to time for its nature, adventure, science, travel and novelty features, which host Kim Atienza tweaks for specifically youthful appeal and perspective.

An overgrown child himself with his antic sense of curiosity as sharp as ever, Kim keeps viewers of all ages on discovery mode, the better to learn from what they see on TV—and to realize that life should be a constant series of rediscoveries—
and is full of fun surprises!


On a recent telecast of “Matanglawin,” Kim and his like-minded teammates focused on clean energy and “green” initiatives, the better to keep the world of global warming from further wreaking environmental havoc on our lonely and only planet.

Viewers were deeply impressed with the efforts of the Philippine Road Trip group on a van cutely called Cupcake,
to spread the word about responsible sourcing of energy throughout the country.


Even better, the literally enlightened and enlightening group teamed up with some creative, inventive and “connected” kids to make 100 solar lanterns, which they then distributed to “dark” communities, like the Aetas in Porac, Pampanga.

‘Lighted, delighted’

Oh, how the Aeta families’ eyes glistened and glowed as their humble homes were instantly “lighted and delighted,” enabling their kids to do their homework and boosting adult members’ productivity and sense of peace and well-being.

Similarly, positively plugged-in was a feature on Jeepito, which also drove around to encourage everyone to “go green” before it’s too late.

Another feature introduced viewers to the Flow Arts trend, which uses bioluminescence to produce ambient lighting—
and a whole lot of fun.

Mainly used for decorative and entertainment purposes to date, the fad can be scientifically developed further into another substantial source of clean energy in the near future.

The telecast we watched also had a series of features on Sagada and its many natural beauties and wonders.


Without having to lecture or “sermonize,” the mere sight of all those attractions made viewers long for them—and to clean up their own environmental act to help make their own communities clean and green.

Yes, it’s a really tall order, but if everyone, including some stubbornly laggard global and national leaders, realizes the gravity of the crisis at hand, remedial action will come faster and with greater unction and passion—to save our collective “heart and home,” before it’s too late to compensate.

With shows like “Matanglawin” and “Green Living” telecasting weekly, viewers get regular reminders of the looming global “endgame” disaster
—and what we can all do to prevent it from doing its worst.

The welfare and survival of our children and grandchildren are at stake—so, the time to “go clean and green” is now!

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