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Ben&Ben band named National Geographic Asia ambassador against plastic trash

/ 02:01 PM November 16, 2019
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Ben&Ben has committed to limiting single-use plastic in its tours. Image: Toni Muñoz & Toia Avenido

Indie band Ben&Ben is now a #PlanetorPlastic ambassador for Asia and performed last night, Aug. 15, at the National Geographic Explorers Festival in Singapore.

Ben&Ben announced yesterday that it is the first Filipino band to be named ambassador for #PlanetorPlastic in Asia by National Geographic.

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Ben&Ben’s performance at the restaurant Koma was live-streamed on the official Facebook page of National Geographic Asia. The nine-member band performed the songs “Hummingbird” and “Fall.

Ben&Ben are here with a more-than-special performance at our Evening of Exploration in Singapore. Watch it now. #NatGeoFestSg

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Posted by National Geographic Asia on Friday, November 15, 2019

The band was recognized for not only fighting plastic but also waste pollution. It was cited for its work in reviving the Pasig River. It was also mentioned that the band has pledged to reduce single-use plastic in its tours and use plastic-free instruments.

Before the band’s performance, vocalist Miguel Benjamin Guico explained that they had grown up knowing the Pasig River as having little to no wildlife and wanted to do something about it. He said that it was small actions done every day that had led to the demise of the river and that they realize “it’s also those little things collectively, every day that can bring it back to life.”

The festival included talks from wildlife filmmaker and photographer Sandesh Kadur, conservation biologist Krithi Karanth and oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle.  /ra

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