The Rainbow Warrior


The Rainbow Warrior at Gensan port

Yesterday my kids and I together with the Sox Bloggers went on board Greenpeace’s ship called the Rainbow Warrior. Sir Avel , the leader of the group arranged the field trip with people at Greenpeace. According to Miss Leah Guerrero, Greenpeace’s Regional Communications Manager in Southeast Asia, this is their first ever open boat day in Mindanao. We were very lucky indeed to be invited on board the ship. Leah personally took care of us, the Soccsksargen bloggers. She fetched us from our meeting point, provided the transportation going to the port and back and she even bought us snacks. She was our tour guide on board the ship with the help of Amrit, an Indian national who happens to be a blogger.

This might be their last time to dock in Gensan because the ship will be retired after 52 years at sea (21 years as a greenpeace ship). A new ship the Rainbow Warrior 3 in being constructed to replace this ship.

There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the World who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it...they will be known as the "Warriors of the Rainbow."

The ship is here in Gensan for the Philippine leg of their ” Turn the Tide” tour of Southeast Asia. Their focus in visiting here is to oppose the proposed coal plant in Maasim, Sarangani Province. You can see their photos in their Facebook page here.

You can read more about Greenpeace’s visit to Maasim, Sarangani Province here.

According to their website Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

Later that evening, all the crew including the Captain where at Robinson’s Mall. After celebrating the Holy Mass, my family and I went to dine at Robinson’s and were able to see the mini concert just in front of the mall entrance. Mr. Dong Abay popularly known as the singer in the band Yano, graced us with a few songs. Upon leaving the area, sir Toto of Greenpeace approached us and asked if he could take a photo of my family. He was filming the event from the ship up to the concert. Upon the insistence of my son to meet the captain sir Toto pulled  him out from the group and introduced us. Capt. Mike Fincken is a blogger himself. A very nice person. He was kind enough to talk to us. My son who is 12 years old was thrilled to have met the captain of the ship.

Here is Captain Michael James Ian Fincken during their arrival at Gen. Santos City

On a personal note. Greenpeace have always been one of my admired organizations. I have been subscribing to their news letters on my email for some time now. Their advocacy is very ideal. I envy those who are in the frontline for the preservation of our planet Earth. In my own little way, I am trying my best to contribute something for the preservation of the environment. I brought my children on board the ship so that they too at an early age can be more aware of the environmental situations that will be  facing them in the future.

The Sox Bloggers

More photos at Picasa.

For those who missed it, here is Dong Abay’s last song during the mini concert at Robinson’s Mall in Gensan.

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