Friday, April 10, 2015

Visayas Earth Hour load down 
34.67 MW, Bohol at 1.3 MW

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 1, (PIA) --The Earth Hour campaign, or roughly 60 minutes plus of action to mitigate carbon emissions and give the earth its much needed rest from unsustainable energy resources caused a noted load drop all over the Visayas. 

Part of the Earth Hour campaign asked people to voluntarily join the one-hour switch off as the campaign states go dim for the environment. 

During the simultaneous switch-off activities between 8:30-9:30 PM March 28, 2015, a Department of Energy official in the Visayas noted 34.67 megawatts of load drop. 

Engr. Jose Rey Maleza, citing National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' Systems Operation said Earth Hour 2015, tracked the 34.67MW load drop in the Visayas.

Through his facebook post, Engr Maleza, DOE Visayas Supervising Science Research Specialist, who apparently monitored NGCP systems on that night, put Samar Leyte topping Visayas load drop at 11.61 mega watts, during the switch-off. 

The same load drop was noted in Negros, where load dropped to 8.69 MW. Meanwhile, Cebu Maximum Load Dropped to 6.68MW, he shared. 

Panay Island, on the other hand experienced a maximum load drop of 6.39MW. 

Bohol on the other hand had 1.3MW load drop, the least in the region. 

The move to popularize the earth hour came as its main convenor: World Wildlife Fund started calling for action against the increasing global average temperature caused by building concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

Scientists have posited that the fast increase in greenhouse gas accumulation is largely due to burning of fossil fuels used in energy production. 

The move to switch-off in an hour at least, would allow communities to rethink about their priorities for the environment, Bohol Earth Hour participants said. 

In Bohol, other than committing to switch off their lights and go off grid, Bohol bikers pedaled around Tagbilaran City and Dauis, using their bikes' blinkers in an Earth Hour Ride. 

This is also in line with the interior and local government call for local officials to champion the campaign for sustainable energy. 

In Tagbilaran however, only very few joined the switch off, riders noted.

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Frenchmen dancers to handle
1st Bohol int’l dance workshop

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 1, (PIA) –Having seen the artistry and the potential for professionalism in Bohol dancers, four respected Frenchmen dance instructors and choreographers are here this summer to share their experience in the international dance scene during the First Bohol International Dance Workshop. 

Set to lead the workshops set for April 20-May 3 at the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School here, the Frenchmen would have Nicole Ayoub and Guillame Morgan leading the team of French dancers. 

Last year, both saw on a special staging, Bohol dance groups performing and both were “quite impressed with what they saw,” shared Lutgardo Labad. 

Both also promised to be back. 

Through the help of a French NGO, RAIN DROP, the French and the US Embassies as well as the Peacock Garden Hotel, the dancers are in for a summer dance workshop, Labad relayed. 

The workshop opens to school dance groups, community dance groups, local choreographers and interested individuals, but to be certain of one-one-one mentoring, workshop opens only to 25 dancers, according to Kasing Sining, the local workshop convenor. 

The workshop starts from 8:00 until 6 PM, and expects higher levels than amateur dance skills. 

It may be recalled that national dance workshops have been to Bohol, while local dancers have been sent to national and international workshops, their outputs now slowly manifested in the quality of local presentations. 

“The French dancers would be a perfect source of new styles for modern and classical dances characteristic of Europe and the French regions,” dance enthusiasts enthusiastically shared. 

For more information and inquiries, call or text KasingSining Artistic Director Lutgardo Labad at 0915-301-9290. (rac/PIABohol/PR)

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