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Philippine Native Trees 101 Book Now Available

Posted on August 13, 2012



Group photo during book launch of the Philippine Native Trees 101, Rafflesia of the Philippines, and Generations. From L-R: Mary Ann Leones (InfoCom Manager/FPE), Atty. Danny Valenzuela (Permanent Member/FPE), Dr. Angelina Galang (President of Green Convergence and Book Project Team Leader of Philippine Native Trees 101), Myrissa Lepiten-Tabao (Visayas Regional Unit Manager/FPE), and Jay Carmela Ciriaco (Finance Unit Manager/FPE).

The Foundation for the Philippine Environment has supported the publication of the book, “Philippine Native Trees 101: Up Close and Personal” by Hortica Filipina Foundation, Inc. with Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy.

Last August 2, 2012, the First Philippine Holdings Corporation launched the said publication at the Rockwell Tent, Makati as a tribute to its Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Oscar M. Lopez.

“The book is edited by some of the country’s most respected names in botany and forestry,” said Ms. Ces Oreña-Drilon who introduced the book during the launch. She described the book as a showcase of 108 native tree species with each species presented with a photo and text in a two-page spread including a sidebar of technical information. To give it a literary flavor, some 90 botanical aficionados shared their experiences about their favorite trees in prose, poetry and personal anecdotes.

According to Dr. Angelina Galang, the book project team leader, and President of Green Convergence, “the book was published to encourage more people to plant native trees to ensure their preservation for future generations.” Its publication is timely, especially now that “many Philippine native trees are disappearing due to deforestation, replacement of invasive alien species, and monocrop plantations that propagate only commercially popular varieties,” she added.

The book will be launched also in Cebu and in Greenhills, Makati.


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