Free the Sea Movement 2: Making Our Seas a Better Place to Swim in

Article by Kat Mayuga / Photos by Eunick Nobe

Are you a nature lover whose goal is to preserve the beauty of the world? Are you a person who longs for the relaxing ambiance the beach has to offer? Maybe you’re a surfer who loves catching the waves at sea? If you’re one of those mentioned above, then you will surely appreciate the Free the Sea Movement 2 by Reef in partnership with Surfari. This event is also supported by WWF.

Free the Sea Movement 2 was held in Baler, Aurora on September 29-October 1, 2017, where the participants were able to have fun at the beach and save it at the same time. What’s different about this coastal cleanup is that clipboards were given to the cleaners so they could segregate them instantly and tally which type of garbage was the most common. Can you guess which garbage was the most common from this year and last year?

The answer: cigarette butts.

Cigarette butts are the most common type of trash collected during these coastal cleanups.

Let these pictures be a reminder for us to be more careful and responsible with our trash. Remember, as the saying goes: “leave nothing but footprints”.

The participants did their best cleaning up and after a job well done, they were rewarded with free surfing lessons and a jamming night party with SoundCloud Philippines’ Ann Clerigo, Banna Harbera, Eazyhead, DJ CC, and DJ Doms Badwolf. A fitting reward for our mother nature’s warriors.

(WATCH: How Much Do You Need to Surf in Baler with Your Friends?)

It feels good to surf in a garbage-free sea.

This year was Free the Sea Movement’s 2nd year and Reef is planning to make it an annual event. Will you be joining next year’s Free the Sea Movement? Besides saving our only home, you’ll get to enjoy fun activities. That’s hitting two birds with one stone!



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