SM, the official venue of Earth Hour 2011 in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental Province, saved 4,328.00 kilowatt-hours equivalent to P32,380.00 savings from its daily electricity consumption when it turned off 50% of the mall’s lights for an hour in observance of the world-wide initiative against Climate Change.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang and SM mall manager George Jardiolin led the simultaneous ceremonial switch off at 8:30pm held at the North Main Entrance covered walk of SM City Bacolod.

More than 50 various public and private groups pledged support in caring, protecting and saving the environment. Those who expressed their commitment for and on behalf of their organizations were Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Atty. Aleta Nuñez of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), Colegio San Agustin Bacolod Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Willy Capellan, Central Negros Electric Cooperative president Engr. Edward Gasambelo, Bacolod City Water District general manager Atty. Juliana Carbon, Occidental Negros Organic Producers and Retailers Association vice president Benedicto Sanchez, United Architect of the Philippines Bacolod Chapter president Arch. Jude Patrick Tipon, Negros Press Club vice president Nonoy Lampines, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources admin officer Emerita Balinario, and Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers Neg. Occ. Chapter president Engr. Ratty

The Girls Scout of the Philippines Negros Occidental chapter through the leadership of its president Mrs. Ruby Velez rendered One Little Candle song as Bacoleños and Negrenses lit candles that served as the source of light during the program. There was a one-minute moment of silence thereafter which was followed by an Earth Hour prayer and vigil for Japan, in lieu of the Tsunami tragedy that hit the country recently, officiated by Fr. Chris Gonzales. SM Little Stars Gabby Ramos also sung the unity song “Heal the World”.

To promote awareness and urge the public to participate in Earth Hour, the core group spearheaded by Colegio San Agustin Bacolod’s College of Engineering Dean Dr. Fely Altalaguire initiated a motorcade that kicked off from the Capitol Lagoon to SM City Bacolod. The group toured around the major streets of the city with a noise barrage by the Animo Drumbeaters and later walked through the mall to invite and remind shoppers to switch off lights in their homes and businesses.

A project under SM Cares Corporate Social Responsibility advocacies, the mall’s environment committee also partnered with GMA TV 13 for the free film showing of SIGNOS, A GMA Public Affairs Special Presentation on Climate Change. Among the highlights of Earth Hour at SM City Bacolod was the burning candles formation in symbolic figure 60 which symbolizes the one-hour global switch off.

The Eco-friendly Global e-bikes exhibit also promoted no gasoline, no smoke, no pollution and no noise mode of transportation. US Peace Corps Rachael Saler awarded plastic crocheted bags to GSP and CSA-B for bringing in the most number of used plastic bags donation to Bag-O Plastic of Bago City, Negros Occidental. The women of Bag-O Plastic organization reuse plastic bags from the surrounding areas and create them into various styles of bags, purse and wallets. 

The Earth Hour 2011 event was capped by the colorful, vibrant and spirited live performance of the world-renowned MassKara Festival Dancers.
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