ANGELES CITY -- The SM Supermalls has participated in the observance of the Earth Hour in a bid to be part of the campaign to preserve the environment. 

In SM City Clark, former Secretary Edgardo Pamintuan of the Subic Clark Alliance for Development Council, led Saturday night the ceremonial switching off of lights inside the mall in adherence to the nationwide call to conserve energy.

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Pamintuan said this is a good gesture on the part of the SM Supermalls to create awareness among the people about concerns on environment, including the climate change.  

He said it is very important that every Filipino should take its part in energy conservation and environmental protection. 

Engineer Bong Garcia, SM Clark Building Administration officer, said the Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness on climate change issue. 

“But there is more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year. It is all about giving people a voice on the future of our planet and working together to create a sustainable low carbon future for our mother earth,” Garcia said. 

Garcia said the Earth Hour was initiated by the World Wildlife Federation in 2007 and was first held in Sydney Australia. 

From then on, Earth Hour had become a global movement with more than 50 million people in 35 countries, including the Philippines, participate. 

“We are happy that we are now working closely with everyone here towards one goal and we hope that we do not stop the nourishment of this movement after we’ve switched on the lights,” Garcia added. 

Garcia and Venus Manalang, SM Clark public relations officer, assisted Pamintuan in the lighting of the torch during the ceremony.