Overlooking the floodplains of Nueva Ecija, Philippines after summiting Mt. Sawi (594+ MASL). A reminiscent shape of the South American continent. February 2017



The image that changed my life forever.

We were sailing for about 8-hours in the open waters of the Pacific from the remote island of Camiguin de Babuyanes in the most northern part of the Philippines ending our 6-day volcanic voyage, when I suddenly received a text message that was sent 3 days ago after having no cellular signal the whole time.

I checked my email and to my surprise, this photo of the Gabaldon Floodplains in Nueva Ecija won first in the 2017 International Youth Photo Competition by RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands that raises awareness of the importance of wetlands to society.


Wetlands like the Gabaldon Floodplains has helped us humans cope with extreme weather events like typhoons, storms, and floods. Particularly the Gabaldon Floodplains in the Philippines has helped the communities of Nueva Ecija thrive by storing floodwater minimizing its impact to the local communities despite the many hazards that faces the region. 

Currently, the Philippines has 7 sites designated as Wetlands of international importance, and hopefully this continues to grow as more people are informed with its value to society and the environment. 

You can read more about Wetlands here: www.ramsar.org


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