Singer-actress Karylle placed second in the 3-kilometer race (women's division) of the Earth Day Run, which was organized by the National Geographic Channel Asia and co-sponsored by the Climate Change Commission (CCC).
Proceeds will go to the Design Against the Elements of Global Challenge (DAtE), which was launched in March by the CCC and MyShelter Foundation, a project of former model Illac Diaz.
The eldest daughter of Zsa Zsa Padilla won 1, 000 pesos—plus, gift bags from the marathon's event sponsors—and was joined by around 6,000 runners, including stars.
THE RUN'S IMPACT. CCC Vice Chairman Heherson Alvarez said the incredible participation in the marathon was a good indication of the country's solid commitment to address the effects of the changing climate, especially on low-lying islands like the Philippines.
"We must cut carbon dioxide emission. We must 'run' against global warming and make Mother Earth live to ensure the survival of humanity," Alvarez told the assembly of runners-cum-advocates for the protection of the planet.
Jude Turcuato, national director of FOX International and National Geographic Channel Asia, expressed satisfaction over the favorable turnout of the Earth Day Run.
He said National Geographic will continue to raise the awareness, and inspire people to do more to protect Mother Earth. "The objective of the Earth Day Run is to basically get the people to care more for the planet," Turcuato noted. "We do hope that this event has inspired the people to make the difference and do more for the environment."
Right after the marathon, the CCC launched a photography and art exhibit at the lobby of the IMAX Theater inside the SM Mall of Asia, highlighting the importance of water and its protection, as well as the effects of climate change on different communities.