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Responsible Stewardship:
Let us not misuse, abuse, and exploit Mother Earth
(A Photo Essay)
Leader: Mary Gabri...
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Before, when Mother Earth‟s resources were not that misused, abused and exploited the
effects of a monsoon or ...
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„To every rose comes a thorn.‟ thought Amelia quietly.
As she continued to stare out on to the window her mind...
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As Ms. Velasquez exited the classroom, Amelia‟s eyes looked upon the rain while her mind
drifted away in searc...
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extremely wet backpack. She dropped her backpack on the floor and ran to the shower.
After her bath she ploppe...
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“Ohh…Yes, but you know, I think BIG! I‟m talking about other people! Are they affected or
not, not just the so...
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“I have to go do my Reading assignment!” proclaimed Amelia as she grabbed her book In
Reading and hurdled to h...
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She launched a campaign at her school about taking care of Mother Earth. By God‟s grace
everyone supported her...
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STORY MAP
Title: Responsible Stewardship: Let us not misuse, abuse and exploit Mother Earth
Characters:
Mary G...
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Climax: The southwest monsoon has damaged almost P24-million worth of property and has
affected more than 430...
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Photo Essay- Responsible Stewardship: Let us not misuse, abuse, and exploit Mother Earth

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This is the basis for the video Responsible Stewardship. This is an advocacy to protect Mother Earth. Mother Earth is like the Giving Tree, giving all that she has. And we are like that little boy who at times misuse, abuse and exploit her resources.

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Photo Essay- Responsible Stewardship: Let us not misuse, abuse, and exploit Mother Earth

  1. 1. 1 | P a g e Responsible Stewardship: Let us not misuse, abuse, and exploit Mother Earth (A Photo Essay) Leader: Mary Gabrielle “Gabbie” Santos -script/story, taking of video & video editing, cd preparation, photo essay and the role of Amelia Members: Mikaila Reyes –venue and the role of the teacher Jasmine Agustin – roles of the newscaster and classmate Regina Fojas –roles of the mother and classmate Bianca Sevidal – pop-up book and the role of a classmate Felix Bueno –roles of the father and classmate Jay Jay Castillo – role: classmate Ziv Rodriguez – role: classmate Kaia Tabara – role: classmate
  2. 2. 2 | P a g e Before, when Mother Earth‟s resources were not that misused, abused and exploited the effects of a monsoon or “habagat” were not that devastating. Currently, it is a devastating occurrence in our country. Pitter.Patter.Pit. The rain slowly poured from the heavens. Yes, it was slow but a thousand or maybe even a million of tiny rain droplets fell from the gloomy sky. It made an odd noise as it splat across the classroom‟s window. Pitter.Patter.Pit. Amelia Gonzales, a student from Section 1 of the Grade 6, stared out the window and marveled at the beauty of the falling rain.
  3. 3. 3 | P a g e „To every rose comes a thorn.‟ thought Amelia quietly. As she continued to stare out on to the window her mind started trying to find out what would be the thorn of tiny liquid droplets falling from the sky? Was anyone even affected by this heavy rain? Amelia watched the skies of Makati produce rain. “Okay class!” boomed her Reading teacher, Ms. Velasquez. Amelia‟s train of thoughts was disrupted as she forced herself to focus on her teacher and not the rain. “Your assignment is to read the story of the „Giving Tree‟ and make a reflection paper about the story. It can be found on page 142 of you book.” said Ms.Velasquez, “Goodbye class.” “Goodbye and thank you Ms. Velasquez!” chorused the students of Section 1.
  4. 4. 4 | P a g e As Ms. Velasquez exited the classroom, Amelia‟s eyes looked upon the rain while her mind drifted away in search for the „thorn‟ of the rain. Amelia arrived home at 4:50pm, her dismissal time is usually 3:10pm, why did she come home so late eventhough her house is a few blocks away from school? FLOOD. Cars everywhere trying to find a way out of the mini-ocean that was the driveway. The bus had to take a different route, a long route. The main door of the house creaked open revealing an exhausted, soaked Amelia clad with a soggy school uniform, messed up hair that made her look like she just took a bath and an
  5. 5. 5 | P a g e extremely wet backpack. She dropped her backpack on the floor and ran to the shower. After her bath she plopped herself on the couch and turned the TV on. “Amelia!!” beamed Amelia‟s mom, Jane, and her dad, Thomas. “Hi mom and dad.” said Amelia quietly. “When did you get home?” asked Jane as she straightened Amelia‟s pajamas. “10 minutes ago. Ran straight to the shower.” replied Amelia. “OOH!!! LOOK!! THE NEWS!!! THE NEWS!!!” said Amelia with a grin plastered on her face, “I‟ll finally find out the „thorn‟ of this rain!” “Don‟t you think that the fact that you came home as a soggy cucumber is the „thorn‟?” asked Thomas, he and Jane knew Amelia had a fascination with knowing the „thorn‟ of things.
  6. 6. 6 | P a g e “Ohh…Yes, but you know, I think BIG! I‟m talking about other people! Are they affected or not, not just the soggy Amelia.” said Amelia as she made wild gestures with her hands into the air. “Oh Amelia.” sighed Jane as she pulled her daughter into an embrace. As they were watching the hourly news, the newscaster beamed: “Good day. This is Jasmine Agustin with the hourly news.” Amelia‟s eyes widened as she moved closer to the TV to find out what has been troubling her for hours. “According to the NDRRMC there are at least 30 people who are injured while 4 are still missing.” said the reporter. “Damage to infrastructure and agriculture hit P633.082 million. Around 248 houses were destroyed while 356 were damaged. 2.52 million Filipinos suffered in 1,822 villages in 138 towns and 35 cities in 17 provinces. About 46,276 families or 206,232 people are in 769 evacuation centers. Let us pray for all those affected by this monsoon.” ended the reporter as the news signed off. Amelia closed her eyes to take this all in. She did not want this to happen. This is terrible. “Oh sweetie.” comforted Jane as she hugged Amelia. To every rose there is a thorn. In Amelia‟s case, her curiosity was brilliant but whenever she finds out the thorn, it‟s always a big blow to her. “I have to go…” Amelia said thinking a way out of this awkward and depressing situation. Amelia‟s mind started to wander if other people are affected. She felt so sad about the news so she wanted to refocus her attention to something positive and this is when she remember the Giving Tree since she is truly fond of reading.
  7. 7. 7 | P a g e “I have to go do my Reading assignment!” proclaimed Amelia as she grabbed her book In Reading and hurdled to her room. Amelia sniffled as she put her reading book on her desk and plopped herself on a computer chair. She flipped her book to page 142 and leaned back as she scanned the story of: The Giving Tree. There it dawned on Amelia that the Giving Tree is like Mother Earth, giving all that she has and we are like that little boy at times, misusing, abusing, and exploiting Mother Earth‟s resources. That is why Amelia thought of a significant way of helping Mother Earth---an Advocacy to protect her. In her campaign: “We can all make a difference!” proclaimed Amelia ending her launching speech for the Save Mother Earth Project. It was a harsh realization that Mother Earth is like the Giving Tree and we are like that boy.
  8. 8. 8 | P a g e She launched a campaign at her school about taking care of Mother Earth. By God‟s grace everyone supported her, posters about Mother Earth were everywhere! Everyone was given a flyer with ways on how to take care of Mother Earth, a room to room campaign was conducted. The campaign‟s theme was: Responsible Stewardship. Bit by bit, Amelia saw how her schoolmates changed. The once reckless children who would litter are now the ones who pick it up, the hasty little ones who would throw their trash anywhere now are the ones who would segregate their trash. Also, tree planting activities were advocated. She saw her schoolmates transform into responsible stewards of the Lord. “There is no „thorn‟ to this.” said Amelia with a grin, and Amelia felt Mother Earth grinning too.
  9. 9. 9 | P a g e STORY MAP Title: Responsible Stewardship: Let us not misuse, abuse and exploit Mother Earth Characters: Mary Gabrielle “Gabbie” Santos as Amelia Gonzales and as the narrator Mikaila Reyes as Ms. Velasquez Regina Fojas as Jane Gonzales (Amelia‟s Mother) Felix Bueno as Thomas Gonzales (Amelia‟s Father) Jasmine Agustin as the news reporter Regina Fojas, Felix Bueno, Jasmine Agustin, Bianca Sevidal, Jay Jay Castillo, Ziv Rodriguez and Kaia Tabara as classmates Setting: 2013, Makati (habagat) Point of View: Omniscient Plot: Introduction: During the monsoon period, this year, the Filipinos were adversely affected. Amelia Gonzales, a student of Section 1 of the Grade 6, wondered if anybody was affected by the monsoon. She searched for the „thorn‟ of the rain. Rising Action: As people tend to become neglectful of Mother Nature, our environment became depleted. Trees became few and there was litter almost everywhere which would immediately ignite a flood and erosion if there is bad weather.
  10. 10. 10 | P a g e Climax: The southwest monsoon has damaged almost P24-million worth of property and has affected more than 430,000 persons. Falling Action: When the monsoon left the Philippine Area of Responsibility Resolution: Amelia spearheaded a campaign gearing towards responsible stewardship (tree planting, recycling, proper disposal of garbage and the like) which was implemented and supported school wide. Theme: Let us not misuse, abuse and exploit Mother Nature, let us be responsible stewards of God.

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