OMEGA and GoodPlanet Foundation have opened a unique exhibition featuring photographs from environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and underwater photojournalist Brian Skerry. The “Planet Ocean” exhibition in the Philippines will be open to the general public from March 12 – April 11, 2014.
It marks the first time the exhibition has been organized outside of Europe and it includes the largest collection of photographs ever to be displayed in a Planet Ocean presentation.
The extraordinary photographs from above and below the ocean’s surface were taken by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Brian Skerry respectively. The intriguing images complement each other and offer the public a chance to appreciate the ocean from different perspectives. The captions explain the dangers threatening the oceans today and the photographs send a powerful message about the need to protect the bodies of water and marine ecosystems that cover our planet.
Prior to the exhibition, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his team, along with representatives from OMEGA, flew to Palawan with some international and local media representatives to visit the well-preserved mangrove of Barangay Albera 1, a crucial eco-system for the Palawan region. The tour was followed by a screening of the movie Planet Ocean at an unforgettable outdoor location.
Pangulasian Island Resort was carefully chosen as the ‘home’ for the trip because of its heavy campaign of sustainability and preservation of the ocean – a perfect fit for the project.
The formal opening of the exhibition took place at The Gardens, Greenbelt 5 with special guests including Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Jean-Pascal Perret, OMEGA’s Vice President for Communication & PR, Rowena Tomeldan, VP and Head of Operations of Ayala Land, Inc. Commercial Business Group, Ivan Yao and Emerson Yao of Lucerne among the 250 other guests who were among the first to view the 73 images featured in the exhibition.
The guests were also present at an exclusive screening of the 90-minute eco-documentary Planet Ocean, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot and produced in collaboration with OMEGA at the Greenbelt Cinema.
The Gardens, Greenbelt 5, the venue of the exhibition, is a multi-award winning lifestyle center in the middle of Makati City, Manila’s Central Business District. The choice of the exhibition venue was considered primarily because it builds on sustainability and connectivity principles, expanding the park and improving linkages to surrounding areas. Within the compound, the lush green spaces of the park have been maintained and further extended for the public and social events and a densely greened area to improve air quality in this location. The preservation and enhancement of historic structures such as the chapel and the museum are testament to Ayala Land’s commitment to preserving the Filipino heritage while creating world-class destinations that the global community can enjoy.
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