By Michael A. Bengwayan, VERA Files
Challenge 160 route
Baguio City---“No mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome...”
This saying might as well describe the resumption of series of protest actions to be staged by environmentalists and residents against SM City Baguio’s plan to remove more than a hundred pine trees on Luneta Hill to make way for a parking lot and entertainment plaza.
On Sunday (Feb.17), about a hundred environmentalists will begin their 160-kilometer protest walk, dubbed “Challenge 160,” from Sagada, Mountain Province up to Session Road in this city. During the six-day walk, hikers are expected to trek mountains, some of which are more than 2,000 meters above sea level.
According to organizers, Sagada was chosen as starting point “because it is a place where people love their trees and forests, and it is a known tourist haven because of its forests, which are being managed sustainably through an indigenous agroforestry practice called ‘lakon.’ ”
They decided toRead More »from Challenge 160: a protest walk to save Baguio’s pine trees