San Miguel kicks off ‘Trees Brew Life’

Officials and employees of beer market leader San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) kicked off on August 6 the 7th leg of its “Trees Brew Life” program, a national re-greening initiative, in Barangay Sapang Bato, Angeles City which was among several identified sites for the tree-planting activity.

Starting them young. Ten-year-old Jacob Gavin M. Due, son of this photojournalist, with his mother and brother joined the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. (Photo courtesy of Erlin M. Due)
Starting them young. Ten-year-old Jacob Gavin M. Due, son of this photojournalist, with his mother and brother joined the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. (Photo courtesy of Erlin M. Due)

Roberto Huang, SMB Inc. president, said although San Miguel breweries have their respective year-round corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives with the San Miguel Foundation, the Trees Brew Life tree growing project is special.
San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) President Roberto Huang (left) and Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan (2nd from left) symbolically turn over a seedling to a resident of Barangay Sapang Bato during the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. With them are Ederlinda Valencia and Marlo Gozun of the Angeles City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Sibul Foundation Chairperson Sally Naguiat and Executive Director Renato Tayag Jr., and Angeles City Task Force One Million Trees Field Operations Officer Edille Paras.
San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) President Roberto Huang (left) and Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan (2nd from left) symbolically turn over a seedling to a resident of Barangay Sapang Bato during the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. With them are Ederlinda Valencia and Marlo Gozun of the Angeles City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Sibul Foundation Chairperson Sally Naguiat and Executive Director Renato Tayag Jr., and Angeles City Task Force One Million Trees Field Operations Officer Edille Paras.

“It is special because it really mirrors the commitment of our company to be a responsible steward of the environment in a sustainable way. We believe that this program will not only immortalize the fruits of our hard work but it will also allow us to give back our blessings to the Filipino nation to whom our company owes its 126 years of existence,” Huang said during the opening of the event.
Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan with San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) President Roberto Huang plant at the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. Looking on Sibul Foundation Executive Director Renato "Abong" Tayag Jr.  --Jojo Due
Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan with San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) President Roberto Huang plant at the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. Looking on Sibul Foundation Executive Director Renato “Abong” Tayag Jr.
–Jojo Due

He pointed out that the Trees Brew Life project is not only about planting trees but it is also about brewing the foundation for life for generations to come.
Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan waters the seedling she planted during the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. --Jojo Due
Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan waters the seedling she planted during the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. –Jojo Due

“We are all aware about the effects of climate change and global warming. Typhoons became stronger and the dry season became warmer. It is already a threat that we need to address. Watersheds and forests are a valuable source of food, shelter and shade. The trees aid in soil, conservation, sustain biodiversity and reduce urban heat,” the SMBI official stressed.
San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) President Roberto Huang plants a seedling during the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. --Jojo Due
San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) President Roberto Huang plants a seedling during the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. –Jojo Due

Aside from Barangay Sapang Bato here, similar tree-planting activities will also be held in other identified areas that include Makati City, the Umapad Dumpsite in Mandaue City, the Tarlac-Pangasinan-Laยญ Union Expressway (TPLEx) headquarters in Tarlac City, Barangay Estefania in Bacolod City, Barangay Matina Pangi in Davao City, the DSWD Nayon ng Kabataan Compound in Mandaluyong City, and the Nuvali Evoliving Ecopark in the City of Santa Rosa, Laguna.
Officers and employees of San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) led by their President Roberto Huang plant trees during the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6.  --Jojo Due
Officers and employees of San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) led by their President Roberto Huang plant trees during the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. –Jojo Due

Under the program, SMB hopes to be able to contribute in ensuring the water supply by protecting, preserving and rehabilitating forest covers, regenerating mangrove areas and propagating planting materials for an eco-friendly environment.
One of the seedlings planted during the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. --Jojo Due
One of the seedlings planted during the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. –Jojo Due

More than 10,000 seedlings of hardwood, mangrove and fruit-bearing species will be planted in all Saturdays of August in identified areas nationwide by officers and employees of SMBI.

The project is under the Buhayin ang Kalikasan flagship program of San Miguel Brewery Inc.

A rare find nowadays, an Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), that has just emerged from its cocoon on the leaf it is clinging to was found by kids during the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. --Jojo Due
A rare find nowadays, an Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), that has just emerged from its cocoon on the leaf it is clinging to was found by kids during the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. –Jojo Due

Guests during the event include Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan representing City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan; Sibul Foundation Chairperson Sally Naguiat and Executive Director Renato “Abong” Tayag Jr.; Angeels City Task Force One Million Trees head Bishop Joe Briones and Field Operations Officer Edille Paras; officers and staff of the Angeles City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO); the Angeles City Tourism Office, and officers and employees of San Miguel Brewery Inc., among others, who also participated in the tree-planting activity.
Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan with San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) President Roberto Huang at the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. --Jojo Due
Angeles City First Lady Herminia Pamintuan with San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) President Roberto Huang at the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. –Jojo Due

Sapang Bato has been specifically identified as Sibul Foundation is developing it into a watershed. They are currently in the process of having it declared as a protected area by the government to preserve the area.
Part of the seedlings planted by San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) officials at employees and guests during the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. --Jojo Due
Part of the seedlings planted by San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) officials at employees and guests during the SMBI 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Sapang Bato Angeles City on August 6. –Jojo Due

Huang stressed that SMBI will continue to expand their program by engaging in tree-growing activities, revisiting areas where they already conducted greening activities and undertake pocket environmental projects in new areas with program partners, pointing out that by 2020, SMB aims to double the number of trees that they planted.
 San Miguel Beermen Gabby Espinas, Ronald Tubid, Gary David and Arwind Santos pose with Aetas during the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Spanag Bato Angeles City on August 6.  --Jojo Due
San Miguel Beermen Gabby Espinas, Ronald Tubid, Gary David and Arwind Santos pose with Aetas during the San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMBI) 7th Trees Brew Life Tree-planting activity in Spanag Bato Angeles City on August 6. –Jojo Due

“Let us continue to make this world better with Trees Brew Life. Let us do the right thing today so that the future generation will have a better life and sustainable future. Let us strive to Up and Vibe with San Miguel Brewery Inc.,” Huang urged.

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