Last Saturday, about fifty people took part in the very first U.P. Diliman Native tree walk conducted by members of the Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society. The walk which started from the foot of the famous Oblation, took participants from the sidelines of University Avenue, to the canopy cover of the UP lagoon, the Palma Hall pavilion trees and the MSI plot of Professor Ed Gomez. It took 3 hours to cover as much as 50 tree species including notable ones like ilang-ilang, antipolo, kalumpang, narra, dita, etc. I personally acted as tour guide and tried to serve everyone who joined with names, identification tips and cultural tidbits about the important native trees as well as the lesser (in my words, 'nevermind trees', hehehe) pertinent exotic species. I believe everyone left with a much better understanding on what trees are truly residents of our beloved Philippines, our real kababayans. But sadly we did not have time to cover other trees in areas like the Beta way, the Main Library, the colleges around sunken garden, the U.P. church, and Alumni Center. This would probably mean that there would be a second one to be conducted soon (hint!).
To all who joined the very first U.P. Diliman tree walk, my deepest gratitude for coming and learning more about native trees!