Planet Philippines

Topics: Biodiversity, Philippines, Endangered species Pages: 4 (1481 words) Published: December 3, 2011
Miguele Alfonso M. Ramos CN: 32

Reaction paper about the documentary film “Planet Philippines”

The documentary film “Planet Philippines” hosted by Richard Gutierrez was the biggest environmental project of 2009. Planet Philippines took the viewers on a grand and awesome journey into our country’s wilderness sites. They traveled around Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to examine the diverse Philippine landscape, seascape, and underground terrain.

The film began with our daily activities (eating, drinking, and sleeping) and all of us became busy because of these activities, but little did we know that all of us are connected to one environment that even though it seems far, it plays an important role in our lives. Like Richard Gutierrez said “marami na tayong alam sa siyudad, alamin naman natin ang ating kalikasan”.

Their first destination was Alcoy forest located at the heart of Cebu. In this type of environment, we can clearly see that all species are connected to one another. Almost all of it is endemic species which means that they can be found only in our country.

On the roof of the forest, the no. of species found in Luzon is far greater than the whole North America. The Philippines is a bird paradise which have almost 200 endemic species. It showcased one of the rare species of bird which is black shama (Copsychus cebuensis), also known as Siloy. The host discussed some of its distinct characteristics and why they have become endangered species. On the forest floor, the frogs like Luzon striped frog (Rana similis), taylor’s frog (Limnonectes hascheanus) and Philippine wrinkled ground frog (Platymantis sierramadrensis) can be found only in Sierra Madre.

Mindanao is blessed to have several forest and some of it are pigny forest (trees that are relatively small). Example is the Almasiga tree which is relatively short and small but already lived for 100 years. If the trees were short in the forest, therefore its...
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