COVER: Tambuli

In pre-hispanic Philippines, the “Tambuli”, which was an indigenous tool made out of Carabao horn, was used as an instrument for the natives to come and attend meetings called-for by their elders, listen to announcements from their chieftains or take part in making decisions for the safety and well-being of the tribe or community. How the locals were able to harness the idea of making this animal part as an important tool goes beyond a stroke of luck; but rather, a display of ingenuity, skill and making a sustainable use of what is applicable and available then. This form of calling proved to be an effective tool to gather people, disseminate information, allow each one to be updated with what’s going on in the villages and involve every member on issues that affect them or on situations that could threaten their peaceful co-existence in the community.

Fast forward to our 3rd edition of the Building Green Newsletter, we still see the “Tambuli” in its symbolic importance and melodious tone, as we announce to our members the most recent events in the Council as well as updates on PHILGBC’s active participation in relevant local, regional and global meetings on green building and climate change issues. Following are the activities organized and participated in by the Council:

  • WorldGBC Asia Pacific Network Year-end meeting in Singapore, last September 1 to 3 , 2014;
  • Building Green Conference last September 25, 2014;
  • General Membership Meeting (GMM) and PHILGBC Board of Trustees Election, last October 22, 2014;
  • Glasstech Asia 2014, last Novermber 26 and 27, 2014;
  • PHILGBC Strategic Planning last January 30, 2015;
  • Visit to Lima, Peru for the Low Carbon Model Town last January 14 to 25, 2015; and
  • WorldGBC Asia Pacific Network Mid-year meeting in Tokyo, Japan, last February 23 to 27, 2015.

Indeed, with a bigger and more-involved membership of a combined 888 corporate and individual members, we are transforming into a greener building industry. This is exemplified by the growing number of registered projects under BERDE, and the awarding of the first 4-Star BERDE Certification of the Net Lima building.

We are positive that these updates will inspire more members of the industry to understand our own locally-adaptive BERDE Green Building Rating System, and will encourage more volunteers to join in promoting sustainability in the building industry.

For this edition, we are featuring one market leader, who is a staunch supporter-of and is a sustaining member of PHILGBC. His works have helped inspire confidence and have built the basic foundation for the sustainable growth of his company—Mr Raul “Jojo” Concepcion, the CEO of Concepcion Carrier. This edition incorporates both private and government participation on various greening efforts.

We are also featuring through series of photos, events that have taken place, member activities that have been both beneficial and enjoyable, and more importantly, volunteer works that have seriously helped shape our calling into our present generation TAMBULI

Posted in Issue 3.