Sunday, June 21


What is ice for you? Is ice just something that you put in your glass of iced tea to refresh you on a hot day? Or is it part of the snow that you dream of experiencing? For creatures of the Arctic and Antarctic regions of the Earth, ice is everything. It should be important for us, too.

We are more dependent on ice than we realize. Ice is the principal amplifier of temperature shifts in the Earth. Its existence affects climate change. All of these facts are showcased in the documentary film, "Ice Worlds" that had an advanced screening at the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City yesterday. It was presented by SMART and sponsored by NIDO Fortified, Coca-Cola, and BDO. The event was also supported by the WWFF, Mrs Field's Cookie Cafe, Digipost, A-Z Direct Marketing, and Timelife. The event's online media partner was Ralph and I were fortunate to be invited to be part of the event.

Aside from discussing how ice in our world's polar caps affect climate, the film also explained how the creatures in the Arctic and Antarctic regions depend on ice for survival. It also showed the existence of ice in the other planets like Saturn and Neptune and their respective moons. The film was narrated by British actress Emily Watson, star of "The Water Horse: Legend of The Deep". It was produced in cooperation with the University of New Hampshire, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, with the support of the National Science Foundation.

Before the screening began, the participants were first held in the conference room where Mr. Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WWF Philippines spoke about responses to climate change. Ralph got scared about some scenarios that Lory shared to us. He said that we should be visiting Palawan now before its airports get covered in water. More lands are disappearing because of global warming!

A raffle was held after the screening. Ralph and I were both lucky to win cool jackets from SMART. Other winners received gym bags and SMART phone kits.

"Ice Worlds" regular screening begins on June 23. Get a chance to win awesome prizes by answering the questions that they will be asking after the show. For ticket inquiries, contact 556-0331.

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