2 Pinoys join CNN, YouTube climate video tilt

MANILA – Two Filipinos, both graduates of De La Salle University-Manila, have joined an online user-generated video contest on YouTube that seeks to raise awareness of climate change worldwide.

Paul Darwynn Garilao and Alfonso Orioste, Jr. said the “Raise Your Voice” video tilt is sponsored by CNN, YouTube and the Danish government. The contest encourages individuals to send videos with their views, opinions, and questions about the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7 to 21.

In an interview, Garilao said producers of the two best video campaigns will have a chance to join the conference dubbed as the biggest convention after Kyoto Protocol. Earlier reports said the United Nations Climate Change Conference will iron out platforms to “reduce global warming emissions and ultimately chart a course that avoids the most severe impacts of climate change.”

Garilao, who finished mechanical engineering and used to work for a local public relations firm, said he was challenged to join the contest after seeing the devastation wrought by Typhoons Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma).

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