Ricky Tugagao was in grade 3 at Cadadalman Elementary School when I ended my 3-year term as parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Camiguin Norte, Babuyan Islands. He was born without a left leg and his right foot does not have a leg, just a foot sticking out of his right pelvis. He moves about by using his two hands and his limbless right foot. He lived in Sitio Pagitpit, at the foot of Mount Camiguin, about 4 or 5 kilometers away from his school. But he goes to school every day by riding on a carabao together with his two siblings accompanied by his mother. His favorite subject is English and his dream is to become a doctor someday. I met Ricky again when I went back to Camiguin Norte last March 18, 2015 for an outreach mission. In a few days, the grade 6 pupils of Cadadalman Elementary School will be graduating and Ricky is one of them. According to one of his teachers, Ricky is in the top ten of his graduating class.
In solidarity with millions of people across the world who are part of the Earth Hour movement, Philippines' civilian volunteer group Black Pencil Project is renewing its commitment in raising awareness about climate change. Since 2008, Black Pencil Project have grown to adopt programs related to environment conservation, disaster relief and solar lighting initiatives in collaboration with various non-profit and civic organisations.
In celebration of our 7th year, we invite everyone to join our cause and take extra step towards changing climate change.