Planet Philippines

1474 Words Nov 26th, 2011 6 Pages
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.
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Species like Lion Fish (Pterois volitans), Sea Snake (Laticauda colubrina) and Hox’s Bill Sea Turtle are banded for capturing because they are enlisted on the “red list” which means that they are prone to extinction. One case was the member of the tribed, he killed a turtle and as a result, the tribe leaders imprisoned him. Do we ever wonder how caves were built? The answer is simple, this is due to the continuous flowing and crashing of sea waves to a rocky place which resulted to form a depression on the rocks and later on, become caves. The cave sites were the next destination of the team. Philippines alone have thousands of caves and half of it is not yet found which means the discovery of new and endemic species is possible. Before human touched the caves, it has a life on its own hundred years ago. Even though the formation of plants is impossible in the caves, there are still some animals making the caves as their habitat. These species like bats can be found all over the place especially on the roof of the caves and at night they go out of the caves to search food. After eating, these bats defecate and the feces they excrete serve as a food for other organisms (guano and cockroaches). These small organisms can be eaten by a Whip scorpion (Acanthrophrynus coronatus) in order to survive. Their distinct characteristic compared to other species is that they don’t have venom in their tail. There is one chamber in the cave wherein reticulated phyton

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