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Becoming a conservationist: Tales from two generations

Featuring Anabelle Plantilla & Jay Fidelino

About the episode

Becoming a conservationist: Tales from two generations

Conservationists Anabelle Plantilla and Jay Fidelino share the intergenerational lessons behind their personal plot twists and professional turning points that brought them where they are today. They discuss their shared advocacies in environmental conservation and how they figured out their passions along the way—a relatable reality of how one’s stories of “becoming” constantly evolve and, often, in ways one may not expect. Anabelle and Jay also impart their wisdom through the Q&A segment, where listener queries are accommodated for the first time!

About the podcast

Gubatbp. (pronounced as “gubat at iba pa” or “forest and others”) is a monthly podcast by the Forest Foundation Philippines. Here, we tell stories and engage in discussions about the interrelatedness of people, forest, and biodiversity.

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Resources from our episodes

Featured In:

The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene (2020) - Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher

Featured In:

Green Entanglements: Nature Conservation and Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Indonesia and the Philippines (2018) - Padmapani L. Perez

Your Hosts

Onggie

Executive Director

Onggie Canivel is the Executive Director of Forest Foundation Philippines. A staunch advocate of the environment, he previously held positions, leading advocacy and policy initiatives, at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 

 

He obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. 

 

Passionate about the great outdoors, he spends his free time reading books on the environment, and sharing his love of the forests to friends and family by taking them to the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Also a serial hobbyist, he collects fountain pens and takes fishkeeping seriously.

Bryan

Knowledge Management Specialist

Bryan Mariano is Forest Foundation Philippines’ Knowledge Management Specialist. He is a development communication practitioner who has been working in the forest conservation sector since 2015. He is currently finishing his MS Geography program at the University of the Philippines Diliman where he studies social meanings of places and knowledge production in human-nature relations. With great admiration for landscapes, he enjoys hiking and reading books about the environment.