As a teacher, he also wants to helpraise consciousness that there could be money from waste and something usefulcan come out of it, he said. “The Christmas tree is made ofrecyclable garbage materials. We want to show the Pontevedrahanon and otherpeople that we can make a beautiful masterpiece out of trash,” Biangco said. “This is also a step to ‘Save MotherEarth,” he added. This giant Christmas tree in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental is adorned with decorations made from recycled materials. PHOTO COURTESY OF RMN BACOLOD BACOLOD City – Mindful of the need to reduce wastes amid the call to stopplastic pollution and protect the environment, the municipality of Pontevedrain southern Negros Occidental is celebrating Christmas in an eco-friendly way. Antonio Biangco, a Filipino teacher andBoys Scouts outfit advisor at Pontevedra National High School, conceptualizedthe design, which he executed with assistant Jep-jep Lizada in cooperation withthe Office of Vice Mayor Jimmy Gavan. “The tree also symbolizes the ingenuityand creativity of the people of Pontevedra,” Biangco said. Biangco said about 100 kilos of trashmaterials were used to create the tree. These included empty plastic bottles,discarded household and personal items, old tires, and plastics chairs. The Christmas display has beenspray-painted with yellow on the upper side and red on the lower part to makeit more eye-catching. Red shows the state of being ripe whileyellow depicts “being ready for harvest, abundance, and prosperity.” On Monday night, the eco-friendlyChristmas tree was lit up along with the other holiday attractions in themunicipality, which also coincided with the staging of the 3rd Parade of LightsFestival and the 1st Pasundayag sa Paskwa at the Municipal Park and ReclamationArea. (With areport from PNA/PN) Standing at the town’s reclamation area isan almost 35-foot colorful tree made of trash and scraps from the localmaterials recovery facility and various junk shops.