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  • Tomorrow, March 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, the Philippines will once again take part in the great switch-off, Earth Hour 2013. And we Pinoys have every reason to be proud, because for the last four years that this global movement has been in practice, our country has been on top in terms of town and city participation.

    (Related story: Philippines Aims for Earth Hour’s Top Spot for the 5th Year)

    If you have ever participated in this endeavor, then you know just what turning off the lights for one hour equates to. In the past, the Philippines actually reduced energy consumption by as much as around 78 megawatts (about the power used by 780 car engines!) in Metro Manila alone. 

    This year, whether you’re trying it out for the first time or adding another Earth Hour to your 2013 to-dos, turn it into an opportunity for some good ol’ fun without the lights on. Here are some of our recommended activities that hopefully the whole family can enjoy.

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    1. Play board games.
    Earth Hour means just turning off the non-essential switches, so with a handy rechargeable lamp, you can still safely enjoy a game of Monopoly or Scrabble. Instead of each kid playing games on his smart phone, tablet or gaming console, this activity will let the family reconnect, the non-electronic way.

    2. Make funny shapes with shadows.
    Flash the light of your rechargeable lamp or flashlight onto a blank wall while you and the kids come up with funny or scary shadows. They’ll look like gigantic figures looming above you!

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