Barangay Mapatag Observes Tree Planting Day

Mapatag’s Punong Barangay Ms. Leonisee “Api” O. Mierla, led the OFCI Antique officers and members, as well as children and young people, for a tree planting activity on the surrounding empty spaces of the upland UCCP Cemetery, in observance of Let’s Do It Philippines’ 2nd Nationwide Cleanup and Tree Planting activities held, September 17, 2016.

Barangay Captain Leonisee "Api" O. Mierla and OFCI Antique Secretary Acay Edelmira Onifa, are shown here holding tree seedlings given by DENR, preparatory to planting.

Barangay Captain Leonisee “Api” O. Mierla and OFCI Antique Secretary Acay Edelmira Onifa, are shown here holding tree seedlings given by DENR, preparatory to planting.


Converging at the OFCI Multipurpose Center and Anita’s Kitchen, the “planters” had an informal parade on their way to the upland cemetery nearby, as soon as the Barangay Captain arrived after settling a minor squabble between two residents at the Barangay Hall.

It was a fruitful endeavor, ushering a lifetime partnership between the local government unit officials and OFCI Antique members in the realization of improving Mapatag and the people, not only in terms of preserving its rich natural resources but also in the maintenance of its cleanliness and keeping it GREEN!


Trees planted – 100 in all – were donated by the Provincial Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Director, Ms. Vivian Barillo.


OFCI Antique is now tasked to honor the partnership forged with the Let’s Do It Philippines, through Art Alvarez, in continuing to work on mitigating the effect of climate change, and in coordination with the Mapatag Barangay Council and the Mapatag Elementary School teachers and pupils, Mapatag, one day, will be known as the most CLEAN and GREEN of all the Barangays in the Province of Antique!


The young people and children, the real hope of our Motherland! And the future leaders and caretakers of Mapatag, trained and exposed early in their lives, for a better tomorrow!


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Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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