SM Baguio Plants the 30,000th Tree (Green Road to 50,000) with OOTD

Together with two other blogger friends, Iris of and Jenn for Orange Magazine TV, Kikay Corner was privileged to witness SM Baguio’s planting of the 30,000th tree in their quest to reach the Green Road to 50,000 goal.

The Road to 50,000 TreesWe got to check out the place before the tree planting event.

30,000th tree plantIn this hole went the 30,000th tree that was planted.
bloggers at sm baguio
Enjoying the cool air of Baguio with blogger friends. SM Baguio is my second favorite branch, next to SM Masinag which is the closest to home.

baguio weatherGotta love Baguio weather! I can totally live here! 🙂
Pine Tree NurserySeeing these Pine Tree saplings was the highlight of my first day in Baguio this week.  

Thank you, for the shot! As haggard as I was from the hours of travel from Manila and the super late lunch, I might as well make use of this solo shot and list down what I wore here (nevermind the awkward pose), I was supposedly showcasing the baby pine trees.  Too lazy to do a separate OOTD entry. 🙂

Shades: Charles and Keith Wayfarer 
Shirt: Freeway x Manansala NACS Vendors Knit Tee (M)
Jeans: Vanilla
Jacket: Faux leather by Penshoppe
Flats: Claire Deflex by Dexter in Neutral (the most comfy flats I’ve had to date! should blog about it soon!)
Bag: Gucci Messenger bag black GG imprimé with black leather trim, ruthenium hardware

When I personally asked SM Baguio’s mall manager, Mr. Jansenn Pe, about the percentage of these trees that actually live. He said around 95%. Knowing that these pine trees need nurturing, Mr. Pe reiterated that SM does not just stop at planting. They actually make sure that the trees are given the care that it needs with regular weeding out and care that they need. They also replace whatever trees that do not thrive.

baguio blogger friend

Our fun dinner was spent with my longtime blogger friend, Gem, who is a locale of Baguio.
(L-R: author, Jenn for Orange Magazine, Iris of PinayAds and Gem of Lady Programmer)

Amidst the crazy time and laughters of us four during dinner time, I picked Gem’s mind on her thoughts about  what Baguio City has become now. It is a delight to know that consumers actually benefit because of the rise of competition within the city. Old establishments level up to service patrons better, et. al.

sm baguio atriumIn celebration of Panagbenga Festival, comes this  floral and colorful SM Baguio Atrium backdrop.

Seeing all those flowers is enough to make me feel oh so festive! I would have loved to stay around to witness the gorgeous floats people are probably fussing over to create until now. This is the second year I have witnessed the beauty of Baguio during its flower festival. There is just no festival that can be prettier.

Quezon Elementary School Jan 2013

a student of Quezon Elementary School in Baguio plants a pine tree sapling.

Under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), “Green Road to 50,000” started in January 2012 with SM employees working side by side with schools, independent groups and local government agencies in Baguio. The goal is to plant 50,000 trees within the next three years to support the National Regreening Program. To date, Pine tree saplings have been planted and cared for in Busol Watershed, Burnham Park, public school premises, Buyog Watershed, Tuba Benguet and SM City Baguio mall grounds.
Tree planting with Alodia, Ms. Earth, Ashley and Sam Concepcion

The 30,000th tree was officially planted by VIP guests, Ashley and Alodia Gosiengfiao, Sam Concepcion, Ms. Earth Stephany Stefanowitz with the SM Executives last Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Kudos to SM for keeping to its word and going the extra mile! Because to date, SM Cares has actually planted more than the DENR required. On top of that, other programs including waste management and recycling programs continue to reinforce the cleanliness of not just its mall surroundings but the entire community where SM operates.


  1. What a momentous event. You’re so lucky to have witnessed it. My favorite photo is of you with the pine tree saplings 😀

  2. Such a wonderful experience. I would love to partake on tree planting too if given a chance.

  3. Such a wonderful experience. I would love to partake on tree planting too if given a chance.

  4. Rovie says:

    I like the idea of incorporating an OOTD to this very important event. I have been in Baguio once and just like you, I can live in the place. It is good to know that SM is keeping their promise and continuously help to sustain the city. 🙂

  5. betchai says:

    love that photo of you with those little seedlings, 30,000th tree planted, that is just awesome to be part of, keep on planting.

  6. Khakiness says:

    In fairness, ang gaganda ng may hawak ng shovel. =)

    This is a rather controversial project of SM Baguio. Controversies aside, I think this is a bold but good move of the company. SM Baguio btw is my most favorite SM. I was there 5 years ago.

  7. Paul Pruel says:

    You are so lucky to witness the said event. I liked the idea and the first to take and act for the challenge are the Filipinos because Baguio is one of our Filipino heritage. Congrats.

  8. papaleng says:

    Saludo ako sa iyo, isang bayani, Honestly isa ako sa signatory sa Anti-SM Baguio campaign.

  9. kulasa says:

    Happy to know many trees were planted…just came from Baguio the other day…honestly the place does not look as beautiful as it seemed to in the past…there are lesser trees and pollution is taking over the environment yet yes we could do something and it isn’t too late..I salute you for your support of the said activity…love all your photos here…keep blogging and inspiring many..have a blessed weekend 🙂

  10. Ria C says:

    That’s a very great campaign! A business that protects environment and helps in propagating the beauty of nature.

    Last time I’ve been to Baguio was last 1987. I think when I step on the place again, I will not recognize it anymore because of the modernization that took place in a span of 26 years!

  11. Nova says:

    its so nice to help our environment bring back the nature we used to have….planting tree do help a lot especially to our ozone layer…

  12. Awww! What a great event to join some bloggers and help the environment more cleaner 🙂 I have never been to Baguio maybe someday if we plan to settle in the Philippines for good 🙂

  13. cheerful says:

    wow, that’s nice to be there and witnessed that special occasion. kudos for organizer for thinking of doing that. 🙂

  14. Alley says:

    how i miss baguio city! hopefully i can visit the place soon.

    I hope investors won’t abuse the place. It’s hard to do it because in order to make a city’s economy grow, the government and investors always jeopardize the environment. it takes years to grow trees, you know.

    Thanks for sharing this piece! 🙂

  15. This is really an awesome event to be a part off. I like evens like these. Planting trees will be for our own good too. I hope it’s not too late for us to save Mother Nature.

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