SUBIC has received a shot in the arm with the confirmation of rights to host the Global Summit of Youth in Environmental Sustainability back-to-back with the Subic International Eco-Film Festival on February 25-27, 2015.
Some 500 graduating university students will attend the summit, to be held at the Subic Bay Exhibition & Convention Centre (SBECC), while the Eco-film Festival will be graced by about 100 film practitioners at the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST).
The youth summit aims to build the capacity of students and young community leaders to understand the issues and benefits of protecting the environment and to incorporate them in their daily lives.
The eco-film fest, on the other hand, will tackle the challenges faced by environmental film producers with a discussion on environmental and commercial films.
Both inaugural events are the brainchild of ISST and are expected to boost Subic’s positioning as an eco-tourism and MICE destination.
ISST president and former tourism secretary, Mina Gabor, said the eco-film fest will include an eco-film competition with entries from countries including Japan, South America, Iceland, and the Philippines.
“We’re starting small to get our feet wet but we have some good films,” she said, noting that there are many good commercial films about the environment, including the highly successful Avatar.
Participants at the youth summit will be encouraged to attend the screening of the eco-films.