IN PHOTOS: Philippines observes Earth Hour 2019

MANILA, Philippines – For an hour on Saturday night, March 30, the Philippines joined the rest of the world in observing "Earth Hour" to put the spotlight on protecting the environment.

In a statement ahead of the observance of Earth Hour held on Saturday from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, World Wildlife Fund-Philippines said WWF’s Earth Hour 2019 provided an “amazing opportunity for everyone to #Connect2Earth and declare #AyokoNgPlastik as a way to start changing the planet for the better.”

“As one nation, we can join millions around the world to switch off the lights and shed a light on the issue of single-use plastics and why we need to address it to help reverse nature loss. Nature matters and so do our voices,” WWF-Philippines said.

Earth Hour began in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney. Today, it is observed in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories. (READ: Lights out in Sydney for Earth Hour conversation campaign)

Here are some photos of Earth Hour in the Philippines.

SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT. Climate activists from 350.org Pilipinas, light up LED banners at Malate Catholic Church. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT. Climate activists from 350.org Pilipinas, light up LED banners at Malate Catholic Church.

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CANDLE-LIT MASS. Mass-goers hold candles inside the Malate Church as they observe Earth Hour. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CANDLE-LIT MASS. Mass-goers hold candles inside the Malate Church as they observe Earth Hour.

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

60+. Residents light fabric roses forming 60+ to observe the Earth Hour at SM City-Taytay in RIzal. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

60+. Residents light fabric roses forming 60+ to observe the Earth Hour at SM City-Taytay in RIzal.

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

BOY SCOUTS. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines join the observance of Earth Hour 2019 at Circuit Makati in Makati City on March 30, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

BOY SCOUTS. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines join the observance of Earth Hour 2019 at Circuit Makati in Makati City on March 30, 2019.

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Flickering LED candles are lit during the observance of Earth Hour 2019 in SM City Marikina in Marikina City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Flickering LED candles are lit during the observance of Earth Hour 2019 in SM City Marikina in Marikina City.

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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