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Home Sections Ecology and the Environment "The Last Shangri-La?" Is KK! Talk Show Topic on Jan. 14th, Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m. (RP Time)
"The Last Shangri-La?" Is KK! Talk Show Topic on Jan. 14th, Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m. (RP Time) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 January 2009 08:50

Is there still any place on planet earth that may be called a Shangri-La —a paradise, a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world? A few years back, someone said that, if there is such a country on earth, which is Bhutan. To a great extent, that is still true.


Bhutan is a landlocked nation in South Asia, lying in the eastern Himalayas, and sandwiched between China and India. It used to be one of the most isolated nations in the world. But it now welcomes visitors under a controlled tourism and development program.


Bhutan's citizens call their country Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon). Some Filipinos and foreigners who have visited  Bhutan consider it  "a magical place…where the line between fact and fiction gets a bit blurred."


What make Bhutan special? Some reasons are: Bhutan has placed environmental conservation at the core of the nation's development strategy and implements it with the force of law. It is the country with the highest percentage of its land still with original forest cover.  It has received international acclaim for the maintenance of its biodiversity.  It balances modernization with its ancient culture and traditions, under the guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Business Week has rated it the happiest country in Asia and the 8th happiest in the world.


On January 14, 2009, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., hear more about Bhutan and what areas in the Philippines are or can become like Bhutan still, at least on some aspects. Kalikasan, Kaunlaran! (KK!) will feature Bhutanese Tshering Tobgay, Director for Operations. Experience Bhutan, Vicki Aldaba, CEO, Shaping Hospitality Now, and Violeta Imperial, Founder/Director, Nature Awareness and Conservation Club, Inc. Dr. Cora Claudio, EARTH Institute Asia president and KK!  Director/Host, will moderate the talakayan in Filipino and English.


Tune in or watch KK! at: DZRH-AM radio (666 in Metro Manila and other kHz nationwide), TV (Channel 9 in Metro Manila and other Cable TV channels nationwide), and Internet (, globally).


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KK! is co-produced by EARTH Inst. Asia and DZRH, with the support of its partners-sponsors, Unilever, Unilab, Toby's Sports, Delbros Supply Chain Solutions, MAP, Brahma Kumaris, and L'Oreal Philippines, and with the cooperation of the MAP, GREEN Army, PFST, TOWNS, PBE, AIJC, PEIA, DENR,, SanibLakas, various egroups and many environment-caring groups and individuals, such as,  BluPrint Editor Paulo Alcazaren. 


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 00:36

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