Nadine Lustre, Defender of Masungi, Calls On People to Save the Georeserve
Embattled sanctuary Masungi Georeserve can always count on its ally, defender, and honorary ranger Nadine Lustre to lend her voice and influence to support their plight. Lustre participated in tree-nurturing activities at the Masungi Geopark Project, including weeding out grasses and mulching on March 20, 2023.
“Nadine wanted to see how Masungi was doing amid our challenges and came to show support,” Masungi Georeserve Foundation wrote in a statement. According to Masungi Georeserve trustee and project manager Billie Dumaliang, Lustre has been an honorary park ranger at Masungi since 2021 and is one of their most vocal defenders and supporters.
Nadine Lustre at Masungi Georeserve on March 20, 2023
Lustre has embarked on advocacies promoting the welfare of animals and the planet. “Nadine is one of our women allies in fighting for Masungi's future,” wrote the Foundation.
“Masungi is a very special place to me because it is where I reconnect with nature. It is also where you can also reconnect with nature. It is a sanctuary for biodiversity, so let’s all come together and save Masungi,” said Lustre.
Nadine Lustre at Masungi Georeserve: Weeding and Mulching
In the past three years, Masungi has had to deal with land grabbers, harassment, and competing legal claims on its lands. In late February, the Bureau of Corrections made known its intention to build its headquarters in Masungi’s Lot 10, located at the heart of the reserve where precious 60-million-year-old limestone formations are found.
Throughout its existence, the Masungi Georeserve Foundation has ensured the survival of over 400 species of flora and fauna, protected 60-million-year-old limestone formations, planted 40,000 indigenous trees, and employed over 100 locals who are now helping protect this piece of paradise.
Nadine Lustre with Masungi Georeserve's Project Managers and Trustees Ann Dumaliang and Billie Dumaliang