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Join the city-wide mapping of trees with #nativetreecity!


All life forms are dependent on trees. Urban dwellers like us need trees to lessen the urban heat, air pollution and make our cities more resilient to flooding.

But road-widening projects, tree-clearings, and more threaten what little we have left of native trees and green areas in our cities. We must re-connect urban-dwellers with nature. If we map what is left of our native trees in our cities, we can slowly get people to appreciate more of our green areas than our gray ones.

How you can help

You can help protect our green areas by looking for trees in public spaces, or even in your own backyard! Join the city-wide mapping of native trees. Take photos, note the locations, and use #nativetreecity.

Don’t know if a tree is native? Tag it anyway following the directions below with your inquiry!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, tree!

  1. Take at least 3 pictures of the tree:
  2. Post your pictures on Facebook with #nativetreecity and add the location (if you know the species, tell us!):
  3. Be sure the post is “public” so we can see it!

Join contests, win prizes, and best of all: let’s find and protect our green areas. Tag a tree today! For more info email:

Example post for tree inquiry:

Tree ID please! (post 3 photos of tree as described above)
Location (be as precise as possible, if located in private residence, you may use nearby landmarks for privacy purposes).
Your full name
Date tagged

Example post for confirmed native tree:

Babulong (Ficus caulocarpa) (post 3 photos of tree as described above)
Location (be as precise as possible, if located in private residence, you may use nearby landmarks for privacy purposes).
Your full name
Date tagged

Need help IDing native trees?

Use this guide. Search for fruit and seed photos online for further verification. Take photos of the tree and use the hashtags #nativetreecity #speciesID #IDplease when you make your post for even more help!


What happens after you tag your tree(s)?

We document your tags in this tree map, highlighting the public’s support for the use and understanding of native trees and their importance:


Congratulations to those of you who have tagged trees and were chosen for the t-shirt! We no longer have t-shirts available, but please do keep tagging. We may have more give-aways soon! Shirt concept by contest winner Philip Andaya.

Abbey (Twitter account)
Adrian Sodela
Aloysius Meñez
Angel O’li
Anna Molina
Anne Erlyn Perido
Bernadeth Baltazar Toledo
Bettiross Anne Nicandro
Bobet Cruz Generao
Bokz Piad
Carlos Pascasio
Cel Tungol
Celeste Myers
Christine Fernandez
Cla Mallari
Claire Lorayes
Crismar Ortiz Vega
D’Virgina Victor
Derf SirangRomantiko
Derrick Mervin Mentac
Dexter Reyes Aquino
Domyson Abuan
Edgar Canete
Elena Lanie Dionisio
Erica Jeniece Zafra
Fel R. Plata
Fernando Aurigue
Franklin Dulnuan
Gee Ann Rodolfo
Gong Wei Maki Engine
Gustavo Bobby
Hohana Flora Domanais-Viñas
Jayson Depositar
Jazmine Bancud
Jenny Herminiano
Jerico Rivera
JM Cruz Paladan
Joe Flores
JR Arambulo
Jymlai Tindungan
Kei Palmos
Kent Aries Tijulan
Lee Ann U Canals
Ludwig Oscuro Federigan
Luis Ignacio Jose
Lyndon Rom David
Maria Althea A. Cunanan
Mark David
Marvs Reyes
Mary Ann Dagunan
Menard Cuenca
Menie Odulio
Merushiko Abines
Michelle Aggasna
Mistichthys Luzonensis El Sinarapan
Nair Biji
Net Oriondo
Paquito Lagrosas Jr.
Ranijudd Sarmiento
Raven Villar Acosta
Remedios Argueza Bacon
Renante Puyo
Retwindzkhie Agad
Rhea Candog
Sandra Rochelle
Sixto Bereber
Tumapang Shirley
Vanessa Cabiles Dumawal
Wallaceodendron Celebicum Tubiera
William Vizcarra Pascual
Yolina Castaneto

If your name is on this list, please claim your shirt by visiting the Haribon Foundation headquarters Monday-Friday, 10AM – 5:00 PM. Look for Albert or Joseph! Please claim your shirt by November 1, 2016!

Why native trees?

Native trees are more adaptive to the forest being restored. They have greater chance of survival. Aside from reviving the life support system of forest, they also ensure the flourishing of native plants and animals.

Unfortunately, much of our cities and forests have been planted with fast-growing, exotic trees invasive to the country’s original forests. This replaces native trees and can result to monoculture. Diseases and pests invade exotic tree plantations and can eventually wipe out the entire reforested areas. It can result in nutrient imbalances in the soil and plants. Exotic trees in the path of a typhoon can be more easily felled than native trees, in turn becoming a danger to urban communities.

By gathering citizens to support the use, and protection of, trees native to a given area, we strengthen our connection and understanding of our environment and how it sustains us.

Which native tree are you?


Which native tree are you? Find out now with this quick quiz on our Buzzfeed page!


Help us spread word of our #nativetreecity campaign. Download graphics to share on our Flickr page!

6 thoughts on “Join the city-wide mapping of trees with #nativetreecity!

  1. Hi, i have a clarification it is also included the trees from provinces and mountains? or Trees located only in the city?

    Thank you very much


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