APRM 2018 was held on May 28th until June 3rd 2018 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the Philippines. The delegate from IFSA LC UGM was Galuh Anggara, General Forestry 2017.

I (Galuh Anggara) went to Puerto Princesa from Jakarta on May 28th 2018 at 00.45 and arrived in Puerto Princesa International Airport on May 28th 2018 at 12.05 with transit in Manila, Ninoy Aquino International Airport. When arrived in Puerto Princesa International Airport, I met other delegates. They were Hiroki, Tomo, and Yutaro, from Japan. After that we went to the hotel.

Finally, we arrived at Marianne Hotel. Then we decided to take my lunch with other delegates. They were Hiroki, Tomo, Yutaro, Misaki from Japan, Soo Rin and Seo Hyun from South Korea, Jojo, Niko, and Eumi from the Philippines. We enjoyed our lunch together and back to the hotel for starting registration.

Figure 1. Delegate from Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines had lunch together
(Credit : Galuh Anggara)

At night, delegates and  OC (Organizing Committee) had dinner together while introduced ourselves each other. After that, we had a game called “Tao Bahay Bagyo”. Tao means person, Bahay means house, and Bagyo means storm. Delegates and OC divided into groups with 3 persons each group. One person become as game keeper and say Tao, Bahay, Bagyo quickly and suddenly stop in one of those three words. When the game keeper stop in Tao, the group should do nothing. When the game keeper stop in Bahay, two persons of a group form a house with their hand and last one person stand in the middle of the house. When the game keeper stop in Bagyo, all persons move freely like typhoon. With this game, we could enjoy a night together also we known more each other. After game, we sang Banana Song. Banana song is a traditional song to open the regional. After Banana Song, some delegates swam because the weather in Palawan is hot.

Figure 2. Tao Bahay Bagyo Game (Credit : APRM 2018 OC)


In the second day of APRM 2018 delegates had Symposium in Western Philippines University (WPU). The symposium was talked about Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Management. In the symposium, there were keynote speeches from Felizardo B. Catayoc, Dr. Manuel Bonita, and Engr. Ryan Fuentes. In the first session of symposium was opened by keynote speech from Dr. Manuel Bonita from University of the Philippines Los Baños about Climate Adaptation Mitigation. The example of climate adaptation mitigation is reducing the emission of green house gasses. The strategies that can implement to reduce green house gasses are reducing deforestation, reduce forest degradation, increasing carbon absorbing, carbon stock conservation, and sustainable forest management. The next session is keynote speech from Engr. Ryan Fuentes from Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) about Disaster Risk Management. From 1983 to 2010, the average of deforestation in the Philippines gained 3.200 hectares per year. The deforestation caused by harvesting of forest products, expansion in agriculture, infrastructure development, and biophysical factors. From that keynote speeches, delegates could broaden knowledge about climate change and adaptation strategies and know information about forestry in the Philippines. After symposium, we had a free time and we used this to prepare our presentation.

Figure 3. Keynote Speech from Dr. Manuel Bonita (Credit : APRM 2018 OC)

At the second session, we had Presentation Session. Delegates presented their own research according to their number of performance. I got number 8 for Presentation Session. I presented about Mangunan Pine Forest in my research, the title is “Sustainability of Ecotourism Management in Mangunan Pine Forest as Climate Change Mitigation Action”. 

The management of Mangunan Pine Forest as tourism sector could become one of climate change mitigation action. The sustainable management, also the manager who kept the form of the forest, and the manager has planting program in the Mangunan Pine Forest land. The management of Mangunan Pine Forest as tourism sector increased economic growth of people around the forest because the manager involved people around the forest in this management. In 2016, the income of Mangunan Pine Forest gained 100.000 USD. Also, the income of this tourism increased regional income of Special Region Yogyakarta. In climate change mitigation action, Mangunan Pine Forest had capability to absorb carbon about 442,31 t C/ha from the 30 years old pine tree. With this things, Mangunan Pine Forest is one of climate change mitigation action.

Figure 4. Presentation from delegate of IFSA LC UGM (Credit : Galuh Anggara)

Other delegates also presented according the theme of APRM 2018 such as delegate from IFSA LC Hokkaido, Mitsaki Otsuka. She presented The Value of Satoyama as             Nature-harmonious Society. Satoyama is important for community around Satoyama. Satoyama provides habitat for mamals, reptile, amphibi, aves, and insect. Satoyama also maintain the biodiversity. People around Satoyama utilize it for fields, rice fields, irrigation canals, ponds, and settlements.

Figure 5. Presentation from IFSA LC Hokkaido (Credit : APRM 2018 OC)

One LC from South Korea, IFSA CNU (Chungnam National University) presented a research titled “Climate Change and Biodiversity Correlation”. The research talked about causes of climate change and biodiversity decrease. Some human activities caused the increase of climate change. Climate change could lead to decrease even loss of biodiversity. According to that matter, international parties formed an international panels such as IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and AFoCo (Asian Forest Cooperation Organization). Meanwhile, South Korea formed a program called Carbon Points System and Greenstart Movement to reduce the effect of climate change.

Delegates from UPLB CNFR LC (University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Forestry and Natural Resources) from the Philippines presented Food Security from the Implementation of the National Greening Program in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines as a Form of Adaptation of Climate Change. National Greening Program (NGP) is the Philippines government program based on Executive Order number 26 by former president Binigno Simeon Aquino III on February 24th, 2011. The aim of this program is to plant 1,5 billion seedling in 1,5 million hectares land with different type of land. In 2011 – 2016, about 1 million seedling has been planted in 1,3 million hectares land. The program also provided jobs for society when the program process. NGP is a strategy to reduce the effects of climate change from the government of the Philippines.

Meanwhile the delegates from NTUFSA (National Taiwan University Forestry Student Association) from Taiwan presented How Climate Change Affect Taiwan’s Vegetation Distribution. Taiwan is an island with high variation of climate change that contribute to the high biodiversity. Many researches said that climate change gives impact to the vegetation distribution in high land. This research took sample of alpine trees in Hehuanshan mountain, Yushan mountain, and Alishan mountain. The high of vegetation distribution increase from 1900 until 2000 causes by the changes in temperature and rainfall. By knowing the danger opportunity of climate change and its impact to vegetation distribution in Taiwan’s mountains, researchers hope could find the way to maintain the biodiversity in Taiwan.

At the night, delegates had Auction Night. In this session, delegates sale their things from their own country such as souvenir, clothes, and food. The result from Auction Night will be given to IFSA Development Fund. IFSA Development Fund has aim to help member of IFSA who want to join in the international meeting such as regional meeting, IFSS, and UN Meeting, especially from developing country. This session ran so well. I sale Blangkon and Batik from Yogyakarta. The blangkon was bought by delegate from Seung Jae from South Korea and  Batik clothes was bought by Tomo, delegate from Japan. After that delegates back to their room to sleep.

Figure 6. Auction Night session (Credit : Galuh Anggara)


May 30th, 2018 was the third day in APRM 2018. The schedule of this day was Field Trip in Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) and Ugong Rock. PPUR is a part of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. PPUR is one of New 7 Wonder of Nature in 2012 and it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. PPUR located in 76 km northwest of Puerto Princesa. It has 22,202 ha in width and 8,2 km long underground river. The river’s cavern presents great rock formations. The stalactite and stalagmite provide good views and make some forms such as Tyrex. Delegates were given interpreter that contain the explanation of Puerto Princesa Underground River. We rode a boat by a group surrounded the PPUR. Sometimes, the rower gave little explanation about the form of the stalactite and stalagmite. We surrounded PPUR for about 30 minutes.

Figure 7. Field Trip in Puerto Princesa Underground River (Credit : APRM 2018 OC)

The second place in field trip was Ugong Rock. Ugong Rock located in Barangay Tagabinet, it is few kilometers from PPUR. It could be reached about 2 hours from the city of Puerto Princesa by van. Ugong Rock is community-based sustainable tourism project initiated by ABS-CBN Foundation-Bantay Kalikasan in partnership with the City of Puerto Princesa and the Department of Tourism with the support of Pasyar-PNNI, PCC, City Tourism Council, Barangay Council and IDEAS. It is managed by the Tagabinet Community Tourism Association, Inc. ( Ugong refers to the sound of the stalactite and stalagmite in the cave when hit by the knuckles or the palm.

In Ugong Rock we also tried the Zipline. It is  like flying fox. Someone who had heart disease and afraid of height are prohibited to try this rides. Delegates felt so happy because when we ride Zipline we saw beautiful scenery of rice fields around Ugong Rock. After field trip, we went back to the hotel.

Figure 8. Field Trip in Ugong Rock (Credit : Galuh Anggara)

At night, the OC gave free time to prepare for Cultural Night in the next day. I and delegates from Indonesia, Athiyyah Faadhilah, Rizka Nurul, Sylvanisa Putri, and Firman Muliana, practiced for our Cultural Night. We practiced for about 2 hours. We gave our opinion to make a good performance in Cultural Night. After practicing, we decided to sleep to prepare for the next day.


The 4th day in APRM 2018 delegates had IFSA WORKSHOP by Jan Joseph Dida as IFSA Vice President and Caryl Anne Barquilla as Asia-Pacific Regional Representative. They explained about IFSA, the structure, regions, events, also Asia-Pacific Region. Also there was game about IFSA. The delegates and OC divided into group. They should answer the question from Jan Joseph and Caryl and the winner will be rewarded. The game divided into easy, middle, and difficult question. Each stage had different point and different time limit. The questions were not just about IFSA, but also about forestry in general. Delegates were so excited to join this game. The winner of this game is group 4, my group.

Figure 9. IFSA Workshop Session (Credit : Galuh Anggara)

Also there was a presentation from the host of APRM 2019 and APRM 2020. The next APRM will be held in South Korea by IFSA LC NCU (National Chungnam University). While, the APRM 2020 will be held in Taiwan by NCHUFSA (National Chung Hsing University Forestry Student Association).  At afternoon, delegates were given a free time by the OC to prepare the Cultural Night. I and other delegates from Indonesia practiced for the last time and prepared the items for Cultural Night. At the evening, Cultural Night was opened. Each countries presented their culture in front of another delegates. Delegates from Indonesia presented Pangkur form Java, Yamko Rambe Yamko from Papua, and Gemu Famire dance from Ende, Nusa Tenggara Timur. Also in the Cultural Night there was Awarding Session. The aim of Awarding Session was announcing who were the winner of some categories. They were the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winner for Paper Presentation, Best Visual Presentation, and Mr and Miss APRM 2018. The 1st winner of Paper Presentation is IFSA LC Kyoto. While, I won Best Visual Presentation. Also there were award for Mr and Miss APRM. Mr APRM was Young Kwang Kweon from IFSA Daegu University (DU) South Korea and Miss APRM was Tina Cheng from National Chung Hsing University Forestry Student Association (NCHUFSA) Taiwan.      

Figure 10. Cultural Night performance by Indonesia (Credit : Galuh Anggara)

Also at the end of the event, delegates showed the souvenirs that came from their country and served the traditional country food. Delegates could try the food and take souvenirs from each country. I tried a traditional food from the Philippines called Abodong Pusit. The dish is made from squid cooked with soy sauce and vinegar. For me the taste of this dish is salty but I like it. Also I got postcard from Taiwan and try Taiwan instant noodle.  The taste of Taiwan instant noodle is not very strong if compare with Indonesia instant noodle. However, I felt very happy I could see another culture, food, and souvenir from other countries.


In the 5th day of APRM 2018 delegates had second field trip to El Nido beach. It was needed 5 hours from our  hotel to El Nido beach. Delegates left the hotel at 3 a.m. It was a tired and long way trip, so we continue our sleep at the van. We arrived in El Nido at 9 a.m. We were directly changed our clothes and went to Miniloc Island. Miniloc Island consist of Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon. From Miniloc island, we went to Shimizu Island. In that three spots, delegates did snorkeling and we were so happy to see beautiful coral reef covered by the blue clear water. 

Figure 11. Coral reefs in El Nido beach (Credit : Galuh Anggara)

The first place was Small Lagoon. In the Small Lagoon the ship did not parking near the beach but stayed about 10 meters from beach. Delegates had two choices to enjoy this Small Lagoon. First, we could swim or we can use ‘Kayak’. ‘Kayak’ is little ship that can ride by 1 until 4 persons. Some delegates chose to swim there and another chose to used ‘Kayak’. The guide tour gave 40 minutes to explore the Small Lagoon and he remembered the delegates to be careful. But, there was an accident. The delegates from South Korea, Seung Jae, was bleed because he stepped on the coral reef. The guide tour directly gave him medicine and covered his scar.

Figure 12. El Nido beach (Credit : Galuh Anggara)

The second place was Big Lagoon. In Big Lagoon  delegates enjoyed seafood, fruit, and soda for lunch. We were so happy because there was too much food for eat. We enjoyed eating together and took some photos. Some delegates swam in the near of Big Lagoon. After lunch we went to the Secret Lagoon. In Secret Lagoon we did snorkeling and we saw coral reef and fish around them. The guide tour give time to snorkeling about 15 minutes.

The next place was Shimizu Island. In this island we spent our time to took photo, played swing, and joked with each other. We enjoyed our time in Shimizu Island. We also swam around Shimizu Island. After that, we went back to Marianne hotel. Delegates and OC slept in the van because we were so tired.

Figure 13. The scenery in Small Lagoon in El Nido beach (Credit : Galuh Anggara)


It was the last day in APRM 2018. In morning, there was IFSA WORKSHOP by Jilian Bathan as Head of Social Media Sub-Commission and Ya Hsin-Lu as Head of Design Sub-Commission. In this day, IFSA WORKSHOP talked about Commissions and Sub-Commissions in IFSA. After IFSA WORKSHOP, delegates played a game called Dating Game. The chairs set in a circle shape, big circle and little circle. Big circle was the place for girls and little circle, inside the big circle, was the place for boys. This game was couple game with one girl and one boy. We sit face to face in the chairs. Every person should asked questions to their own couple in one minute.  After one minute, boys shifted and the game continued. After game, several person was asked to tell their best couple and best answer.

Figure 14. IFSA Workshop session (Credit : Galuh Anggara)

After the game, delegates had free time. Some delegates used the free time to went around hotel and bought souvenirs. Meanwhile, I packed my baggage because my schedule to flight to Manila was 7 p.m , so I did not had enough time to go around. At 5 p.m, I and delegate from Japan, Misaki, went to Puerto Princesa International Airport to flight to Manila. I felt sad because I should went back earlier than another delegates and could not spent more time with delegates and OC. But I felt happy because I can be part of APRM 2018. I thanked to the OC because the OC had prepared APRM 2018 so well and great. I also left some souvenirs to the OC and some delegates. I say thank you for the hard work from the OC for preparing the great and excellent APRM 2018. Also for other delegates, thank you for the experience and knowledge that has been shared. I hope I can join in the next APRM 2019.

It is a precious chance for me to become the delegate of APRM representing IFSA LC UGM. I could meet with another delegates from Japan, South korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. We shared knowledge, experience, also culture of each countries. One of memorable experience for me is when we visited ecotourism in Puerto Princesa, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Ugong Rock, and El Nido. All of them managed by people around the tourism sector. I was amazed with the active role of society in management from administration until infrastructure. The principle of this tourism sector is security and comfort of visitors. The employees provide equipment for visitors. They make sure the visitors use the equipment. They also responsive when visitors need help or in trouble. This valuable lessons inspire me to improve the quality of tourism sector in Indonesia. Before that, this valuable lessons could be my provision in study in college related to ecotourism. I hope in the future, I could contribute to improve the quality of ecotourism in Indonesia through my experience in APRM 2018. The success of APRM 2018 also from the hard work from the OC. I feel so happy and grateful I could broaden my knowledge and got experience about forestry especially in Asia-Pacific. Thank you for the one week full of experiences and memories.

~ Galuh Anggara

Figure 15. El Nido beach (Credit : Galuh Anggara)

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