Earth Manual Project – a step towards excellent Disaster Resilience

Earth Manual Project is an initiative of KIITO (Design and Creative Center Kobe) that encourages countries of frequent natural disasters, such as the Philippines, to also become a country of excellent disaster preparedness. The exhibition’s maiden run happened last year in Kobe, Japan, wherein 23 projects from different Asian countries showcased activities centered on disaster risk reduction and post-disaster relief and recovery.

This year, the Earth Manual Project with the collaboration of four (4) countries (Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines) invites us to a talk that would allow people to understand for the better the importance of disaster preparedness. Through a series of talks, the project would share each country’s way of preparing and recovering from the disaster in order to encourage people to be aware of the plenty of ways on how to be prepared for such happenings.

Yesterday, November 8, 2014 at 3:00 – 5:00pm 2F Ayala Museum, Guest Speaker Osamu Tsukihashi, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Kobe University and “Lost Homes” Model Restoration Project creator, discussed how making pre-disaster scale models of areas devastated by a tsunami play an important role not only in deepening our understanding of the disaster-stricken areas but also in empathizing with the survivors and readying them to advance to the next stage of reconstructing their communities. The discussion focused entirely on how the Lost Memories of the wiped out towns would remain and how the project would help the local people who lost their homes to positively reminisce and move forward with their sense of familiarity to their beloved town still intact.

DSC03084Quote from Lost Homes Project

The Question and Answer portion of the program brought up ideas on how the same scale model project can be applied locally in the Philippines (like wouldn’t it be nice if the wiped out barangays in Tacloban and in other affected areas can always be kept in everyone’s memories through a scale model of how it once used to be). Although, Professor Osamu emphasized that the approach and reactions toward the project would vary, he strongly believes that the project would still help reconstruct the relationship between the villagers who lost their homes and loved ones, the towns and the nature for next generations – leading people of the struck areas to take a first step towards reconstruction. For more details about “Lost Homes”, see more at:

To go along the talk are exhibits centered on the Disaster Preparation Programs from the said countries. It is something one must see for it showcases great ideas that can be adopted locally.


Philippine’s disaster awareness activities that were featured in the exhibit: on the photo are statements/posters spreading awareness to disasters/floods (credits: Japan [email protected])


White Scale Model of a strucked area in Japan as part of “Lost Homes” Model Restoration Project (credits: Japan [email protected])

On November 15 at 3:00-5:00pm 2F Ayala Museum, Earth Manual Project would continue with the second part of the talk with three creators from Japan, Thailand and the Philippines sharing their experiences in developing the design and content of the local version of Iza! Kaeru Caravan!—a disaster preparedness program consisting of fun, interactive games for grade school children—called MOVE Philippines. The Pinoy caravan is the result of a series of workshops and brainstorming with a group of students and teachers from Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro, where the caravan recently had its pilot run.

For a “Safer Future”, Earth Manual Project aims to share, collaborate and help other communities learn about Disaster Preparation. If you are interested in Disaster Resiliency just as I am, join in on the information filled activity. Ayala Museum’s basic admission fees apply: P150 (regular) and P75 (students and senior citizens).  Call (02) 811-6155 to 58 or email [email protected] for more details. – See more at:

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Donita Villabriga

A 20 year old Architecture student from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila…

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