Dr. Michael Bengwayan rose to fame when he publicly opposed the controversial expansion of SM City Baguio. He gained thousands of supporters (and haters) following his legendary moves to stop SM from earth-balling fully-grown pine trees within its private territory.

The much-loved environmentalist was erroneously reported by ABS-CBN News to be receiving a Reader’s Digest award.

Bengwayan is now a finalist in the Pitong Pinoy’s People’s Choice. He is winning it, isn't he? 

Currently, Bengwayan serves as the director in the Cordillera Ecological Center (CEC), which is a home to a research on petroleum nut.

“It starts from the ranks of young volunteers who are into earth care–especially on tree planting safe food production, stated on his blog about the CEC. It will be a movement empowered by the youth, one that will not only ensure reforestation but also provide livelihood.”


He told Yahoo Southeast Asia that the fuel extracted from the nut can eliminate the dependence on LPG for cooking. From time to time, the country battles with the rising cost of LPG and other petroleum products.

However, his petroleum nut was not accepted by the Philippine government as an alternative source of energy. The country’s Department of Energy never showed interest in the petroleum nut.

Bengwayan is now applying for a patent and is teaching communities on how to use the nuts.

Yahoo quoted Bengwayan:

“There is nothing that I like doing more than caring for the Earth. I love planting. I love working to see to it that soil is not wasted away by slides, erosion and mudflows  whether I plant trees or crops or anything that has roots reaching out for the soil.”

Bengwayan was raised in Baguio City and received education in foreign countries including Belgium, Sweden, Ireland and the United States.