welcome to greenphils, your guide to nature, travel, and lifestyle.

We are updating our site. In the meantime, please enjoy some of our favorite experiences:

about us

Hi! We’re Larry & Iva, a nature-loving couple now enjoying the island life in Saipan! We just moved here from the Bay Area in California. We love hiking, kayaking, camping, and birding. If you see us, don’t be a stranger and say hi!

Larry:   I’m an Environmental Scientist and an avid birder with years of experience in forest and stream ecology, restoration, and monitoring. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Asia (Watershed Management and Rehabilitation Project in Marikina City, Philippines) and Africa (Ikelenge, Zambia). I also hold a Permaculture Design Certificate and work full-time at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, California. Read my post: Farmers on the Forefront.

Iva:   I’m a Communications Specialist, currently doing outreach and graphic design work for San Francisco. Before this, I was a graphic design consultant for Clean Air Asia, and spent over-a-decade of my life doing environmental work for the Environmental Management Bureau in the Philippines. I love taking nature photos, and took most of the photos you see here. Read my post: Sweet Destinations you will love in the Philippines. I’m also a freelance graphic designer, you can visit my portfolio here.

why we blog

Through this blog, we hope to inspire.

We’re green bloggers who love to explore nature and participate in eco-events. We also like discovering organic products,  and volunteering for the environment! If you want to collaborate, please drop us a message.

We’re a Finalist at the Bloggys 2015 Philippine Blogging Awards under the Nature and Environment Category, and have been mentioned on:

what we do



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