Model-host Marc Nelson plays a bigger role as a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Ambassador for Earth Hour along with his former The Amazing Race Asia partner Rovilson Fernandez. “I'm also actively involved in different NGOs like WWF. I've always been very concerned with the environment. It's something that I was taught to appreciate at a very young age by my parents and also growing up in Australia where I'm exposed to good environmental practices. So when the opportunity came to work together with WWF, Rovilson and I just grabbed it. We were so honored that such a respected organization around the world. They do such wonderful work so this is a great way that I know I can help bring the word out and get more people interested and involved,” he shared.
According to Marc, this year's Earth Hour has been scheduled from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday night, March 29. Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off lights for 60 minutes to deliver a powerful message on the need for decisive climate change solutions. This simple act has captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
Aside from WWF, the Fil-Australian hunk is also involved with several other advocacies, which are all close to his heart. “At the forefront of course is WWF which is my heart and next up would be World Vision Philippines, I've just been named their ambassador for risk assessment and disaster relief. Also Oxfam, they've been doing a lot of fantastic work here. I'm also with Climate Change so WWF has actually partnered up with them on a couple of occasions, there's Hands-on Manila, the local Dakila Foundation. I'm active with all of them,” he said.
Apart from taping episodes of his long-running weekend show Sports Unlimited all over the country, Marc said he is also excited to share what else is taking up his free time nowadays. “Rovilson and myself are busy with a podcast along with our other friends Stephen Ku and Erwann Heussaff called The Cave podcast. We have a fantastic time doing that and really enjoying the new medium. On top of that I also own a kiteboarding resort in Aklan so I'm busy running that,” he admitted.
Although still admittedly single, Marc said he was perfectly happy to celebrate his birthday last February 14 with his closest friends. “I'm single, sadly (laughs). Valentine's day was my birthday and I spent it with some of my best friends. I went to a friend's beach house in Puerto Galera and had a phenomenal time. I got some kiteboarding in, snorkeling, I had good food and a wonderful and relaxing time with friends which is exactly how I wanted to spend it,” he said.