WBCP group photo during the annual Christmas party
Twenty-three more birdwatchers signed up during
the last quarter of 2007 thereby ending the year with a total
Members outside Metro Manila continue to increase,
with 64 members now found in 17 provinces and 8 countries. Cavite
leads the provinces with 11 members, followed by Cebu (7), Palawan
(5), Davao (3), Ilocos Norte (1), Nueva Ecija (2), La Union (2),
Camarines Sur (2), Laguna (2), Pampanga (1), Rizal (1), Bataan
(1), Batangas (1), Quezon (1), Camarines Sur (1), Negros Occidental
(1), and Negros Oriental (1). Outiside the country, members can
be found in Singapore (8), United States (4), United Kingdom (3),
Denmark (2), and one each in Belgium, Italy, Japan and Australia.
Filipinos remain the majority members while Americans
led, for the first time since the club started, with 12 members
followed by 7 British members, 6 Singaporeans and 2 Indians. The
other nationalities are represented with one member each: Australian
(1), Belgian (1), Dane (1), German (1), Swede (1), Dutch (1),
Malaysian (1) and Japanese (1).
Guided Trips - 46 trips
The Club continues to receive invitations to organize
guided tours for private organizations as well as
conduct monthly guided trips for the general public.
Club-led monthly guided trips were held within Metro
Manila sites such as the American Cemetery, Tambo
mudflats, Coastal Lagoon, the Manila Film Center,
and the University of the Philippines campus.
Guided trips organized for different organizations
include 35 Paranaque public and private school teachers
(Coastal Lagoon, Paranaque), Environmental Science
students from De La Salle University (Manila Film
Center), the Ecology class for Science teachers from
Region IV-B (Mimaropa) on a summer course at the De
La Salle University (Manila Film Center), the Bio
Camp for kids of personnel from the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources at the Ninoy Aquino
Park (Quezon City), Cavite Institute (Manila Film
Nilo Arribas gives a talk to
Young Minds Academy scholars prior to guided trip
at the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary.
WBCP members led by Boy Scout
Joshua Young conducted a guided trip in Mt. Makiling
for the candidates to the
Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts in the Philippines
Outside Metro Manila guided trips were organized
for participants in UNICEF's Stay Bird Flu-Free Philippines
workshop: members of the Philippine Press Institute
(PPI) in Luzon (Candaba) and Visayas (Olango), and
the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters ng Pilipinas (KBP)
in Luzon (Candaba), El Presidente Toastmasters Club
in Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Georgia Club property
owners (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Ayala Land and WWF-Phils
staff at Anvaya Cove (Morong, Bataan), . Boy Scouts
of the Philippines (Mt. Makiling, Laguna), TeaM Energy-Pagbilao
plant personnel (Pagbilao, Quezon),
Outside of Luzon, trips were organized for the Young
Minds Academy program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation,
Inc (RAFI) in Olango and the SRP (Cebu) and students
of San Isidro Elementary School at the Malaybalay
City Watershed (Bukidnon) and Mass Comm students at
the SRP in Cebu.
During the 3rd Philippine Bird Festival, 70 foreign
and local delegates visited the South Road Properties
and Olango Island. Lectures and a guided trip were
also given to 250 students from the community in Olango
The Club also went birding with visiting birdwatchers
on weekends. Members of the Nature Society of Singapore
who all visited Mt Palay-Palay were Gloria Seow (1st
quarter), Lim Kim Seng, Doreen Ang, Jimmy Chew (2nd
quarter), Goh Yue Yun (3rd quarter). Club members
also met up with Swiss birding couple Marie-Jo and
Claude Rabille in Mt Makiling (Laguna). A trip was
also arranged for visiting American birder Ricky Cimino
to the Tambo grasslands and mudflats (4th quarter).
Arne Jensen conducts lecture and
guided trip for students of Olango Island (Cebu).
During the bird festival, Taiwanese bird
photographers Chen Shun Chang and Yen Shou Jen asked to be
taken to Tabor Hills and the Tabunan Forest (Cebu). A guided
trip to Rajah Sikatuna National Park (Bohol) after the bird
festival was participated by 21 members from the Wild Bird
Society of Taipei, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand,
Asian Raptor & Research Network, the Nature Society of
Singapore and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
Club Trips - 32 trips
Club members actively participated in the annual
Asian Waterbird Census in mid-January . Most of these trips
were conducted with staff from the Department of Natural Resources
(DENR). The club continued to gather data from 2 sites within
the National Capital Region (NCR) namely, Tanza (Navotas)
and Coastal Road (Paranaque). Other sites visited were Candaba
Marsh (Pampanga), Caylabne Bay (Cavite), Pagbilao (Quezon).
In Cebu, the sites visited were Olango Island, Cordova and
the South Reclamation Project (SRP).
New sites visited include the
Mariveles Dam in Bataan |
Thermalling raptors in Tanay
The DENR does not have any data nor does it monitor
raptor migration. Club members took upon the initiative to
gather raptor migration information with 3 trips to the Pag-Asa
Weather Station in Tanay (Rizal) in April.
Club members continue to visit nearby wetlands in the Coastal
Lagoon (Paranaque) and Tanza (Navotas), familiar sites in
Tagaytay Highlands (Cavite), Mt Palay-Palay (Cavite), Mt.
Makiling (Laguna), Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Puerto Rivas
(Bataan) as well as to new sites such as the bee-eater colony
in Tadlak Lake (Laguna) Quezon National Park (Quezon), TeaM
Energy Sual Power Plant (Pangasinan), and Mariveles Dam &
Tarak Peak (Bataan).
In the island of Cebu, members continue to the South Road
Properties (SRP), Jugan Fishponds (Consolacion) and the Mt.
Pungol Mananga Watershed, as well as venture on a first trip
to Bantayan Island in northern Cebu.
WBCP members at the birding trail
in Mt Palay-Palay
National Park (Cavite).
Blue-tailed Bee-eater colony in
Tadlak Lake (Laguna)
WBCP Elections and Anniversary Party
The Club celebrated it's 4th year anniversary
at the Villa-Real residence on July 14, 2007 with 76 members
and guests in attendance.
Records Committee Chair Arne Jensen
bird records report
Among the guests were
Candaba Mayor’s Chief of Staff Leonardo Manalo,
Kaakbay president Alain del Pascua, Rotary Club-Forbes
Park president Palmy & Nini Layug, PDI columnist
One of the Club founders, Carmela Espanola gave a presentation
on the early days of the Club, Mike Lu gave an update
on membership, and activities, Arne Jensen reported
on the work of the Records Committee and Anna Gonzales
gave an update and solicited more funds for the Honey
Lu Fund. The results of the election were announced
by Ipat Luna and the new set of officers were presented
namely, Mike Lu (president), Alice Villa-Real (vice-president),
Tintin Telesforo (secretary), Trinket Canlas (treasurer)
and Anna Gonzales (conservation officer).
WBCP Christmas Party
The annual Christmas Party was held on December
15 at the residence of new member Robert Brinks in Makati.
More than 72 members and guests gathered together to celebrate
a busy birding year for the Club.
Members came from Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and La Union.
Guests include Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia, the EU
Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, the Indian Ambassador
Rajeet Mitter, Candaba Mayor’s Chief of Staff
Leonardo Manalo, Kaakbay president Alain del Pascua,
anti-hunting advocate Josef Sagemuller of Bacolod, ROX
owners Johnny & Evelyn Thai, ROX Marketing Manager
Roel Chan, resort owner Helly Asoy (Leyte). The program
included an introduction about the Club, the 2007 annual
report, and planned activities for 2008. Josef Sagemuller
gave a talk about how he started the anti-hunting petition.
The next day, WBCP-Cebu held a Christmas family picnic
party and birdwatching at the Olango Island Wildlife
Sanctuary with 17 members and guests.
Birders celebrate Christmas at the residence of Robert Brinks
Club in the News
On January 6, ABS-CBN cable TV program "North Catch" featured birdwatching with
WBCP members Mike Lu, Linda Gocon, Mario Mariano and Cel Tungol in Candaba Marsh, Pampanga.
The program featured sites in Pampanga and was beamed to it's subscribers in Northern Luzon.
"Ooh Baby, Baby It's a Wild Bird" by Anne Corvero was a feature article on
birdwatching with Mike Lu and Alice Villa-real in The Star Week Magazine on January 21, 2007.
The article also featured the one-man exhibit by bird painter and new WBCP member, Arch't. Joven
GMA Channel 7's "Lovely Day" featured birdwatching in Candaba Marsh with Mike
Lu on it's February 3 telecast.
The Just Watch, Don't Catch Bird Festival (see below) was featured on the news
programs, Saksi of GMA Channel 7 and The Morning Show on NBN Channel 4 on February 12, 2007.
In December 2006, the camera crew of Indian TV director Siddharth Kak, through
the recommendation of the Department of Tourism, interviewed WBCP members Alice Villa-Real, Anna
Gonzales and Mike Lu in Candaba Marsh. The interview was finally shown on the eco-tourism segment
of the Indian TV program Bhoomi on March 10.
Alice Villa-Real was invited as guest by Mila Alora on the radio program,
Mornings with M aired on DwBr 104.3 FM on May 12.
Japanese cable news channel NHK TV feature on the Philippine Duck included WBCP's
2nd Philippine Bird Festival and birdwatching in Candaba was telecast on News Today Asia on May 30 and
on News Today 30 Minutes on June 13.
News reporter Margaux Ortiz interviewed Alice Villa-Real and
Mike Lu for the article "Watch, Not Catch Wild Birds
in the City" that came out on the May 31 issue of
the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
As part of Unicef's information campaign on the avian-flu,
writer Marifi Jara-Villegas interviewed WBCP founder
Ned Liuag for the article "Be Bird-flu safe as you
enjoy Birdwatching" on the June 1-2 issue of the Business
Jatin Lucky interviewing members
the Indian TV program Bhoomi
The Philippine Daily Inquirer came out with a full-page article,
"Birdwatching in the City" by Elvira Mata on June 3. Based on
an interview with Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales, the article featured
urban bird watching sites in Metro Manila, photos from Alex Loinaz,
Delia Unson, Ivor Lee, Edsel Ramos and the bird stickers of Jonathan
WBCP founders Mike Lu and
Carmela Espanola were interviewed by talk show host Deedee
Siytangco on her program, Dee's Day on RPN-9 on July 5,
At a courtesy call to Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmena on August
29, WBCP Execom members Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales were asked
to speak about the birds on the South Road Properties and
the 3rd Philippine Bird Festival at the mayor’s weekly
press conference with the local media.
The next day, all 3 Cebu dailies carried reports about the
mayor’s intention to declare a 2-hectare bird sanctuary
within the reclamation site.
Mayor Tommy Osmena pledged support
3 Philippine Bird festival during a presscon for local media.
The Freeman published the article “Mayor
says wildlife conservation and industrialization can co-exist”
by Weena Berondo. Doris Bongcac of the Cebu Daily News wrote
the article “Tomas wants birds to have part of SRP”
while Linette Ramos of the Sun Star Cebu came out with “Bird
lovers ask Tomas to keep 40 species at SRP”.
One of the photos from the Bacolod
Air Rifle Hunting Club website
On November 8, GMA-7’s “100% Pinoy”
program featured a short interview with Club president
Mike Lu on endemic bird species.
Elvira Mata of the Philippine Daily Inquirer featured
the ROX Bird Race Challenge organized by the Club
in the article “How the (Bird) Race was Won”
on December 16.
Bacolod resident Josef Sagemuller alerted the Club
to the Bacolod Air Rifle Hunting Club website and
the nationwide Philippine Air Gun Hunting egroup.
His petition to stop sports hunting to stop sports
hunting was supported by the Club and was written
about in a series of articles by columnist Juan Mercado
of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The first article,
“Bird Massacre” first came out in the
Visayan Daily News and the Cebu Daily News on December
12, and was reprinted in the Philippine Daily Inquirer
on December 13.
The article caught the ire of the hunters who wrote
back the columnist. Their arguments and Club comments
were featured on the follow-up article, “Post-mortem
Evidence” published on the Philippine Daily
Inquirer on December 18.
Members of the Club convinced Senator Miguel Zubiri,
the sponsor of the Wildlife Conservation Act to come
up with a press release on the hunting issue and this
was published on all the major dailies (Philippine
Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Bulletin)
on December 25.
Philippine Star columnist Jarius Bondoc commented on the hunting
issue on December 26 and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist
Juan Mercado posted a follow-up article, “Fallout”
on December 27. Full text of the above-mentioned articles
can be accessed under the Hunting section of the Club website.
Bird Festivals & Other Celebrations
Just Watch, Don't Catch Bird Festival
WBCP members pose with winners of the Just Watch, Don't Catch contest.
United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) invited the club to
participate in the "Stay Bird Flu-free Philippines" program by way of organizing a bird festival
to create awareness among communities in hotspot wetland areas. WBCP chose the Coastal Lagoon in
Paranaque, Metro Manila to highlight this important wetland in the midst of the metropolis. The
Just Watch, Don't Catch Bird Festival was held at the St Paul College of Paranaque. Behind the
school is the Coastal Lagoon which harbors more than 100 species of resident and migratory species.
With funding from the People of Japan and assistance from Paranaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe, the
club launched the bird festival on February 12, 2007. The opening ceremonies were attended by City
administrator Noli Aldip, Unicef Health Officer, Dr. Marissa Ricardo and First Secretary Hiroko
Taniguchi of the Embassy of Japan and St. Paul College-Paranaque School Directress Sr. Angeles
The festival featured a photo gallery of wetland birds as well
as exhibits and lectures on Birdwatching, Bird Migration and
Avian Flu. A game based on the exhibits and lectures participated
by class reps became the highlight of the day as contestants
were cheered on by their classmates.
WBCP members Anna Gonzales, Mike Lu,
turns over equipment to Paranaque
Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe. Jr.
A coloring booth featuring
wetland birds was a favorite stop for the grade school
students. My Zoo Foundation conducted a the bird show
featuring the rescued birds from the Protected Area
and Wildlife Bureau which turned out to be another highlight
during the festival.
Birdwatching sessions were conducted at the Coastal
Road lagoon which is a leisurely walk behind the school.
More than 3000 students from 20 private and public schools
participated in the day-long activity. The event was
covered on local news programs.
The Club turned-over birdwatching equipment
(binoculars and spotting scope) and exhibit materials (wetland
bird tarps and photos), brochures, posters & guide books
from the UNICEF Bird Flu-free Philippines program to Sr.
Angeles Ilagan at St. Paul's Paranaque on May 12, 2007 and
to Paranaque City Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe, Jr. at the
Paranaque City Hall on August 10, 2007.
Earth Day 2007
| WBCP members Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales
celebrated Earth Day as guests of the Malaybalay City
Government on April 20, 2007. They conducted a mini-bird
festival for Grade 5 & 6 students of the San Isidro Elementary
School at the Kaamulan Open Theater with lectures on birds
of the Philippines, a coloring session and guided birdwatching
at the city watershed.
22, WBCP actively participated in Earth Day celebrations
at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with
coloring sessions, photo exhibit and as part of the
outdoor art installation during the closing ceremonies.
As part of the celebrations, Philippine President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo signed an Executive Order declaring
the Coastal Lagoons as the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical
Habitat and Ecotourism Area.
WBCP photo exhibit during Earth Day celebrations at the Little Theater lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
WBCP members Arne Jensen, Jon Villasper and
Ipat Luna provided significant input to the framework plan
submitted by the Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB)
to Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary
International Day of Biodiversity
The Club participated in the week-long celebration of the International Day of Biodiversity with a
week-long photo exhibit of wetland birds at the Visitor's Center of the Ninoy Aquino Park and tarpaulin
display exhibits at the SM City, both in Quezon City. At the closing ceremonies at the Mall of Asia
on May 26, WBCP assisted in the ceremonial release of a pair of Rufous Night-herons which were later
brought to the Coastal Lagoons in Paranaque City.
Pista y ang Kagueban (Feast of the Forest)
Alice Villa-Real and Chary
Dino were invited by the Puerto Princesa City Mayor's Office
to take part in the annual Pista y ang Kagueban (Feast of
the Forest) celebrations on June 23. Alice Villa-Real gave
a talk on birds and birdwatching during the opening ceremonies
held at the Irawan watershed.
(L-R) City Agriculturist Melissa Macasaet,
Mayor Edward Hagedorn, Ms Earth-Phils 2007 Jeanne Harn,
WBCP members Chary Dino and Alice Villa-Real
3rd Philippine Bird Festival Sugbu - Just Watch,
Vice Mayor Michael Rama attended
the Welcome Dinner tendered by
Cebu City Mayor's Office
The 3rd Philippine
Bird Festival _Sugbu, Just Watch, Don't Catch was held at
the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Cebu City on
September 21-22. Members of the WBCP started planning the
event in May and met every other week. This year's festival
was significant because it was the first time the festival
was held outside Metro Manila and the first time that foreign
bird clubs participated. The festival seeks to raise environmental
awareness through lectures, film, games, coloring, face-painting
and bird watching.
Festival exhibitors include the Philippine Eagle Foundation,
Katala Foundation, WWF-Philippines, Cebu Biodiversity and
Conservation Foundation, Center for Environmental Awareness
and Education, Isla Biodiversity Conservation, Wild
Bird Society of Taipei, Asian Raptor Research and
Conservation Network, Bird Conservation Society of
Thailand and the City of Seosan (Korea).
The Cebu City Mayor's Office tendered a Welcome Dinner
for the delegates on the eve of the festival attended
by Vice Mayor Michael Rama.
Festival delegates started the day with birdwatching
at the South Road Properties before proceeding to
the Opening Ceremonies attended by Marian Aboitiz
and Dominica Chua of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation,
Vice Chair Lory Tan of WWF-Phils, and Alcoy Vice-Mayor
The Siloy Dancers (Black Shama)
from the town
of Alcoy provided a colorful and festive
The Wild Bird Society of Taipei
and other bird clubs from the region were invited to
the Philippine bird festival for the first time |
was overwhelmed as an estimated 2500 students filled
up the Arctic Hall of the Waterfront Hotel to take part
in festival activities.
The representatives from the participating
organizations gave presentations at the Delegates Fellowship
Night. Cebu-based members Nilo Arribas, Bobby Kintanar
and Raul Puentespina launched their book, Guide to Birds
of Cebu and Bohol.
The delegates were taken to the Olango
Island Wildlife Sanctuary the following day. Volunteer
guides from the WBCP, WWF-Philippines and CBCF conducted
lectures and guided birdwatching trips for 250 students
from the Olango community. A Farewell Dinner followed
at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center in
Cheongsuman International Bird Watching Fair
The City of Seosan (Korea) invited the Club
to attend the Cheongsuman International Bird Watching Fair
from October 26-28, 2007. Michael Lu and Arnel Telesforo represented
the Club in this 3-day festival.
WBCP exhibit |
The Seosan City Mayor's
office sponsored the participation of all the delegates
from abroad including the the Wild Bird Federation of
Taiwan, the Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Hong Kong Birdwatching
Society, Nature Society of Singapore, Wild Bird Society
of Japan and the City of McAllen Chamber of Commerce
With the theme “Wonderful Encounters
of Man with Birds” the fair venue was set on reclaimed
land overlooking Cheongsuman Bay where hundreds of thousands
of Baikal Teals converge. The opening ceremonies was
attended by the Seosan City Mayor Yoo Sang-kon and other
officials. The Club handed a framed print of the Cebu
Flowerpecker as a token of appreciation to the mayor
when he visited our booth.
The venue was divided into two main sections. The
habitat exhibit area with exhibits simulating the
grasslands, marshlands and pine forests displayed
with stuffed birds. The International area features
the booths of bird clubs from overseas with exhibits
and merchandise sales.
A workshop was conducted with representatives of
different bird clubs giving a presentation on their
club activities with focus on promoting bird watching.
The afternoons were reserved for bird watching in
the nearby reclaimed areas teeming with migratory
water birds such as Bean Goose, White-fronted Goose,
Mallard, Spot-billed Duck and other water birds.
WBCP president Mike Lu presents
a gift to Seosan City Mayor
9th Taipei International Bird Watching Fair Biodiversity
Group photo with all the foreign delegates |
represented the country in the 9th Tapei International
Bird Watching Fair organized by the Wild Bird Society
of Taipei from November 2-3, 2007. The fair with the
theme "Biodiversity" was held at the popular Guan Du
Nature Park in northern Taipei.
Teresa Cervero, Anna Gonzales, Michael
Lu and Singapore-based Goh Yue Yun manned the popular
WBCP booth - promoting Philippine birds, selling merchandise
and enticing the kids to participate in coloring activities.
The fair grounds was set with tents housing the 19 local
bird clubs in Taiwan, commercial companies selling bird
watching merchandise such as binoculars and scopes and
foreign bird clubs and environmental organizations from
Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, China, the US
and tour operators from India.
The guest of honor was Mr Tim Appleton,
organizer of the prestigious UK Bird Fair.
Mayor Dr Hau Lung Bin hosted the Welcome Dinner for
the fair delegates at the City Hall on the first night
and Ambassador Chang Siao-Yue, Vice Minister of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a sit-down dinner
for Mr Tim Appleton and festival delegates at the Ambassador
Hotel on the second evening.
With the theme "Biodiversity,"
this year's bird fair was attended by more than 10,000
visitors. On behalf of WBCP, Mike Lu gave a talk on
Club activities activities and showed a video presentation
of the 2nd Philippine Bird Festival.
The Farewell Dinner tendered by the
Wild Bird Society of Taipei concluded with an open forum
amongst festival delegates exchanging ideas and opinions
on promoting bird watching in the respective countries
which led to a proposal to launch an Asian Bird Festival
that would be rotated amongst the bird clubs in the
Mike Lu, WBST president Dr. Liu,
and WBST volunteer Mr. Chen at the WBCP booth
ROX Bird Race Challenge
Recreational Outdoor Exchange (ROX), the largest outdoor
sports hub in Southeast Asia in partnership with the WBCP
held the ROX Bird Race Challenge on December 1-2, 2007.
ROX Bird Race Challenge
Ten teams, with WBCP
members and first-time birders in each team, raced through
birding sites within the metropolis to record as many
species within a 24-hour time frame. Sites visited were
University of the Philippines, Manila Film Center, Tambo
mudflats and the Coastal Road lagoon.
The judges composed of Arne Jensen, Aldrin Mallari,
Fergus Crystal and Mark Villa awarded the winning team
with the most species recorded to Team Lawin with leader
Nielsen Donato and Esteven Toledo, Mel Tan and Kupkup
Paras. Other special awardees include Cathy Donato as
most promising new birder, Nestro Non was the earliest
birder and Arnel Telesforo with the best designed flag.
All participants received Nalgene bottles and awardees
received Columbia knapsacks from ROX.
Lectures and Other Activities
The activity culminated at the Bonifacio
High Street promenade with the participation of environmental
organizations WWF-Philippines, Isla Biodiversity Conservation,
Conservation International and My Zoo Foundation. Lectures
were conducted by Aldrin Mallari of WBCP and Obel Resurreccion
of WWF-Phils, coloring activities by WBCP and and animal
conservation show by Drew Galano of the My Zoo Foundation.
Philippine Eagle and Rufous Hornbill mascots were provided
by Conservation International.
Dr. David Pearson of the University of Arizona gave a lecture to WBCP members (left)
and WBCP President Mike Lu (in black) poses
with visiting birdwatchers from
Singapore (L-R) Doreen Ang, Lim Kim Seng and Jimmy Chew.(right)
In celebration of National Arts Month, the LGU of Balanga (Bataan) asked for
assistance for an environmental art contest. With materials from the just-concluded Just Watch,
Don't Catch Bird Festival, WBCP sent the photo exhibit, stand-up bird tarps, coloring sheets and a
DVD of Candaba birds. The event on February 22 was attended by more than 10,000 students and the
club was proud to lend support for the activity.
The Marketing Management of Caylabne Bay resort invited the
club to set-up an outdoor activity for the residents of their
residential community at Las Casas de Cala Buena. The Club set
up colorful bird tarps, provided a coloring booth and basic birdwatching
activities to the residents.
Visiting birdwatcher and professor of the University
of Arizona, Dr. David Pearson gave a thought-provoking lecture
entitled “Why are there more bird species in some tropical
forest than others” at the residence of Sudipto Mundle
on April 1. The lecture was followed with a birdwatching activity
at the American War Memorial (Taguig).
The Rotary Club of Forbes Park invited Michael Lu and Ixi
Mapua to give a talk during their weekly luncheon at the Manila
Polo Club (Makati) on May 3.
A presentation entitled “Birds of Singapore” was
conducted by visiting Singaporean bird guide author Lim Kim
Seng on the evening of June 2 at the residence of Sudipto
Vice President Alice Villa-Real conducted a powerpoint presentation
on birdwatching at the Habihan School (Quezon City) on June
16 and on July 14, and at the St. Mary's School on August
Club members manned the WBCP booth at the 3-day Corporate
Social Responsibility Week Expo at the Sofitel Hotel from
July 16-18, 2007.
Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo invited WBCP and other stakeholders
to a dinner meeting on August 10 to help plan the Ibon Ebon
Festival to be held in Candaba in February 2008. The Club
has committed to support this project.
WBCP members were also invited to the International Coastal
Clean-Up at the Coastal Lagoon on September 15.
On December 5, WBCP gave a short presentation about the Club
and the Just Watch, Don't Catch to promote birdwatching as
part of the Bird-flu free Philippines campaign to visiting
trainees from of the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Information
of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
With assistance from the Provincial Tourism department of
Bataan, Club members went birdwatching at Puerto Rivas (Balanga)
and Mariveles Dam (Mariveles). Balanga Mayor Joet Garcia invited
Club members as he delivered the State of the City address
on December 30 at the town plaza, while Mariveles Mayor Jesse
Concepcion tenedred a luncheon for WBCP on December 31.
WBCP members with Mayor Joet Garcia
his State of the City address.
Luncheon tendered by Mariveles
Mayor Jesse Concepcion
with Mike Lu and Robert Brinks