Mayor's Welcome Dinner the
1st asian Bird Fair in Davao
WBCP members and delegates having
at the Philippine Eagle Center
Club membership reached 251 regular members
and 6 associate members this year. With most members based
in Metro Manila, there are 49 other members throughout the
Philippines: Ilocos Norte (2), Benguet (1), La Union (2),
Nueva Ecija (3), Pampanga (1), Bataan (2), Bulacan (3), Rizal
(3), Cavite (6), Batangas (1), Laguna (6), Quezon (4), Oriental
Mindoro (1), Palawan (3), Camarines Sur (1), Cebu (3), Bohol
(1), Negros Occidental (3), Negros Oriental (2), Camiguin
(1). While 32 overseas members are based in United States
(8), Singapore (7), United Kingdom (6), Hong Kong (4), Indonesia
(2), Japan (1), Taiwan (1), Switzerland (1), Belgium (1),
and Canada (1).
The non-Filipino members are led by Americans
(13) followed closely by the British (10), Singaporean (4),
Dane (2), German (2), and one member from each of the following
nationalities: Australian, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French,
Norwegian, Spanish, Taiwanese.
Guided Trip – 19
Regular guided trips are held
at the Coastal Lagoon in Paranaque
WBCP birders with Portuguese birder
at Mt Palay-Palay National Park
Guided birdwatching trips in Metro Manila
were mostly held at the Coastal Lagoon (Paranaque), and University
of the Philippines (Quezon City) however there were also special
guided trips to Mt Makiling (Laguna), Caliraya (Laguna), Mt
Palay-Palay (Cavite), Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Subic Bay
(Bataan), Anvaya Cove (Bataan), Sampaloc Lake (Laguna), Nuvali
Aside from the public guided trips, there
are increasingly more requests from private groups some of
these groups are students of Anthropology and Journalism (University
of the Philippines), the Manila Concert Chorus and the Museum
Volunteers of the Philippines. We also conducted trips for
visiting Portuguese birder Paolo Paixao and American birders
Tom Johnson, Tom Dodge, Cathy and Jay Dia.
Club Trip – 32
Club members regularly organize trips to
nearby birdwatching sites. Within Metro Manila, the sites
visited are the Coastal Lagoon (Paranaque), Nayong Pilipino
(Pasay), American War Memorial (Taguig). Day trips to nearby
sites include Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Subic Bay (Bataan),
Tarclac EcoPark (Tarlac), Ipo Dam (Bulacan), Wawa Dam (Rizal),
Mapua Farm (Batangas), Mt. Malarayat (Batangas), Mt. Makiling
(Laguna), Villa Escudero (Quezon).
Birders at Team Energy in Sual (Pangasinan)
The Club has also been invited to visit Orchard
Golf and Country Club (Cavite), Team Energy Corporation’s
power plants in Pagbilao (Quezon) and Sual (Pangasinan) and
1st Gas power plant in Sta. Rita (Batangas). Ford Philippines
also sponsored a trip to Mt. Palay-Palay (Cavite) by providing
4 vehicles with gas.
Club members along with personnel from the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources took part
in the annual Asian Waterbird Census in the following sites:
San Juan (Batangas), Candaba (Pampanga), Balanga (Bataan),
Lake Paoay (Ilocos Norte), Pagbilao (Quezon). Among the sites,
the Balanga wetlands led the count with more than 18,679 birds
The Club continued to monitor the raptor
migration at the Pag-Asa Observatory in Tanay (Rizal). Four
trips were conducted for the spring migration and two trips
for the autumn migration. The most number of raptors counted
in one day is 3,513 birds (led by Chinese Goshawks at 2,792)
on April 4.
Club in the News
The Club was featured in a number of news
articles, TV programs and including radio programs.
WBCP members with ABS CBN news program
staff at the Coastal Lagoon (Paranaque).
Balanga birdwatching site attracts
visitors by Mar Supnad on the February 1 issue
of the Manila Bulletin, The Pleasure
of Birdwatching by Vince Lopez of Manila
Bulletin on February 20, PWU Balanga
campus officials see growth of Philippine tourism
by Butch Gunio of Business Mirror on March 10, Follow
That Bird by Elvira Mata featured bird guide
Nicky Icarangal on the Philippine Daily Inquirer
on May 22. Travel blogger Anton Diaz featured Birdwatching
trip with the boys in Nuvali on his popular
site, Our Awesome Planet on May 11.
Birdwatching was the feature on the January
20 episode of GMA-7’s Born to be Wild
titled Keeping Birds in the Wild,
Eco Travel of Studio 23
also featured the Club on February 23, while ABS-CBN’s
evening news program Bandila tackled migratory
birds at the Coastal Lagoon on November 3. DZUP 1602AM
radio program host Crysta Rara of Kuwentuhang Pets
atbp. interviewed Mike Lu on November 11.
Conservation and other issues
Maia Tanedo being interviewed for GMA
program 24 Oras in Mt. Palay-Palay (Cavite)
The draining of the main pond during the
migration period in Candaba was the main topic of the interview
with Arne Jensen on ‘Holocaust’ feared
in Candaba bird haven by Tonette Orejas of the
Philippine Daily Inquirer on April 13. Agence
France Press also tackled conservation issues on Olango Island
with an interview with Nilo Arribas on April 30 with the article
Migratory bird sanctuary threatened in the Philippines
The ongoing road construction cutting through
the last remaining forest in Mt. Palay-Palay National Park
with Jon Villasper and Maia Tanedo as resource person was
featured on GMA’s news program 24
Oras on August 29. Anna Valmero interviewed Fred
Ochavo for Filipino environmentalist works for
‘green’ future of Ipo Dam for the
Inquirer.net on August 17.
Migratory birds and the threat of avian flu
was the main topic of the interview by Ces Drilon with Mike
Lu as one of the resource persons on ANC’s The
Rundown on November 30. While the possibility of
bird strikes at the Manila International Airport was the topic
on the raido program Susan na, Arnel pa on
DZBB 594 kHz and on GMA news program 24 Oras.
E-Dyario, online Philippine news in Spanish featured the turtle-release
activities attended by WBCP members in Morong in the article
El pueblo costero de Morong, santuario de tortugas
verdes by Monica Rodriquez on December 3.
Asian Waterbird Census – Balanga
( Bataan )
The census in Balanga City was the subject
of Philippines vital for survival of migratory
birds by Anna Valmero that appeared on January
11 on the Inquirer.net it was accompanied by a video, Bird
census held in 3 Bataan wetland sites Inquirer
video on January 12 by Anna Valmero. Manila Times
published More migratory birds found in Balanga
City on January 12 and Net 25’s
morning show Homepage featured the census
on January 19.
Asian Waterbird Census – Candaba
The Bean Goose that showed up in Candaba
was the first country record as reported and
photographed here by Alex Loinaz.
The rare appearance of the Mallard and the
Grey-headed Lapwing was reported by Tonnette Orejas of the
Philippine Daily Inquirer on New
migratory birds seen in Candaba on January 14
with a follow-up article on first country record of the Bean
Goose, Bird from Europe finds home in Candaba
on April 3.
The drop in the number of waterbirds during
the census were written in the articles, Hunting,
area conversion ‘decrease’ migratory birds
on Sun Star Pampanga by Jovi de Leon dated January 19, and
two features by Anna Valmero on Inq.net namely,
Protecting the birds on January
20 and Hunting, land conversion woes threaten
bird sanctuary on January 21. The census was
also covered by Balitaan on CLTV
36 on January 18 and on the Business Mirror
by Liling Briones on January 18.
Philippine Eagle Week and 1st Asian
Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia turns
over the hosting
of the bird festival to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte
The 1st Asian Bird Fair had a soft launching
to the general public during the Philippine Eagle Week and
a formal launching during the opening ceremonies of Kadayawan.
These twin events generated a good number of articles. Some
of these were Two major events set to promote
birdwatching by Robin Alisa of Mindanao
Times on May 6, Davao hosts 1st Asian
Bird fair on May 7 at the Manila Bulletin,
Davao soon to be Asian birdwatcher’s paradise
on the May 17 issue of the Sun Star Davao, Eagle
Week and it’s one week of fun on the June
15 issue of Ang Dabawenyo by Stella Estremera
and PEF Davao launches art workshop on birds and
nature released on June 13 by Jessie Casalda
of the Philippine News Agency.
The official press release for the 1st Asian
Bird Fair came out on the Inquirer on September 15 while a
number of articles were written about the event held from
September 24-25. Among these articles were Davao
City hosts Asian Bird fair and Philippine bird fest by
Ian Garcia of the Mindanao Times on September 23, Birdwatchers
flock to Davao by Germelina Lacorte of the Mindanao
Mirror on September 27, Hong Kong and
Shanghai tourists swarm Asian Bird fair in Davao
on the Mindanao Gold Star Daily on September
27, Davao students learn about conservation in
1st Asian Bird fair by Inquirer.net’s
Anna Valmero on September 27, Despite travel ban
Hong Kong birdwatchers attend bird fair also
by Anna Valmero for loQal.ph Net on September
27 and Davao to promote ecotourism
on the Manila Bulletin on October 12.
Peso bill controversy
WBCP founding member Jon Villasper’s
comment on the wrong color of the bill and tail of the Blue-naped
Parrot featured on the new P 500 peso bill and other errors
was the main subject of Errors found in new peso
bill by Cecil Morella of the Agence
France Press on December 19. The next day, the news
item found its way into TV and radio news programs and major
newspapers. ABS-CBN News reported BSP
urged to redesign new peso bills while Candice
Montenegro of GMA News filed this report
Scientific names on new peso bills written incorrectly
and Michelle Remo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer came out
with Error-filled peso bill sparks uproar.
On the same day, December 20, the Bangko
Sentral ng Pilipinas came out with conflicting interviews
with the following articles: Philippines defends
error-filled peso notes with the Agence
France Press, BSP open to criticism on
erroneous banknotes as reported by Jesse Edep
on GMA News and BSP to correct
next batch of new peso bills also on GMANews.
The Philippine President response was reported by Jam Sisante
on GMA News with the report Aquino to critics
of new peso bill: our money is not a map and
by Willard Cheng of ABS CBN News, Malacanang washes
hands of new money errors.
Desmond Allen lecture –
Visiting WBCP Desmond Allen gave a presentation
at the Villa-Real residence on the results of a survey of
nocturnal migrant birds at Dalton Pass (Nueva Ecija) held
from October 2009-January 2010 as part of surveys for the
Streaked Reed Warbler. Not a single warbler was caught but
a total 116 bird species was recorded, of which 43 species
were numbered among nocturnal migrants. The survey was conducted
under joint agreement with the Wetland Trust and the Department
of Environment & Natural Resources in collaboration with
the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
Club Anniversary – July 10
Newly-elected Execom officers:
Mike Lu, Mel Tan,
Jon Villasper, Kitty Aspelin, Anna Gonzales.
Not in photo is Arnel Telesforo.
Arne Jensen discussing bird records with Tim Fisher (right)
The Club’s 7th year anniversary was
celebrated on July 10 with a General Assembly at the Metro
Club in Makati. Founding member Ricky de Castro started the
program with an inspirational speech followed by the annual
report of Club activities by Mike Lu. Records Committee chair
Arne Jensen reported on the work and challenges of the committee
as well as new records and unusual bird sightings. The Election
Committee composed of Ipat Luna, Alex Tiongco and Felix Servita
announced the results of the elections: Mike Lu (president),
Anna Gonzales (vice-president), Kitty Aspelin (secretary),
Mel Tan (treasurer), Arnel Telesforo & Jon Villasper.
Special guests of the evening were Balanga City Mayor Joet
Garcia and his wife Isabel, and writer Ross Harper-Alonso.
The program was hosted by Kitty Aspelin, Anna Gonzales and
James Asprer. More than 80 members attended the anniversary
party which was also the last Club activity participated by
Christmas Party – December
The annual Christmas party held at the Arce
residence started in the afternoon with a silent auction of
assorted items donated by members. Club merchandise such as
books, binoculars and stickers were also sold. An unusual
bingo game organized by Jops Josef and Maia Tandeo which involved
getting to know different birdwatchers was eagerly taken part
by the members. Over 70 members attended the party including
Charlie & Cathy Gapuz Te (La Union), Linda Gocon (Pampanga),
Leni Sutcliffe, Ruben Bala (Cavite), Abner Bucol (Negros Oriental),
Helly & Adrian Asoy (Leyte).
Activities outside the Club
Raptor Watch 2010 Malaysia
Group photo withparticipating foreign
delegates at Raptor Watch 2010
Alex Tiongco, Tere Cervero, Mark Villa and
Mike Lu represented the WBCP during the 10th Raptor Watch
Week organized by the Malaysian Nature Society held at the
Ilham resort in Tanjung Tuan. The event highlights the spring
migration of raptors passing through the Straits of Melaka.
The WBCP booth provided coloring activities for the kids as
well as information about birdwatching in the Philippines.
Mike Lu gave a video presentation featuring Philippine endemic
bird species and showed the rich diversity of Philippine avian
fauna by highlighting plumage differences in even the most
common bird species found in both the Philippines and Malaysia.
The founding members of the Asian Bird Fair
also met to formalize the agreement to hold an annual Asian
Bird Fair that would hosted by a different bird club every
time. WBCP elected to host the 1st Asian Bird Fair in Davao
City in September of the same year.
Earth Day at Arroceros Forest Park–
The Club was invited by the Winner Foundation
to participate at the Earth Day celebration held at the Arroceros
Forest Park on April 18. WBCP members Fred Ochavo, Karen Ochavo
and Mike Lu organized a coloring contest for students and
street children from the Virlanie Foundation. Other booths
sold flowers and plants, used clothing, pastries and used
Earth Day at Villa Escudero - 4/25
Club members celebrated Earth Day at Villa
Escudero Plantations and Resort (Tiaong, Quezon Province)
with a birdwatching activity for children of the resort staff.
The resort came up with a one-hour cultural dance program
highlighting bird-inspired dances of the different indigenous
tribes in the Philippines. The Club set-up a coloring section
for kids where Club merchandise such as bird stickers, t-shirts
and books were also sold.
Philippine Eagle Week – 6/12
Members of the Wild Bird Club attended the
Gala Night of Philippine Eagle Week held at SM Davao. The
event was held to show appreciation to friends and supporters
of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF). PEF also appointed
Kim Atienza as the Philippine Eagle ambassador. In observance
of Philippine Independence Day, guests were requested to dress
in Filipiniana attire. Members present were Tere Cervero,
Alex Tiongco, Kitty Aspelin, Mel Tan, Ixi Mapua, Mikeli Mapua,
James Asprer, Tinggay Cinco, and Mike Lu.
Asian Bird Fair launching - 6/13 & 8/20
A preview of the Asian Bird Fair was held
at the atrium of the NCCC Mall on June 13 through activities
such as origami-folding, coloring and film-showing.
WBCP members during the bird fair preview at the NCCC Mall
Leading the Kadayawan festivities (L-R) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia, WBCP President Mike Lu, Philippine agle Foundation Executive Director Dennis Salvador
On August 30, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte
formally announced the hosting of the 1st Asian Bird Fair
during the Opening Ceremonies of the annual Kadayawan and
also held a press conference at the City Hall. The event was
attended by Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia, host of last year’s
bird festival, as he turned over the hosting responsibilities
to the Davao city. WBCP members and Philippine Eagle Foundation
representatives were also on hand to witness the turnover.
1st Asian Bird Fair/6th Philippine
Bird Festival – September 24-26
The 6th Philippine Bird Festival was selected
to host the 1st Asian Bird Fair in Davao City on September
24-26, 2011. Founding members of the Asian Bird Fair are Bird
Conservation Society of Thailand, Chinese Wild Bird Federation,
Malaysian Nature Society, Nature Society Singapore , Wild
Bird Society of Taipei and the WBCP. The co-organizers are
the Philippine Eagle Foundation and the City of Davao .
Davao City hosted a rousing Welcome Dinner
at the Matina Town Square led by Mayor Sara Duterte with a
one-hour dance program featuring the a hundred dancers representing
Davao ’s different cultural festivals.
The 2-day bird fair held at the gardens of
the Waterfront Insular Hotel was launched by Davao City Administrator
Lyca Lopez and Team Energy President Freddie Puno. Guests
included Dutch Ambassador Robert Brinks, EU Ambassador Alistair
MacDonald, Alaminos City Mayor Nani Braganza, PAWB Director
More than 6000 students attended the bird
fair that featured more than 30 exhibitors including Asian
Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Bird Conservation
Nepal, Biodiversity and Nature Conservationm Association (Myanmar),
Borneo Bird Club, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, Hornbill
Research Foundation (Thailand), Oriental Bird Club (UK), Shanghai
Wild Bird Society, Wild Bird Society of Tainan, Wetland Trust,
Birding Adventure Philippines, Conservation International,
Earth Island Institute, Isla Biodiversity Conservation, Katala
Foundation, Kaakbay, Malagos Garden, Philippine Bat Conservation,
Philippine Wild Bird Photographers, Philippine Association
of Wildlife Veterinarians, My Zoo Foundation, Surigao Adventure
Specialists, WWF-Philippines, City of Alaminos (Pangasinan),
City of Balanga (Bataan), Municipality of Candaba (Pampanga).
Aside from the exhibits, there were lectures,
cultural presentations, games, as well as coloring, origami-folding,
face painting and on-site birdwatching by the beach. At the
Conservation Forum, WBCP Records Committee chair presented
the updated checklist of Philippine birds while PEF gave a
talk on the status of the Philippine Eagle.
Arne Jensen at the Conservation
Jon Villasper manning the scope
Primer Group hosted a Fellowship Night where
lecturers were given a token of appreciation while members
gave a tribute to the late British bird guide Tim Fisher,
one of the pioneers of birdwatching in the Philippines .
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic
of China led by Ambassador Donald Lee hosted a Turnover Dinner
for Tainan City which is hosting the 2nd Asian Bird Fair in
October 2011. Guest-of-honor was Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
The program commenced with a lion dance and delegates came
in their national costumes.
On the last day, delegates visited the Philippine
Eagle Center to see the research facility. Philippine Eagle
Foundation president William Hotchkiss hosted a barrio fiesta
themed lunch buffet for the delegates. Afterwards the delegates
were whisked off to the Eden Garden Resort where the Farewell
Dinner was held. Founding members of the Asian Bird Fair held
a meeting to discuss lessons learned and the next steps for
the bird fair.
An optional post-fair trip for delegates
was made to Mt Kitanglad (Bukidnon) and Bislig City (Surigao
The sponsors of the Asian Bird Fair were
Team Energy Foundation, Primer Group of Companies, Phoenix
Petroleum, Tanduay Distillers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(Taiwan), Aboitiz Power, Davao Light, Fauna and Flora International,
Philippine Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, C. K. Lu
Enterprises, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, NCCC Mall, Senator
Juan Miguel Zubiri, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Smart Communications,
and Romana, Gaudioso & Caridad.
12th Taipei International Birdwatching
Fair – 10/13-15
Mike Lu and Maan Guzman with college students
With the theme Save Taiwan, Protect Ocean,
the 12th Taipei International Birdwatching Fair was held on
October 13-15 at the Guandu Nature Park. With participants
coming from Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Singapore,
Thailand, USA, and Bulgaria, Taipei Deputy Mayor Dr. Lin Chien
Yuan gave a rousing speech during the Welcome Dinner held
at the Taipei City Hall.
Kids eagerly engage in coloring activity
WBCP was represented by Maan Guzman and Mike
Lu. Our booth was one of the busiest with kids continuously
lining up to take part in coloring activities. College students
also visited our booth to conduct interviews about the activities
of the Club.
As part of the activities to raise awareness
about the Asian Bird Fair, founding members paid a courtesy
call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NGO Affairs Committee
Unit Chief Harry Chen to thank the ministry for hosting the
Turnover Dinner during the 1st Asian Bird fair held in Davao
and to give an update regarding preparations for the hosting
of the 2nd Asian Bird Fair in Tainan City next year. Mike
Lu also gave a powerpoint presentation to WBST members on
the history and logistics for preparing for the Asian Bird
10th Thailand Bird Fair 2010
The 10th Thailand Bird Fair was held from
20-21 November, 2010 at Bang Pu Recreation Park, its new bird
fair venue since 2009. The theme of the fair was "Save
Birds, Save Biodiversity".
Tere Cervero manning the WBCP booth
Other participating Clubs were the Wild Bird
Society of Taipei, Malaysian Nature Society, Shanghai Birdwatching
Society and Xishuangbanna Tropical Garden from Yunnan Province
(China). Present also was Fung Men Chew of the Fujian Birdwatching
Club and Nigel Marvin, a TV nature and wildlife program presenter
who was responsible for the Shore Birds segment of the “Life
of Birds” by Lord David Attenborough.
WBCP sent the biggest delegation with Tere
Cervero and Alex Tiongco as the official representatives who
conducted a talk on the Endemic Birds in the Philippines and
managed the WBCP booth; Ely Teehankee who came to photograph
birds for his collection, and Charo Lim and Mai Yangco who
came for the post fair bird tour to Khao Yai National Park.
The WBCP booth was a crowd-drawer, with the
attractive backdrop of tarps featuring the top birding sites
in the Philippines and endemic birds, of which the Great Philippine
Eagle is a favorite. School kids of different ages participated
in the coloring activity.
Celebrating the Loy Kratong with other foreign participants
Jon's bird stickers were a best-seller, aside
from the limited-edition t-shirts designed by Arnel Telesforo
and the Philippine Eagle Foundation. There were a number of
inquiries about bird watching in the Philippines so having
the photographic pocket guides of Neon Rosell and the informative
tarp displays made it easier to talk about birding in the
Philippines to the visitors.
The Thailand Bird Fair 2010 was more of a
Book, Information and Technology fair. Many Thai Authors and
artists had their own booths displaying and selling their
work. Although most of the local Clubs’ merchandise
were mainly geared towards information and education and tours,
many too were pure merchandising to raise funds for their
various projects. One of the highlights of the event was the
celebration of the “Loy Kratong” festival which
is a nationwide spiritual ritual where “mini-boats”
of candles decorated with flowers and other gift offerings
are floated into the rivers to drive evil spirits away and
bring in good luck and fortune.
3rd Return of the Great Cormorant
Festival - 11/20
Opening ceremonies (L-R) Governor Imee
Mike Lu and Dr.Pete Calope
The Club to participate in the 3rd Return
of the Great Cormorant Festival held on the shores of the
Paoay Lake. Manila-based members Arnel Telesforo, Tintin Telesforo,
Gina Mapua and Mike Lu joined Laoag-based members Pete Calope
and Richard Ruiz at the said event by giving a talk on birds
and bird watching, conducting origami sessions and a coloring
contest for selected school children.
The opening ceremony was graced by Ilocos
Norte Governor Imee Marcos and Paoay Mayor Bonifacio Clemente
Jr. The governor unveiled development plans for Paoay Lake
and released fingerlings to replenish the fish population.
Ibong Dayo Festival 12/10-11
(L-R) Mayor Joet Garcia, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Congressman Abet Garcia
The newly-built Balanga Wetalnd Park Information Center
The City of Balanga launched the 1st Ibong Dayo Festival to celebrate the return of the migratory birds to the wetlands of Balanga. Guests-of-honor were Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay and Congressman Albert Garcia inaugurated the Balanga Wetland and Nature Park information center.
The Club participated by holding an interactive lecture on migratory birds, video presentation at the wetland information center, origami and coloring activities, manning a bird watching station and a merchandise booth. Thousands of school children from Balanga City participated in the festivities.
Presentations and Lectures
Club members manning the booth at the organic market
WBCP Vice President Anna Gonzales gave a presentation during the Muntinlupa Youth Summit on February 4. On the same day, members of the WBCP also took part in the Department of Tourism’s MICE Convention activities held at the Balanga Wetland and Nature Park. Mike Lu spoke about birdwatching at the meeting of the Executive Toastmaster Club held on March 4 and to 300+ Tourism students during the Philippine Travel Mart held on September 4 at the Megatrade Hall. The Avian Archipelago video was shown to participants of a weekend market held at the Flower Farm in Tagaytay City on May 2. The Club also participated at the Organic Market held at the Esplanade on September 2.