Wild Bird Club of the Philippines celebrated the 1st Philippine
Bird Festival on November 18, 2005 at the Crossroad 77 Convenarium
in Quezon City.
festival was opened by Bataan Congressman Albert Garcia, Mirant
Foundation representative Ricky de Castro, WBCP president
Michael Lu and festival chairperson Alice Villa-real. With
welcome remarks from Michael Lu and Alice Villa-real, the
keynote speech was delivered by Tim Fisher. Anna Maria Gonzales
hosted the opening ceremonies and the succeeding programs
for the whole festival.
one-day festival highlights the country's wealth of bird life
through art and exhibits, film and lecture.
paintings include works by Yong Ding Li, Orly Punzalan, Rene
Bajit and Rich Pijuan. Bird photographers Romy Ocon and Ivor
Lee showcased their shots of Philippine birds.
lecture on Philippine cockatoo conservation was shared by
Indira Widman of the Katala Foundation, & the contributions
of birdwatching to science was highlighted by UPLB-based Prof.
JC Gonzalez. Lectures on conservation with a bird show and
other wildlife were presented by the My Zoo Foundation and
the Malagos Bird Show.
activities include drawing sessions hosted by Robert Alejandro,
coloring with Jon Villasper and Rich Pijuan, origami led by
WWF-Philippines and face-painting by the Citylights Youth
Group. Conservation International added to the festive atmosphere
by providing a Philippine Eagle mascot and a Rufous Hornbill
much-awaited panel discussion on the avian _u was hosted by
Ipat Luna with guests coming from differerent government agencies:
Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita Lim,
the US Embassy's Dr. Leonides Cardenas and National Avian
Flu Task Force co coordinator Ruben Pascual.
from NGOs include the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Katala
Foundation, My Zoo Foundation, Isla Biodiversity Conservation,
Polillo Island Biodiversity Conservation, Center for Environmental
Awareness and Education, Conservation International, Winner
Foundation, Philippine Butterfly Habitat Conservation Society,
Miriam PEACE & Madrigal Foundation.
agencies that participated include the Protected Areas and
Wildlife Bureau, DENR-NCR-Manila Bay Environment Management
Project, National Museum-Manila, Candaba-LGU, Paranaque-LGU.
2000 students from di_erent schools participated in the festival.
Among the schools were Meridian School, the Learning Tree
School, Beacon School, Jose Abad Santos Memorial School, Philippine
Science High School, Polytechnic University fo the Philippines,
University of the Philippines, Miriam College, Asian Institute
of Tourism, Ateneo de Manila University, Mapua Institute of
Technology and De La Salle University.
bird festival was sponsored by the Mirant Foundation, Comworks-Bird
mobile phones, Ayala Land, Candaba LGU, Energy Lounge, Soul
Shop, Caylabne Bay Resort, Figaro Foundation, and the Forest