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The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines celebrated the 1st Philippine Bird Festival on November 18, 2005 at the Crossroad 77 Convenarium in Quezon City.

The 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.

The one-day festival highlights the country's wealth of bird life through art and exhibits, film and lecture.

Bird 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.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony
A 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.
children's Activites

Children's 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 mascot.

The 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.

Exhibitors 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.

Government agencies that participated include the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, DENR-NCR-Manila Bay Environment Management Project, National Museum-Manila, Candaba-LGU, Paranaque-LGU.

Over 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.

The 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 Club.

WBCP member Atty. Ipat Luna

WBCP members

More festival photos: http://www.pbase.com/liquidstone/1st_phil_birdfest

 

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