Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:50:00 12/04/2008
PANGASINAN, Philippines ”The Hundred
Islands National Park is gearing up to welcome bird watchers
from all over the world after the recent launch at the World
Travel Mart in the United Kingdom of the book Birdwatching
in the Philippines.
In the book, the Hundred Islands park in
Alaminos City was mentioned as one of 13 best bird watching
sites in the Philippines.
Other sites featured in the book are: Bangrin
Marine Protected Area (Bani, Pangasinan); Puerto Princesa
City’s Subterranean River National Park; Rasa Island
(Narra, Palawan); Subic Bay Freeport Zone; Balanga City (Bataan);
Candaba Marsh (Pampanga); Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat;
Mt. Palay-Palay National Park (Ternate, Cavite); Villa Escudero
(Tiaong, Quezon), Alcoy Forest (Cebu); Olango Island Wildlife
Sanctuary (Lapu-Lapu City) and the Philippine Eagle Center
The Department of Tourism (DOT) hosted the
international book launching at the World Trade Mart in London,
inviting bird lovers all over the world to come and see the
rich diversity of birds in the Philippines.
The book written by Carlos M. Libosada Jr.
was published by the DOT and the Recreational Outdoor Exchange
(ROX), Southeast Asia’s biggest outdoor superstore,
in cooperation with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said bird watching
could be the next big tourism draw. The Philippines hosts
some 600 bird species, 200 of them endemic or found only in
Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza joined
the London event and met with the representatives of the Europe-based
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and the
Bird Fair Organizers (BFO).
RSPB, headed by a well-known British television
broadcaster, Julian Pettifer, is Europe’s largest wildlife
conservation charity with Queen Elizabeth II as its principal
DOT had praised Braganza for his efforts
to conserve and protect various bird species in the Hundred
HINP is also one of the 10 beautiful island
paradises chosen in the Philippines, Braganza pitched. Braganza
stressed the need to bring together bird lovers, hobbyists,
conservationists, ecotourism managers and other stakeholders
to better protect Philippine birds. He said British Fair Organizers
and Durano are likely to ink a pact to acknowledge the Philippines
as the Country of Honor at the United Kingdom Bird Fair scheduled
in August next year.