Written by: Garcia , Ian C.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
DAVAO City intensifies its bid to become
the country’s top eco-tourism destination as it plays
host to the 1st Asian Bird Fair and 6th Philippine Bird Festival
starting tomorrow, Sept. 24, Friday, at the Waterfront Insular
Davao City is the first Mindanaw city to
host the two-day Philippine Bird Festival, the country’s
premier avian conservation and eco-tourism event. Various
cities and provinces in Luzon and Visayas, such as Puerto
Princesa, Bataan, Cebu and Quezon City, have hosted the said
annual environmental event.
The Davao City Hall allocated four official
Asian Bird Fair
buses to transport delegates between the venues
More than 30 foreign and local bird-watching
organizations and thousands of students from all over the
region will be participating in the event. Delegates will
be welcomed with a fiesta-themed dinner tonight, hosted by
City Mayor Sara Duterte at Matina Town Square.
Activities, such as lectures, exhibits, film
showing, workshop, story-telling, fora and interactive learning,
will officially start tomorrow.
Various talks and presentations on bird-watching
will also be presented by the Bird Conservation Society of
Thailand, Bird Conservation Nepal, Chinese Wild Bird Federation,
Borneo Bird Club, World Wildlife Fund, Asian Raptor Research
and Conservation Network, Hornbill Research Foundation, Philippine
Eagle Foundation, among others. The controversial, Oscar -winning
documentary, The Cove, will also be shown for the first time
in Davao City tomorrow.
The festival seeks to enrich eco-tourism
through bird-watching and promote the natural and cultural
heritage of its host cities. It is also a significant occasion
to draw attention to critical environmental preservation issues
and find a common ground in protecting the birds in the region.
The event is open to the public (free admission).