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Hong Kong, Shanghai tourists swarm 1st Asian Bird Fair in Davao

MONDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2010 00:00

WRITTEN BY MINDANAO GOLD STAR DAILY

DAVAO City - Over 300 delegates local and foreign delegates participated in the 1st Asian Bird Fair at Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao from September 24 to 26. Among those who arrived Friday for the event were 20 delegates from Hong Kong and Shanghai .


Mayor Sara Duterte and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office representative, Ambassador Donald Lee with foreign delegates to the 1st Asian Bird fair

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio welcomed the delegates to Davao City , Mindanao 's top urban hub. She believes the arrival of the Hong Kong and Shanghai delegations reflects confidence in Davao City 's security. The delegations arrived a month after eight tourists from Hong Kong died during a hostage-taking incident in Manila . During a welcome dinner for the delegates, Duterte-Carpio reported there hasn't been a cancellation of attendance to the bird fair. She noted there was fear earlier the Chinese might cancel attendance for fear about the Manila hostage crisis' deadly ending.

"Their arrival means they believe our city is secure," she said. The Asian Bird Fair carries as theme "Nurture Nature, Save our Future."

Wild Bird Club of the Philippines , Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Malaysian Nature Society and Singapore 's Nature Society initiated this event.

Asian Raptor Research and Conservation in Japan , Bird Conservation Nepal, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association in Nepal , Borneo Bird Club, Hong Kong Birdwatching Society, Hornbill Research Foundation ( Thailand ), Oriental Bird Club ( United Kingdom ), Shanghai Wild Bird Society ( China ), The Wetland Trust ( Thailand ) and Wild Bird Society of Tainan ( Taiwan ) are also participating in the fair.

Michael Lu, president of host Wild Bird Club of the Philippines , echoed Duterte-Carpio's sentiments and said the number of foreign delegates, including those from Hong Kong, show international confidence in Mindanao and the Philippines in general remains upbeat despite the Manila hostage crisis.

"It shows they're very confident about safety here in Davao City ," he said. Duterte-Carpio said the delegations' activities included a forum, tours at Philippine Eagle Center and Eden Garden Resorts, photo exhibits and presentations. There were fun activities also, she continued.

She said these activities included a guided tour of tidal flats in front of Waterfront Insular Hotel during low tide. This gave delegates a chance to have a closer look at marine species like fiddler crabs and mudskippers aside from enjoying spectacular views of herons, egrets and shorebirds, she added. Pna