by Rachelle M. Nessia
PIA Press Release
Monday, August 01, 2011
DUMAGUETE CITY, August 1 (PIA) -- Dumaguete
City will host the seventh run of the Philippine Bird Festival,
the country's top avian conservation and eco-tourism event,
from September 23 to 24, 2011.
Photo exhibit ribbon-cutting ceremonies
led by Negros Oriental
Governor Roel Degamo and WBCP President Anna Gonzlaes
Foreign exhibitors from bird watching societies
in Asian countries such as Taipei, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan
and Singapore will showcase the birds from their countries
while local participants from non-government organizations
(NGOs) working for wildlife conservation will present their
avian conservation efforts.
A Bird Quest quiz show and bird-watching
tours will also be conducted for children.
During a pre-launching event held August
1, 2011 at the Robinsons Place Atrium, Dumaguete City, it
was revealed that Silliman University's Center for Tropical
Conservation Studies (CENTROP) is waiving its entrance fees
for public school children this week to mark the festival's
pre-launching and the duration of said festival in September.
The two-day festival will also be highlighted
by a series of bird-watching lectures and a conservation forum
to discuss the status of conservation measures of the Negros
bleeding-heart and other birds found in Negros Island.
The Negros bleeding-heart is a critically-endangered
bird endemic to the Philippines and can only be found in the
islands of Negros and Panay.
The festival is conducted annually by the
Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) around the country
to bring attention to local efforts in conserving birds and
their habitat. “This is a celebration of localities
in their care and interest in protecting the environment.
We choose places that have been doing something for bird habitats,”
said WBCP pesident Anna Maria Gonzales during the pre-launching
This year, the club partnered with Silliman
University and the local governments of Dumaguete and Negros
Oriental for the bird festival to be held in Dumaguete. “This
is our way of acknowledging the conservation work that has
already been done in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental and to
hold the province as an example for the rest of the country,”
Before coming to Dumaguete, the WBCP has
staged the festival in Olango Island in Cebu, Puerto Princes,
Balanga City in Luzon, Quezon City and Davao City where the
first Asian Bird Fair was also launched. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)