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Jambangan stages Zambo culture 9th Philippine Bird Festival launch

Zamboanga Today                   
Friday, 30 August 2013 15:24

Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences
and Technology students birdwatching
in the fishponds

WMSU’s Jambangan Dance Troupe has once again represented the City as they were chosen to perform for the launching of the 9th Philippine Bird Festival held at La Vista Clubhouse in Quezon City.

July 14, 2013 saw the launching of the festival that was in sync with the10th Anniversary of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.

In an interview with JDT Artistic Director Prof. Blancaflor R. Jimeno, she stated that the Department of Tourism through Regional Director Mary June G. Bugante has tapped the troupe to perform in the launch as a way of attracting tourists, diplomats and bird experts to visit Zamboanga City on October 4 to 6 for the 9th Philippine Bird Festival.

Three Jambangan performers represented the city as they performed two native dances of the region—Janggay, a Badjao dance from Arena Blanco and Pansak Ngeddek, a Basilan Yakan dance. The dancersshowed off their fancy costumes with sophisticated beadwork that best depicts Region IX. These performers who captivated the audience with their indigenous dances were Janelyn Curambao, Danica Joy Navidadand Elayne Joy Santos. They were facilitated by Prof. Jimeno, accompanied by DOT IX Regional Director Bugante.

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines is a non-government organization—composed of Metro Manila-based amateur weekend bird watchers—that was established in July 2003, seeking to promote bird watching as a hobby.

Club members, V.I.P. guests, media, NGOs and WBCP’s government partners were present in the event including Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, while the local government of Zamboanga is represented by DOT Director Bugante and Zamboanga City Tourism Officer Sarita Sebastian-Hernandez. 

(AJ Dalugdug – PAO/WMSU)