Thursday, 05 September 2013 13:33
October 3-5, 2013
Strengthening the advocacy on the preservation and protection of natural treasures, Zamboanga City will be hosting the 9th Philippines Bird Festival on October 3-5, promoting the city as a must-visit birding destination in the Philippines.
According to the project brief content of the event furnished by the Department of Tourism Regional Office, the event seeks to promote Pasonanca Natural Park as a birding destination in the country.
Pasonanca Natural Park is one of the old growth forests in Mindanao rich in biodiversity. It is the home of various bird species. Some of them are endemic to the region.
Aside from this contributory characteristic, a documentation undertaken by international and local ornithologists recorded not less than 200 birds in the park. Because of this, the park is classified as an important Bird Area in the Philippines and is considered as one of the bird watching destinations in the country inviting visitors coming mostly from the European countries, who described themselves as birdwatchers observing birds in their natural habitat.
It also aim to raise awareness on the preservation and protection of different bird species found in the city and to drum up positive activities geared towards improving the image of the city especially to international birding enthusiasts who are regular delegates to the Philippine Bird Festival.
The Philippine Bird Festival is organized by the wild Bird Club of the Philippines which just turned 10 years last July 2013. The annual event has already invaded different places in the Philippines – previously in Dumaguete, Cebu, Puerto Princesa and others.
With this kind of event, Zamboanga City will be able to show to the world that the city is a safe and has a lot of wonderful sites creating an atmosphere of tourist-friendly city , combating the prevalent misconceptions of tagging the city as a bombing and kidnapping city, thus creating a hostile environment for foreign visitors. — Gerald C. Belleza/WMSU Masscom intern.