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All set for festival in Zamboanga

All set for festival in Zamboanga
Sun Star Zamboanga
Thursday, February 26, 2015
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/zamboanga/local-news/2015/02/26/all-set-bird-festival-394453




ZAMBOANGA. Dr. Milavel Nazario, ZSCMST president, and her staff talk about the holding Friday of the first local bird festival. (Bong Garcia)


OFFICIALS of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) announced that everything is set for the conduct Friday of the first local bird festival in Zamboanga City.

Dr. Milavel Nazario, ZSCMST president, said they have lined up activities such as lecture and symposium, film showing and photo exhibit, as well as bird watching.

Nazario said the film showing, photo exhibit, lecture and symposium will be held at the main campus of the ZSCMST while the bird watching will be done at the school's wetlands. Advertisement. He said the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) has recorded at least 49 bird species, mostly migratory, that can be found at the 24-hectare wetlands of the ZSCMST.

The wetlands of the ZSCMST, which is also the school's aqua-culture site, has been documented as the first breeding ground of the Great Egret in the country. Nazario said the festival is aimed to attract tourists, especially bird enthusiasts, to visit Zamboanga City.

She said the festival also aims to sustain awareness on the value of environmental protection for tourism aside from promoting bird watching as an activity for tourists.

Professor Roderick Trio, first bird festival committee chair for events and activities, said all of the amenities, like the bird watching platform, are already in place for the festival.

Trio said members of the WBCP and from some European countries have confirmed attendance to the first local bird festival.

Zamboanga City hosted last year the 9th Philippine Bird Festival wherein a dozen of European bird watchers attended the event.

The first local bird festival is anchored on the theme Dia de Aves: "Discubrir Naturaleza en Ciudad (Day of the Birds: "Discover the Nature within the City).

The bird festival is in partnership with the WBCP, Department of Tourism, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the local government. (Bong Garcia)