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Davao City hosts Asian Bird Fair & Philippine Bird Fest

Mindanao Times
Written by: Garcia , Ian C.
Thursday, 23 September 2010

DAVAO City intensifies its bid to become the country’s top eco-tourism destination as it plays host to the 1st Asian Bird Fair and 6th Philippine Bird Festival starting tomorrow, Sept. 24, Friday, at the Waterfront Insular Hotel.

Davao City is the first Mindanaw city to host the two-day Philippine Bird Festival, the country’s premier avian conservation and eco-tourism event. Various cities and provinces in Luzon and Visayas, such as Puerto Princesa, Bataan, Cebu and Quezon City, have hosted the said annual environmental event.

The Davao City Hall allocated four official Asian Bird Fair
buses to transport delegates between the venues

More than 30 foreign and local bird-watching organizations and thousands of students from all over the region will be participating in the event. Delegates will be welcomed with a fiesta-themed dinner tonight, hosted by City Mayor Sara Duterte at Matina Town Square.

Activities, such as lectures, exhibits, film showing, workshop, story-telling, fora and interactive learning, will officially start tomorrow.

Various talks and presentations on bird-watching will also be presented by the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Bird Conservation Nepal, Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Borneo Bird Club, World Wildlife Fund, Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Hornbill Research Foundation, Philippine Eagle Foundation, among others. The controversial, Oscar -winning documentary, The Cove, will also be shown for the first time in Davao City tomorrow.

The festival seeks to enrich eco-tourism through bird-watching and promote the natural and cultural heritage of its host cities. It is also a significant occasion to draw attention to critical environmental preservation issues and find a common ground in protecting the birds in the region.

The event is open to the public (free admission).