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7th Philippine Bird Festival held in Dumaguete City

by Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas
Posted at 09/23/2011 8:58 PM | Updated as of 09/23/2011 8:58 PM

Bird Festival Chair Mike Lu and WBCP President Anna Gonzales
presents a token of appreciation to Silliman University President
Dr. Ben Malayang and Pol Carino of Penagmannaki

DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines - Thousands of students from different schools in Dumaguete City gathered at the Silliman University grounds Friday morning for the 7th Philippine Bird Festival.

The event aims to widen the awareness of the youth on bird preservation and protection.

Twenty-eight exhibitors from 8 other countries in Asia and other wildlife organizations came to share their time and knowledge on how to protect birds.

They have put up booths where students can learn about endemic birds -- how they look, chirp, feed, and work in the ecosystem.

The 2-day bird festival also teaches students about bird watching.

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, led by Anna Gonzales, put the whole thing together for the first time in Dumaguete City.

Gonzales said youths should learn that there are 6,000 species of birds found in the country.

She said birds help balance the ecosystem. They are the original planters in the forest and help control pests, she added.