world celebrates stunning discovery of UPV wildlife biologist"
by Christine E. Telesforo, U.P. Newsletter, September 2004.
Iloilo-born and bred wildlife biologist Carmela P. Espanola,
a graduate of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas,
is the current toast of the international scientific community
after her discovery of a new rail species in the island of
Calayan in the Babuyan islands was published in the August
2004 issue of the Forktail, the journal of Asian ornithology.
The international press release for the amazing find was handled
by the Birdlife International and locally by the Wild Bird
Club of the Philippines. The story was subsequently picked
up by leading news services like Reuters, Associated Press
and Agence France-Presse. When British Broadcasting Corp.
features the story at 10 am on August 17 (Philippine time),
it became a top attraction for its Science/Nature segment,
generating ;more than 80,000 hits on the BBC website. It was
a top story for a few moments later on Google news. When it
came out on Yahoo news, the story generated a vibrant creation
vs. evolution debate on the Message Boards. As of August 19,
2004, the story was on 97 English-language website covered
by Google, plus 25 German-language sites, 16 Spanish-language
sites and three French-language sites. There was also widespread
interest from magazines and newspapers. The story was front-page
news for at least four national dailies in the Philippines
alone on 18 August 2004. Radio and TV coverage of the story
was likewise extensive in the UK, Canada and New Zealand.