The 2008 Philippine Bird Festival themed:
Aba, Kakaiba! will be held on September 12 and 13 in Puerto
Princesa City. The event also marks the start of the annual
winter migration of birds from mainland Asia and Japan.
Aba, Kakaiba! 4th Philippine Bird Festival,
aims to raise public awareness about the diverse birdlife
in Palawan and local efforts for the protection of the still
pristine forest, wetland and coastal habitats of the country's
western-most province. This year's festival logo features
the Palawan Peacock Pheasant, a beautiful forest fowl found
nowhere else in the world.
(L-R) Netherlands Amb Robert Brinks, EU Amb Alistair MacDonald,
Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia, DOT Sec Ace Durano, ROX Marketing
Manager Roel Chan, WBCP VP Alice Villa-Real
Media launch guest of honor DOT Secretary
Joseph Ace Durano |
The 4th Philippine Bird Festival opens
at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum on September 12 with an exhibition
of rarely seen photos of Philippine birds, displays, lectures
and film shows as well as art and fun activities for the kids.
Admission is free and schools are encouraged to participate.
Puerto Princesa City will also host the 1st
Bird Conservation Forum, a pre-event to the Philippine Bird
Festival. The Bird Conservation Forum aims to bring bird-watching
hobbyists, conservationists, eco tour promoters and local
stakeholders together to discuss bird status and map plans
for the protection of their critical habitats.
"The Philippine Bird Festival aims to
get people excited about nature and conservation through recreational
bird watching and bird photography," says nature enthusiast
Michael Lu, president of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
(WBCP). The WBCP, the country's premier bird-watching society,
initiated the first bird festival in 2004. "Habitat loss
from ill-planned development and urban pressure is the greatest
threat to bird populations and other wildlife.
The WBCP hopes to get communities and professional planners
actively involved in developing ways to help wildlife through
green spaces and nature-friendly property management."
On September 13, delegates will also visit
the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, followed
by a trip to Rasa Island sponsored by the Katala Foundation,
on September 14. The Subterranean River National Park along
with Rasa Island, the last stronghold of the endemic and much-threatened
Katala or Philippine Cockatoo, have been included as bird-watching
hotspots in the Adventure Philippines program of Recreational
Outdoor Exchange (ROX) and Department of Tourism.
The choice of Palawan to host the 4th Philippine
Bird Festival received support and encouragement from local
and international conservation organizations, public officials
and the business sector.
Among the organizations that are participating
in the Philippine Bird Festival are Katala Foundation, Birdwatch
Palawan, WWF-Philippines, Conservation International, Cebu
Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Isla Biodiversity Conservation,
Tubbataha Reef Marine Natural Park Office, Negros Forest and
Ecological Foundation, Philippine Butterfly Habitat Conservation
Society, Western Philippines University, Artribe, My Zoo Foundation,
Team Energy Foundation, the Municipality of Taytay, and the
Municipality of Narra. International organizations such as
the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Wild Bird
Society of Taipei, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Xiamen
Birdwatching Society, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand,
Delhi Birds, Nature Society (Singapore) and the Nature Photographic
Society (Singapore) have confirmed participation for this
The 4th Philippine Bird Festival - Puerto
Princesa is sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Puerto
Princesa City, Team Energy Foundation, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation,
Landco Pacific Corporation, Malampaya Joint Venture Partners,
Katala Foundation, Birdwatch Palawan, Aigle and the Recreational
Outdoor Exchange (ROX).