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4th Philippine Bird Festival
Meeting Minutes # 1

February 16, 2008
La Dolce Vita Hotel
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
8:00 pm

Persons in Attendance:

Michael Lu, Alice Villa-Real, Nicky Icarangal Rommel Cruz, Miguelito Cervanzia, Allen and Melissa Macasaet, Rainier Manalo, Joie Matillano, Jaja Tupas, Rainier Manalo, Archie Espinosa, Rene Antonio, Shiela Jiminez

Dinner meeting at the residence of Netherlands Ambassador Robert Brinks. (L-R) Alice Villa-Real, Mike Lu, Rollie Concepcion, Mayor Ed Hagedorn, Amb Brinks
Dinner meeting at the residence of Netherlands Ambassador
Robert Brinks.(L-R) Alice Villa-Real, Mike Lu, Rollie Concepcion,
Mayor Ed Hagedorn, Amb Brinks
First meeting for the 4th Philippine Bird Festival - Puerto Princesa
First meeting for the 4th Philippine Bird Festival - Puerto Princesa

Minutes:

1. The 4th Philippine Bird Festival will be held on September 12-13, 2008. The festival proper and Fellowship Dinner will be held on September 12. Birdwatching activities and Farewell Dinner on September 13. Birdwatching activities will be held in Irawan watershed, Iwahig with a visit to the Palawan Wildlife and Conservation Center. Other sites are also considered ie St. Paul's National Park for incidental birding. Details and options will be discussed on a later date.

2. The festival logo featuring the Palawan Peacock-pheasant by Arnel Telesforo was presented and comments noted.

3. After considering different venues, WBCP president and vice-president deem the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum as the most appropriate venue for the festival. Colisuem administrator had confirmed the venue is available on September 12, 2008.

4. Melissa Macasaet will contact coliseum admistrator to provide information regarding the dimensions of the floor area and check if tents/booths are available in the Puerto Princesa.

5. Organizations in Palawan that may be given a booth at the festival include the Katala Foundation, WWF-Philippines, Conservation International, Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (formerly Crocodile Institute), Haribon Palawan, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, Bantay Kalikasan.

6. Other organizations to be invited are Isla Foundation, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Cebu Biodiversity and Conservation Foundation, and bird clubs from the region ie Taiwan, HK, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea.

7. It is suggested that bird festival delegates be booked at the Asturias Hotel as this hotel is nearer to the festival venue. The LGU maiontains a corporate account with the Asturias Hotel and may extend the same rates for festival delegates.

8. Target number of participants is 800 high school students in the morning and 800 grade school students in the afternoon. Joie Matillano has been assigned to coordinate with the schools.

9. The Katala Foundation, WWF-Phils, Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, Palawan Ornithological Society and WBCP will be assigned slots in the program.

10. Katala Foundation, Conservation International and Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center will be asked to contribute articles about their organizations for the souvenir program since these NGOs have existing projects in Palawan. Birdwatch Palawan (a newly-formed birding club) will also be asked to contribute an article to promote birdwatching as a hobby.

11. Nicky Icarangal will write an article about his experience as a bird guide in Palawan.

February 19, 2008

In a dinner meeting with Mayor Hagedorn at the residence of Robert Brinks in Makati, the mayor agreed to sponsor the festival venue, tender a Welcome Dinner for the festival delegates on September 11 and be the guest speaker during the Opening Ceremonies on September 12.