The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines is holding the 3rd Philippine
Bird Festival - Sugbu, Just Watch, Don't Catch ! a 2-day event
to raise conservation awareness through the promotion of bird
watching and the responsible appreciation of nature.
The logo of this year's bird festival is the Cebu Flowerpecker, a
species found nowhere in the world but Cebu. This species was thought to be extinct
until chanced upon by a visiting amateur birdwatcher in 1992.
Now on its third year, the Philippine Bird Festival will be held at
the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino on September 21, 2007 and at the Olango Island
Nature Sanctuary on September 22, 2007.
The festival at the Waterfront Hotel will feature lectures, photo
exhibits, film shows, art activities and face-painting for kids. The Bird Festival will
culminate with the 2nd Philippine Duck Forum where conservationists and the academe will
discuss the status and local efforts to save the endemic Philippine Duck.
On the second day, delegates will head for Olango Island Wildlife
Sanctuary. There they will witness the arrival of the first migrant shorebirds from
northern Asia and hold joint activities with the island community.
WBCP Vice President and Festival Chairperson Alice Villa-Real said
organizers hope to raise awareness of the diversity of Cebu bird life and promote
conservation of threatened species and habitats on the island. Schools are encouraged
to participate and admission is free.
The idea to hold the festival in Cebu was conceived early this year
and has received support and encouragement from conservation organizations and business
sector. Among the organizations that are participating in the festival are the Philippine
Eagle Foundation, Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, WWF-Philippines, Center for
Environmental Awareness and Education, Isla Buiodiversity Conservation and Kaakbay CDI.
The Wild Bird Society of Taipei (Taiwan), the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation
Network (Malaysia) and the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand have already confirmed
their attendance. More organizations are expected to sign up soon.
"The 3rd Philippine Bird Festival is a watershed event for bird
watching and environmental conservation in Cebu," said WBCP president Michael Lu. "We
are officially launching the bird festival during the Club's 4th Anniversary on July 14.
On behalf of the Festival Committee, I encourage and invite members and friends of the
Club to register their support for the project."
Mirant Foundation signs up as main sponsor
of the 3rd Philippine Bird Festival.
Photo shows (L-R) Leni Sutcliffe, WBCP President Michael Lu,
Mirant Foundation president Roberto Calingo, Jr. and Alex Loinaz.
The 3rd Philippine Bird Festival is sponsored by the Mirant Foundation,
the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Cebu City Mayor's Office, Sulpicio Lines and
WWF-Philippines. For sponsorship enquiries, please contact Festival Chair
Alice Villa-Real (Manila) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0917-5397861 and Nilo Arribas, Jr
(Cebu) at email@example.com or 0906-5851881.
For school participation inquiries, please contact Ms Evelyn Nacario
of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation at ENacario@rafi.org.ph.