Ibon Ebon dancers
delights DOT exec
By Joey Pavia
Punto ! Central Luzon
February 6, 2009
CANBADA, Pampanga – A prelude of the
Ibon Ebon 2009 festival here happened yesterday as residents
in colorful costumes performed dances and rituals delighting
an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Eduardo Jarque, undersecretary of the DOT
who represented Sec. Ace Durano, said other tourist destinations
such as Cebu “should be aware of Candaba for it will
be the next major destination in the country.”
“It’s not the birds that make
this place click but the people themselves. I am truly delighted
with the performance and music,” added Jarque. “The
Sinulog festival in Cebu had been threatened by the Ibon Ebon
He was welcomed by Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo,
Arayat Mayor Chito Espino and Bird Watchers of the Philippines
(BWP) President Mike Lu.
“I have been with the DOT for 32 years
and went to famous events such as Mardigras and Brazil festival
but Candaba festivals are also good and unique in their own
ways,” said Jarque, who disclosed that Durano could
not make it due to health reasons.
Pelayo said the 2nd Ibon Ebon Festival “will
start today and end on Saturday.” He added that “it
will be more beautiful compared last year because they prepared
“Expected to visit the annual festival
are Senators Ramon Revilla, Richard Gordon and Manny Villar.
“No politics and everyone are welcome
to join. This is a festival which unites the people, making
Candaba a peaceful place,” said Pelayo.
Candaba is just beside Bulacan and some of
its residents in 14 villages speak Tagalog. Last year, President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo graced the 1st Ibon Ebon festival.
Pelayo said Arroyo could not attend because she is on an official
mission to the United States.
Pelayo and Lu accompanied Jarque at bird
watching area in Barangay San Pablo.
The DOT official was able to see migratory
birds mostly coming from China.
Pelayo said the migratory birds are expected
to stay until March when the winter season ends in China.
Jarque, for his part, said “Candaba
was used to being known as mere bird watching area.”
He said Pelayo had hit the mark in introducing festivals to
attract visitors for prolong stay in the town.
“The food is also an attraction,”