MONDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2010
WRITTEN BY MINDANAO GOLD STAR DAILY
DAVAO City - Over 300 delegates local and
foreign delegates participated in the 1st Asian Bird Fair
at Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao from September 24 to 26.
Among those who arrived Friday for the event were 20 delegates
from Hong Kong and Shanghai .
Mayor Sara Duterte and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office representative, Ambassador Donald Lee with foreign delegates to the 1st Asian Bird fair
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio welcomed the delegates
to Davao City , Mindanao 's top urban hub. She believes the
arrival of the Hong Kong and Shanghai delegations reflects
confidence in Davao City 's security. The delegations arrived
a month after eight tourists from Hong Kong died during a
hostage-taking incident in Manila . During a welcome dinner
for the delegates, Duterte-Carpio reported there hasn't been
a cancellation of attendance to the bird fair. She noted there
was fear earlier the Chinese might cancel attendance for fear
about the Manila hostage crisis' deadly ending.
"Their arrival means they believe our city is secure,"
she said. The Asian Bird Fair carries as theme "Nurture
Nature, Save our Future."
Wild Bird Club of the Philippines , Bird Conservation Society
of Thailand, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Wild Bird Society
of Taipei, Malaysian Nature Society and Singapore 's Nature
Society initiated this event.
Asian Raptor Research and Conservation in Japan , Bird Conservation
Nepal, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association in
Nepal , Borneo Bird Club, Hong Kong Birdwatching Society,
Hornbill Research Foundation ( Thailand ), Oriental Bird Club
( United Kingdom ), Shanghai Wild Bird Society ( China ),
The Wetland Trust ( Thailand ) and Wild Bird Society of Tainan
( Taiwan ) are also participating in the fair.
Michael Lu, president of host Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
, echoed Duterte-Carpio's sentiments and said the number of
foreign delegates, including those from Hong Kong, show international
confidence in Mindanao and the Philippines in general remains
upbeat despite the Manila hostage crisis.
"It shows they're very confident about safety here in
Davao City ," he said. Duterte-Carpio said the delegations'
activities included a forum, tours at Philippine Eagle Center
and Eden Garden Resorts, photo exhibits and presentations.
There were fun activities also, she continued.
She said these activities included a guided tour of tidal
flats in front of Waterfront Insular Hotel during low tide.
This gave delegates a chance to have a closer look at marine
species like fiddler crabs and mudskippers aside from enjoying
spectacular views of herons, egrets and shorebirds, she added.