By Rene Genove
The Visayas Daily Star - Negros Oriental
An exhibit of top 20 photos of Philippine
birds and skins of threatened birds will open today to set
the mood for the upcoming 7th Philippine Bird Festival that
will be hosted next month by Silliman University in Dumaguete
The Negros Bleeding-heart is the logo
the 7th Philippine Bird Festival - Dumaguete
The exhibit at the Center Lobby of Robinsons
Place Dumaguete until Wednesday, seeks to generate interest
among the public in the upcoming Festival at the West Quadrangle
of Silliman on September 23 and 24.
It will feature works by top photographers
and bird enthusiasts, and bird skins, such as the Philippine
Eagle, Visayan Hornbill and Black-naped Oriole, from the collection
of the Silliman University Rodolfo B. Gonzales Museum of Natural
Leading in opening the exhibit will be Wild
Bird Club of the Philippines president Anna Maria Gonzales
and immediate past president Mike Lu, Silliman University
acting president and vice president for Academic Affairs Dr.
Betsy Joy Tan, Negros Oriental Governor Roel egamo and Dumaguete
City Mayor Manuel Sagabarria.
Viewing of the exhibit and participation
in the Festival are for free. On Thursday the exhibit will
move around different places, among them, the Robert B. and
Metta J. Silliman Library.
This year’s festival logo features
the endangered Negros Bleeding Heart Pigeon, which can be
found in flesh at Silliman’s Center for Tropical Conservation
To promote wildlife conservation and increase
awareness of the Negros Bleeding Heart Pigeon, CENTROP is
waiving its entrance fees from today until Aug. 7 for all
public elementary and high school students in Negros Oriental
who will present their IDs.
An advocacy of WBCP, the Festival is also
sponsored by the Team Energy Foundation and the Department