KAAKBAY participates in the 1st Asian Bird Fair - 6th Philippine Bird Festival in Davao City this Friday and Saturday, September 24-25, 2010 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. Visit the KAAKBAY booth.
KAAKBAY Volunteers from Davao Chapter will be there to welcome, assist and help delegates, participants, guests and visitors.
Davao to host Asia's 1st regional Bird Conservation fair
MANILA—Birdwatchers, conservationists and eco-tourism promoters from all over Asia and elsewhere have their eyes on the Philippines, which is hosting Asia's first-ever region-wide bird festival.
The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines said the First Asian Bird Fair will be held in Davao City from 24-26 September 2010, tandem with the 6thPhilippine Bird Festival, the country's premier avian conservation and eco-tourism event. The milestone event is co-hosted by the Philippine Eagle Foundation and the Davao City government.
The First Asian Bird Fair-themed "Nurture Nature, Save our Future"—is a common initiative of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, the Wild Bird Society of Taipei, the Malaysian Nature Society and the Nature Society (Singapore).
The Asian Bird Fair, which highlights the respective bird festivals of the participating countries, seeks to enrich eco-tourism through birdwatching and promote the natural and cultural heritage of host cities.
The Asian Bird Fair and 6th Philippine Bird Festival will be held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao on 24-25 September. Entrance to the Asian Bird Fair exhibit area is free of charge, according to organizers.
Highlights of the fair include the Bird Conservation Forum and turn-over ceremony to representatives of the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, host of next year's Asian Bird Fair in Tainan City. International and Philippine delegates will also tour the Philippine Eagle Center and Eden Garden Resorts while in Davao.
WBCP president Michael Lu said the fair will include photo exhibits, presentations and fun activities for the young "and young at heart." Children can also look forward to a guided tour at low tide of the tidal flats fronting the Waterfront Insular Hotel, where children can have a close look at marine species like fiddler crabs and mudskippers as well as spectacular views of herons, egrets and shorebirds.
Lu expects the event to draw bird watchers, conservationists, eco-tourism promoters, sustainable development providers, and nature lovers from around the country, Asia and Europe.
Alice Villa-Real, chair of the committee organizing the 1st Asian Bird Festival and 6th Philippine Bird Festival., said the latest initiative is a significant move to draw attention to pressing conservation issues.
"We can make a significant difference to protect the rich bird life and habitats of our islands, whilst promoting responsible enjoyment of nature and encouraging related sustainable businesses in the local communities," Villa-Real pointed out.
International groups participating in the Asian Bird Festival are Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Malaysian Nature Society, Nature Society of Singapore, Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Shanghai Wild Bird Society, Wild Bird Society of Tainan, Hong Kong Birdwatching Society, Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Borneo Bird Club, Hornbill Research Foundation, the Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association, Bird Conservation Nepal and the Oriental Bird Club.
Local organizations joining are Conservation International, Fauna and Flora International, Katala Foundation, WWF-Philippines, Isla Biodiversity Conservation, Birding Adventure Philippines, KAAKBAY, Malagos Garden Resort, Monfort Bat Cave & Conservation Foundation, Philippine Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, Philippine Wild Bird Photographers, My Zoo Foundation, Earth Island Institute, City of Alaminos (Pangasinan), City of Balanga (Bataan) and the Municipality of Candaba (Pampanga).
Event sponsors include the Philippine Eagle Foundation, the City Government of Davao, Team Energy Foundation, Primer Group, Aboitiz Power, Davao Light, Tanduay Distillers, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Taiwan, Fauna and Flora International, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Philippine Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, C. K. Lu Enterprises, Smart Communications, Department of Tourism, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, Grand Men Seng Hotel and NCCC Mall.
1st ASIAN BIRD FAIR/6th PHILIPPINE BIRD FESTIVAL
Schedule from September 23-26, 2010
September 22, - Wednesday
Delegates arriving in Manila will be welcomed at the airport by the DOT.
They will be booked at the Orchid Garden Suites or their choice of hotel on their own account.
Delegates arriving in Davao will be booked at the Grand Men Seng Hotel or their choice of hotel on their own account.
September 23 - Thursday
Arrival of delegates in Davao
City Tourism representatives will welcome delegates at the airport and will provide transfers to Insular Waterfront Hotel. Check-in at Waterfront Insular Hotel at own convenience.
1800 Depart for Matina Town Square
1900 Welcome Dinner by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte
Welcome Dinner Program 1800-1830 Registration 1845 Philippine National Anthem 1850 Welcome Remarks by Davao City Tourism Council
1900 Acknowledgement of Special Guests & Sponsors 1930 Dinner 1945 Welcome Remarks by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte 2000 Introduction on the bird festival 2010 Introduction of organizations participating in the bird fest
2040 Announcement for delegates 2100 Depart for Hotel
• include special cultural numbers courtesy of Davao City Mayor’s office
• City Mayor’s office free to change program in consultation with the WBCP
September 24 - Friday
0800-0930 Viewing of exhibits/coloring/face-painting
0930-1000 Opening Ceremonies
Opening Ceremonies Program
Philippine National Anthem
Parade of Colors
Panata sa Kalikasan/Pledge to Mother Nature
Opening Remarks by Festival Chair Alice Villa-Real
Message of Support from Team Energy President & CEO Federico Puno
Welcome Remarks by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte
Acknowledgement of sponsors
Presentation of tokens to sponsors
Program for Grades 4-6 students 1000-1015 Birding Basics with Alice Villa-Real & Arnel Telesforo 1015-1030 Interactive Learning Experience with Dr Bo Puentespina 1030-1200 Bird Quest contest 1100-1130 Beach Walk – exploring the tidal flats (selected students) 1200-1330 Lunch at festival venue 1300-1400 Viewing of exhibits Program for High School students 1400-1430 Beach Walk –exploring the tidal flats (selected students) 1400-1415 Birding Basics with Alice Villa-Real & Arnel Telesforo 1415-1430 Interactive Learning Experience with Dr Bo Puentespina 1445-1530 Bird Quest contest 1630 Festival closes 1800 Depart for Dinner
1830 Fellowship Dinner by Primer Group Café El Gato Place, Dizon Compound
Simultaneous lecture at Lawin function room 0800-0930 The Cove – film showing 1000-1045 Philippine Wild Bird Photography Inc Bird photography basics
1100-1145 Bird Conservation Society of Thailand Gawin Chutima: Birdwatching in Thailand 1300-1315 Avian Archipelago film-showing 1330-1415 Bird Conservation Nepal Dr. Hum Gurung : Exploring the unexplored ecotourism product in the Protected Areas of Nepal 1430-1515 Chinese Wild Bird Federation President Charles Cheng: Birdwatching with High Technology 1530-1615 Borneo Bird Club
Chairman Cede Prudente: Birds of Borneo
September 25- Saturday
0800 Bird Fair opens
0845-0900 University of Southeastern Philippines, Friends of the Philippine Eagle Club
0900-0930 Identify the Bird
0930-1000 WWF talk on forest conservation
Ruel Bate: The air we breathe and the wood we love
1000-1100 Art Workshop with Robert Alejandro
1100-1130 Identify the Bird
1100-1130 Beach Walk for selected students
***Simultaneous lecture at function rooms
0815-0830 Avian Archipelago film-showing
0845-0945 Philippine Eagle Foundation
The Philippine Eagle and Climate Change
1000-1045 Asian Raptor Research & Conservation Network
Lim Kim Chye : Raptor migration in Asia, with reference to the Philippines
1100-1145 Hornbill Research Foundation
Dr. Vijak Chimchome: An overview of hornbill research and conservation
1330-1700 Conservation Forum at the Kalaw Room, Waterfront Insular Hotel
(see next page for program details)
1330-1400 Identify the Bird
1400-1430 Beach Walk for selected students
1400-1500 Open Classroom Project Demo
1500-1600Agila Support Team, Isang Galaw (ASTIG volunteers) story-telling “Fly, Malaya Fly !”
1600-1630 Identify the Bird
1630 Asian Bird Fair ends
1830 -1900 Depart for Turnover Dinner at Grand Men Seng Hotel
Turn-over Dinner, Mont Claire Ballroom, Grand Men Seng Hotel
1930 -1935 Opening Remarks by Asian Bird Fair Founding Member Gawin Chutima (Bird Conservation Society of Thailand)
1935-1940 Congratulatory Message from Oriental Bird Club Chair Bryan Sykes
1940-1945 Group photo of all the founding members
1945 -1950 Announcement and Acceptance of Turnover - Dr. Charles Cheng (Chinese Wild Bird Federation)
1950 - 2030 Dinner
2030 - 2040 Announcement for delegates
2100 Depart for Waterfront Hotel
Conservation Forum schedule
1300-1330 Arrival and Registration
1330-1345 Opening Remarks by WBCP President Michael Lu
1345-1400 Highlights of past conservation forum and objective of this forum by WBCP VP Anna Gonzales (facilitator)
1400-1420 Current Status of Philippine Birds by WBCP Records Committee Chair Arne Jensen
1425-1445 Issues related to direct persecution of the Philippine Eagle by PEF Executive Director Dennis Salvador
1450-1510 Implications of the gaps in knowledge and gaps in conservation action by FFI Country Representative Aldrin Mallari
1510-1600 Reaction from selected delegates (3 reactors @ 10-12 minutes each)
1600-1640 Open Forum
1640-1700 Synthesis and Closing by Atty Ipat Luna, WBCP Conservation Committee
_*** A highlight of every Philippine Bird Festival is the Conservation Forum. This year, cutting edge conservation strategies will be discussed in response to continuing threats to birds like hunting, loss of forests and wetlands, illegal selling of wildlife and climate change. Because this year is also the First Asian Bird Fair, international delegates will share their own strategies to address conservation issues and find common ground in protecting the birds of the region.
The WBCP also uses the forum as a chance to present updates of the country's bird records -- the latest and rarest sightings. This is a scientifically important collection of data from amateur birdwatchers of great interest to local and international communities._
September 26 – Sunday
0430 Breakfast 0500 Checkout 0530 Depart for Philippine Eagle Center
0700 Birdwatching and tour of Philippine Eagle Center 1000 Lunch at Philippine Eagle Center 1300 Depart for Eden Garden Resort 1400 Arrive and check-in at Eden Garden Resort 1900 Farewell Dinner
September 27 – Monday
Depart for Manila
Depart for post-festival birdwatching trips