The 11th Philippine Bird Festival in Negros Occidental on Nov. 24 to 27 is expected to gather about 10,000 spectators, including domestic and foreign tourists who are bird enthusiasts.
Provincial Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Cristine Mansinares said the event was positioned as a tourism activity that could provide fund for local conservation efforts.
“It will bring in more tourists to visit the sites resulting to more income opportunities for the community in the local bird watching sites,” she said.
The four-day festival, themed “Pagpanghangkat sa aton tanan, kabuhing ilahas aton amligan,” will be held as part of the 12th Provincial Wildlife Month this November.
Gina Mapua, vice president of Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), said the festival was a means of growing the appreciation and love of the Negrenses, especially children, on the Philippine birds which were the most wonderful species in the world.
WBCP, the lead organizer of the bird festival, is an organization that promotes bird-watching and keeps bird sighting records in the country.
WBCP records showed that of the 740 bird species in the Philippines, 238 are endemic or can be found only in the country.
Negros Occidental has 16 endemic species of birds like the Negros Fruit Dove, Rufous-headed Hornbill, and Visayan Tarictic Hornbill, according to the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation.
In October this year, the Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area, a bird watching site, was declared the Philippines’ newest Ramsar site, the seventh in the country.(PNA) (Image credit: Birdwatch.ph)