The City of Tacurong in Region XII SOCCSKSARGEN or SOX will host the 12th Philippine Bird Festival (PBF) on May 10-12, 2018.

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) started the conduct of PBF in 2005 with the aim of raising conservation awareness through the promotion of bird-watching and the responsible appreciation of nature (birdwatch.ph).

Backed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) XII, Tacurong made the hosting bid after holding its third local bird festival in May 2017. According to Mayor Lina Montilla, hosting PBF is a welcome challenge for a small city like Tacurong. “We are very eager to experience hosting PBF. This is a great chance to show the rich biodiversity of SOX,” the mayor said.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recognizes Tacurong’s Baras Bird Sanctuary as one of the ten most internationally-important wetland sites for water birds in the Philippines. It is also the second largest roosting and nesting site of egrets and herons in the country.

Members of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines or WBCP made an ocular visit in SOX in November 2017. They also visited Baras Bird Sanctuary, and birding sites in Lake Sebu and Tupi. With the ocular visit, concerns raised regarding security and options for suitable venues and accommodations were addressed. In an entry on their online newsletter ebonph.wordpress.com, Willem Van de Ven of WBCP stated that “altogether, SOX is certainly capable and very enthusiastic to host the next PBF.”

Tacurong started to celebrate its own Bird Festival in 2015 with the help of WBCP and DOT. Tacurong City Bird Festival is the third local bird festival that sprung from the Philippine Bird Festival of the WBCP.

Negros Occidental hosted the 11th Philippine Bird Festival on November 2017.

JLBF, LGU Tacurong City Information

**12th PBF logo created by Ervi Dominic Belgira, enhanced by WBCP