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3rd Tacurong Bird Festival soars high

With fifty percent more attendance this year at 1,520 registered guests, the 3rd Tacurong Bird Festival soared high last May 12-13, 2017 at the Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong City.

Coming from all over the Philippines, guests who enjoyed the bird festival included families, bird enthusiasts, bloggers, photographers, and other curious individuals who heard of the fame of the sanctuary.

The two-day bird festival began with a Bird Fun Run at 5 o’clock AM on May 12. Participated by more than 200 runners, the route began at the Pedro Calungsod Parish and ended at the Baras Bird Sanctuary. The awarding was held thereafter and the runners were treated to a light breakfast.

On the same day at nine o’clock in the morning, a conservation forum was held at the Notre Dame of Tacurong College Conference Hall. A total of 204 participants joined the forum composed of bloggers, photographers, students, and representatives from the public and private sectors.

Speakers at the forum included Dr. Carmela Española an assistant professor from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with her topic Ecological Role of Birds, Mr. Genofre Suropia a SOX birder and photographer with his topic Wildlife Photography, Mr. Adrian Constantino a bird guide and vice president of Birding Adventure Philippines with his topic Naturalist Guide to the Birds of the Philippines, and PSUPT FELIX SERVITA JR a birder and Chief of Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of PNP Regional Office 12 with his topic Wildlife Act and Enforcement.

A socialization night was sponsored by the Department of Tourism Region XII at the Palm Pavillion on May 12. In attendance were Mayor Montilla and City Councilors Dela Cruz, Salazar, Ferrer, and Segura. Special guests included DOT-XII Regional Director Nelly Dillera and Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel among others.

A bird photo exhibit also opened at Tacurong Fit Mart on May 8 to 13.

Simultaneous with the rest of the festival activities were the art activities at the Baras Bird Sanctuary, which included a coloring and jigsaw puzzle, keyholder and ref magnet painting, origami, bottle recycling, face painting, and bird mural art stroke.

Aside from the usual tour, the sanctuary also offered an obstacle course for kids and a mini trade fair at the premises.

In her message, City Mayor Lina O. Montilla thanked those who heeded the call of the Local Government of Tacurong City to participate in the 3rd Tacurong Bird Festival. “This is geared towards the protection and conservation of Tacurong’s God-given wonder. We do this because we want the future generations to experience the beauty and splendor of our Baras Bird Sanctuary.”

Entrance fees during the bird festival remained at its normal rate at Php20 for adults and Php10 for kids; the rest of the art activities were offered for free.(YRobles, LGU Tacurong Information)

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Festival goers flock to Baras Bird Sanctuary

Over six hundred tourists flocked to the 2nd Tacurong Bird Festival on May 28- 29, 2016 at the Baras Bird Sanctuary, Tacurong City. For a Php100 entrance fee, the festivalgoers were treated to a guided tour of the park and various art attack activities including face painting, plastic bottle recycling, origami, ball cap-making, coloring for toddlers, and keychain painting.

On the 28th, the bird festival opened with a motorcade starting from the Tacurong City Hall to the Baras Bird Sanctuary. An opening program followed suit attended by City Mayor Lina O. Montilla, Councilors Rodrigo Jamorabon, Psyche Sucaldito, and Wilson U. Ferrer; the different LGU empoyees and barangay officials, national line agencies, and private individuals. Thereafter, the attendees signed a pledge of commitment for the preservation, protection, and promotion of the Baras Bird Sanctuary led by the city mayor.

The festival also hosted a forum where attendees were graced by speakers Dr. Carmela P. Español, Institute of Biology of UP Diliman, on Ecosystem Function and Services; Forester Mangayao C. Macapodi, Chief of Conservation and Development Division DENR XII, on Endemism in Mindanao; and, PSUPT FELIX N SERVITA JR, Chief of Regional CIDU 12, on Wildlife Act and Enforcement.

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Other festival activities included a photography contest in which subject was the rich and diverse ecosystem of the sanctuary, a bird costume contest, and coloring contest for kids.

According to the Tacurong City Tourism Office, the 2nd Tacurong Bird Festival attendance improved by 100% from that of the previous year and attracted more visitors from the different parts of Mindanao including Sarangani, South Cotabato, and North Cotabato among others. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)

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