SOX from Top to Bottom: Adventures at the Philippine Bird Festival

I’ve said several times that Region XII (the SOCCSKSARGEN Region) is the best birding region in the Philippines, and I still believe that it’s true.

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12th PBF Tacurong: Ecotourism Forum

Text by Christine Telesforo Photos from Rache Go and Arnel Telesforo A special educational offering of the Philippine Bird Festival since 2012, the Ecotourism Forum is designed to be an avenue for ecotourism practitioners and strategists from across Asia to exchange best practices and success stories that can instruct and inspire ideas. The Ecotourism Forum…

Conservation Forum Highlights

Text highlights by Pol Cariño Photos by Joni Acay The Conservation Forum was held in two municipalities during the 12th Philippine Bird Festival. The forum highlighted the biodiversity of the Philippines and SOX and the predominant threats to it. The objective of the forum is to consult with and raise awareness about conservation issues among…

T’boli Cultural Immersion

Text by Lolet Tan Photos by Mike Lu, Jasmin Meren, and Maia Tanedo Early Saturday morning we were herded out from the FB Hotel to Lake Sebu, the Land of the Dreamweavers. Vacillating between a state of somnolence and awakeness, I could not help but marvel at the lush vista of forest and almost tangible…

12th PBF Tacurong

Text by Tinggay Cinco Photos from Tommy Tan, Rache Go, Russ Corcino, Johnny Orn, and Riza Melicor All roads this past summer led to Tacurong, the City of Goodwill. The 12th Philippine Bird Festival held last May 11-12 in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat was the highlight of all the activities in 2018 of the Wild…

A Philippine Bird Festival Journal

Text and photos by Rache Go MAY 9, 2018 I wasn’t able to sleep much today… maybe I was too excited. No, this isn’t my first Philippine Bird Festival. This is my second despite being a WBCP member for three years. I enjoy volunteering for the club as I learn a lot along the way.…

Return to Paradise: Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat

Return to Paradise: Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat by Forest Jarvis Ever since my first visit to the forests of Barangay Kuden in the municipality of Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat, I’ve been itching to go back. Located in south-central Mindanao, Senator Ninoy Aquino still holds surprisingly large expanses of pristine forest clinging to the…

Caylabne Birding

Caylabne Birding by Gwen So and photos by John & Beng Ricarte I desperately needed a break, so when Gina Mapua issued an invitation to birdwatch in Caylabne Resort on April 21, Saturday, I arranged for a sub (I’m the main teacher in my own language center) and signed up.  At first, I was apprehensive…

Discovering a Whole New World With Binoculars

Discovering a Whole New World With Binoculars by Mijon Tangye My love for birds started with literally hating their sounds at first. Whenever I wake up in the morning, I would always get mad at the “black bird with a white stripe on its wing” because it was so noisy, singing different notes, and they…