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Balanga bird festival testament to city’s commitment to environment

Mar 6, 2018 @ 7:14

Hundreds of visitors trooped to Balanga, Bataan province for the annual festival of migratory bird held in the city’s coastal Wetland and Nature Park.

The 8th Ibong Dayo Festival welcomed students, teachers, local tourists and residents, as well as tourists from different provinces, to the environmental event. The festival aims to display the city’s best practices in environmental protection, education, and good governance.

The event includes both indoor and outdoor activities for the participants, such as bird origami, face-painting, walking tour, kite-flying, bird-watching, boating, and other fun activities prepared by the City Tourism Office.

In his keynote address, Nino Cristobal Selivio from the National Commission for Culture and Arts talked about the significance of ecological preservation.

“It is important that the city of Balanga brings out the culture of concern and preservation of the environment,” Selivio said.

The annual festival was awarded Best Tourism Event under Festival, City Category by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and Department of Tourism for three consecutive years.

In the 2018 Asian Waterbird Census, the city recorded 13,065 migratory birds from 63 species.

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