IBONG DAYO FESTIVAL is the first-ever festival recognizing the different bird species migrating at the Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park in Brgy. Tortugas, Balanga City.
Join the thousands of bird-watching enthusiasts, students and tourists who will flock tomorrow, December 6, in the Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park (BCWNP) for the 3rd Ibong Dayo Festival.
With its theme “Ibong Dayo, Katuwang ng Turismo,” the whole day festival will bring a variety of activities for kids, high school and college students, and visiting participants in the 11-hectare coastal and estuarine park in Brgy. Tortugas.
For kids, the City Tourism Office will hold activity sessions from 10 am to 5 pm that include bird origami, face painting, coloring of bird photos, and a draw-a-bird session. High school and college students will participate in a bird painting exhibit.
Visiting participants and tourists may join in the mangrove plating, bird-kite flying, Take-a-Peek, Have-a-Shot activity, bird-watching, and in the Pick-a-Trash, Save-the-Environment.
A Galing Balanga Trade Fair by the Department of Trade and Industry-Bataan and City Agriculture Office will also be held selling local products.
Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III will lead the opening program together with 2nd District Representative Albert Garcia, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines President Michael Lu, Department of Tourism-Region 3 Director Ronaldo Tiotuico, and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
Mayor Garcia said the annual event will not only a boost the “thriving local tourism industry” but also a campaign to promote a balanced ecosystem.
“Maintaining a balanced ecosystem is essential in our efforts to contribute in mitigating the horrible effects of global warming. Nonetheless, it is just as important that we recognize and appreciate the important role the avian species is playing to attain such balance,” said Garcia.
Television show Survivor Philippines finalist and host Raymund Francis Rustia will deliver the keynote message and award the prizes together with the government officials for the pre-festival activities held yesterday. These contests included comic making, birdlike cap making, and jingle presentation.
The BCWNP features viewing decks, souvenir shop, picnic huts, photo booth, audiovisual show and mangrove forest among others.