BALANGA CITY — This Friday, December 6, the city government here is all set for its 4th Ibong Dayo Festival with the theme “Ibong Dayo…Tagumpay ng Turismo” (Migratory birds…success in tourism).
City Mayor Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III told local newsmen here that former Senator Anna Dominique “Nikki” Coseteng has confirmed her attendance as keynote speaker in the program to be held at the Wetland & Nature Park in Tortugas, a coastal village in Balanga.
Coseteng was elected Senator in 1991 and 1995; and served until 2001. She was the Chairperson of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development and the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization. She was also Vice-Chairperson of various Senate Committees.
Meanwhile, Gov. Albert Garcia and father, Rep. Enrique Garcia, Jr. and Region 3 director Ronaldo Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism, will also grace the occasion.
The day starts at 7 a.m. where there will be a long parade from the Plaza Mayor de Balanga to the wetland park. Various bird mascots will lead every group of participants with respective drum and lyre corps from public and private elementary schools in the city.
After the program, the “One Barangay, One Product (OBOP)” Fair will be opened. The nationally-awarded tuyo or dried fish will be one of the products to be featured in the fair.
Representatives from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines will lecture students, from grade school to college, on the types of birds both migratory and local present in Balanga and how to protect them.
Various artistic activities were lined up for the kids, among them bird origami, bird face-painting, bird coloring and draw-a-bird. There will also be bird painting exhibit, bird kite-flying, take a peek, have a shot; bird watching and pick a trash, save the environment.
Mangrove planting will conclude this environmental activity.
CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, December 6 (PIA) – Thousands of birdwatchers, students, and tourists troop today in the Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park to join the nationally awarded festival that brings bird conservation to a higher level of community awareness.
The Ibong Dayo Festival, which won this October the Pearl Award in the city category from the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP), culminates today after a weeklong of pre-festival activities.
Former Senator Anna Dominique “Nikki” Coseteng will deliver today’s keynote speech prior to the messages of Governor Albert Garcia, 2nd District Rep. Enrique Garcia, Jr., Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III, and Department of Tourism-Region 3 director Ronaldo Tiotuico.
“Gradually, the awareness of the public in protecting the birds has improved. We will continue doing this to not only promote tourism in our city but also to remind everyone else that we are part of a bigger environment,” said Mayor Garcia.
A parade composed of drum and lyre corps plus bird mascots from various schools and colleges will start at 7am from the Plaza Mayor de Balanga going to the Wetland and Nature Park where awaits the One Barangay, One Product Fair.
Over 1,000 high school and college students will participate in the lectures of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. Other activities include bird origami, face painting, bird painting exhibit, kite flying, bird watching, and mangrove planting.
City administrator Rudy De Mesa said pre-festival activities started since December 2 in the Friendship Hall of Balanga Elementary School.
“There was an essay writing contest for teachers about the theme Ibong Dayo, Kaibigan Tayo, speech choir for elementary students, bird-like dance contest for high school, and Ibong Dayo music video for college students,” he said.
The annual festival captured a first place finish for the city category in the ATOP Pearl Awards for Best Tourism Practices during the 14th ATOP National Convention in Legazpi City, Albay in October.
This Pearl Award is the highest citation that recognizes a local government unit’s exceptional programs and innovations in tourism.
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Ang simpleng seremonya ay pinangunahan nila Bise Gobernador Efren Pascual, Jr., at mga myembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan na sina Bokal Jose Villapando at Rolando Tigas.
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