The Philippine Eagle: Soaring higher

IF WE let it, the National Bird will soar even higher.

The unceasing efforts of the Philippine Eagle Foundation have increased the distance of the National Bird’s population a safe distance from its original state- inches away from extinction. You may have been part of this endeavor in your own way—a regular visit to the park, a donation, volunteering, adopting a bird or even the adorable stuffed toy, whatever your contribution was, the majestic bird is thankful for prolonging its existence.

The noble bird (lensed by William Pedragasa)

In turn, we are also saving our race for we are, after all, connected. By saving the eagles, we are protecting the forests and securing our future. It’s the cycle of life.

Here’s another exciting news from the PEF. Recently, the foundation launched its new website at the Marco Polo Davao. Netizens can now get more interactive with Philippine Eagle Foundation’s new website-

The new website of the Philippine Eagle Foundation was formally launched recently at the Marco Polo Davao.

The new website will allow users to catch the latest updates and news on the Philippine Eagle, donate online using their credit cards, send their volunteer applications, and book their tours to the Philippine Eagle Center. The website’s revamp was made possible by the initiative of Ms. Felicia Atienza, PEF’s member of the Board of Trustees.

Philippine Eagle Foundation Executive Director Dennis Salvador, MPD Gen. Manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin & Camera Club of Davao President Anthony Serafin officially open the Philippine Eagle exhibit at the Marco Polo Davao (Photo by Rene Lumawag)

The event was made more interesting with the participation of the Camera Club of Davao. Through their lenses, they have captured the nobleness of the Philippine Eagle. These impressive photographs are on exhibit at the hotel lobby until June 12, Friday.

The noble bird takes centerstage. CCD's Anthony Serafin, PEF's Dennis Salvador & MPD's Dottie Wurgler-Cronin

Talented lensmen. Memebers of the Camera Club of Davao Michael Balgos, Michael Li, Rene Lumawag, Will Chin, Anthony Serafin, William Pedraza, & Chiaw Yap.

Fujifilm Philippines participated in the photo exhibition & was represented by Joel Bagas.

On the final day of the photo exhibition, the Philippine Independence Day, the Philippine Eagle Foundation, lead by PEF Executive Director Dennis I. Salvador, along with government officials of Mati and Governor Generoso, will make their way to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Mt. Hamiguitan to release Pamana.

 This photo included in the exhibition at the Marco Polo Davao lobby until June 12 (lensed by William Pedragasa)

Pamana, a Philippine Eagle, was spotted with a gunshot wound in Mt. Gabanun, Iligan. It was rescued and turned over to the PEF for rehabilitation. Now fully rehabilitated, Pamana will be released back to its natural habitat.

While it is against the law to privately keep endangered species in captivity, the Philippine Eagle included, the foundation is encouraging everyone to be captivated by its more huggable form—the Philippine Eagle stuffed toy. Owning one will aid the foundation in its efforts to save the eagle.

Gracing the event was Che Uy of Phoenix Petrolium.Philippines, Inc.. THe company adopted a Philippine Eagle & named it Phoenix.

Should you wish to jump on the bandwagon and be part of the Adopt a #phileagle Stuffed Toy Campaign, the Philippine Eagle stuffed toys are available for purchase at the Philippine Eagle Center’s gift shop and the Marco Polo Davao Business Center, and at the Marco Polo Hotels in Ortigas and Cebu. You can also order online via the PEF’s website.

Adopting a the adorable toy (priced at Php 565. 00 only), will surely put a smile on someone’s face—yours, a loved one or even the eagle you’re saving.

The cuddly & adorbale eagle you can adopt for P565. Proceeds from the purchase of these stuffed toys will go to PEF’s research and conservation efforts

Or, you can bid to own the featured eagle toys dressed in National costume created by Rene Salud at the on-going exhibit at the Marco Polo Davao. Proceeds from the purchase of these stuffed toys will go to PEF’s research and conservation efforts.

Philippine Eagles in Filipiniana by Rene Salud. Bid to adopt these fashionable birds.

The specie, though, is still on the endangered list. The Philippine Eagle Foundation still needs all the help it can get to help save our National Bird. You can start with owning the adorable toy. This alone can make the Philippine Eagle soar higher.

For more information, visit the new PEF website here.

Visit Philippine Eagle Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 07, 2015.