Help save the Philippines’ endangered animals before they go extinct

Rhobie A. Ruaya, Rhobie Alburo Ruaya 03/21/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Did you know that elephants, rhinoceros, and giant tortoises once roamed the northeastern region of Cagayan Valley? Tigers were also said to have existed in the ridges of Palawan. Aside from its rich…

Capitol Vet: Strict surveillance of migratory birds, poultry amid avian flu outbreak in China

Rosalie Abatayo 02/03/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Provincial Veterinary Office is now on heightened monitoring and surveillance against the entry of the H5N1 bird flu that has reportedly plagued the poultry industry of Hunan province in China. Governor…

A call to conserve Visayan birds

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 11/25/2018

Without the help of local communities in the conservation of forests and birds, Cebu risks losing more bird species, said Cebuano ornithologist and researcher, Philip Godfrey Jakosalem. Jakosalem, who is based in Negros Occidental, is among the…

MEDIAMEN IN POLITICS: ‘Hitting two birds with one stone’

Doris Mae C. Mondragon 05/10/2018

Philippine politics has gradually transformed into an open arena for even more competitive individuals who aim for better governance. It has become more open to women and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) politicians and even media…

Birds, bees and bonding

Francis B. Ongkingco 05/26/2017

Mommy?” “Yes, Jimmy?” Glenda said as she was removing her apron as she came out of the kitchen. “What does ‘virgin’ mean?” Silence. “Why do you want to know, Jimmy?” Glenda pulled herself together. “’Coz my classmates…

MAO BA?

Editorial 03/16/2017

EARLY BIRDS Cell phones and other mobile devices were turned off as required by organizers of an advanced screening of the live action Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.” Without their devices, the early birds were left…

Childhood, candles and birds

Jason A. Baguia 02/03/2017

The blacktop glistened with moisture from a brief spell of rain. The air was chilly. It was Candlemas, the second day of February, the fortieth after Christmas eve. Was it time to speak of childhood again? In…

The gratitude of birds

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 10/08/2016

Years ago, I wrote this poem entitled “Thank You.” To think that I owe you my deepest thanks, And I have done nothing except sit here, As though expecting someone to appear Suddenly, on the path between…

Cebu bird book gets national award

Aileen Garcia-Yap 11/28/2015

A book authored by three photographers, two of them Cebuanos, won the Science Category of the 34th National Book Award. Birds of Cebu and Bohol Philippines, features over 170 full-color photographs of different birds found in Cebu…

Study plan to declare Cebu bird, bat sanctuary

Melissa Q. Cabahug 05/26/2015

CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III said he would need a  thorough study on a  proposal to make the province a sanctuary of birds and bats. “I need to also take a look at that recommendation, how they…

Birds on the wire: Why roost there?

Carine M. Asutilla 11/14/2014

Look up at overhead powerlines in downtown Cebu City, and you can see thousands of small black birds resting on the wires. What are they doing there? The Department of Environment and Natural Resources inspected the downtown…

Cebu university students, professors in trouble for killing 8 endangered birds for research paper

Marian Z. Codilla 10/07/2014

Three former biology students and their professors in Cebu City were charged with violation of the law on wildlife protection for cutting up eight Black Shama birds for a research project to find out what they eat.…

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