A food fair for conservation

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Themed ‘A neighborhood food and lifestyle fair,’ Kulinaria at Portico pledged to donate some of its proceeds to the Haribon Foundation PHOTOS BY JENNIE BONAJOS AND BETTIROSS NICANDROS

Themed ‘A neighborhood food and lifestyle fair,’ Kulinaria at Portico pledged to donate some of its proceeds to the Haribon Foundation PHOTOS BY JENNIE BONAJOS AND BETTIROSS NICANDROS

HUNDREDS of foodies attended “Kulinaria at Portico,” a food fair highlighting unique and delicious treats of food purveyors hailing from Manila to Cebu in December 12. And what better way to enjoy good food than to know that a portion of the proceeds will go to environment conservation efforts all over the Philippines.

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Organized by Northern Living magazine, Kulinaria at Portico themed “A neighborhood food and lifestyle fair” pledged to donate some of its proceeds to the Haribon Foundation, which had just reached its 43rd year of biodiversity conservation work. From Peruvian food to boneless lechon from Cebu, attendees enjoyed various dishes all the while contributing to a bigger cause.

The Vegetarian Kitchen, a vendor that was also present during the Green Bills March and Festival highlighting the importance of three environment bills in July 2015, continued its support of Haribon’s conservation work by participating in Kulinaria. Its healthy and hearty meals range from pastas to even a vegetarian shawarma, both served during the festivities at Kulinaria.

Besides food, the fair also included green lifestyle choices like local skincare brand, Messy Bessy

Besides food, the fair also included green lifestyle choices like local skincare brand, Messy Bessy

Haribon had on display its Forest is LIFE exhibit, highlighting the importance of forests and trees native to the Philippines. Festival attendees were invited to visit the booth to learn more about the organization and its work.

On its 43rd year, the Haribon Foundation continues its work in biodiversity conservation. The Philippine Eagle (Haring Ibon) Program, whose roots lay in efforts conducted by Haribon since 1972, is currently studying Haring Ibon in the mountains of Nueva Ecija. The Darwin Initiative focuses on conservation efforts in marine key biodiversity areas, from Lanuza Bay in Mindanao to the Polillo Islands in Eastern Luzon. These make up merely two of the many projects and initiatives of the organization.

But conservation work needs more support. The Haribon Foundation welcomes partnerships similar to that initiated via Northern Living Magazine’s “Kulinaria at Portico” event. Whether it is through event proceeds, corporate tree plant¬ings, Haribon’s Biodiversity on Wheels program, environment train¬ings for corporate groups, or other special events, conservation will need all the support it can get.

To know more about Haribon Foundation’s programs and how you can support, contact partnerships and Development Officer Bianca Osorio at support @haribon.org.ph or 911-6088. Visit www.haribon.org.ph today.

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