From simple sled kites bearing prints of bird species to impressively elaborate flying works of art, vivid colors, shapes and patterns blanketed the afternoon sky as Haribon
Foundation and BirdLife International in the Philippines jointly mounted the Bird Kite Festival on October 25.
Held at Rizal Park’s Burnham Green in Manila City, the festival was a convivial celebration for the annual migratory season in the Philippines. It carried the theme “Malugod na Pagbabalik” and served as the two environmental organizations’ contribution to the “Welcome to the Birds” awareness campaign.
Over 70 participants, comprised of Haribon members, volunteers, and representatives from partner schools and organizations, took part in the event, where young and old discovered and re-discovered the enjoyment of designing, making and flying kites, while realizing the importance of keeping ecosystems healthy not just for humans but for all other species.
The festival featured booths from Haribon where information about migratory birds as well as ongoing projects for environmental protection was available. Here, attendees learned how to “prepare” better areas for migrant birds to outlast winter in their breeding grounds.
Moreover, spaces for film showings, games, art activities and workshops were also set up to provide participants more entertaining means of getting to know the world’s feathered friends.
At the end of the jam-packed day, everyone at the festival brought home not just their kites, but more importantly ideas they can impart to others about migratory birds to make a lasting contribution to the campaign.
The Bird Kite Festival marked the second phase of the Welcome to the Birds celebration, following a series of teaching tours in several schools, universities, and corporations.
The event garnered support from environmentally concerned partners including Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC., Amalgamated Specialties Corporation, Kite Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Red Cross, which mounted the last Bird Kite Festival in 2004.