Phil Eagles in Renee Salud

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

A PAIR of Philippine eagle stuff toys is up for grabs to the highest bidder at the Manila Hotel. With a minimum bid of P50,000, this pair of eagles are dressed up for the willing patron for the environment by one of the country’s highly regarded couturier, Renee Salud.

The couple of eagles are wearing a barong and a bridal terno as Philippine Eagle Week is in June, the marrying month.

The one of a kind creation is still displayed at the entrance of Mabuhay Palace, the Chinese restaurant of The Manila Hotel along with a Mabuhay Eaglet Cake by Chef Penk Ching.

Mabuhay, the eaglet hatched in February this year is the 25th eagle and is the first of third generation eaglet bred in captivity. It is the first offspring of Pagasa, the first Philippine eagle born in captivity, and Kalinawan, an eagle from Zamboanga del Sur in 2009 and now in the care of the Philippine Eagle Foundation. Pagasa turned 21 last January 15, 2013.

I'm inspired to design the outfits as an expression of love to a Philippine icon. It is a marriage between the Philippine indigenous fabric and heritage fashion with the Philippines' pride, the Philippine Eagle. It is worth getting involved in a cause like this, Renee Salud is quoted as saying in the mini-exhibit at The Manila Hotel.

The dressed up eagle stuff toys and mini exhibit was launched last June 10 to coincide with the 15th Philippine Eagle Week and will be on display outside the Mabuhay Palace until the end of June.

It is still awaiting the highest bidder, the proceeds of which will go directly to fund the eagle conservation programs of PEF in Malagos, Calinan.

It’s wonderful to work with people who have the same passion for saving eagles, PEF executive director Dennis Joseph I. Salvador said when sought for his comment.

“Today, the challenge is to send the message of environmental conservation in a more creative manner, and Renee stepped up to that today,” he added.

The PEF is hoping the Renee Salud eagles can generate a substantial amount to tend to their eagles in captivity and in the wild.

Those interested to own the eagle pair can email Salvador at djisalvador@philippineeagle.org and HYPERLINK "mailto:djisalvador@gmail.com" djisalvador@gmail.com.

Upkeep of an eagle in captivity runs up to around P150,000 a year.
Thus, the PEF has an adoption scheme where a donor can give P150,000 for the “adoption” of an eagle for one year.

PEF has 34 in captivity - rescued, bred in captivity, and those being rehabilitated.

On February 24, 1999 Presidential Proclamation No. 79 declared June 4 to 9 of every year as Philippine Eagle Week. The Philippine Eagle Foundation was established in 1987 to answer the threat of extinction of the Philippine Eagle.

Todate, the PEF is the pioneer in captive breeding of birds of prey in the world after the successful hatching of Pagasa in 1992.

Meanwhile, a PEF team of biologists along with some partners in Luzon have confirmed another Philippine eagle nest in Apayao in Luzon, a development looked up to as very exciting news to the conservation movement.

This is just the second nest found on Luzon island.

“As far as conservation is concerned, nests are very important because they will allow us to study the species and how it behaves in its territory,” Salvador said.

In a news article in a national daily quoting Director Ma. Theresa Mundita Lim of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), the Philippine eagle was sighted on Mt. Lambayo in Barangay Lydia, Pudtol in Apayao, on Nov. 18, 2012, and Mt. Asi, Baliwanan, in Kabugao also in Apayao on Nov. 26, 2012. Another sighting was reported at Mt. Gabunan Range in Rogongon, Iligan City, on Oct. 25, 2012. While another Philippine eagle was sighted in Upper Marabong Kagbana in Burauen town and other places in Leyte just last March.

The PEF is not quick on concluding that the sightings in areas outside Mindanao means an increase in the number of eagles in the wild as these may just be remnant population of a dying species. Still, the discoveries give PEF more impetus to widen their areas of conservation, that will entail more need for funds.

Art creations like the one made by Salud in support of Philippine Eagle conservation programs are most welcome and are pinned with hope that these could generate more of the much needed support.

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