MATI, June 15, 2015–The Philippine Eagle “Pamana” was released into the wilderness of Mt. Hamiguitan, San Isidro, Davao Oriental, as the Filipino nation celebrated its 117th Independence Day, on June 12.
The 3-year old Philippine Eagle from Iligan City was restored to life after almost succumbing to two gunshot wounds. After assessment, the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) decided it was time for the eagle to flap her wings again in her natural habitat.
Famous environmentalist and TV personality Kim Atienza opened Pamana’s cage to free her. She flew out immediately, paused, and rested, mindful of her surroundings. After several minutes, Pamana flew again to the delight of the crowd which cheered her release.
The foundation found it most appropriate to release the endangered eagle into the vastness of Mt. Hamiguitan, a UNESCO world heritage site, also celebrating its first year anniversary of inclusion in the prestigious list of the heritage sites on June 23, 2015.
The PEF has high hopes for Pamana’s chances of survival in Mt. Hamiguitan, primarily because it is a highly-protected area with a better level of enforcement and public awareness.
It is also hoped that the female eagle will be able to locate “Cabuaya”, a male Philippine eagle, so they could raise a family of their own. “Cabuaya” is the child of “Cabu” and “Aya”, whose love nest is in the wilderness of Brgy. Cabuaya in the City of Mati, now considered a Philippine Eagle sanctuary.
Governor Corazon Malanyaon, Mayor Tina Yu, also representing the San Isidro parish pastoral council, and other provincial and local officials, department heads, and locals were also present for Pamana’s release.
35 eagles are now under the care of the PEF, while Davao Oriental serves as habitat to 3 to 10 pairs of Philippine Eagles. (Sr.Marietta Alo, OND/Ms. Leonila Duallo/ CBCPNews)