BAGWIS: The Birds of UP Diliman

Philippine Scops Owl photo by: Armando Somintac
Philippine Scops Owl photo by: Armando Somintac

“BAGWIS: Birds of UP Diliman” is a photo exhibition of UP Diliman’s avian treasures which aims to promote awareness, appreciation, conservation and pride of place. The exhibit curated by bird watcher/photographer/writer and UP faculty Prof. Reuel M. Aguila is the second in the series of cultural and artistic projects which carry the “Pride of Place” theme.    Bagwis features photographs of bird species found in UP Diliman, most of these were taken during the last five years with the participation of mostly UP Diliman photographers (faculty, staff and alumni).   It also features the bird sound recordings done by Prof. Maria Christine Muyco (UP College of Music).

Aside from Prof. Aguila, other contributing photographers are Prof. Armando Somintac (NIP), Prof. Norberto Madrigal (CHK), Prof. Agerico de Villa (Philosophy), Mr. Adrian Constantino, Mr. Neon Rosell II, Mr. Ven Rojas, Mr. Rey Sta. Ana, Mr. Alain Pascua and Dr. William Lim.

As of last count, according to Prof. de Villa, there are a total of 113 species of birds observed within the UP Campus in Diliman. 109 of these species are endemic, resident and migratory, while 4 are introduced and escapees.  Among the endemic species are the Spotted Wood Kingfisher, Philippine Coucal, Lowland White-eye, Red-Keeled Flowerpecker, Pygmy Flowerpecker, Plain Bush-hen, Chocolate Boobook, Philippine Scops Owl, Philippine Eagle Owl, Philippine Serpent Eagle, Colasisi, Guaiabero, White-throated Kingfisher, Philippine Drongo Cuckoo, Philippine Hawk Cuckoo, White-eared Brown Dove, Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove, Black-Chinned Fruit Dove, Philippine Reddish Cuckoo Dove, Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker, Ashy Ground Thrush, and the Lemon-throated Leaf Warbler.  In comparison, within all of Japan, there are only 22 species of birds considered endemic to Japan.

The exhibit opens on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and will be open for public viewing  from September 18 to October 17, 2013 (Monday toFriday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm) at the University Theater Lobby, Osmeña Avenue, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City.  For more information, contact the UP Diliman OICA at (63-2) 928-1928 or 981-8500 local 2659.


See event photos here.

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