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  • Philippine Flying Lemur Demystifying The Kagwang

    Philippine Flying Lemur Demystifying The Kagwang

    Arecent social-media post that went viral showed a frightened Philippine flying lemur being restrained by its captors.

    Mistaken for aswang, a mythical evil creature, it is being blamed for the mysterious death of livestock.

    While it is commonly called as kagwang, the Philippine flying lemur is not your aswang that feeds on human or animal flesh and internal organs, as the local folklore says. It neither sucks blood, nor destroys crops.

    The flying lemur is also not, as many believed it to be, a bad omen or one that brings bad luck.

    In fact, the Philippine flying lemur is considered ...

  • Custom Trip Around Philippines

    Custom Trip Around Philippines

    This was a tour put together for VENT clients who had already visited some sites in the Philippines on a previous tour and who wished to explore some islands not visited previously. On this tour we visited Mount Makiling on Luzon, Mindanao, Bohol and Cebu with Dion continuing on to Palawan.

    We all met on the night of the 17 March at Manila. Breaking news of a Philippine Eagle-Owl led to some re-arrangements of the following days plans. By mid-morning we were at a Palaeolithic rock shelter site with images of reptiles carved into the cave wall. It was also home to a magnificent Philippine Ea ...

  • A Day Of Birdwatching And Tree Planting

    We were up really early yesterday at around 4am to go birdwatching at the Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape! Armed with our binoculars, we trekked through the dense vegetation and along the rather treacherous Oriole trail.

    It was difficult spotting birds when we had to keep our eyes peeled to the ground at the same time to make sure we didn't trip over rocks or slip on moss. We heard several bird calls (including that of a cuckoo) and spotted a few flying past us. It was so much more challenging noticing birds in this forest compared to back in Singapore's Bukit Timah Nature Reserve where ...

  • SWCFs Involvement In The Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape

    Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape is a 9,023 hectares protected area located in the interior of Bohol Province and contains the largest, contiguous forest area remaining in the province. In recognition of the critical role that Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape (RSPL) plays in the sustainability of the province of Bohol, especially in the generation of water for agriculture and domestic use, SWCF focused most of its natural resource management projects in the province towards the 29 communities surrounding the protected landscape.

    SWCF's involvement started in 1998 with a natural resource ...

  • Protected Landscape In Bilar Gets Aggie Boost

    The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) got it right when it conducted the two-day team building activity at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape (RSPL), particularly the Magsaysay Park, in barangay Riverside, this municipality. The activity was spearheaded by Provincial Agriculturist Liza M. Quirog, now head of the Social Economic Environmental Management(SEEM) cluster, Governor's Office and Officer-in-charge Larry Pamugas.

    According to a participant, the undertaking was worthwhile since it was done in a special venue where the natural surroundings were at its best. The activity was intende ...

  • Chasing Birds At Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape

    Chasing Birds At Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape

    Bohol is one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines since it offers varied activities for tourists from water sports to inland activities such as diving, biking, island tour, whale watching and even birdwatching.

    I didn't realize that birdwatching can be fun. Climbing the hills or walking at the forest trails of Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape in the town of Bilar in Bohol was a very memorable experience. Waking up at 2AM just to chase the most sought after birds at Rajah Sikatuna --- such as Mindanao Tarictic, Steere's Pitta and the Yellow-breasted Tailorbird --- having pack bre ...