Flight of fruits for the Philippine Eagle

Durianburg is known for its natural beauty and bounty. Top of mind is the city’s markets flowing with local flowers and fruits, Mt. Apo which dominates the city’s skyline, and the Philippine Eagle which calls the city and the island of Mindanao its home.

While the city’s fruit trade is flourishing, the Philippine Eagle is still facing challenges in the light of environmental degradation and climate change. Good thing, the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is taking up the fight to preserve our living national treasure.

Fighting for the Philippine Eagle is not an easy thing to do and with the almost two-year-long pandemic, finding funds for the upkeep of the Philippine Eagle Foundation Center has been a challenge. Thankfully, assistance came through the wings of artists last year, with the first edition of ArtFund/PEF: Flowers for Feathers.

Participated in by 11 Davao artists who donated paintings of Davao flowers and organized by follow lifestyle writer Jinggoy Salvador. The art sale was able to raise a generous amount for the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

With the pandemic’s end not yet in sight, another fund-raising project through art is in the works with five artists, namely Lito Pepito, Rodney Yap, Anthony Serafin, Saldy Mascardo and Mary Anne Guinoo, coming together to hold a second edition of ArtFund/PEF titled Fruits for Flowers.

 “The plight of the Philippine Eagle is close to my heart and every bit of help I can give to the Philippine Eagle Foundation serves to help our national bird thrive” shared Mary Anne Guinoo.

 Pepito said “it’s a longing for us artists where we can be of help in our little way that is truly meaningful, and can be counted as a little legacy we can be a model to our budding artist. We want to help save and protect our endangered Philippine Eagle in captivity nourished and bring back to its natural habitat.”

 Making art more accessible for everyone, ArtFund/PEF: Fruits for Flowers features 10 postcard-sized art cards and sold as a limited set featuring all ten works featuring local fruits by the participating artists. Also included in the bundle is a cover card, a note from the Philippine Eagle Foundation thanking each and every donor for their contribution on the preservation of the country’s National Bird and communities who help guard the forest, and ten white envelopes for the art cards.

I would say that each bundle is the perfect gift or giveaway that, not only helps our national bird, but also gives a glimpse of the Dabawenyo lifestyle and what we cherish, enjoy, and share.

 The ArtFunf/Fruits for Feathers limited edition art card sets are now pre-selling at Php 500 per set. To order, message Jinggoy Salvador on FB Messenger. For pick-up or delivery via rider to buyer’s account. 

Aside from the featured artists, the second edition of ArtFund/Philippine Eagle Foundation extended its gratitude to Cortess Printing Press; Maricris Brias-Floirendo of T’nalak Home; Joji Ilagan-Bian and Nicole B. Ledesma; and Milvene Mineses of Simply Gray who made the project pos

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