IBON EBON FESTIVAL, happening on February 8-10, is dedicated to the Candaba Swamp which serves as a temporary home of thousands of migratory birds from different parts of the world. Bird watchers and nature lovers make their way to Candaba, Pampanga during this time of the year to have a glimpse of our avian friends that found a temporary in the swamps of Candaba.
Over 14,000 migratory birds pass over the swamp before they set off to other parts of Asia and the rest of the world.
Highlights of the event are the Art Exhibition, Wild Bird Photography, Trade Fair, various contests, Kite Flying, Fun Run, Boat race exhibition, Karera ng Itik, free concerts at night and of course, the GRAND STREET PARADE.
Intricately designed costumes and colorful body painting will be the main decoration of local participants while dancing on the streets of Pampanga.
The 6th year of this eco-tourism festival promises to be more exciting and will offer new programs to promote the natural beauty and wonder of Candaba and its annual avian visitors.
If you are planning to bird watch, it is suggested that you arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon while the birds are feeding. Be sure to schedule your travel during these times so as to get a glimpse of the elusive birds.
How to get there:
Visitors can travel easily from Manila to Pampanga through an hour bus trip to exit at San Fernando, Pampanga (80php or around US2), and from there take the jeepney ride straight to Candaba for 27php per head. For listings of bus fares and reservations, visit: www.victoryliner.com.
If you are traveling by car, just head to the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) and take the Candaba Viaduct exit. The trip is perfect for visitors who opt for a day travel. If you plan to stay overnight, there are rest houses available and also at the Mayor’s compound. The rates range from 600php to 1,200php per room. It is also advised that you bring your hiking shoes and comfortable clothes for the long walks along the swaps. Also take with you an insect repellant and sun block to protect your skin from the mosquitoes and the sun.
A tour guide is also available for 150php per head. A tourism office is also on hand for any information that you might need.
Photos from: www.robinspinzon.com