aliwan 2009 siloy festival (15/25)

The municipality of Alcoy in the southeastern part of the province of Cebu derives most of its income from the Dolomite Mines, which are the biggest in the world.  But Alcoy is also home to the Mag-abo Forest where reside the Black Shama – or Siloy — a type of bird that sings a very soothing melody.  With its natural habitat now designated as an ornithologist’s dream destination, the Siloy’s rapidly diminishing population is being zealously conserved not just as a symbol but as a cause.   The festival in its name is held on the feast day of Sta Rosa de Lima, whose intercession is invoked by the residents to protect Alcoy’s eco-tourism program.  Festival muse – Sian Elizabeth Maynard

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