Press Release

Press Release of Negros Forests Ecological Foundation, Inc.

Hundreds run for trees

Hundreds run for trees
10km men's run: (l-r) Race Director Frank Echevarria, third-placer Alvin Villanueva; winner Jeson Agravante; second-placer Joel Alcorin; event organizers J J Coscolluela and Ojie Aguilar

Some 300 runners from Negros and Panay competed in Sunday's 'Run Forest Run', a fun run featuring distances of three, five and 10km.

Staged as part of the official opening of Cool Runnings, a new athletic specialty store, the event started and finished outside the store's premises at the East Block.

NFEFI Appeals to Farmers

The Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI) is appealing to local farmers and the food industry for supplies of foodstuffs for the more than 100 endemic and endangered animals in its center in Bacolod City.

MJ and his mother Sandy, Visayan Spotted Deer, the world’s most threatened deer species. MJ was born last year at the NFEFI center.*

For many years, NFEFI has been at the forefront of efforts to protect and conserve the fragile environment of Negros. NFEFI’s Biodiversity Conservation Center located by the Provincial lagoon in Bacolod City serves as a captive breeding and rescue station for many of the endemic and threatened animals found in Negros.

MJ, the first Visayan Spotted Deer fawn to be born at NFEFI in the past six years.*

Christmas Piglets Born at NFEFI

Sita with two of her four piglets at NFEFI’s Center in Bacolod City.*


Sita, an eight year-old critically endangered Visayan Warty Pig, gave birth Monday night to a litter of four piglets at the Negros Forests & Ecological Foundation’s, Inc. (NFEFI) Biodiversity Conservation Center in Bacolod City.

This was her second litter in four years. The father is Jojo, a 16 year-old warty pig.

"Fortunately, Sita had a relatively easy pregnancy and the piglets are doing well," said Dr. Joanne Justo, NFEFI’s curator.

Batting for Bats

Students, Govt. Employees, NFEFI Plant 500 Mangroves

Mangroves help man survive the effects of Climate Change. Mimie Ledesma (Education Officer, PBCFI/NFEFI-BCC) and Brgy. Tanod Dominador Villarin do their share in planting the coastal tree at Brgy. Punta Taytay.* (JMGJusto NFEFI-BCC- PIA)

About 500 mangrove (pagatpat) propagules were recently planted at Purok Sea Wall, Brgy. Punta Taytay during a mangrove planting activity spearheaded by the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. (NFEFI) and the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI) in collaboration with the West Negros University (WNU) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO).

NFEFI-BCC Education Officer Mimie Ledesma said about a 100 students from WNU took part in the activity together with some staff of the DENR-CENRO. This is part of the activities identified for this year’s 5th Provincial Wildlife Month celebration.

Before the planting, Punta Taytay Mangrove Reforestation Program Manager Alexander Gunce conducted a briefing on the importance of reforesting shorelines and the role mangroves play in achieving aquatic ecological balance.

Sumakwel's Song of Freedom

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Storytelling, one of the earliest forms of folk art, was featured for the first time today as part of Negros Wildlife Month celebrations.

Renowned local storyteller, Mark Asuela, from the charity foundation Share An Opportunity Philippines, was the guest narrator.

Using antlers from a rare Visayan Spotted Deer, renowned storyteller Mark Asuela tells the children about Sumakwel's Song of Freedom.

Speaking to 150 local school children at the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation's Center in Bacolod City his chosen tale was 'Sumakwel's Song of Freedom'.

This tells of a young Visayan Spotted Deer who asks his grandfather why the family ended up in the Mari-it Wildlife Conservation Park in Panay.

The old deer tells the fawn how long ago they all enjoyed the freedom of the forests, but then as the forests became smaller and smaller due to logging, hunting and poaching life became a dangerous struggle. But, their deepest wish is one day to return to the forests and once again enjoy their freedom.