Philippine Eagle Pagmamahal renamed Pagbabago

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The twelve-year-old Philippine Eagle Pagmamahal is renamed Pagbabago to honor the 16th President of Republic Rodrigo R. Duterte.

The family of businessman Uy Ching Siong Cang who adopted the eagle decided to rename the eagle after the inauguration of Duterte, who takes pride as the first President coming from Mindanao.

The renaming happened days before Duterte was sworn into office as the president.

“They (Uy) gave us a call to inform the change of name” Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) Executive Director Dennis Salvador told Newsline “changing the name is the option of the adoptor.”.

Uy told reporters during the weekend “We changed the name to Pagbabago to express my overwhelming joy over our newly elected president, Rody Duterte. He is like a son to me. Renaming the eagle to Pagbabago will usher in this new age of positive change.”

Pagbabago is a 15-year-old male eagle.

He was born in captivity through natural pairing. He is an offspring of Kalayaan and Robinhood. He is mal-imprinted to his keeper making him a candidate for cooperative artificial insemination (CAI).

As one of the captive-bred eagles, Pagbabago’s role is vital to help augment the dwindling population of the Philippine Eagle by producing the next generation offspring.

The foundation hopes that Pagbabago will produce an offspring next breeding season through CAI.

The donation amounting to P125,000 per year will cover the keeper care, food and shelter maintenance and complete vitamins and veterinary care for Pagbabago to prepare him and help stimulate his body for this breeding season.

The Uy’s here have been the long-time supporter and personal friend of Duterte, and one of his son Samuel was among the campaign contributor of Duterte as reflected in the submitted Statement of Campaign Expenditure (SOCE).

The family has been providing for the upkeep of Pagbabago at the Philippine Eagle Center in Calinan, Davao City, since their adoption in 2012.

Salvador expressed his gratitude and hope that more individuals like Uy and organizations would support the PEF and its conservation efforts to save the Philippine Eagle.

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