The pigeon contenders are show in their cage while waiting for the announcement of winners during the first-ever pigeon race in Palawan in August. (Photo courtesy of J. Ocampo.

The fanciers club in Palawan is eyeing to organize more fun races of pigeon birds for charity.

Palawan Fanciers Club (PFC), formerly known as “Kalapatids Palawan” president Jay Ocampo, said Tuesday that they are encouraged to organize more fun races in the province to also invite additional members.

“Ang goal ng Palawan Fanciers Club ay kapag malaki na kami, mag-auction kami ng isang ibon, magpa-fun race kami, lahat ng naipon ng fun race ay magagamit for charity works, magse-select kami kung sinong tutulungan namin kahit isang pasyente lang,” he said.

The first race was organized on August 17 and was joined by 15 pigeon fanciers from Puerto Princesa and the towns of Roxas and San Vicente.

Top three winners and other participants were awarded on September 1, Sunday, with trophies and certificates of recognition.

After the awarding, the PFC will purchase 100 club rings to be put as leg bands of the pigeons, indicating the date of their births.

“Kumbaga, yong malalagyan ng club ring ibig sabihin ay basehan kung kailan yong date ng ibon na pinanganak o nilagyan. Doon mababasehan kung ilan buwan o taon na ýong ibon, once na nalagyan siya ng leg band, ipapa-rehistro, doon malalaman,” he said.

Club rings must be put on the leg of a pigeon once it reaches its first five days or first week. The leg band will stay on the pigeon’s leg for lifetime.

Ocampo said PFC has now a registration fee of P200 for each entry bird and the collected amount will be the source for purchasing club rings.

He hopes that the fifteen participants on the first race organized will double on the next fun race to accumulate enough fund for their advocacy.