Shown in this photo by Jay Ocampo are the pigeons that participated in the 1st Pigeon Race on August 17, 2019.
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Fifteen pigeon fanciers and keepers have joined the first-ever pigeon race in Palawan, hoping to encourage more residents to get into the hobby and see the benefits of taking care of the birds.

The pigeon race was held on August 17 by the Palawan Fanciers Club (PFC), formerly known as “Kalapatids Palawan”.

Club president Jay Ocampo said 15 pigeons representing the “lofts” or “dovecotes” of the participants were released from the toss point in Barangay Langogan with basketing at Lily’s Pool in Brgy. San Manuel.

With the first pigeon race held, he said fanciers are already free to practice their birds to be fit and trained enough to join future competitions.

Palawan Fanciers Club members (from left to right) Carlo Lobaton and Cliff Crisostomo during the launching of the first-ever pigeon race in Palawan. The event is in partnership with the JCI Puerto Princesa Oil, Inc. (Photo courtesy of Jay Ocampo)

“Gusto naming iparating sa lahat na ang pag-iibon ay napakasarap na pantanggal ng stress kapag nagpakain ka, naglinis, at inaalagaan mo siya. Kung paano mo ina-apply ‘yong pagmamahal sa sarili mo, ma-apply mo rin sa ibon,” Ocampo said.

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Puerto Princesa City and municipalities in Palawan can form their own groups of pigeon enthusiasts to participate as a form of special interest that can also help raise environmental awareness, especially in the protection of birds because, in a way, pigeon keeping also means caring for them.

Tulip Sambrano’s loft won the championship in the pigeon race, followed by Gerardo Soto’s, and Carlo Lobaton. They received trophies and certificates.

The PFC is encouraging more Palaweños to join the next races they plan to do.

“Kahit maliit lang kami, gusto namin makatulong. Nagkakarera kami pero walang pustahan na kasama. Parang kakaibang hobby lang na pantanggal din ng stress,” he said.

The awarding for the winners is yet to be arranged by the committee, he said.

“Sa mga kapwa Palaweño, hindi na tayo nahuhuli. Ipakita natin na mas disiplinado tayo kaysa sa ibang fanciers. Ipakita natin ‘yong true meaning ng salitang Kalapatids, magkakapatid kasi sa pag-iibon ay maraming issue,” he said.

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