PH eagle renamed ‘Pagbabago’ in honor of new president

Editha Z. Caduaya

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PH eagle renamed ‘Pagbabago’ in honor of new president
A 15-year-old eagle in the care of the Philippine Eagle Foundation gets a name change following the election of the first Philippine president from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –  A 15-year-old Philippine eagle, has been renamed in honor of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who won on a general campaign promise of change.

The family of businessman Uy Ching Siong Cang, who adopted the eagle, Pagmamahal, decided to rename the eagle Pagbabago (change) after the inauguration of Duterte, according to Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) Executive Director Dennis  Salvador.

“They (Uy)  gave us a call to inform the change of name,” Salvador told Rappler. A name change is the prerogative of the adopter, he added.

Uy is hoping that the name change will not only be symbolic.

“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,” Uy told reporters over the weekend.

Pagbabago, a male eagle, was born in captivity through natural pairing. He is an offspring of Kalayaan and Robinhood. He is said to be malimprinted to his keeper, making him a candidate for cooperative artificial insemination (CAI).

As one of the captive-bred eagles, Pagbabago’s role is vital in helping increase the dwindling population of Philippine eagles. 

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

Uy is a long-time supporter and personal friend of Duterte. Samuel, his son, was among the campaign contributors of Duterte as reflected in his submitted Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

The  family has been providing  for the upkeep of Pagbabago at the Philippine Eagle Center in Calinan, Davao City, since it adopted him in 2012. – 

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