Site Action Department

Help create a parade float for Haring Ibon


We need two (2) volunteers to help design and construct a float highlighting Haring Ibon living in the midst of communities on Mt. Mingan, in Nueva Ecija.

During your stay, you will also:

  • Meet communities working on Haring Ibon conservation
  • Join festivities during Gabaldon’s Gulayan Festival
  • See the majestic Mt. Mingan
  • Go on a birdwatching trip within the domain of Haring Ibon
  • Visit the Gabaldon Falls

Trip details:

  • When: January 19 to 25, 2017, seven (7) day trip
  • Where: Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija (map)
  • Costs:
    Only P900 donation for non-members (includes 1-year membership).
    FREE for members!

Cost includes:

  • Transportation from Quezon City to Nueva Ecija, and within Nueva Ecija.
  • Food & Lodging
  • Birdwatching trip
  • Waterfall visit
  • Materials needed for Haring Ibon float


  • Thursday, Jan. 19: Travel from Quezon City to Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Design and conceptualize Haring Ibon float. List supplies.
  • Friday, Jan 20: Purchase and collect supplies and materials for float. Begin construction.
  • Saturday, Jan 21: Float construction.
  • Sunday, Jan 22: Float construction and completion.
  • Monday, Jan 23: Float Parade!
  • Tuesday, Jan 24: Birdwatching & Gabaldon Falls visit. Annual Reception Ball, sharing of Haring Ibon conservation advocacy.
  • Wednesday, Jan 25: Haribon Foundation photo & informational booth at Gulayan Trade Exhibit. Travel to Quezon City.

Float details:

float sketch.jpg

Preliminary sketch of float! Photo inset from Youtube user Dhezeb video “gabaldon float Gulayan festival.”

  • Volunteers will help with float design and construction.
  • It will sit atop an “elf” truck.
  • One idea is to use paper mache on a wire frame that will be painted.
  • One concept idea can be to feature Mt. Mingan on the back, surrounded by trees, with vegetables laid at its foot. The head of Haring Ibon may also be placed at the front of the truck.
  • And of course… wings somewhere!

Volunteers with art and/or float design experience a plus but not required! If more than two register below, volunteers will be chosen based on experience in creating artwork.

Register below today!

More information about the Haring Ibon of Mt. Mingan:

Philippine Eagle - Photo by J. Kahlil Panopio - Haribon Foundation lowres

Gab-E of Mt. Mingan, named by nearby communities in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

  • Six (6) Haring Ibon so far have been verified on Mt. Mingan
  • One of them, a juvenile, was named by nearby communities in Gabaldon “Gab-E” for “Gabaldon Eagle.”
  • A Technical Working Group composed of community members and leaders of various sectors (women’s groups, IP’s, government, education) have finalized a Critical Habitat Management Plan (CHMP) for the protection of Haring Ibon on Mt. Mingan.
  • The Gulayan Festival is one of the ways communities express and share their appreciation and knowledge of their Haring Ibon neighbors. Be a part of that tradition!

More information about the Gabaldon Gulayan Festival:

Gabaldon central school 2016 Gulayan fest Municipality of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.jpg

2016 Gabaldon Gulayan Festival. Photo from Municipality of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija website.

  • This is the 6th Annual Gabaldon Gulayan (vegetable) Festival in celebration of the Feast of St. Paul.
  • It highlights the rich cultural and natural resources of Gabaldon via parade floats from each baranggay and community with dancing and various other programs.
  • Each float is decorated with different kinds of vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and sigarilyas.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Do I have to be an artist to volunteer for this?
A: No, but we will give preference to registrants with art experience, preferably float design and creation. Register now regardless of your experience and we will confirm with you!

Q: May I volunteer for just one or two days?
A: Yes! You’d simply have to shoulder your own transportation if you won’t be joining the team on their travel days (Jan 19 & Jan 25). But food and lodging will still be shouldered. If you decide to get your own food and lodging, you won’t need to give the P900 donation.

Q: I don’t live in Metro Manila or Gabaldon, but want to volunteer. How can I join?
A: No problem! You will have to shoulder your own transportation to Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija (map). Please email us at first and indicate that you will be using your own transportation.

Q: I live in or near Gabaldon and want to volunteer!
A: This is great! Please do contact us at before registering.

Q: How do I make my P900 donation?
A: Please register first to verify if you will be part of the volunteer team. Once confirmed, you may make your donation online here (click on “Membership” and click on “900 (Balisara)”. Or, you may donate via bank deposit at any Bank of the Philippine Islands branch. Account Name: Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources Inc. Savings Account No.: 1991-0036-02. Then email for confirmation.

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