Pag-asa’s eaglet 25th hatched in captivity



NAME THE YOUNGEST PHILIPPINE EAGLE The Philippine Eagle Foundation breeding facility in Davao City has a new resident, a 5-day-old Philippine eagle, the 25th to be hatched in the facility. The eaglet’s parents are Pag-asa (father) [right] and Kalinawan (mother) [top left]—both born in captivity in Barangay Malagos in Calinan District. PHILIPPINE EAGLE FOUNDATION

DAVAO CITY—The country’s first Philippine eagle to be hatched and bred in captivity is now a father.

The eaglet sired by Pag-asa was hatched at 1:55 a.m. on Saturday at the breeding facility of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) in Barangay (village) Malagos in Calinan District here.

The eaglet weighed 158 grams, said Dennis Salvador, PEF executive director, in a statement on Wednesday.

The Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is considered a highly endangered species because of its rapidly declining population. At least 400 pairs remain in the wild, according to estimates from government and private conservation groups.

Still unnamed, the new eaglet is healthy and the 25th to be hatched from the center’s conservation breeding program. It is the offspring of Pag-asa and Kalinawan.

Another milestone


PEF officials said it would take two years to determine the sex of the eaglet.

Salvador considered the successful hatching another milestone in the center after Pag-asa, the first Philippine eagle to be produced as a result of the PEF’s breeding program in 1992.

“This accomplishment underscores the fact that breeding these birds in captivity remains difficult. We are certainly a long way off in coping with losses in the wild,” he said.

“The Philippine eagles and their forest habitat continue to be imperiled by manmade activities like logging, mining and other development projects,” Salvador added.

Anna Mae Sumaya, PEF curator for conservation breeding, said the eaglet hatched from a breech position. Experts use the term “breech” to refer to a baby to be delivered “who is not in a head down or vertex presentation.”

“I had to help it to avoid damaging the vital veins that could potentially cause its death,” Sumaya said.

The foundation is looking for partners to support the new eaglet, Salvador said.

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  • tristan marius

    name suggestion: EKONOMIYA. kelangan umariba nag ekonomiya natin tulad ng taas ng lipad ng isang agila!

    • dennis

      sounds good!

    • Elly Nicanor

      nice name…

    • F alonso

      Ok sana Tristan,kaso mga Politico lang ang umuunlan ng sarili nilang economiya.

  • E Rigby

    I suggest BOCHOK or something humorous and creative.  Huwag namang masyadong seryoso. 

    • CmdrAdobo

      lol. natawa naman ako sa iyo eleanor.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Give it a unisex name like Manok.

    • E Rigby

       Or Andok’s.  Hehehe

      • tagatabas

         May essence

      • Arnel

        Bagwis na lang kaya.

    • tagatabas

       not convincing

  • Wanderful

    I propose the name “Dakila”.

    • tagatabas

       sounds good

  • Sky Blue


    • tagatabas


  • Albin

    I proppse “Epal”, not to degrade or mighty eagle, but to remind us all about what our politicians should not be.

    • tagatabas

       Big No

    • Mr_Ben

       how about NO, mr albin?

  • Meetong

    Pwede ba “Milenyo”? Dahil anak siya ni “Pagasa”.

  • Noyette

    SInce the parents are “Pagasa” & “Kalinawan”, would it be good to name their offspring “Pag-ibig” or “Masaya”… para what we have will be “Hope, Peace & Love” or “Hope, Peace & Joy”.

  • denesdemenes

    I suggest “Tagumpay” to mark the success of current efforts to breed the eagles in captivity or “Dalisay” to suggest the purity of the parent eagles’ love for each other. 

  • Ed Angeles

    quote #1: The country’s first Philippine eagle to be hatched and bred in captivity is now a father.

    quote#2: The eaglet’s parents are Pag-asa (mother)…

    quote #3: PEF officials said it would take two years to determine the sex of the eaglet.

    It seems like either PEF or Inquirer needs more than two years to get the sex right

  • peach black

    hay naku minsan comments lang binabasa ko at talagang nahuhulog ako sa upuan katatawa. mga walanghiya kayo, INQUIRER readers! Kayo naaaa!

  • $5699914

    Davao na lang kaya….

  • Qwxyz

    Pag-asa + Kalinawan = Spratly

  • Babiker_Ahmed


  • for_Prosperity


  • MaySenseBa

    Congrats to the Davao people and the folks responsible, you guys are awesome and the whole country should be proud of your efforts:  PEF Phil Eagle Foundation.  God bless the work of your hands.

  • ghe


  • flipperoo

    I suggest the name ‘Bagong Pag-asa’

  • p0llux

    I just voted yesterday to name Pluto’s moons. It would be good if can do a voting for Pag-asa’s new eaglet. :D

  • F alonso

    I propose   “Makiling”.

    Pwedeng prinsipe/prisesa ng bundok.

  • joey

    Scarborough o Katha

  • Tom Lincoln

    Iron Eagle 

  • magiting78

    Pinky or Brenda???

  • Peeaye Roxas

    Pag-ibig. kasi valentines :)

  • Mang Teban

    Filipinos should really be proud of the Philippine Eagle. The eaglet needs all the love that it needs from its parents. Maybe it is about time that the government sets aside a huge reserve on its natural habitat free from the threats that can hasten the specie’s demise. 

    Unlike the clumsy handling of Lolong in an unnatural habitat, the Philippine eagles in captivity should be kept in a large area with its natural surroundings intact cordoned off from logging and mining industries. And, preferably, the reserve will guarded by well-trained forest rangers and where hunting and farming will be prohibited to maintain the natural life cycle of the flora and fauna in it. 

    A presidential decree should seal this move to save the Philippine eagle from extinction…no more lip service from politicians. It is a shame that a private organization is doing the job to preserve and protect wildlife in our country. Our government should take the lead if it is really concerned about promoting national pride. The Philippine eagle symbolizes hope for our country. We should move to make that happen. If these rare birds die from neglect and from environmental factors, it will be a sad sign that we are a hopeless nation who says one thing and does another thing.

  • CyberPinoy

    Penoy pag lalake , Penay naman pag babae..    :-)

  • K Fun

    I’d like to name it “Liwanag”

  • kurakut

    MY SUGGESTION:  Name the bird PANAGHIUSA.  This will remind us of the forged unity among Mindanao People. 

  • prangka

    Panahon ni Noynoy ngayon. Siyempre ang isang consideration ay may tema sa administration niya.  My suggestion is: Panot.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    I’ll name it ‘LATAK” – Lahing Agila Tanaw Ang Kinabukasan

    • prangka

      Double meaning he he he

  • Lito Mendoza


  • Rain Garcia Castelo


  • Jaz

    I will name it “Panatag”

  • marcelo sale mendoza

    PRADING……in honor of balahurang senators…..miriam santiago and pinky lacson as in praning and bading

  • Jedi_Rayo

    Maganda kung KALAYAAN ang ipapangalan ni ninong. Mula sa ‘Pag-asa’ na mapadami ang endangered species na ito, ipinanganak si Kalayaan – freedom from extinction :)

  • Meow Ming


  • altair22

    I name it KALASAG…for the record.

  • speaksoftlylove

    What about “Lolong Panot”?

    Highly recommended to give due respect to two creations of Beelzebub.

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