Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has named a two-year-old rescued Philippine eagle after Japan’s popular spring attraction, Sakura (cherry blossoms).
The naming rites were held Friday in front of the Waterfront Hotel in Lanang, Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown.
“Through the support of the Japanese government, this eagle will be nursed back to health by the Philippine Eagle Foundation. In gratitude, the eagle will be named ‘Sakura (cherry blossoms).'”
The Philippine Eagle Foundation earlier said the eagle was found at the foot of the Pantaron Range, along the boundaries of Talaingod town in Davao del Norte and San Fernando in Bukidnon. Apparently female, the eagle was docile and was easily captured by concerned people, who then turned her over to the foundation.
Abe was given a photo of the eagle, which is kept at a nearby sanctuary, as well as a fluffy toy version draped in indigenous clothing.
President Rody Duterte welcomes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Davao City as the Japanese leader formally starts the second day of his official visit to the Philippines on January 13, 2017. The two leaders, together with their respective delegation, arrive at the Waterfront Insular Hotel to start a series of activities, including a meet and greet with the Philippines-Japan businessmen, a closed-door meeting with their Cabinet members, an eagle naming ceremony in honor of the Japanese government, and a luncheon of fruit buffet and tuna carving hosted by President Duterte. Prime Minister Abe, with his spouse Madame Akie Abe and the rest of the Japanese delegation, arrived in the country on January 12, 2017 for a two-day official visit. He is the first foreign leader to visit the Philippines under the administration of President Duterte. #PartnerForChange
Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Thursday, January 12, 2017