Cebu Hawk Owl
Black Shama (Siloy)
Alcoy is a safe haven for the rare endemic birds and plants of Cebu that stay hidden within its remaining forests. With local forest wardens as your guides, you can traverse through the forests of Nug-as, and you may just spot the elusive Cebu “Siloy” or the Cebu mistletoe plant. Indulge yourself in the enchantment of the Nug-as Forest as you trek through an unfamiliar wilderness of the province of Cebu.
Acting as guides and guards of the forests of Nug-as, Alcoy are leaders of the community-based organization Kapunungan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Yutang Lasangnon sa Bulalacao (KMYLB). Villarta and Amaca are the foremost bird guides not only in Alcoy but also throughout Cebu.
Chief Forest Warden of KMYLB
Amaca is the chief of the forest wardens of Kapunungan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Yutang Lasangnon sa Bulalacao (KMLYB). He has been a forest warden of KMLYB since 2002. As chief warden, he is responsible for making sure that wildlife monitoring and forest patrolling are regularly conducted in the remaining forests of Nug-as. Amaca was the last living person to have seen the Visayan Warty Pig. He has been involved in several biodiversity researches in Cebu, including the ecological studies of the critically endangered Cebu flowerpecker, endangered black shama, and Cebu hawk owl, as well as the regular monitoring of birds in Alcoy. Amaca has been featured in a number of magazines, newspapers, and television documentaries involving bird and wildlife conservation.
Forest Warden of KMYLB
A farmer, forest warden, citizen scientist, and bird guide, Villarta has been part of the Alcoy Forest Wardens of Kapunungan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Yutang Lasangnon sa Bulalacao (KMYLB) since 2002. He was involved in bird research with the Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. from 2003 to 2010 and with Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PBCFI) from 2010 to the present. His intensive training on research and bird surveys with PBCFI is also extensive, taking place in areas such as Mindoro, Calamian Group of Islands, Cebu, Negros, and Panay. He has been called “Siloy sa Alcoy” for his ability to mimic the black shama call. Villarta has been featured in several magazines, newspapers, scientific journals, and television documentaries for his contribution to science and conservation biology.
Basic Outdoor Essentials
Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Lack of water is harmful to your body. Drink at least 8 glasses or more every day. Invest on reusable and BPA safe water bottles.
During the summer, we are always exposed to bright light from the sun rays, Non-polarized sunglasses have 100% UV protective coating that can properly protect your eyes.
Non-Toxic, Reef Friendly Sunscreen
Use a non-toxic, reef-friendly sunscreen lotion, of at least SPF 30, in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and to protect the environment from further exposure to harmful pollutants. Mandatory reapply when staying out in the sun for a long period of time.
Make yourself unattractive to insects. Enjoy the outdoors by guarding your skin against them by wearing insect repellant lotions and/or badges.
First Aid Kit
Dust off your old first aid kit and update it with things you need. Include small doses of over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, and medications for allergy, asthma, and motion sickness. Keep the kit away from direct sunlight.
Loose - Fitting Garments
Wearing loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing could help you keep cool in the heat. Avoid dark colors as they absorb the sun's rays.
Alcoy Tourism Office
Telephone #: (032) 483-9183