Celebrating Stories and Products that Foster Forest Protection and Conservation


Exhibit & Fair

Experiential workshops, talks, and exhibitions showcasing initiatives promoting forest protection and conservation in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

Grant & Partnership Forum

Attendees and participants with valuable opportunities to explore grant funding and partnership avenues provided by Forest Foundation Philippines.

Forest Impact Accelerator

A platform for social entrepreneurs to pitch innovative projects aimed at protecting forests and empowering forest communities.

Forest Fest 2024 is a collaborative endeavor between Forest Foundation Philippines and The Spark Project, with the support of Ayala Malls Centrio, Association of Young Environmental Journalists (AYEJ), Talarak Foundation Inc., and Xavier Science Foundation.

Scheduled to take place over three days from April 18th to 20th, 2024, at Ayala Malls Centrio in Cagayan de Oro City, this event is designed to promote sustainable forest management and climate adaptation initiatives, provide economic empowerment, and enhance ecosystem services.

This unique gathering aims to unite drivers of environmental impact including diverse stakeholders, including social enterprises, local communities, conservation groups, and the private sector.

Forest Fest 2024 serves as a platform to encourage social entrepreneurs to innovate solutions for forest protection, particularly through nature-based enterprises. By facilitating networking opportunities, the event seeks to forge collaborations and partnerships essential for advancing the cause of sustainable forest management.

Forest Fest Exhibitors

Discover social enterprises and organizations working towards forest conservation and protection 

Workshops and Talks

Experiential workshops and talks showcasing initiatives that protect and conserve Philippine forests

Conserving the Philippines’ Natural Treasures
TALK BY Talarak Foundation

Join Talarak Foundation for a talk on Philippine wildlife diversity! Explore endemism, biodiversity threats, and conservation solutions

Philippine Biodiversity Needs & Solutions
TALK BY Talarak Foundation

Join Talarak Foundation for a talk on Philippine wildlife diversity! Explore endemism, biodiversity threats, and conservation solutions

Soil Paintings & Traditional Instruments
WORKSHOP BY Apu Agbilin Community Agriculture Cooperative

 Experience Talaandig arts and culture with soil painting and traditional instruments like bamboo flutes. Discover how these crafts promote tribal culture in a unique workshop session.

Weaving Traditions for Future Generations
WORKSHOP BY Manggayahay Talaandig Tribal Association (MANTALA), Inc.

Experience traditional “Banig” weaving using forest resources like tikog and sedsed in a workshop led by local artisans. Learn the basics of this Lumad tradition to accelerate cultural appreciation and innovation.

Eco Entrepreneurship: Businesses for People & Planet
TALK BY The Spark Project

Join us for a talk on a real-life case study of a Social Enterprise dedicated to forest conservation!

Supporting Indigenous Governance to Address Biodiversity Threats
TALK BY Philippine Eagle Foundation

Join us for a talk on the vital role of indigenous forest governance in protecting Philippine Eagle habitats! Don’t miss this discussion on a culture-based conservation approach!

Grants & Partnerships Forum
FORUM BY Forest Foundation Philippines

Join us for a panel discussion to address conservation concerns in Philippine biodiversity. Discover how these organizations and industries can contribute to the solution!

Green Funding: Crowdfunding for Forest Protection and Conservation.
TALK BY The Spark Project

 Discover creative fundraising strategies! This crowdfunding Primer explores how SEs and Organizations can use crowdfunding for forest protection and conservation projects.

Handicrafts & Tribal Accessories Making
WORSHOP BY Nagkahiusang Manobong Manununod sa Yutang Kabilin (NAMAMAYUK), Inc. 

Discover traditional handicrafts using bamboo and rattan from forests, creating baskets and tribal accessories like beadwork.

How to Identify & Initiate YOUR Conservation Activity
Talarak Foundation

Join Talarak Foundation for a workshop to define conservation problems, address drivers, and propose solutions with audience members.


Learn and be inspired to work towards forest conservation and protection

Matt Ward

Executive Director

Talarak Foundation

Emilio Tan

Partnerships Manager

Talarak Foundation

Justine Magbanua

Bayawan Nature Reserve Manager

Talarak Foundation

James Curtis

Research Assistant

Talarak Foundation

Oliver Kinuyog


Talaandig Artists Organization

Joemart “Maki” Tecson Saway

Musician and Artist

Talaandig Artists Organization

Rodelio “Badu” Saway, Jr.


Talaandig Artists Organization

Bae Melba “Manguguwat” Ecat

Artisan Weaver


Ai Benlot



Bae Laureana Suclatan

Elder and Community Manager


Adelita Suclatan



Vie Reyes


Bote Central

Rodmark Barriga

CEO and President

Palamigan Co and SAPSE

Noime Solia

Business Manager


Jayson C. Ibanez, PhD

Director of Research and Conservation

Philippine Eagle Foundation

Patch Dulay

Founder and CEO

The Spark Project

Audrey Hontiveros

Crowdfunding Manager

The Spark Project

Are you sparking an innovative and sustainable project that promotes the conservation of our Philippine Forests? 

Forest Impact Accelerator

The Forest Impact Accelerator is an acceleration program that aims to spark impact-driven projects that promote sustainable forest management and climate adaptation initiatives, provide economic empowerment, and enhance ecosystem services.

Important Dates

Application Period: February 26, 2024 – March 17, 2024

Pitching Workshop: April 3, 2024

Pitch Day:  April 20, 2024

Accelerator and Mentorship: April 20, 2024 to June 20, 2024

Showcase Day: July (TBA)


Total funding grant of 500,000 pesos awarded by Forest Foundation Philippines to top project pitches

A 2-month accelerator program that includes tailored mentorship from The Spark Project and Talarak Foundation

Showcase Day to present your implemented project to potential partners


Is your social enterprise, NGO, or IP Organization working with forest communities in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Sur, and the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity (Davao Oriental, Butuan, and Agusan del Sur)?

Are you working on impact-driven projects that focus on Sustainable Forest Management, Economic Empowerment, and Climate Change?

Are you available to fully participate in the Pitching Workshop, Pitch Fest Day, 2-month Accelerator, and Showcase Day?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions then you are eligible to apply!

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