CEMEX Philippines Foundation, Inc. recently sponsored the impressive sculptural exhibit of the whale shark locally known as "butanding" in the Life Gallery section of The Mind Museum in Taguig.
It is a suspended life-sized, life-like model of a whale shark that strengthens CEMEX's existing program on Philippine wildlife conservation called Adopt-a-Species Program. The environmental initiative was implemented in cooperation with the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“This project is meant to encourage biodiversity conservation by harmonizing existing efforts in species conservation and creating concrete action plans to further wildlife species conservation in the country,” said Paul Arcenas, CEMEX vice president for planning.
The life-sized whale shark replica in the Mind Museum is created by noted model-maker Mel Silvestre and has become one of the most loved exhibits at the country's premier Science and Technology museum. The exhibit aims to raise awareness on vulnerable species including the butanding, which recently has been sighted in various areas aside from Sorsogon and the municipality of Oslob in Cebu.