By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

To celebrate World Bee Day, local beekeepers are set to share their knowledge and experience through a free online webinar called “#BuzzAboutBees: A series of talks on beekeeping and beyond” which will be held via Zoom Conference on May 23. 

Organized by Alexis Dela Cuesta, an urban beekeeper residing in Santa Ana, Manila, the series of online talks aim to inspire aspiring beekeepers, inform consumers about honey, and encourage practicing beekeepers to become more engaged in beekeeping. 

“I personally conceptualized and organized the event because last May 20 was the third year of World Bee Day. I wasn’t aware of any celebration of this important event in the Philippines during the past two years; moreso this 2020 due to the pandemic. So I thought of coming up with a virtual celebration,” Dela Cuesta said. 

Dela Cuesta then contacted expert beekeepers whom he met at two conferences. 

A total of eight topics revolving around beekeeping will be discussed by seasoned beekeepers located all over the country. The schedule and topics of the talks are as follows: 

9:00AM to 9:40AM – Apiculture Education: Surmounting pandemic in Mindanao with Epifanio Loyola, owner of Loyola Bee Farm in Davao Del Sur AND Understanding the absconding behavior of apis cerana with Melvin Monzon, a beekeeper from Laguna. 

9:45 to 10:25AM – Honey harves-ting practices among aeta of Quezon Province with De Castro Peejay, owner of PJ Plantation and Bee Farm.

10:30 to 11:10AM – For bee or not for bee? That is the question! (Recognizing bee plants) with Dahlen Manila-Fajardo, a pollination biologist from Laguna.

11:15 to 11:55AM – Urban beekeeping is fun! with Alexis Dela Cuesta, owner of BeeUnbored Trading in Metro Manila. 

1:15 to 1:55PM – AgriBEEda: How to start small but sustainable with Gary Avila Ayuste, owner of BEEngo farm in Leyte. 

2:00 to 2:30PM – Myths about honey with Larry Leeong, owner of Orange County Enterprise in Albay. 

2:45 to 3:25PM – Value-added products from beekeeping with Edilee Rosales, owner of Milea Bee Farm in Batangas. 

“I made sure all major species of bees are covered; these are the apis mellifera (honey bees), apis cerana, wild bees, and stingless bees. I also ensured the geographical representation of speakers  since we all come from different parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” Dela Cuesta said. 

The series of online talks are free to all those who want to learn more about beekeeping and the other related information. 

Click here to register and attend the talks!  

For more information, visit World Bee Day-Philippines on Facebook.