DAVAO CITY — For the benefit of Guinness Book of World Records holder Monfort Bat Sanctuary, Philippine bats for Peace Foundation (PBFP), Inc. will hold a Davao Land of Peace (DAVALOP) sunrise Run for Peace, Love & Awareness on March 19 at Rizal Park.

Norma Monfort, who calls herself as “Bat Mama”, is the owner of 57 acres of land including its 2.5 million colonies of fruit bats in Samal Islands.

On Monday, March 7 Monfort announced the sunrise run event which aims to help in the rehabilitation of the bat sanctuary. Monfort added that the event will also be in preparation of the Bat Stock, an international convention that will be launched at the event.

“We chose Rizal Park because 16 years ago during Araw ng Davao, I launched a republic state of awareness that was because the United Nations sounded a global call to all the people of the world to live by the culture of peace and nonviolence,” she said.

The assembly time of the sunrise run event is 4:30 in the morning and it has two categories, first is the 7-kilometer run that will start at exactly 5:00 AM and the 3-kilometer run that will start at 5:30 AM.

In the 3K category, participants will receive free singlet, race bib, meal raffle tickets, certificate, day access to Monfort Bat sanctuary and a seed for peace.

In the 7K category, participants will also receive free singlet, race bib, meal raffle tickets, certificate, day access to Monfort Bat sanctuary and peace rock.

The registration fee for the 3K run is P250 and for the 7K run is P350.

In addition to the fun run, participants will have a variety of activities to enjoy at the event.

Monfort said there will be a “Battiange” tiangge (bazaar) that will start on 9:00 in the morning till 12:00 noon, a youth ambassador program at 6:00 in the evening till 7:00 pm and a Battle of the Band which will start on 8:00 in the evening onwards.

In 2011, Monfort was recognized as a Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Hero for maintaining and preserving the Monfort Cave as this is believed to be the world’s largest-known colony of Geoffroy’s rousette fruit bats.

The DAVALOP sunrise run registration is at any Toby’s Abreeza, Adidas, Gaisano Mall. For more information call or text 0916 862 3789. (davaotoday.com)

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