AGILA: The Bird and the Satellite
It was in August 20, 1997 during the satellite’s launch that our satellite is christened with the name Agila by no less than President Fidel V. Ramos himself.
“Our choice of the National Bird, which is now the Philippine Eagle is very fortunate one. The Philippine Eagle, as you will know, is the biggest kind of eagle in the world, even bigger than the American Bald Eagle, which is the national bird of the United States. And so, both the eagle symbol, together with the Satellite, is something to be proud of.”
President Fidel V. Ramos
August 20, 1997
The Philippine Eagle
The Philippine-Monkey Eating Eagle, Pithecophaga Jefferyi, is the National Bird of the Philippines. It is one of the largest and most powerful birds in the world. It is native to the rainforests of the Philippines and feeds on animals such as monkeys, colugo, civets, large snakes, monitor lizards, and even large birds like hornbills.