Join next year's Tour of the Fireflies if you weren't able to make it this morning. The mission to bring back the fireflies or the mission to bring back the clean atmosphere in the city is far from accomplished; but we're sending the message --- thousands of us --- pedal by pedal.
Maria Claras or Gabriela Silangs, Filipina cyclists are very much a part of the Rike Revolution
Those plastic bottles, according to the rider-designer-maker, represent the life-saving usefulness of recycling. He has seen them used to literally keep people afloat over the Ondoy floods.
Year by year this father and son tandem has been riding in the Tour of the Firelies. Time will come that little boy there will be the one doing the pedalling, with the dad on tow.
Calling attention to the cause of cleaner air are attention callers Ms Earth beauties
Bike 2 Work, Bike 2 School, Bike 2 Everywhere
The youngest costume tilt participant --- the best reminder why we're doing this: securing a better environment for our kids.
This lady biker is the wife and mother of the dad-and-son tandem above. Follow their example. Let's make the Tour of the Fireflies a family affair.
The Tiklop Society, with Pio Fortuno, and their folding bikes, as always, can be relied upon to help bring the message across.
Ms.Katti Sta. Ana is the founder of the Tour and the Brigade of the Fireflies. She teaches Fine Arts in UP. Yes, she designed the logo in the shirrts and posters/banners.
Did any make a count of the bikers? It took more than an hour from initial take-off to have every biker out on the road. I took the tail end. Last year I had a better picture as I stood up on a pedestrian overpass along C5. I took a video which I should post soon, showing the flood of bikers, engulfing the highway.
It's Sunday, I should be in church. I got reminded I need more than clean air to live.
Start 'em young. There are several kids who joined, more sprightly and energetic than I am. I still didn't finish the route; but I vow to do so next year (my 3rd year of joining).
partners for life ... common causes ... in synch ... one direction
Recycling Bug helps try bring back the fireflies
Rousing the crowd with the charge: MAKI BAKA! MAKI BIKE NA!
Road Warrior battles air pollution through biking. Broom helmet sweeps dust pollutants along the way --- ingenious design!
The Narra chair speaks of the wanton cutting of trees. Off the junk, he pulled it out, for he says, it's so much more valuable than some of us think (of it). Let's put a stop to the cutting of trees.
A little rock-and-rollin' entertainment with a local Elvis.
The President of Firefly Brigade, Mr. Ricky Pineda delivers the message everyone will be carrying on this ride.
We're taking part in this revolution with our cranks and pedals.
It's a revolution all right; but aren't those the wrong kind of arms and firepower needed. Ahh, it's for our security.
7:30 am, the count down from number 13 sounded off the start of the pedalling around the Metro (as this is the 13th staging of the Tour of the Fireflies )
Fhm sent its delegate, A Rango-inspired, green lizard on wheels. "I see green people," his bike says. The Bike Revolutionary on his right is one of them.
Cooling down afternoon ride amidst the dolphin graffitis
Last year's winner in the costume tilt, he's back with a bike in blooms.
Well, she said the right things about environment care, really. Thanks to the Misses Earth. They've been very supportive of the tours in the recent years.
Colorful and festive. I'll be there again next year.
Yet another of the contestants adorned flowerfully with blooms of paper (biodegradeable).
"Use your coconut."
I'm just guessing that's his message. Ingenious use of buko for shades, helmet and protective pads!
Blue is just one of the colors in the gathering. Thanks to them, most felt secure and safe.
Beauty and the Boss
It could be the ghost of one of the smoke belching victims. I could be wrong; but that was the message I was getting.
Seriuosly, isn't that a good idea: making bike helmets with biodegradeable coconut husk? It's naturally made to protect coconuts! Styro with plastic or Coco head guards?
Those cassette tapes can still be of good use, I see. Recycle and be creative about it. It's a turtle shell -- in case, you fail to recognize it.
Enlisting for the kid's future --- that's practically, what we're all here to do.
Fly with the fireflies, swim with the dolphins
WORD FROM THE SPONSOR
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18