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Posted in locales, nature, people with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2008 by mijodo

They say “butterflies are free.”  I say “butterflies are fleeting.”

As I took pictures of many of these butterflies at the World of Butterflies at Marikina Heights, Marikina City, I thought that I could take photographs of them in flight. Alas, I was not able to. They glided from one leaf to another, and then they fluttered from one plant to another. They maneuvered themselves such that my camera just could not be fast enough to focus. Of course I tried to do multiple consecutive shots, yet I was just not able to predict their flight path. Thus if I was able to take good shots of them staying in one place for more than a second, it could be precious.

Mr. Fabrial Tayag, breeder and guide of the said center, commented that many of the butterflies, after going through the stages of eggs, larva, and pupa, live only for just weeks (as short as two weeks even).  He added that the male adults die upon mating, while the females reach death upon laying eggs. I am not quite sure about the veracity of his claims, but it only shows how these beautiful creatures are truly ephemeral. Butterflies just come and go to make our world a little more colorful, a little more wonderful. The trouble though one has to be fast enough to capture their beauty.

let’s play ball

Posted in locales, sports with tags , , , , on June 5, 2008 by mijodo


Summer of 2008 has ended. And usually it is in summer when many of the kids participate wholeheartedly in games and sports. But instilling discipline among the youth should be a never ending affair. And what city in Metro Manila aspires for more control and regulation but in Marikina where present MMDA chief, Bayani Fernando had started to make his presence felt as then strict city mayor.  Now it is his wife, Marides who continues the reputation of Marikina being a very orderly city. And this kind of discipline is carried through in the Marikina Sports Center where the youth can flex their muscles, challenge their abilities yet have fun being in sports. Again, even when it is not summer.