Free Bike Clinic

Free Bike Clinic

iFOLD and Firefly Brigade

in cooperation with

Central Philippine University

Free Bike Clinic

Jaro, Iloilo City

April 19, 2013

Bring bikes, helmet, lights or blinkers

Firefly Brigade’s Critical Mass Ride Calendar 2013

The Firefly Brigade

Here is Firefly Brigade’s CMRs (Critical Mass Rides) Calendar for 2013.

SUN 20 Jan – Long life noodle ride
SUN 17 Feb – Love ride
SUN 17 Mar – Women’s day ride
SUN 21 Apr – Earth day ride
SUN 19 May – Flores de Mayo ride
SUN 16 Jun – Back to school ride
SUN 21 Jul – Wet T-shirt ride
SUN 18 Aug – Bike to EAT
SAT 21 Sep – WORLD CAR FREE day (night ride)
SUN 20 Oct – Halloween ride
SUN 17 Nov – Clean air/ClimateChange month
SAT 14 Dec – Gift giving ride.

For more info please check the official website of The Firefly Brigade

Traffic Advisory for the 14th TOF – November 18, 2012

Public Traffic Advisory for Metro Manila – 14th Tour of the Fireflies – November 18, 2012 (Sunday)

Expect Heavy Traffic

Thousands of people on bicycles ride the 14th Tour of the Fireflies for Philippine Clean Air Month and Climate Change Consciousness Week.

Passthrough ETA

7:00 – 8:30 AM
Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig
Tiendesitas, Ortigas Ave. towards C5 & Marcos Highway

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Marikina, Quezon City
Marcos Highway towards Marikina City
Carless Sunday @ JP Rizal Ave. in Marikina

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Marikina, Quezon City
Marikina City, Marcos Highway towards Katipunan Ave.

9:00 – 10:30 AM
Quezon City
Katipunan Ave., C.P. Garcia, Elliptical Road, East Ave., Timog Ave., Tomas Morato Ave.

10:00 – 12 NN
Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong
E. Rodriguez, New Manila, Gilmore, Aurora Blvd., Ortigas Ave., Emerald Ave. & J. Vargas, Pasig City

You may refer to the 14th Tour of the Fireflies route map below.

14th Tour of the Fireflies Route Map

The motoring public is advised to take alternate routes to your place of destination.

Please allow +/- 30 minutes ETA (expected time of arrival) deviation.

We thank you for your consideration and support in this endeavor.

For more info and updates visitย

– Firefly Brigade

14th Tour of the Fireflies

14th Tour of the Fireflies

Firefly Brigade

invites you to the

14th Tour of the Fireflies

November 18, 2012


The Bicycle Revolution continues with the B.E.S.T. – Bicycles as Environmentally Sustainable Transportation, theme of the Tour of the Fireflies this year. This yearโ€™s Tour will traverse the Green and Bicycle-friendly cities of Pasig, Marikina and Quezon City. Firefly Brigade hopes to encourage more cities in Metro Manila to promote the use of bicycles as environmentally sustainable transportation.



Start/End Point:

Tiendesitas, Frontera Drive near C5, Pasig City

Ride Out Time:

Assembly time is 5:30am. Ride-out time is 7:00am.

Distance and Duration:

Estimated length of the route is approximately 35 kms which will take about 3-4 hours to complete.


The pace will be a relaxed 12-15 kph controlled by the pacer marshals. It is not a racing event but a fun, no-frills, bicycle ride around Metro Manila.
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Bike Forest Bike

Goethe Institut, French Embassy, European Union, The Science Film Festival

A Partnership Fun Ride with Marikina Bikeways Office, Firefly Brigade, SM City Marikina and ABS-CBN Foundation

Bike, Forest, Bike

Marikina City

November 12, 2011 / 7:00am to 10:00 am

Pace: 10-15km per hour
Length: 20kms

Special Feature: Outdoor Film-showing Prior to the Ride

Program Flow
7.00am Assembly, Marikina City Hall
7.30am Opening Program
Welcome by Marikina City Administrator Victoriano Sabiniano
Welcome by SFF Organizers
Ride Briefing by Firefly Brigade
Route Briefing by Marikina Bikeways Office
7.45-9.00am Ride Out
9.00-9.30am Closing Program, SM City Marikina

This activity also supports the National Greening Program

Coming from QC/Aurora Boulevard
Take Marikina Flyover
Straight A. Bonifacio
Cross Marikina Bridge
Straight Sumulong highway
Right at Mcdonald’s Avenue (there’s actually a Mcdonald’s store at that corner)
Assembly at Marikina City Hall (Plaza del Alcalde)

Coming from the South and C5
after Eastwood Ciity straight towards C5 towards Marikina
Enter via Riverbanks exit towards A. Bonifacio
Cross Marikina Bridge
Straight Sumulong highway
Right at Mcdonald’s Avenue (there’s actually a Mcdonald’s store at that corner)
Assembly at Marikina City Hall (Plaza del Alcalde)

Marikina City Hall (Plaza del Alcalde)
Right Mcdonald Avenue
Left Sumulong Highway
Straight Balanti Creek
Left Green Zone
Right Lilac st.
Left General Ordonez
Left Champagnat
Right East Drive
Right C & P Mall
Left Bayan-Bayanan Avenue
Right General Ordonez
Right Russet St.
Right Pio del Pilar
Left Katipunan
Right Rainbow St.
Left Autumn St.
Right Roman St.
Right 6th St.
Left Vista Valley Creek
Right Sumulong Highway
Left Shoe Avenue
Left V. Santos St.
Right Marikina Bridge
Left Lopez Jaena St.
Left Loyola Extension
Left JP. Rizal St.
Straight Riverbanks
U-Turn C5 Access
Straight to Camp Atienza
U-turn Marcos Highway
Right Ligaya st.
Right J.P. Rizal
Left Calderon St.
Right N. Roxas
Left dela Paz St.
Left V. Gomez St.
Straight J.P. Rizal
Straight Old J.P. Rizal

Right Marcos Highway

ETA: 9.15am SM City Marikina

Please ride with us…WEAR GREEN

Firefly Brigade Trick or Treat CMR

Firefly Brigade Trick or Treat CMR 2011

Firefly Brigade

invites you to join the

Trick or Treat CMR 2011

October 16, 2011, Sunday
7 AM to 12 NN

Greenhills Bicycle Parking – Little Baguio – Kamias Bike Lanes – Commonwealth Motorcycle Lanes – UP Bike Lanes

With the recent ‘motorcycle lanes” news, don’t you feel a little tricked?

Wow…we’re still waiting for real good news about true pedestrian and bicycle pathways?

Let’s give those not so innocent bystanders and erring motorists an early halloween scare…

Dress up in your favorite goulish, horrific costumes for a fun, sunday morning ride through San Juan and Quezon City.

We’re going to take a short, satirical pictorial at a local cemetery.

We’ll ride via token MMDA Bike Lanes (actually a parking lot now) in Kamias.

We’ll also check out the mighty motorcycle lanes along commonwealth.

To give us a little hope, we’ll end at the wholesome and inspiring UP Bike Lanes.

All tricksters in horror-theme costumes (dress your bikes, too!) get a halloween treat!

Bring candies to give away as treats to traffic enforcers and kids along our route.

We may feel alittle tricked out, but it does not mean we’ll have to lose our composure and goodwill!

Weee……. trick or treat! Trick or Treat!

Start: Greenhills Shopping Center bicycle Parking Area
7.30 Assembly
8.00 Ride out

  • Out to Ortigas
  • Take Wilson
  • Explore Little Baguio
  • Ride towards San Juan Public Cemetery (w/Pictorial)
  • Out towards New Manila
  • Out to Kamuning towards Kamias
  • Ride Kamias Bikelanes (Pictorial)
  • Out via Anonas towards UP Village
  • Out to CP Garcia
  • University Avenue
  • Short Commonwealth strip to check out the Motorcycle Lanes
  • Enter UP
  • Official End: UP Bike lanes (w/pictorial)

Merienda/Lunch together … KKB!
Regroup to GH, Makati etc.

Pace 10-15kph
Length Approx. 25km
Rain or Shine
No Helmet, No ride
(unless you’re really wearing an elaborate witch hat… heee heee!)

Best in Costume (boy, girl, child) win a special edition Firefly brigade Shirt

World Car Free Day 2011

World Car-Free Day 2011

23 September, 2011

Manila, Philippines

The ride starting point will be at Makati City Hall.

The ride is organized by Firefly Brigade.

Share Your TOF Story

Congratulations to Firefly Brigade for another successful ride of 13th Tour of the Fireflies presents Bicycle Revolution 2011 who participated by more than 15,000 cyclists last Sunday, April 17, 2011. We would like to hear your experiences during the TOF by simply sharing your stories with the link of the photo.

Leave your story as a comments on this post and it must be between 30 to 50 words.

Don’t forget to type in your email address so we can get in touch with you should you be chosen as a winner. Three (3) best stories will get a limited Advocacy Shirts from Firefly Brigade.

Deadline of entry is on April 29, 2011.

Photo by: Lisa Camara

Womens Day Ride

Firefly Brigade
Womens Day Ride

19 March, 2011


Meet Ups: LifeCycle Bike shop Area, Greenhills Shopping Center
Call Time: 3:30pm Ride Out: 4:00pm 3.30pm
Route will be from San Juan to QC to San Juan

Out to Ortigas towards New Manila
Out to Balete Drive Out to E.Rodriguez
Right at T. Morato Right at Timog Avenue
Straight towards East Avenue
Right at V. Luna towards UP Area
UP Loop
Ride towards Cubao via UP Village
Kamias Bicycle Lanes
End at Cubao X

For inquiries please contact Mia Bunao

13th Tour of the Fireflies

Firefly Brigade


17 April, 2011

Registration fee is Php 75.00 only that will serve as donation to help different advocacy activities of Firefly Brigade. Please register as early as possible because there is no registration on-site. For registration inquiries, please call: 219.4985

Downloadable Registration Form is available.

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Long Life, Happy New Year Ride

The Firefly Brigade

Firefly Brigade invites you to the

January Critical Mass Ride

Long Life, Happy New Year Ride

16 January 2011

Meeting Place:

Greenhills Shopping Center, Parking Area (fronting Shakey’s)

Time: 7:00am

Route: Greenhills – Manila – Chinatown

Registration Fee: FREE!


wear something Violet or Oriental-inspired

Bike United: Rain or Shine

When PAG-ASA officially announced that the forecast for Typhoon Juan is described as the strongest weather disturbance to visit the Philippine, I understood that the participants of Unilab ActiveHealth Bike United will be a little half-hearted to ride on 16 October 2010.

14 October, 2010
Two days prior the said event, my eyes were stuck on Tweeter for updates from Unilab ActiveHealth and PAGASA. I even texted Athena Beltran-Mendoza, organizer of the Sunset Ride and Dual Stunt about their contingency plan when rain falls on Saturday even if PAGASA is known for its inaccurate forecast Athena replied, “Neng, sa Monday pa ang downfall sabi ng PAGASA, sige update kita.” As for me, I can bike whether rainfalls or not, but as one of the volunteer Firefly Brigade marshals I was worried because aside from adults, kids were joining too.

16 October, 2010
Volunteered marshals and bike buddies from Philmofo Marlon Ricafort and Carol Tiamzon set our meet ups at Petron – M. Biernes St. formerly Tejeron St. corner Pedro Gil St. at exactly 12:15pm. We padyak all the way to Venice Piazza, Taguig City and arrived on the expected time of the marshal briefing.

After the briefing, Maricar Estacio, one of the promising Downhillers of the Philippines approached me together with her son Aily Drey Estacio who is 9 year old asking if her son can join the Sunset Ride without her. I humbly answered that there's nothing to worry because one of the marshal duties is to stay behind the kids. Maricar explained why she can't join the Sunset Ride as she told me she is in-charge for the Bike Clinics for ActiveKids. I told Aily to stay with me always and gave him my card so that whatever happens he knew how to find me.

Aily Estacio, biloggirl, Tina from I love to Ride my Bicycle

Around 230pm. At the parking lot of Venice Piazza, Mia Bunao and Ricky Pineda of Firefly Brigade called the attention of all riders to discuss the Sunset Ride formation.

Mia and Eric from Firefly Brigade

Lady pacers and Army marsh

als were stationed in front of the peloton, next lane were the kids, behind them were their parents and marshals, and finally, the adult bikers followed by the sweeper marshals. There was a total of 12 kids ahead of me.

The sky started to get darker as lady pacers led the pedaling followed by the kids. Rain fell during our uphill climb from Venice Piazza to McKinley Road.

I saw Aily pedaling using his Single-Speed BMX bike, saw two girls beside me, pedaling their best too. No bikers withdrew from the peloton.

A small band at the Philippine Army Quadrangle expressed their greetings by playing their instruments. I can still hear their music when we pedaled back to Venice Piazza.

At the Finish area, I heard the crowd shouting “more, more” because the ride lasted for less than an hour. I went to see the lead marshal and he told me that Unilab ActiveHealth had to postponed the Sunset Ride due to the weather. Unilab ActiveHealth will announce the new schedule date of Sunset Ride soon.

After the short but fun ride, we strolled around and checked the track for the Dual Stunt designed by Bans Mendoza and Road Criterium. Bikers were overwhelmed on what Unilab ActiveHealth prepared for the everybody. ActiveHealth called these zones, the ActiveKids and ActiveAdults. From ActiveKids zone, I saw a big playpen, the Bike Clinic where I saw my friend Maricar Estacio guiding the kids and kiddie booths. For ActiveAdult, there were free consultation, Unilab products booths, short games with freebies. I got two bags full of freebies. Sorry I don't have pictures of them. Our camera ran out of battery right after the Sunset Ride.

I was happy to bike under the rain and being part of this event. I would say that this was the first sports event I attended with lots of freebies, games, fun ride. It was a perfect event for the whole family. Please share your Bike United.

Congrats Unilab Active Health!

Photos by: boxph


Bike for the Millennium Development Goals – Cycle out of Poverty CMR

Ride Notice
Type: Free/Advocacy Ride
Level of Riding: Intermediate (willing to meet/be traffic) Pace10-15kph

Bike for the Millennium Development Goals – Cycle out of Poverty CMR (September 18, Saturday)
is a bicycle ride of the United Nations Millenium Campaign and the Firefly Brigade in partnership
with the cities of Manila, Pasay, Makati and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Bicycle enthusiasts and non-motorized transportation advocates are encouraged to participate in a leisurely ride through three cities to create awareness for the need to push for the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals with focus on environmental sustainability.

The Bike for MDGs is a part of the Stand Up and Take Action Campaign, a three-day global mobilization of citizens that calls for leaders of rich and poor countries to take urgent action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight specific, measurable, time-bound goals aimed at significantly reducing, if not eradicating extreme poverty.

The Bike for the MDGs also serves as a lead-up activity to the MyStreet Party where an online youth portal for monitoring and improving LGU’s MDG performance will be launched.

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World Carfree Day 2010

Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighborhood blocks to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society.

But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to “normal” life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. It is up to us, it is up to our cities, and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.

Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without carsโ€ฆ365 days a year.

As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.

Philippine Contact Person: Mia Bunao from Firefly Brigade
Visit the website: World Carfree Day

Free Bike Clinic

Always wanted to try biking but you’re too shy or don’t know where to start? Firefly Brigade Batch 2010 presents…BIKE for CLEANER AIR – a free bike clinic for newbies (only)! In this clinic, no question is considered “stupid” nor “funny”. As long as it’s related to biking, we’ll help clear your doubts. You’ll be riding in no time!

To register for this free clinic, send an email to bikeclinicroadshow[at]gmail[dot]com with the following details:

What’s your name:
How old are you:
Where do you live:
What do you do:
Do you have a bike:
What is your bike (road/mountain/ folding/cruiser/ dunno):
What do you expect from the clinic:

Limited slots available for this free clinic so REGISTER now! There will also be a 1-day registration on 18 July 2010 (12nn-6pm) at Tiendesitas.