Greenpeace Southeast Asia


“Energy Revolution” Bike Ride: Day1 by Chuck Baclagon
Volunteers of Greenpeace, Livestrong and Firefly Brigade leave Morong, Bataan 180 kilometers west of Manila, during the start of the “Energy Revolution Bike Ride to oppose the proposed revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

Volunteers of Greenpeace, Livestrong and Firefly Brigade leave Morong, Bataan.

After a few mishaps last night including an injury, car problem and hours of delay. We arrived exhausted. It was there in Morong that we all spent the night in an elementary school classroom.

By 5AM the following morning I was surprised that the sun was almost up, and the folks from Live Strong were already prepared and warming up in the basketball court adjacent to the room where we were all sleeping.

Signage that marks the location of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

Signage that marks the location of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

At 7:30 AM we were already reciting the responsorial Psalm at the send-off liturgy that was led by Fr. Ronnie of the Diocese of Morong, and the Nuclear-Free Bataan Movement (NFBM), by the time he sprinkled the bikers with his blessing we were off, from the town proper of Morong to the gate of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), there we took pictures  at the guarded  gates of the plant.

We did not spend time in the power plant premises, within a few minutes the bikers pedalled their way to rough terrain all the way to Bagac, where our allies from the NFBM, had a short program at the Filipino-Japanese friendship tower.

Come lunch time were all welcomed by the nice folks of the parish of Balanga, who served us our lunch.

The rest of the afternoon was spent riding all the way to Dinalupihan, which we were able to all reach ahead of the expected time of arrival.

Cyclists passing the Japanese-Filipino Friendship Tower

Cyclists passing the Japanese-Filipino Friendship Tower

It was a long day for all of us as I sit now in a mattress on top of a church building in Dinalupihan. Around me are the bikers fast asleep, storing energy for the busy day tomorrow. I believe that as we begin the new day tomorrow it will be a step closer to our destination that is freedom from the spectre of nuclear energy, that has found a face in the Monster of Morong, that is the BNPP.

Chuck Baclagon

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