Around 3,000 bikers rode towardsHinigaran, Negros Occidental in the third year, and last year, 3,500 bikersjoined the ride to Bago City. Seruelo said the provincial governmentadvocates the use of bikes for zero carbon emission to reduce airpollution. Bikers from various cities andprovinces in the Visayas joined the tour. Most participants came from Bacolodand other towns and cities in Negros Occidental while others were from Iloilo,Guimaras, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Bohol with The Firefly Brigade from MetroManila. During the ride, bikers will havestop-overs in the boundary of Valladolid and San Enrique towns and also inHinigaran, Negros Occidental before proceeding to the Himamaylan City Hallgrounds. The most disciplined group will getP15,000 while the team with the most number of women bikers, P5,000. The oldestbiker will also receive P5,000. PEMO information officer Olive Seruelosaid hours before the 5 p.m. registration deadline on Saturday, a total of3,898 bikers have already confirmed their participation. Seruelo said since the Tour ofFireflies started five years ago in Negros Occidental, the number ofparticipants increased each year. “Fireflies are indicators of clean airand right now, most fireflies can be found only in the upland areas,” sheadded. BACOLOD City – Around 4,000 bikerstraversed the 78-km route from this city to the southern city of Himamaylan inNegros Occidental during the 5th Tour of the Fireflies. The 5th Tour of Fireflies wasspearheaded by the City Government of Himamaylan, in partnership with theDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment andNatural Resources Office Negros Occidental, the mountain bikers group MTBNegros, and the provincial government.(Witha report from PNA/PN) Photo Courtesy of August Guillem Olvido Cash prizes will be given to the mostnumber of uniformed participants. The top winner will get P25,000; second,P20,000; third, P15,000; fourth, P10,000; and fifth, P5,000. The sixth to the10th placer will receive P2,000 each. The advocacy ride for clean air, roadsharing and discipline was part of the 15th Provincial Wildlife Month Festivalorganized by the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) and itsvarious partners on Nov. 24. During the first edition when bikersconverged in Manapla, Negros Occidental, 800 have participated and during thesecond year in Cadiz City, around 2,000 of them have joined.