The Moth and the Fire­fly

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

“The moth and the fire­fly” is an award win­ning short­film in 2009 which fol­lows the ad­ven­ture of a lit­tle moth. Hav­ing lost its lamp­light in a city­wide black­out, the moth trav­eled into the dark city in search of new light. Soon it found a fire­fly and to­gether they lit up the night un­til the black­out ended, and they lost track of each other in the bright city. HE film, when taken philo­soph­i­cally ex­plores the is­sues of travel, ur­ban­iza­tion, de­vel­op­ment, and mi­gra­tion (at least in my point of view). The moth may sym­bol­ize peo­ple who sim­ply fol­low the flock, while the fire­fly may rep­re­sent peo­ple with great ideas and in­no­va­tions. Both, how­ever, were lost in the great lights of the city.

The world is see­ing a com­mon phe­nom­e­non of mas­sive ur­ban­iza­tion and de­vel­op­ment of, and mi­gra­tion to big cities and grow­ing in­dus­trial towns. In ex­treme cases such as in parts of Europe, or in Ja­pan, such events re­sulted to ghost towns where younger peo­ple leave their home­towns for the en­ergy of big cities. What hap­pens out there is def­i­nitely hap­pen­ing in our place – stu­dents in Baguio City and La Trinidad from the dif­fer­ent re­mote or ru­ral towns would chose to work here, build their fam­i­lies here, and be added to the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and econ­omy. The lights are un­de­ni­ably invit­ing.

T-o0oA co-worker from Benguet Tourism lamented the un­fair at­ten­tion of con­cerned tourism of­fices in the pro­mo­tion of tourism sites: “Dag­i­jay met pro­moted ti isu paylng iprompro­mote da...Baguio nga Kanaun nga kaya nan ilako bagi na (Those al­ready pro­moted are the ones which are still be­ing pro­moted...it is al­ways Baguio who can al­ready sell it­self)”. He re­acted to a tourism of­fi­cial’s state­ment that tourism sites which have few tourism ar­rivals are placed on the bot­tom of those to be pri­or­i­tized in pro­mo­tions and mar­ket­ing. This means that those who have reached the mil­lionth mark of an­nual vis­its will be fea­tured more in the De­part­ment’s promo-

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