by Lope Cui

Richard Gutierrez... you're NEXT!

What can anyone possibly learn from Dolphinariums and Animal Theme Parks?  Punta ka dun, picture-picture, magre-reklamo na mabaho ang amoy, magrereklamo na walang parking, magre-reklamo na masikip ang CR, magrereklamo sa hindi masarap na pagkain, at papayamanin ang mga abusadong hampas-lupa na may-ari.

Dolphinarium and animal theme park operators claim that a visit to their establishment is educational.  Describe “educational”: you’ll see a lot of (poorly lit) posters about the animals, watch a video or two about the animals on their natural habitat (on mute), and listen to a (barely audible) tour guide talk about the wonders of the animal kingdom (who has a memorized script and won’t take any questions from the audience until after the tour – at which point they suddenly disapper).

We fondly refer to our immediate environment as the “concrete jungle”.  Natural jungles don’t have dolphinariums or animal theme parks.  Concrete jungles do – it’s called a “MALL”.  Think about it, of all the things mentioned in the previous two paragraphs, is there any difference?

A dolphinarium or an animal theme park is bad business.  High costs, low profit margin, and the t(h)reat of eco-terrorism (wink-wink).


a Las Bungangeras Monologue (LBM)


May-i Fabros: One of the boys ka ba?

Cathi Reano: Strict ba ang parents mo?

Tere Cutab: Ano bang mayroon sa ugali mo?

All: O kusang panget ka lang talaga?


May-i: One of the boys ka ba?



High school pa lang magkaibigan na kayo,

Hindi man lang n’ya napansin ang lumaki mong suso

Sa inyong JS prom at pagka-gradweyt,

Martir ka, ‘teh, you’re willing to wait.



Sa inyong pagsasama, ‘di man lang napuna,

Na ikaw ay nagdalaga at nagkaregla.

‘Di ka pa rin niya niyaya ng date na solo,

Kaibigan lang talaga ang turing n’ya sa ‘yo.



Pagkatapos ng kolehiyo, kayo ay nagkita.

Ayaw pa rin n’yang pormahan ka talaga.

Sa coffee shop kayo ay muling nag bonding,

D’un mo nabuking, siya pala ay bading.



Cathi: Strict ba ang parents mo?



N’ung bata ka, di mo na-experience ang tele-babad,

Lagi ka kasing nakatutok sa ‘yong intermediate pad.

Kahit slum book, ‘di ka nakapagsulat,

Dahil pati diary mo, magulang mo ang nagbubuklat.



Pagdating ng college, nais mong maging independent.

Nagdormitoryo at pinilit magpaka-decadent.

Pero pinapauwi ka pa rin tuwing lingo ni daddy

Para labhan ni mommy ang iyong dirty laundry.



At nung tumanda ka ng konti, may nangahas na manligaw

Hanep sa spooting, mas nakakasilaw pa sa araw.

may dalang rosas, nagmano pa sa ‘yong magulang

Pero sa kanya ay ayaw, dahil IQ n’ya raw ay kulang.



Tere: Anong bang mayroon sa ugali mo?



Halatang hindi mo alam na ang dating mo ay repulsive

Kaya ang kalalakihan, they find you abrasive.

Kahit na may mga araw na mukha kang maganda,

Huwag mo lang ibuka ang iyong bibig, panalo ka na.



Sabi ng iyong bestfriend, kakaiba ang iyong ugali.

Sobra-sobra ka raw kung maka-kalantari.

therefore, ang mga boys sayo ay nandidiri.

Pero ang akala mo, hindi ka pa malandi.



Ito pa, over ka raw sa pagiging choosy,

Harap ka sa mirror, ‘teh, ‘di ka yummy.

Feeling mo lahat ng boys sa ‘yo ay attracted.

Hindi ka ba aware, likod mo palang, puro na blackhead?


All: O kusang panget ka lang talaga?



Okay fine, hindi ka naman talaga pangit.

Oo na! marami na sa iyong naiinggit,

Baka sabihin mo naman na wala kami malasakit,

Pinagdarasal ka namin, madalas pang nakapikit.



O, sya, bumalik na tayo sa katanungan,

Kung bakit walang nagkakagusto sa ‘yong kalalakihan,

Sabi nga ni John Lloyd, “Para kang tae, ‘di p’wedeng paglaruan”

Hindi ka ba kikiligin sa banat na gan’yan?



P’wede rin naman na hindi ka pa ready,

Sa relationship na feeling mo hindi ka steady,

Baka kailangan mo pang hanapin ang iyong sarili,

May darating din sa puso mo na mamamalagi.



Kaya maghintay ka lang ng tamang panahon,

Ang mga bituin, malay mo maganda ang posisyon,

Lalo na ngayon, it’s year of the rabbit,

Baka may lulundag sa puso mo at mangangalabit.



“Prostitution, when unmotivated by economic need, might well be defined as a species of psychological addiction, built on self-hatred through repetitions of the act of sale by which a whore is defined.”

KATE MILLETT, Sexual Politics


12/25/2010 | 05:30 PM

Three wildlife activists on Saturday held a street protest in Manila calling for the closure of a dolphin show in neighboring Quezon City, which allegedly “holds captive” and “exploits” two dolphins shipped from Indonesia.

Wildlife activist A.G. Saño said he and two others held the Christmas Day protest to


Dolphins are DYING to amuse us.

urge Filipinos to boycott the dolphin show called “Angels of the Sea,” which will be staged by Indofil Sea Wonders Co. Ltd. at the Big Dome of the Araneta Center in Cubao starting Saturday.

“Two dolphins are being held captive in Araneta Center for our amusement, when their rightful home is the open seas. We salute the Filipinos who refuse to support this type of animal exploitation and encourage the rest of us to boycott the dolphin show,” he said in a statement Saturday.

Carmela Garcia, Araneta Center’s marketing officer, for her part, refused to comment on the issue, saying that they only provided the venue and had nothing to do with the actual show.

Saño, who started a movement called “Dolphins Love Freedom” and maintains a Facebook page on the issue, likewise criticized how the show’s organizers kept the dolphins in “a small heavily-chlorinated pool” in a parking area near the venue where the marine creatures swim, eat and release their wastes.

“The organizers misinform the public by saying that watching dolphin shows is one way of saving the ocean, but studies show that captive dolphins live less than half of their life expectancy,” he said.

He added that the dolphins, which have very sensitive hearing, might get “traumatized” or lose their hearing during the New Year’s Eve celebration, when Filipinos traditionally use fireworks and firecrackers.

As a result, Saño wrote a letter to Agriculture chief Prospero Alcala asking him to cancel the dolphin show’s permit to operate, and to issue a ban on fireworks within the perimeter of the Araneta Center.


5 years in CHLORINATED POOLS. 50 years in the OPEN SEAS.

Earlier this month, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) also called for the cancellation of the same dolphin show and criticized the way the organizers allegedly deprive the marine mammals of food before the show starts.

PAWS likewise called for the resignation of Angel Mateo, officer-in-charge of the Animal Welfare Division of DA’s Bureau of Animal Industry, who allegedly issued the permit for the dolphin show.—JV, GMANews.TV

photo credits:

angels of the sea poster:

bikers by the dakongbatute




Department of Agriculture


Dear Secretary Alcala,

I have been caring for dolphins and whales for the past eleven years. I have risked my life countless times trying to study and protect them. I have been threatened by people for trying to stop dynamite use for fishing and scrap metal salvaging in their known habitat. I set my personal safety aside for these creatures because in my decade old research, I learned that their primary sense is hearing, and that it is so sensitive that many dolphins have died in captivity because of noise generated by filtration systems, plus human noise when cheering and shouting.


Christmas isn't too fun with captive dolphins

From Christmas Day to January 2, Araneta Center will present captive sea animals doing tricks for our amusement, but Sir, on December 31, New Year’s Eve, Manila, as always, will be expected to produce the loudest noise and dirtiest air (pollution) of the year. I am quite scared for the dolphins in the small tank. The loud explosions from the fire crackers will be worse than dynamite fishing because they have no where to run in the pool in Araneta Center. At least in the wild, they can swim far, fast and deep, away from the damaging explosions. In Araneta Center,Cubao, the noise will bounce off the walls of this small pool and can damage their hearing. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that. Cubao, as it is now, is heavily polluted since it is the busiest hub in the country. Leave a glass of water overnight and you will see the sediments at the bottom. Imagine what the new year’s eve pollution will do to an open tank in the heart of Cubao! How will they clean it the next morning?? Your guess could be the same as mine…chlorination.

Whaleboy in action. Dolphins Love Freedom. (Anonas Ave., QC)

If the organizers really care for the dolphins, other than profiting from their circus acts, they would have thought of this when they were drafting their program for the show. Obviously, they don’t.


Please do something to help the two dolphins. President P-noy, in his inaugurals said we the people are your bosses. I won’t believe this until I sense even in a small way that this message is heard by your good office.


Thank you very much and more power to you!


A.G. Saño (aka Whaleboy)

Dolphins Love Freedom

+63919 8996008

let them sing in the wild…

DLF at Cubao X


boycott dolphin shows!

53% of those dolphins who survive the violent capture die within 90 days.

The average life span of a dolphin in the wild is 45 years; yet half of all captured dolphins die within their first two years of captivity. The survivors last an average of only 5 years in captivity.

Every seven years, half of all dolphins in captivity die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other stress-related illnesses. To the captive dolphin industry, these facts are accepted as routine operating expenses.

In many tanks the water is full of chemicals as well as bacteria, causing many health problems in dolphins including blindness.
When a baby dolphin is born in captivity, the news is usually kept secret until the calf shows signs of survival. Although marine mammals do breed in captivity, the birth rate is not nearly as successful as the one in the wild, with high infant mortality rates.

Wild dolphins can swim 40 to 100 miles per day – in pools they go around in circles.

Many marine parks subject their mammals to hunger so they will perform for their food. Jumping through hoops, tailwalking and playing ball are trained behaviors that do not occur in the wild.

Confined animals who abuse themselves (banging their heads against the walls) are creating stimuli which their environment cannot supply. Dolphins in captivity tend to develop stereotypical behaviors (swimming in a repetitive circle pattern, with eyes closed and in silence) because of boredom and confinement. This is equivalent to the swaying and pacing of primates, lions, tigers and bears confined in cages.

Dolphins are predators of fish and spend up to half of their time in the wild hunting for food. Supplying dead fish results in less exercise and lack of mental stimulation, thus causing boredom.

When trapped together, males often become agitated and domineering. This creates pecking orders (unknown in the wild) and unprovoked attacks on each other and the trainers. In the ocean, although fights are not unknown, the wild dolphins have a chance to escape.

Dolphinariums claim that their mission is to protect dolphins in the wild through research and public education. Those are nice words but facts speak louder. If dolphins are so happy in captivity, why do they die so fast? Why the secrecy about their mortality rates? There would be fewer spectators if people knew how many animals were “dying” to amuse them. Perhaps if the death records were displayed at the entrance, no one would buy a ticket.

Most dolphinariums have made little or no contribution to education about dolphins. Jacques Cousteau believed that captive dolphins are conditioned and deformed and bear little resemblance to dolphins living in freedom in the sea. It’s like studying human psychology only in prisons, which leads, obviously, to misinterpretations and absurd generalizations. As people learn more about the wild cetaceans, they pity more the captive ones. As TV, computers, and virtual reality become greater educational tools, the justification for keeping captives on display disappears.

We blindfold dolphins to study the efficiency of their echolocation system. We put probes in their larynxes and nostrils to examine their sound production. We train them to push buttons and levers, to choose between materials and colors, we teach them to speak. We clamp them down, drill holes into them, and dissect them. Why? They do not exist as subjects for agonizing experiments by man. Dolphins suffer no less than humans. The only way scientists should study dolphins is to swim with them in the wild. No argument can rationalize the forced confinement of these highly intelligent creatures. Dolphins are innocent sufferers in a hell of our making.

The Good News is…
Fortunately for the dolphins, more and more people are becoming concerned about dolphin suffering, and uncomfortable at sea circuses. Citizens are now speaking out loudly that dolphins and whales belong in the ocean. This is the only hope. Imagine this: A theme park has a dolphin show and nobody goes. The owners will soon close down. There would be no dolphin shows if no one paid to watch them.

Dolphins have evolved over 50 million years to be successful in their wild habitat!