A staccato of chirping meets the breeze and sunrise,
waking the butterflies, unveiled by the rising sun,
rush the stream where fish play with the sunbeam
and the rainforest becomes a stage one cannot miss.
John Milton wrote his masterpiece of Paradise,
Ludwig Beethoven composed minuet and serenade,
Jean Fabre and Edwin Teale with lens in hand
discovered the inner world Jules Verne didn't see,
and Aldo Leopold's ecosystem unity.
But that was long time ago, and progress is now the game,
taking to the streets, marching uphill and up the mountains -
there giant machines roar, ugly men at the helm;
folly, ignorance and greed are one and same.
Forest rangers patrol the Ipo Dam watershed in Norzagaray town. The Philippines is a tropical Southeast Asian nation of more than 7,000 islands that has lost more than half its forest cover over the past century.