Florante Lim Bunag
The true meaning of brotherhood is very hard to fully define. Some will
define Pifers brotherhood as just a simple friendship across the globe. One good
definition maybe the relationship of Filipino pigeon flyers that had it's origin in the
internet and sealed their friendship in a form of a "GEB" (General Eye Ball).
"General eye ball" is the meeting of Pifers brothers in person that you
have exchanged e-mails with and chat about pigeons. In some cases some
brothers become part of your personal life more than your own family. At
times,We talked to each other through the e-mails more than most of our
relatives talked to us.
Being part of Pifers brotherhood is an addictive endeavour . I could still
recall new members like me would stay in front of their computer reading and
writing e-mails for many hours even past midnight for many weeks. Thus
jeopardizing one's valuable health. Just for the mere fact of basically "talking
about pigeons" and knowing the character of the fancier behind the e-mail
Once you got the immunity. It seems that posting and reading Pifers
messages become a part of one's spirit. Stirring the blood in your veins that
enhanced you to post and read more messages of exciting revelations about our
beloved feathered friends. Through our "kalapatid" (Filipino brothers in the
pigeon sport) through out the world.
Creating a true essence of brotherhood/sisterhood of being a knight
(gentlemen) and ladies of the Pifers e-group. Letting the whole pigeon world
know that the Filipino fanciers around the globe was indeed one with a true spirit
of brotherhood in the pigeon sport. It was fascinating indeed. Reading questions
and answers to queries about the science that enhanced our knowledge about
our pigeon sport. It seems like a circle of life. Pigeon racing is in a full throttle if
not in the United States of America and Europe. It is indeed in our beloved
motherland,"The Pearl of the Orient",our dear Philippines. At this writing
hundreds of pigeon clubs if not thousands had been established through out
Luzon, a few in the Visayan region. Mindanao, I firmly believe will follow the
trend. Thereby a "National Race" for the Philippine Islands may become a
reality one day and not just a dream.The Filipino fanciers can be united in one
spirit and excel in the pigeon sport where we can be very competitive. Let it be
known that the Filipino fanciers is one to be recon with in the pigeon world.
Rich or poor is not the question. It is one's integrity,honesty,good manners
and right conduct is what matters. One that is the symbol a true brother in the
sport. At times it has a deeper meaning specially if we are greatly affected by the
un sportsmanlike conduct of a single Pifers brother. But life goes on. Like a true
champion who made a rigid selection of his stock. A true champion never looks
back but rather carry on to his next breeding season hoping for an excellent crop
of "sky warriors" for his racing and breeding team.
Like an avid Pifers brother. One should not look back. I don't want you to be
my brother today. I don't want you to be my brother tomorrow. I don't want you to
be my brother for a week. I don't want you to be my brother in a month. I don't
want you to be my brother in a year. But I do want you to be my true brother and
friend through the test of time.
I'm a member of Pifers International and proud of it. For she made me a
fancier with integrity and honor. To regard my fellow fanciers in the sport in the
everlasting spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood. To respect and honor the institution
she represent and to direct in me the right path to the highest tradition of the
pigeon sport. This is my "Pifers' Creed".
There were times that the postings in Pifers e-group was not based on
pigeons alone. Politics, economy, and other science topics were being
discussed. It would be nice if topics will be concentrated on our beloved
feathered friend and politics of the pigeon racing. But as we are only human we
are very prone to post topics unrelated to our pigeon sport.
Evil doings are always present in our society in the beginning of time. Pifers
e-group is not an exception. With due process the final decision to remove a
such a rotten member is the ultimate task of the Pifers BOD (Board of Directors)
and to prevent members for doing fraud of posting double identity. The Pifers
moderators had this painstaking task. To ensure that only respectable and
honest fanciers can join the Pifers e-group through screening and
recommendations of members in good standing.
It is truly remarkable that in this modern era. We can communicate with
Filipino pigeon fanciers all over the world. Thereby enhancing the spirit of
brotherhood in the sport. In any hardship and trials the Pifers brotherhood goes
on through the test of time. Like the symbol of the wings in our logo. That
symbolizes the global unity among us. If we are united in one spirit we all can fly
with prestige and honor that we can be as one in the pigeon world. In time we
can also be proven as leaders in the world fancy. A true leader that knows the
value of equality and righteousness. I'm proud of my Filipino heritage. May the
good force be with us all.