Folding bikers unite at Tiendesitas

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Me and my Polkit family went to Tiendesitas via padyak all the way for the 2nd Manila Folding Bike Festival. A secured bike parking welcomed us at the venue and I would like to thank Tiendesitas for it. Upon surrendering our bikes, I feel more secured as the security guard on duty gave us a number which served as our claiming stub for the bikes. I saw few expensive bikes parked in the bike parking area.

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PhilHealth Nationwide Run

PhilHealth Nationwide Run 2013

Distances: 3K/5K/10K/18K

Race Registration

There are 4 ways to register for the race:

(1) On-line registration: Check the link here.

After completing on-line registration you will receive a transaction reference number and a link of the waiver for payment. Print it out and present it when paying at any of these sites:

PhilHealth local health insurance offices (LHIO) or PhilHealth Express Outlets in the region.

Quezon City – PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office
880 F.R. Estuar Building, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

Rizal – PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office
The Brick Road, Sta Lucia East Grand Mall, Marcos Hi-way cor. Felix Avenue, 
Cainta, Rizal

Caloocan – PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office
Remcor Building, Rizal Avenue Ext. Between 10th &11th Avenue, Caloocan City

Manila – PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office
Marc 1 Building, 1971 Taft Avenue, Manila

Mandaluyong – PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office
Liberty Boni Building,
94 Boni Avenue cor. P. Cruz, St.,
Brgy. San Jose, Mandaluyong City

Las Piñas City – PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office
Editha Building, Alabang, Zapote Road,
Las Piñas City

Makati – PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office
ITC Building, Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City

Pasig City – PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office
G/F DAP Building, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Robinsons Malls (Novaliches, Galleria, Metro East, Otis, Ermita)
All SM Bayad Centers

(2) Manual registration
You may also register at the abovementioned LHIOs. Here you may pay right away your race registration fee.

(3) In-store registration (January 30 to February 3)
Toby’s: SM Manila, SM Southmall, SM Fairview Runnr: Trinoma, EDSA Shangri-La, BGC

(4) At Robinson’s Galleria Sports Loop (3rd Level)
This is the one-stop-shop registration site for PhilHealth Run Manila where participants could register, pay, and claim their race kits in a zip.

Race Route
PhilHealth Nationwide Run 2013 - Manila

Assembly Time

Distance Assembly Time Gun Start
3K 0530 0600
5K 0500 0545
10K 0430 0515
18K 0400 0500

Claiming of Race Kits

On February 2-11, race kits may be claimed at the Sports Loop of Robinson’s Galleria (3rd Level). All registered race participants should bring their claim stubs and official receipt of race registration fee.

Polkit: Who are they?

Polkit Cycling Club circa 2012

Polkit Cycling Club circa 2012

Perhaps you have seen Polkit Cycling Group on a Saturday or Sunday morning rolling along Jetti, Macapagal Ave., Pasay City. They were the cyclists packed pedalling easy and chatting with each other at SM Mall of Asia Grounds. We could also see them having coffee along Baywalk in Roxas Blvd., Manila. The group was formed some dates last October 2010.

at PICC, Manila 1980

at PICC, Manila 1980

Before Polkit was formed and named, these cyclists from Manila and Makati were biking together during late 70’s. During their younger years, Manila to Baguio was just a piece of cake, not to mentioned their memorable ride during Edsa Revolution, also known as People Power 1.

Edsa Revolution 1986

Edsa Revolution 1986

I can’t compare enough their passion in bicycle and investments in their friendship through the years. These photos will humbly prove what and who they are.

Quezon City Circle Criterium

Quezon City Circle Criterium

Jef Gregorio 1989

Jef Gregorio 1989

Eric Cruz 1996

Eric Cruz 1996

When I asked one of the members about the thrust of Polkit, he replied “hindi natatapos ang samahan sa pagpadyak.” Like common friends, they share their life’s joys and hardship, dealing beyond their differences but remained friends.

Technology may changed, old-school developed photos to digital photos, bicycle frame maybe folding or upright, cyclist may have its classification but for me, my friendship with them won’t change.

Hope the legacy of Polkit lives forever in cycling community. Long live Polkits!

Photos from Jef Gregorio, Eric Cruz and Roland Dela Vega

Ronda Pilipinas Fun Ride

Last July 24, I made it to attend two events in Manila, the Rexona Run in SM Mall of Asia Grounds and LBC Ronda Pilipinas: Ronda Na Fun Ride. I went to Luneta by myself right after I finished my 5k run.

Ronda Na! Fun Ride was a successful event because fun riders and weekend bikers joined the Fun Ride Category while professional/elite cyclists gathered to compete for Ronda Pilipinas test race.  The proceedings from the collected registration will go to Philippine National Police’s Tour Police Unit new bikes.

Going back to the main race, the rain didn’t stop them to pedal. More than 100 elite/professional cyclists from different provinces worn their one of kind Rudy Project jersey. The cyclists did not compete as a team but, they competed individually as the first finisher awaits Php15,000.00 tax-free.

I like the part when the peloton formed a straight line, 3 laps before the finish line, some of the spectators told me that the speed increased from 25% to 30%. It was vividly fast. During the last lap, about 200 meters away, before the cyclists crossed the finish line, some of them fell off the ground because they were too close to one another.  Some were wounded but only minor injuries. They were taken care of the officials of LBC Ronda Pilipinas.

I have few list of concerns, like for an outdoor event like this, the need of portable toilet and baggage counter were missed. Luneta Park does not have clean and comfortable restroom, if they have paid restrooms, they are not easy to reach and direction to get there is not available. As for the baggage, few cyclists arrived backpack to Luneta Park and it would be good if their belongings are properly attended for security purposes too.

The organizer admitted their lapses on this, and they said that it will be corrected on the succeeding events.

I would like to thank LBC Express for giving me a chance to meet these prominent cyclists in the country, hoping to watch the LBC Ronda Pilipinas, the Finale race on September.

Livestrong Day 2011

According to Eric Bergara, Livestrong Philippine representative, the schedule of Livestrong Day 2011 is on October 2, 2011. There will be a fun ride, fun run, criterium race and more on Livestrong Day at Bonifacio Global City.

Please don’t miss this event on October as we celebrate our friends’ survivorship and our hand over support working towards a world without cancer. Online registration is now available, please check

The preview of the bike jersey:
Livestrong Day 2011 Jersey

The final Livestrong Day 2011 Jersey

Revised Livestrong Day 2011 Jersey

Revised Livestrong Day 2011 Jersey

One Ordinary Day

Bike Commuter

I consider myself as one of the many ordinary people around and the same is true when it comes to transportation. I commute everyday using my bike, ride in public utility vehicles and even a bangka.

In Manila, riding a bangka (outrigger canoe) is the shortest way of going to Pandacan from Punta. The bangka fare is very affordable at Php 5 for adults, Php 3 for senior citizens and students and an additional PhP 1 for passengers who bring along a bike.

One fine day, while I was riding the bangka, I saw this man with his bike standing at the edge of the bangka with his statement shirt “Erap para sa mahirap.” This statement made me think about the person behind the slogan, it’s none other than the 74-year old former President Joseph Estrada, who was convicted with plunder, later on pardoned, and tried to regain his seat in 2010, but lost to President Noynoy Aquino.

As for me, the real definition of “mahirap” or poor is in your hands. It could be having not enough economic resources to afford basic needs, lack of education, lack of knowledge, deprived rights, social placements discriminations. It’s too many to mention here to interpret the meaning of being “poor” because we create our lives based on what we think and do.

Being poor is just a state of mind.

Manila Day Ride is a Century Ride

Century Ride in Tagaytay

125kms - Century Ride

What does century ride means to me? It means patience and determination.

Yes, I made my first century ride for this year in The Manila Day Ride. It was nice to be back in long riding and it won’t be possible without our friendly friends from Padyak Manilenyo and Cambio.

Padyak Manilenyo are mountain bikers from Manila and near by Manila, who I biked with from Manila while, CAMBIO also known as CAvite Mountain BIkers Organization are bikers from the south who led us the way to Tagaytay.

Padyak Manilenyo

Padyak Manilenyo

We were 11 bikers when we left Manila at exactly 0415 and on our way, some mountain bikers joined us and rode towards Phoenix Gas Station, Molino, Cavite. Our route to Molino is here:

San Andres St. – Osmena Hi-way – SLEX – West Service Road – Alabang – Filinvest Corporate City – Daang Hari – Molino Road

Padyak Manilenyo and Cambio

Padyak Manilenyo and Cambio

We were surprised when 16 Cambio came to Phoenix Gas Station in Molino, Cavite to welcomed us and joined the ride. I knew few of them as they are listed in my Facebook friends and met them in some organized rides in Philmofo and races. Our route to Tagaytay:

Molino Road – Paliparan – Salawag – Greenwoods – Silang – Tagaytay

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

The ride to Tagaytay won’t be complete without seeing the beautiful scene of Taal Lake and its volcano. The ride ends up here and time to return to typical noise and traffic in Manila.

Century rides are known to be long and hard.  Its always challenging and demanding.  Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how hard and long the ride is, as long as you rode it with good friends like these mountain bikers I biked with, long ride is just a piece of cake. 🙂

Remembering Typhoon Ondoy

Me and rest of the participants of the The Manila Day Ride keep on exchanging conversation about pushing the set scheduled ride despite of bad weather. Due to heavy rains brought by Typhoon Falcon, Padyak Manilenyo decided to cancel off the ride and move it on July 2. After all, it was a good call for the safety of the group. This occasion led me recalled my experience during Typhoon Ondoy.

September 26, 2009, it was drizzling and raining when we decided to do long rides near north. We agreed to go to Sierra Madre Hotel bike trails via Marcos Hiway from UP Diliman, because this route offers different degree of difficulty and good training for newbies like us.

The experience of battling typhoon Ondoy is something that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

Took a short video clip from the bridge after we had our brunch at Mang Vic’s Bulaluhan. This bridge collapsed after 2 hours.

We were chilling when we reached the Garden Cottage marker.

The current of landslide is still tolerable, that we can still manage to push our bikes.

We kept focused and determined when passed by the falling trees, grunting sound of falling rocks from the mountains and collapsed Meralco posts.

“Hindi na ito masaya”. I heard this from my behind after seeing another landslide, only 8 kms more to Sierra Madre Hotel. Some locals told us, someone is trapped and found dead inside the huge landslide and an officer wearing a camouflage uniform confirmed it too. We asked them if they need help, they advised us to leave the place instantly because the bridge connecting Baras and Antipolo is about to collapsed.

We were surprised when we reversed the trail because the earlier recorded scenes changed when we passed by. Since, the bridge connecting Baras and Antipolo is no longer passable, we opted for another route but, the trail going Palo Alto is not passable too due to flash floods. It was a hopeless effort.

We have no other choice but to stay in Baras overnight. Luckily, a Good Samaritan named Marita helped and allowed us to stay for a night in their house.

The next day, we thank Marita and her family for their hospitality. We leave the house and bike back the city, communication were down, no electricity, Marikina can compared to a ghost town. I saw the destruction brought by typhoon Ondoy, houses are submerged, I can’t afford staring those women carrying their babies both batched in mud.

Upon arriving home, I hugged my mom and cried like a baby. That moment, I learned one thing, never underestimate the rain.


The Manila Day Ride

The Manila Day Ride

I still remember the last time I biked Manila to Tagaytay all way. Now, I am doing it again on June 25 on Manila Day Ride.

The ride is less than 100 kms, very short duh!!!! it will start from San Andres St., Osmena Hi-way, Manila at 0400 to Mushroom Burger, Tagaytay Branch. Lets give our legs a chance to taste sweet uphills of Tagaytay.

Hope we could meet new faces from Manila and outside Manila.

Invitation update is posted in Facebook Event and in Philmofo Fun Ride section.

For safety purposes, Padyak Manilenyo have decided to cancel the ride on Saturday, June 25 and move it on July 2.

Happy Birthday Dr. Jose Rizal

Through Proclamation No. 154, President Noynoy Aquino has declared June 20, 2011 a special non-working holiday. It is the Philippines National Hero, Jose P. Rizal 150th Birthday.

I don’t have any updates on the events for his birthday.  Meanwhile, I follow this Twitter personality @parengjoserizal and obviously, we know for a fact that he’s fake, but his tweet is worth one to follow, because his political and social thoughts are just like the real Dr. Jose Rizal. Thanks Dr. Rizal for teaching us that pen is powerful than sword as to blogging in this advanced genre.

Rizal’s birthday, June 19 falls on a Sunday this year but the National Historical Commission of the Philippines requested the holiday to be moved on June 20 (Monday).

Here’s the full text of the Proclamation courtesy of the Government’s Official Gazette:






WHEREAS, Sunday, June 19, 2011, marks the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our national hero;

WHEREAS, to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country, rekindle their admiration and respect for him, and to celebrate this milestone with appropriate ceremonies, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) requested that Monday, June 20, 2011, be declared as special non-working holiday instead of June 19, 2011, which falls on a Sunday.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday, June 20, 2011, as special (non-working) day throughout the country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 26th day of April, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.


By the President:


Executive Secretary

Photo Courtesy of Vibal Foundation Organization