Philmofo Bisaklat Story

It gave me sweat when I recount the the adventures of the recently concluded Philmofo Bisaklat: Gulong at Dunong held at Puting Bato Trail in Rizal.

Believe me, its not that simple. Story telling should be done with passion and delivered in a very entertaining way to get the children’s attention . Imagine how Kuya Bodjie of Batibot , back in the 80′s, captivated the interest & attention of the kids listening to his stories.

Sharing some photos taken by Tina Dela Cruz, President of Firefly Brigade.

Alan Sotelo - Philmofo Moderator

Alan Sotelo - Philmofo Moderator

Mark De Castro - Philmofo Moderator and Vitara Philippines

Mark De Castro - Philmofo Moderator and Vitara Philippines

The main activity started with a song and dance activity which broke the ice and established rapport with the children.

After the main story was delivered to everyone. The children when to their designated groups. I was assigned to be the storyteller to the group “Puti” which had 6 children.

I read them the book, “Ang mga Kamatis ni Peles.” I think the children enjoyed the story that they asked me to tell them another story.

Art activities came next after the storytelling. I gave them papers and crayons for them to draw.   My heart went to the 3 kids who cannot draw . With passion and determination, I  taught them and guided them to draw flowers and tomatoes.

We then gave the children loot bags which contained school supplies and some snacks. Even the parents had a crack at getting some extra goodies for themselves.

This affair was not only a learning experience for the kids but us adults as well. One thing I learned from the kids is  to cherish and enjoy the little things we have and to maintain the innocence of a child because one day, these little things will contribute to bigger ones.

All in all, there were about 70 children, 80 bikers and 50 parents who joined and supported the activity.

The next schedule Bisaklat storytelling activities will be in Sagada on November and Boracay on January 2012 in time for the Ati-atihan Festival.

Those who are interested to join, donate books and school supplies, please contact the following.

Jenny Arce 0923.4385388 :::
Carla Dizon 0922.8476374 :::
Bingle Felizardo 0922.8550209 :::

More photos at Philmofo Bisaklat Photos by @ Flickr.

Video credits to Jire Carreon.

Bodivance Works

I was one of the 200+ mountain bikers who joined the newbie ride of Philmofo’s Maarat Rampage held last Sunday, May 1 at Shotgun Trail. To give you a brief profile of the trail, Shotgun Trail is one of the famous trails in San Mateo given its perfect view of Metro Manila and Sierra Madre Mountains. And, one of the steepest trails in North near Manila.

I hydrate, stretch and share few sachets of Bodivance to some mountain bikers.

 Jaime Marcelo

John Casey Santos

We applied Bodivance together before hitting Shotgun Trail to see if it works 🙂

“BODIVANCE is an all-natural formulation that creates a thermogenic effect on the applied areas. This increases the circulation to exercising muscles, resulting in a more effective workout. It also accelerates warm up and recovery time, making exercise easier while reducing the risk of aches, cramps and muscle pulls”

I don’t have some advanced bike computers like Garmin Edge 500 and Polar CS600x to check the exact elevation, however, the trail could be describe approximately 45 degrees elevation, paved road is sharp and steep.

 felt a slight heat on my legs at the middle of the ride.

I finished the whole stretched of the ride without getting leg cramps. After Shotgun Trail, we biked “The Wall” where our free soup is waiting 😉 at Biker’s Cafe.

It works for me and it will work for you too. Please check Bodivance website and Facebook Fan Page too for more details.

Thanks to Fernando Martirez III and Mark Mendoza for the photos.  More pictures here