To position Bacolod as the “Riders’ Capital of Western Visayas,” three motorcycle riders here embarked on a 12-day journey Monday night across the Philippine archipelago that will end on April 22 also in this city.
Russell Ban, Christian Aguirre, and Jason Tupas called their trip “Lakbayin ang Pilipinas: The Riders’ Pilgrimage.”
Around 9 p.m. Monday, the three riders started their journey in a send-off ceremony held at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds, where Councilor Renecito Novero said a prayer for guidance and safety of the riders.
Ban told Mayor Evelio Leonardia in a letter that they attempt to loop the Philippine archipelago with the hope to promote local tourism and for Bacolod to possibly earn the title, “Riders’ Capital of Western Visayas.”
The three riders are eyeing to set a Philippine record of riding 7,000 kilometers across major roads of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, spanning 21 provinces in only 12 days.
Bacolod is their Kilometer Zero, where the loop started and will end on April 22.
Ban said they have the support of about 82,000 registered motorcycle riders in Bacolod, and bike clubs around the country, whose members are monitoring their journey through social media.
He also acknowledged the local government units that will be part of their trip.
Before the start of their pilgrimage, Ban, Tupas and Aguirre posed for a group photo in front of the tarpaulin from Mayor Evelio Leonardia wishing them good luck in their “epic journey.” (PNA)