Manila, Philippines – About 250 motorcycle enthusiasts will gather at Rizal Park, Manila on Saturday, 20 November, to kick-off a two-day ride covering two loops of Region CALABARZON’s tourist spots and pit stops. The kick-off ride is one of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines’ initiatives to bring back the confidence of the public to travel within the country while exercising “new normal” guidelines and safety protocols on the road in line with its Philippine Motorcycle Tourism (PMT) Program.
The Taal Lake Loop (Cavite-Batangas) will include stops in Maragondon (Habi of Maragondon, Simbahan ng Maragondon, Caingin River), Tagaytay, Taal (Basilica San Martin De Tours, Marcella Agoncillo Historical Landmark, Apacible Historical Landmark), San Juan (Laiya), Lipa (Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Church), Mataasnakahoy (My Honey’s Farm), Sto. Tomas (National Shrine of Padre Pio), and Sta. Rosa (Nuvali Park).
The Laguna Lake Loop (Rizal-Laguna-Quezon) will cover Antipolo (Antipolo Cathedral, Hinulugang Taktak) Tanay (Daranak Falls), Pililia (Pililia Windmills, Pakil (St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church), Paete, Luisiana (pandan weaving), Lucban (Kamay ni Hesus), San Juan (Laiya), Dolores (Bangkong Kahoy Valley), San Pablo City (Sulyap Gallery Cafe), and Sta. Rosa Nuvali Park.
“We continue to push the limits to create new ways to enjoy safe travel amid our present situation because we know that travelling and adventure give us purpose and new perspectives. This time, we are exploring the country on two wheels and presenting an alternative way of travelling to entice the public to discover more of the Philippines’ interesting culture, sites, cuisines and other tourism products,” said TPB COO Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones.
In preparation for the kick-off ride, a hybrid webinar will be held onsite at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and virtually through an online platform on Friday, November 19.
The webinar intends to equip participating motorcycle riders and other enthusiasts with knowledge on safe riding, off-road driving techniques and skills, and adventure tourism through the expertise of invited speakers, Rod Cruz of the Arangkada Riders’ Alliance, Gen. Fernando Paez of the Law Enforcer Riders’ Association of the Philippines, and Mel Aquino of the Yamaha Off-Road Training Camp.
Moreover, the said webinar is for free and registrants will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis through online registration: bit.ly/tpb-hybrid-pre-ride-webinar.
The Philippine Motorcycle Tourism kick-off ride and hybrid webinar will be conducted in accordance with Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines. Only fully-vaccinated individuals will be accepted to join the webinar and the kick-off ride onsite, following strict safety and health protocols during the entire duration of the event.