Meet Kristoff Vincent de Jesus—a practicing lawyer, successful businessman, and enthusiast of two-wheelers. In fact, his passion for motorcycles and bicycles has actually deepened amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the height of the lockdown, De Jesus gained a greater appreciation for the practicality of riding bikes to his workplace, especially with the government strictly implementing social distancing measures in public transportation.
The 47-year-old resident of Malabon even went as far as to lend his extra bicycles to frontliners in desperate need of a ride. He eventually found himself involved in the Life Cycles PH, which is a group that gathers bike donations for essential workers.
In between, he hops on his motorbike to escape the hustle and bustle, relax, and unwind. And just like when he’s pedalling, De Jesus has reached different parts of the Philippines on a motorcycle.
One fine day, the idea of doing the Philippine Loop suddenly came to him. De Jesus recalled, “Meron kasing nagpahiram sa akin ng BMW R1200 GS na hindi niya ginagamit. At dahil hindi niya ginagamit nang matagal, tuloy nag-check engine na.” The 2017 model GS that he was referring to had already logged some 600km when his friend from Sorsogon loaned it to him.
At the time, De Jesus was in the Bicol region for a project and brought his bicycle. When his friend asked him to ride the GS to the BMW Motorrad service center in Libis, Quezon City, he agreed on the condition that he be allowed to use it for his PH Loop adventure.
After finishing the Visayas and legs on the big bike, he plans to ride his bicycle back to Malabon—a stretch that he wants to be officially recognized in the itinerary of his PH Loop run.
The lawyer, who got the go-ahead from his friend, immediately wrote to the tour organizers regarding the matter.
The founder of the Philippine Loop Adventure Tour, Francis Rivera, didn’t hesitate and heeded De Jesus’ request. Rivera explained, “Maganda rin yung CSR (corporate social responsiblity) project niya. Pag nasimulan niya at nabasa ng mga cyclist yung article, mag-snowball effect na yan.”
And besides, three- and four-wheelers are also allowed in the PH Loop, so what difference does a bike make?
De Jesus doesn’t want to stop at bicycle giveaways. His next goal: Promote tree-planting activities as he rides and bikes around the country.
He said in his letter, “If I will be allowed, I will be donating a bicycle to a deserving person of your own choosing. Moreover, I commit to plant 10 native trees in a place or different places somewhere within the Greater Manila area—also of your choice.”
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