In February 2016, Oscar Rivera, then a call center agent, only wanted to share his camping adventures by posting photos and videos of his activities on social media.
Back then, he would pack a small tent, extra clothes, portable burner, and a few kitchen utensils into his Honda Wave 125 before riding with his former schoolmates to their favorite campsites mostly found in the towns of Lucban, Infanta, and Real in Quezon province. He is originally from Taytay, Rizal, so Rivera is very familiar with the campsites in the area where he usually enjoys the sunrise or sunset view from his tent.
Awed by the beauty of the Sierra Madre mountains, Rivera put up the Motocamping Philippines page on Facebook to be able to share to the rest of the world our country’s natural treasures. “Iilan lang ang nagpo-post nun,” says Rivera, “hindi ko akalain dadami kami ng ganito.”
Fast forward to 2021, Motocamping Philippines now has almost 7,000 fans actively posting photos and videos of their camping exploits even at the height of the quarantine restrictions. It turns out many of them have discovered places to unwind that are not far from their residences.
Surprisingly, a good number of these moto campers come from other regions, showing newly-discovered places. Also, they usually post their images at the start of the week after they spent a weekend in remote areas. “Nakaka-miss talaga,” says Rivera, who is now working for a logistics company in New Zealand. And definitely, he wants to come back and visit his favorite campsites if the situation permits soon.
Before he left the country in May 2019, Motocamping had only around 2,000 followers. The FB page is such a big hit that even experts in the different adventure-related fields like mountaineers, trail riders, photographers, vloggers, and even first-aid responders have joined the community. Shah Cometa now serves as the group moderator for the Motocamping community while Rivera is abroad.
Each of them share their expertise to help others join the bandwagon. The geist of the Motocamping Philippines website is about traveling light and living within a ‘budget meal’ to make the riders feel closer to nature. The simpler, the better.
We will not be surprised if see posts of other professionals in Motocamping Philippines like doctors, media personalities, and even government officials pegging their tents to escape from the stressful city life.
Last Saturday, Mark Salvador, an outdoor enthusiast who is a first-aid instructor, relayed to the followers Motocamping Philippines some helpful tips on how to savor the beauty of the mountains or coastal areas without compromising the safety.
He also discussed tips on survival, how to prepare the motorbike, and log the activities of the campers for future reference. Now if you’re thinking of joining the group, here’s the number one rule: ‘Leave no trace’ at the campsites.
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