Over the weekend, scooter aficionados all over the country celebrated National Vespa Day. Vespa Club of the Philippines compiled photos of vespisti (Italian for Vespa rider) from Metro Manila to Iloilo and uploaded the album on its Facebook page:
Among the local fans of the Italian scooter who marked the occassion were the Vespa Lady Riders (VLR), who organized a short ride for a limited number of members (15) due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases.
“The meetup was 7am at Burgos Circle in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), and we rolled off to a nice restaurant in Marikina (called) Rustic Mornings. We chose a restaurant that has an al fresco dining setup to make sure that all riders are safe,” VLR founder Che Cruz told Top Bikes Philippines.
After a few photo ops in BGC and Marikina, the motorcycle group headed to Intramuros and by the breakwaters in Manila Bay.
The Vespa Lady Riders, which Cruz started just this January and has 110 members as of this writing, aims to inspire women to ride with confidence by cooperating with the riding community and sharing photos of their group rides. They also advocate for the scooter as a safer means to commute.
If not for the pandemic, Cruz and crew would be hanging out in BGC and the Mall of Asia area, or taking long trips to Greater Manila and Calabarzon. For now, VLR is making do with short rides and urban destinations.
“There are currently a lot of limitations. Imagine how fun and fulfilling it is to ride not just around the beautiful spots in the metro like coffee shops and museums, but also nearby beaches and the countryside,” she said. “But (with the COVID-19 situation), we always have to limit and be cautious when planning each ride. All health and safety protocols have to be strictly implemented.”