How well do you know Philippine history? If you feel you need to brush up, then this is your chance to revisit the country’s colorful past while exercising your riding passion at the same time. The Breakfast Ride Community is once again preparing for a series of group rides that will promote numerous historical shrines.
Raymon and Malou Gabriel have previously staged similar events in the past, beginning with the first ‘Republika Ride’ that took place in Malolos, Bulacan, on February 18, 2018. At the invitation of former Malolos mayor Christian Natividad, the Gabriels were able to gather some 1,700 riders from Metro Manila and its neighboring areas.
The big celebration coincided with the town fiesta, themed ‘Vamos a Malolos,’ which is the local government’s tourism initiative. The riders got to taste local delicacies and witnessed cultural presentations from the locals.
“Maraming plans (for 2021). As soon as matapos ang Covid, Republika Ride will visit the eight rays that symbolize the first eight Tagalog provinces that rose up against Spanish colonial rule,” says Raymon. The eight places on the itinerary are: Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Laguna, Tarlac, and Batangas.
The plan appears to be very doable, because the provinces covered by the event are confined to just one cluster in Luzon. This would make the rides more manageable for the organizers because they can easily coordinate with local government officials, and their short durations would help make enforcing safety protocols easier, too.
Raymon says his group is planning to stage the Republika Ride by July next year if the country’s health situation will allow it. For now, all we can do is hope and pray that everything will be better in 2021 so we can all have worry-free rides.