Mindanao Freedom Riders (MFR) motorcycle club has been staging its own version of the Philippine Loop long before the tourism-oriented adventure became popular.
With the support of Norminring Motorbikes, these big bikers traverse Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon at least once a year not only to enjoy riding their iron horses, but to promote the different scenic and historical spots in the country as well. They accomplish the latter by posting selfies taken at the places they visited.
On average, 40 to 50 riders from the southern Philippines join the event, which covers some 4,000km across the country over at least two weeks.
However, last year’s ride had to be postponed because of COVID-19. But later in the year, the group conducted some shorter group rides—which involved some charity work for several communities in the region as well.
MFR is celebrating its 10th year anniversary in November this year. This early, Norminring is already drafting plans and routes for inter-island travel, with high hopes that the nationwide health situation will improve soon.
The latest MFR post on social media shows that the group has already started conducting ocular inspections on the routes in Mindanao. But if you look closer, it says in the last line: “No vaccine, no ride.” We immediately linked up with one of the event organizers to ask if they’re serious about this policy.
“Yes, bro. Alam na ng mga veteran riders yan. We set the rules para clear,” says Marlon Montera. The inspection would have reached Metro Manila, but due to the impending implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the region, MFR temporarily scrapped it.
We also asked Montera how the vaccination program is going in their area. “Okay naman. Tuluy-tuloy na dito, (category) A4 na. Medyo marami na ang nakatanggap,” he adds. MFR traditionally requires COVID-19 antibody testing two days before a major club event. For double protection, this will now be supported by the vaccine requirement for all riders.
Do you think other bike clubs will follow suit?
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