by The Pinoy Rider
The perils of long distance riding
Being a long-distance traveler and a strong believer of preventive maintenance, I am very picky on what I use on my bike.
Solo Ride to Negros Occidental – The Bacolod and DSB Experience
The second part of my Negros island journey brings me to Negros Occidental.
By this time, I am already tired, not just due to the number of kilometers I have traveled but also because of the unforgiving weather. I could feel the sun and rain alternating, with the sky supposedly having an identity crisis of sorts, seemingly now knowing what kind of weather to give for this trip of mine. Not only will it affect the way I ride, and the length of time needed to cover my route, but it also is taking a toll on my body already. If you have been following my regular column here in Inside Racing Magazine, you would know that I came from Manila, then toured Cebu then took the coastal highway to reach the southernmost tip of Cebu, which is the small town of Santander. From there, I had to board a Roro via Maayo Shipping in order to reach Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Last issue featured my Epic Ride to Dumaguete wherein I toured the place dubbed as “Motorcycle Capital of the Philippines.” Dumaguete is located at the southern part of Negros Island, and as part of my Negros tour, I will now have to travel at least another 200 kilometers or so in order to reach the other province in Negros, this time Negros Occidental.
One of the items in my checklist is to ride and experience the twisties of Don Salvador Benedicto – Western Visayas’ own version of Marilaque. Since it was basically the same distance going to Bacolod, I still chose to stay in Bacolod, for obvious reasons – it’s at the center of all the other popular spots, and it will be easier for me to take care of my accommodation. Also, I wanted to try authentic Chicken Bacolod so for me it was an easy choice anyway.
Epic Ride: Dumaguete
By The Pinoy Rider
As some of you might know, I consider Cebu as my second home so I wanted to do a long ride that is outside of Cebu. The first thing that came into my mind was the island next door – Negros. Personally, I felt I still had some unfinished business with Negros because the only time I was there before, I stayed for a total of four hours only. Yes that is correct, four hours only. It really sounds ridiculous for me not to explore the 2 provinces there as I used that time to cross to Cebu 2 years ago. From the Dumangas Port in Iloilo, I arrived in BREDCO port in Bacolod City. During that time, I would have missed the 3:30 PM cut-off at San Carlos City Port so I proceeded all the way to Escalante City in Negros Occidental so I could take the ferry and arrive in Tabuelan, Cebu. That is the unfinished business I was talking about. I made sure to spend more time on this trip, as Negros deserves more time so I could explore its beauty and share it to everyone so here it goes.
Hi Guys, please grab the latest copy of InsideRACING Magazine (Volume 11 Number 10) and read about my journey from Metro Manila to Cebu via Bicol – Samar – Leyte, right before Typhoon Yolanda hit Visayas. Hopefully this Epic Ride will serve as a guide for future travelers who would like to travel the same route as it contains all the necessary information to help you on your trip: from the route you will take up to the RoRo details you will need. Though it is difficult, it is possible – all 3 islands and 1100 kilometers of it. Live free…
Hey guys this double cover issue of Inside Racing Magazine is still available. Please grab a copy to read about my 1247 km SOLO Visayas Epic Ride adventure on a 100cc underbone!
I am so happy that finally the ride that started it all is now documented in Inside Racing.
Reminds me of so many things, of all the rides I’ve been through, the first time is still the sweetest.
And I miss that bike too.
– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of http://www.pinoyrider.com – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.
Follow his adventures on his website or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PinoyRider
The long row of windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Sur is a sight to behold. It is so unusual in the Philippines that some people travel up to 1200 kilometers by land just to see it. I even know some people who has included the Bangui Windmills in their bucket list.
I’ve been to the NorthWind Bangui Bay Project for a couple of times now, both as part of a Northern Luzon Loop solo expedition, but this time would be different.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. It was first lit on March 30, 1892, and is set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by. After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.
“Tarlac: Back in time”
The Filipino Flag Standing High and Proud in Tarlac
I am very much amazed by the sheer number of old-churches The Philippines has. Of the hundreds of old-style churches that we have here, only 4 of them are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Your trip to Ilocos wouldn’t be complete without visiting the marvelous Paoay Church.
Located in the sleepy town of Paoay in Ilocos Norte, the San Agustin church boasts of high and thick walls serving as its fortress. With a beauty to die for, visiting this one is a must.
Almost 500 kilometers from Manila, Laoag City is the capital of the Northernmost province in Luzon Island – Ilocos Norte.
Most of the pictures we see about Laoag road trips are often during the day time, but have you seen Laoag at night?
Join me as I explore Laoag City through the lens of my camera.
Going up North but don’t have much time to spare to get around The Heritage City of Vigan? No Problem.
Here are 10 things you could do on your Vigan Quickie.
Ilocos Norte is a province rich in Philippine History and old-style culture. Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag City holds many remnants of that authentic Filipino lifestyle.
The Baroque Churches of the Philippines is the official designation to a collection of four Spanish-era churches in the Philippines, upon its inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. They are also one of the most treasured in the Country. The collection is composed of the following:
These churches have been at the forefront of Philippine history, not just in furthering Christianity in the archipelago, but in serving as the political backbone of Spanish colonial rule, when Church and State were regarded as one. The unique architecture of the churches didn’t just reflect the adaptation of Spanish/Latin American architecture to the local environment (including the fusion with Chinese motifs), but also of the Church’s political influence. These churches had been subject to attacks by local revolts and rebellions, hence, most had the appearance of a fortress, rather than just serving as mere religious structures. This is especially noteworthy in the case of Santa Maria Church, located on top of a hill, serving as a citadel during times of crisis. Miag-ao Church also withstood the occasional attacks of Muslims from the south. Further, the location of the Philippines along the Pacific Ring of Fire called for the emphasis on the buttresses and foundations of these churches, with some being seriously damaged, but eventually rebuilt after an earthquake
The marker was built in honor of the soldiers and guerillas who bravely fought the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II.
While thousands of people flock the Church, not everyone gets to visit the museum.
Time to reflect. Time to give thanks and make a little sacrifice by climbing the difficult to reach Kamay ni Hesus Shrine.
– Took the trip inspite of of Bagyong Gorio (hey where’s the adventure if it’s too easy?)
– Reaching the top of the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine entails walking uphill and taking at least 300 steps (a big sacrifice!)
– Had dinner at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas.
– More or less 250 kms back and forth via the National Highway
Gone for the weekend: RIZAL PROVINCE
by The Pinoy Rider
Right at the doorsteps of Metro Manila and nestled at the southern end of the Sierra Madre, Rizal holds many secret natural and cultural treasures – from its seemingly endless zigzag roads, to alluring waterfalls and stunning rock formations, Spanish-era churches to 5 thousand year-old artworks (No kidding! Read on to find out what it is) and a passionate dedication to arts- the Province of Rizal truly has a whole lot more to offer to riders and travelers alike.