The 1247 km SOLO Epic Ride to Panay Island on a 100cc featured on Inside Racing Magazine

The Pinoy Rider

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.

Live Free…

– 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

Going inside one of the windmills of Northwind Bangui Bay Project (aka Bangui Windmills)

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.

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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.

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos

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.

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The Majestic Paoay Church

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.

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Laoag City at night

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.

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A Visit to Museo Ilocos Norte

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.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Nuestra Senora dela Asuncion Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur

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:

  • San Agustin Church in Manila
  • Santa Maria Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
  • San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
  • Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo

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

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The marker was built in honor of the soldiers and guerillas who bravely fought the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II.

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Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine Museum in Manaoag, Pangasinan

While thousands of people flock the Church, not everyone gets to visit the museum.

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Time to reflect in Lucban, Quezon – Kamay ni Hesus Shrine

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

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Gone for the weekend: RIZAL PROVINCE

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.

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Project: Installing a topbox without a bracket on a Honda CBR (video)

Another crazy idea for touring.

This is a 30+ liter Kappa topbox I installed on a fuel-injected Honda CBR to aid me in my touring.

Now, I didn’t want to put a bracket wherein it would make my bike look like a hanger because of the high bracket.

Mind you, this project was done with functionality in mind so I know for a fact that it risked losing some of the beauty of the bike. Anyway, I plan on using this mostly on out-of-town trips for my Motorcycle tour of the Philippines.

Please watch the video for more info. 😉

available in 480p. Comments are appreciated.

Live Free…

– 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

Video: Channel 4’s BRM BRM TV feature last May 26th on The Pinoy Rider

For those who weren’t able to catch it, here’s the video of last week’s BRM BRM TV feature. I talked about safety riding tips, why I do long distance riding, etc.

Check it out 😉

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