A unique road trip kicks off a special three-day motocross event starting Sept. 11 to commemorate the 125th birthday of former President Quirino and the 44th founding anniversary of Quirino Province.
The event dubbed ‘Quirino to Quirino’ (Q2Q) gathers a huge group of motor bikers at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta and will travel a total of 350 kilometers all the way to Quirino province, which hosts the annual Gov. Junie E. Cua Motocross Cup.
Both the landmark grandstand and the province were named after the sixth president of the republic.
The Sept. 11-13 event was launched at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate with Gov. Cua and Cory Quirino, trustee and president of the Elpidio Quirino Foundation, both leading the guests.
“This is going to be the beginning of a tradition in honor of a President who led us and gave us legacies to remember,” said Cua in honor of the late president, who rose from a humble barrio teacher to become the highest official of the land from 1948-53.
The occasion is not only in celebration of President Quirino’s birthday, but also in remembering his ideals and principles, according to the beauteous granddaughter of the great man billed as the ‘Father of Minimum Wage Law.’
“Through this (motor bike ride), we want to deliver a message of statesmanship, that from a very humble barrio teacher he rose to become the highest official of the land. Hindi naging hadlang ang kahirapan sa pagtupad ng kanyang mga pangarap,” said the television host, who was also joined by Raymond Gabriel of Together We Ride and Toto Villanueva of Touratech in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Accel, Shakey’s, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
Organizers expect around 300 to 500 riders to join the road trip that will take at least six to eight hours before reaching its destination, fast becoming known as the ‘Motorismo’ capital of the Northern Philippines.
The contingent leaves the Quirino Grandstand at 4 a.m. and expects to be in Quirino Province shortly after lunch time. A fellowship night hosted by Gov. Cua and Congressman Dax Cua will be held on the same day.
Biker clubs which already signified its participation include Club 200, Any time all the time (ATAT), Ducati Touring Team (DTT), Moto Club Riders (MCR), Brotherhood of Ducati Diavel Philippines (BDDP), Guns Motorcycle Club, Batangas Ducati Club, Ducati Unlimited Club (DUC), Saturday Posers Group (SPG), Angeles Ducati Club (ACDC).
Participants of the road trip will also be shown of the province’s numerous natural attractions such as parks, rivers, caves, and waterfalls.
The event is just one of the many lined-up by the President Quirino Foundation this year in connection to its EQ125 campaign which aims to generate awareness for the principles and values of Tolerance, Goodwill, and Love that the late Chief Executive lived by, and inspire the future generation to embody them.
Other activities include the Teachers Healthy, Happy Day – a wellness treat by Ms. Quirino, Guro to Pangulo Awards, lecture series, Usapang EQ, Guro to Pangulo Marathon, and a tree-planting activity, among others.