ALL roads lead to Koronadal City as motorcycle riders and enthusiasts bid to break three Guinness world records as the fitting highlight of the 23rd National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs Annual Convention on April 29.
Over 2,000 riders are set to gather for the weeklong event starting on April 22, when motorcycle enthusiasts, including ‘big bikers,’ embark on setting the marks for the largest parade of motorcycles, most engines started simultaneously, and most motorcycle horns sounded simultaneously.
“Isa yan sa mabigat na gagawin namin during the event, we’ll try to break the Guinness world record,” said Koronadal City mayor Fernando B. Miguel in a press conference at the Ropali Classics in Pasig City.
“The current Guinness World Record holder is India – about 1,700 riders. We’re looking at some 2,500 riders. A few years ago we saw some 1,400 riders gather at Mall of Asia,” he added.
Even with strict standards to set new Guinness records, Miguel said the city is more than ready to host the momentous event backed by the Department of Tourism, Petron, BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki and KTM on April 29.
“The parameters set by Guinness World Record e medyo mabusisi, pero kami ay ready,” said Miguel, who is also the president of the Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines, Inc.
In line with President Duterte’s call to boost Mindanao’s sports and eco-tourism, Miguel promised to give his best to make the event very memorable and colorful. With the theme ‘Ride for Culture, Ride for Peace,’ the Koronadal City mayor also hopes to add to Duterte’s call to promote Mindanao as a safe place and a haven for tourists.
“We in Koronadal City are not selfish, so we want to show the culture and landmarks of other towns and let the participants experience the hospitalities of other mayors of South Cotabato. They are now all excited,” said Miguel, who hinted that ‘big-bike fanatic’ Duterte may grace the event if his schedule permits.
Boxing hero Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who is from General Santos City, is likewise expected to join thousands of riders from different regions as organizers already set entry points in various places in Mindanao.
Miguel, who belongs to the motorcycle group called T-Nalak Riders, also said the city has made proper coordination with the PNP and Philippine Army to ensure the safety of the members of more than 100 motorcycle clubs expected, as well as sponsors and spectators.
Motorcycle trade fair and show, lectures for riders, safety seminar and a Driver’s Congress are also lined up.
“Handang handa na kami for this event. We coordinated with the different departments. The object is not only camaraderie but also the safety information about bike,and motorcycle,” said Miguel.
“Dapat lahat marunong sa kalsada, matuto ng riding skills so that we can lessen accidents. Isa yan sa advocacy namin,” he added.