April 2021

Special Feature: April 2021! In this issue: Batanes Coastal Cleanup (by Xhai Vie), Guiuan Beach Cleanup (by Orland Quesada), East Samar Adventure Ride (by Anna Fair Marasigan), and Northern Cebu Solo Ride (by Janreil Amistoso).

Batanes Coastal Cleanup

Basco, Batanes Islands The local Bike Scouts team composed of members of Batanes Riders organized a clean-up of a portion of the coastline near Basco. The work resulted in the collection of an incredible amount of ocean waste, particularly plastic waste that came drifted from other countries. Bike Scouts Batanes will be the pilot project team for the Bike Scouts’ Ocean Waste Initiative that will be collecting data about the source of the plastic waste. The data will be used in working with brands that produce the materials found on Batanes’ beaches. This will hopefully be the basis for collaboration with brands in the Philippines and other countries to take action with local communities and governments to better manage the plastic waste that ends up in the ocean.

All photos by Xhai Vie of Batanes Riders/ Bike Scouts BATANES

Guiuan Beach Cleanup

Guiuan, Eastern Samar The local Bike Scouts team in Guiuan organized a beach clean-up project on one of the many beaches in their part of Eastern Samar. Guiuan is a Municipality that includes the islands of Calicoan which is known for its surfing, and Homonhon where Ferdinand Magellan is believed to have landed for the first time in the Philippines in the 16th century. In World War II, Guiuan served as an important base for American forces when they fought the Japanese Army to retake the Philippines. Bike Scouts Guiuan has a long term partnership with the local community of the area covered by the clean-up to sustain their environmental protection effort. The beach clean-up activity include Orland Quesada and new members of the Bike Scouts in Guiuan: Leonora Isabela Ayllon Herrera, Marjorie Joy Matoza, Jestatly Joseph Abogadie, and their youngest member Irish Christian D. Quesada

All photos by Orland Quesada of Bike Scouts GUIUAN

Eastern Samar Adventure Ride

Eastern Samar (Secret Location) The Bike Scouts team in Eastern Samar is particularly active in organizing adventure rides around their province that can be considered as one of the best natural places in the Philippines. In particular is the The Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) which is the largest contiguous tract of old-growth forest in the Philippines. It is the country’s largest terrestrial protected area, with an area of 333,300 hectares. This particular ride is at an undisclosed location because of the security risk posed by a local insurgency. The participants of this ride are local to the area and are familiar with the necessary things to know and do when riding in places such as this one.

All photos by Anna Fair Marasigan of Bike Scouts EAST SAMAR

Northern Cebu Solo Ride

Tabogon, Northern Cebu This particular ride in the scenic roads of Northern Cebu in the Philippines is at least 40kms long round-trip from Bogo City to Tabogon. The municipality of Tabogon is bordered by the the Camotes Sea in the east. The area offers historic sites, dazzling beaches, cold springs, scenic hills and the beautiful Salag Mangrove Park that can be accessed via a hanging bridge where both ends are enveloped by forest trees.

All photos by Janreil Amistoso of Bike Scouts CEBU

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Check out the recommendations from the Bike Scouts community for places to visit, eat, and shop on your next ride! Go Local!

Western Tokyo A beautiful but secret trail unfolds before Kosuke-san on his bicycle in Western Tokyo, Japan. Kosuke Miyata, a cycling advocate with the Cycling Embassy of Japan shares how it’s customary in his area to keep beautiful local trails secret. That’s why we can enjoy the scenery through the photograph, but the actual trail will remain a well-kept secret known only to a few!

Western Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Kosuke Miyata,Cycling advocate @CycleEmbassyJP

Northern Italy The Rocca Sanvitale, or Sanvitale Castle, is a fortress residence in the centre of the town of Fontanellato, near Parma, northern Italy. Construction of the moated block, accessible through a drawbridge, was begun in the 13th century, mostly completed by the 15th century, with embellishments continuing through to the 18th century. It is prototypical of the urban castle-houses of the turbulent medieval communes of Northern Italy. Until the 1930s it was the home of the descendants of the Count of Sanvitale.

Rocca di Fontanellato Castle, Parma, Northern Italy By Dan Voloso Dulfo

Shiga, Japan Riding the Ohmi Railway train with bicycles in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Ohmi Railway Co., Ltd. is a Japanese private railway company that operates in Shiga Prefecture. The company is named after Ōmi Province, the old name of present-day Shiga. The railway is nicknamed “Gachakon train” by locals because of its noisy sound. Photo by Masayuki Akamatsu, Japan

Riding an Ohmi Railway train with bicycles in Japan By Masayuki Akamatsu

Eastern Samar, Philippines Baybay Boulevard is one of the city attractions of Borongan City, Eastern Samar with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean and provides a great view of surfers that regularly ride the waves along the coastline. Borongan is also the capital of the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines and features the Borongan Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Parish of the Nativity of Our Lady (Waray: Parokya-Katedral han Matawo han Birhen Maria) which is a Roman Catholic cathedral located near the mouth of the Loom River. The city also has historical sites and offers very good hotels and restaurants.

Baybay Boulevard, Borongan City, Eastern Samar, Philippines By Neil Alejandro Pinarok

Eastern Samar, Philippines The Municipality of Quinapondan (Waray: Bungto han Quinapondan; Tagalog: Bayan ng Quinapondan), is a municipality in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines. Sagkaray Eco Park is located in Barangay Santa Cruz (Loro Diyo) of Quinapondan and provides an expansive view of the surrounding coastline along Matarinao Bay and the historic Leyte Gulf.

Sagkaray Eco Park, Quinapondan, Eastern Samar, Philippines by Adrian Delantar

Lipa City, Philippines The trails of Barangay Bulaklakan in Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines ends up on the shores of the very scenic Taal Lake. The lake is also known as Bombón Lake, a freshwater volcanic crater lake in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The lake fills Taal Volcano, a large volcanic caldera formed by very large eruptions between 500,000 and 100,000 years ago.

Brgy. Bulaklakan, Lipa City by Andres Alisuag III

Eastern Samar, Philippines Caglosong Falls is in Brgy Del Pilar, Maydolong (Waray: Bungto han Maydolong; Tagalog: Bayan ng Maydolong), Eastern Samar, Philippines. There are two stories about the naming of Maydolong. Officially accepted by the Sangguniang Bayan is the story of a fisherman who used to travel to the village of Matnog. Because they needed to rest from their travel along the east coast of Samar, these fisherman used to say “Matnog it Dolong” which means “the bow must point to Matnog” in the local dialect. This saying got shortened to Maydolong, which eventually became the name of the village.

Caglosong Falls uphill ride by Anna Fair Marasigan

Cavite, Philippines Davilan trails is in Carmona, Cavite, Philippines. The trail is well-known to locals around Carmona, San Pedro, Santa Rosa, and other nearby towns and cities. The area also features a Paragliding area and cyclists can regularly see paragliding enthusiasts practicing above them as they test their skills on the single track and downhill trails.

Secret Spot at the Davilan Trails by Francis Gideon Repedro

Cavite, Philippines The global pandemic tested the resilience of entire communities and many people and families were left without the means to take care of themselves. Bike Scouts like Mark have been delivering supplies using bicycles throughout the lockdowns that were imposed multiple times at the height of the crisis. Mark uses a bicycle trailer and works with other volunteers to deliver what’s needed.

Delivering relief supplies in Imus Cavite by Mark Steve Manzano

Eastern Samar, Philippines The Municipality of Balangkayan (Waray: Bungto han Balangkayan; Tagalog: Bayan ng Balangkayan) is a municipality in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines. Balangkayan is known for the Minasangay Island Marine Ecological Park and Resort that’s known for its cliff diving, scuba diving, mangroves and coral reefs and is a popular destination for the locals of the province.

Balangkayan, Eastern Samar by NJ Castillo

Bulacan, Philippines Bulacan (Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Bulacan; Kapampangan: Lalawigan ning Bulacan) is a province in the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Bulacan was established on August 15, 1578 and is now a part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. The name “Bulacan” was derived from the Tagalog word “bulak” which is cotton in English. When the Spaniards first came to the Philippines they found cotton growing abundantly in many places in Luzon, particularly in Bulacan. Bulacan is the site of the battle between the Spanish Army led by Simon de Anda y Salazar and British forces on January 18, 1763. The British sent an expedition of 400 regular soldiers, 300 Malabar Negroes and 2,000 Chinese allies. The Spaniards made a gallant stand with the help of local villagers but was defeated.

An open field used for mountain bikes in a Bulacan neighborhood by SK Ryan Karaan Espiritu

Albay, Philippines Pantao is a community in the western coastal area of Libon, Albay province in central Philippines. Like all of Albay, Bikol is the primary language. Some residents may also speak English or Tagalog. The dialect spoken in Pantao is akin to those spoken in the coastal towns of Camarines Sur, but also very similar to those spoken in Oas, Ligao, and Polangui. The town of Libon, as it is presently known was originally called Libong. It is not known when and how the letter “g” got dropped. Some writers believe that the Spaniards must have found it difficult to pronounce the word “Libong” with the letter g, so that in due time Libong became Libon. In 1573, Juan de Salcedo set up the garrison named Santiago de Libong, and a church was constructed under the patronage of Saint James the Apostle. In 1578, when the Franciscans arrive, it was ceded to the province under San Gregorio Magno.

View of a cove by the roadside in Pantao, Albay by Vicson Añonuevo

BONUS CONTENT: Eastern Samar, Philippines Amandaraga Falls is in Lawaan, Eastern Samar, a municipality along the coastline between Marabut and Balanggiga. Amandaraga Falls is one of four waterfalls in Lawaan that are within the buffer zone of the Samar Island Natural Park, the largest contiguous tract of old-growth forest in the Philippines. It is the country’s largest terrestrial protected area, with an area of 333,300 hectares (824,000 acres). The buffer zone is spread north to south over the island’s three provinces (Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Samar province) and totals 458,700 hectares (1,133,000 acres), about a third of the entire island of Samar.

Amandaraga Falls in Lawaan, Eastern Samar by Adrian Delantar

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