2011 05 14 MCPF LTO Motorcycle Safety Riding Seminar

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2011 05 22 HELMET and IPOD Advocacy Ride To Batangas Provincial Capitol

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MCP Stir and MCP 3Kings

Loloy D, MCP Rovic and Renan

Loloy D with MCP Stir and Team MCP Renan


Loloy D with Marigold from IPOD

Loloy D with MCP STSagun

Loloy D with MCP Anne2DMax

The popular GotoBats

2011 03 17 HFRC Quick Ride - Bulaluhan sa Alfonso, Tagaytay

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Loloy D with Maricel

2011 03 17 HFRC Ride to Honda Philippines, Inc. Manufacturing Plant, Tanauan, Batangas

Quick Notes:
  • Served as spearhead from Alabang to Turbina due to lack of route familiarity among volunteers. I am not accustomed to serving as a spearhead; I feel I'm more useful at being a sweeper marshal, but I am very happy to have served in HFRC. I am looking forward to serving as a ride marshal once again.
  • About 54 HFRC club members participated in this ride event.
  • Met with noble, glorious and friendly gentlemen from the Honda Forumers Riders Club (HFRC) -, notably Michael, Warren, 3v1l541n7 (EvilSaint), JoeyLito, Ibanez, Coolworld, Boritto77, Leandro/Priure and other cool and fun dudes. Also got acquainted with the beautiful and gorgeous ladies of HFRC, many of them as wives and pillion riders of HFRC members.
  • Reconnected with Ms. Claudine, an employee from Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI). And also met the very knowledgeable and friendly Sir Gilbert, who is apparently an individual member of the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA).
  • Had fun. Enjoyed the plant tour, food and people.
Things todo (and what to expect from this blog post/story/ride report):
  • Post GPSed track information from Tanauan to Tagaytay.
  • Expand ride report.
  • Post fuel economy analysis.
  • Publicize in MCP, HFRC (FB + HondaPh + old club forum + new club forum).
  • Get into more rides.

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Arriving at the HPI plant, around 9:45 AM. Earrings on men are strictly disallowed, even for guests and visitors

Listened to tour briefing at the HPI Welcome Lounge

Loloy D with Ms. Claudine

HFRC group picture at the HPI Welcome Lounge

Loloy D with Ms. Joy

HPI plant grounds plan and mini-scale model

HFRC group picture in front of the Honda Philippines, Inc. main building

2011 02 20 Post RFAC Mission Side Trip to Dingalan, Aurora

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2011 02 20 RFAC Barasoain and Emmaus at Malolos

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2011 02 18 Team MCP Meeting at Kowloon, Cainta

No motorcycles were harmed in this story. The shooting was supervised by the Emperador Light Humane Society For the Prevention Of Cruelty To Red Horse.

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2011 02 04 05 06 ATPI Petron Endurance Economy Run Manila to Bataan to Zambales to Pangasinan to Nue

Official post-ride statistics coming from the organizers, Adventure Team Philippines, Incorporated (ATPI).

We had a total of 324 registrants. On Feb. 4, 2011, 7 registrants did not show up and 42 participants failed the safety inspection screening. A total of 275 participants were sent off. After the event, 11 riders did not finish, 6 were disqualified for failing to pass through all the checkpoints and 32 riders failed to meet the cut-off time but still finished the route (non-bearing finishers). The total number of finishers is 226. For the record, our initial cut-off times were 12.30 PM at Urdaneta, 4 PM at Aritao and 9 PM at Baguio. Considering that the send off time was delayed by 40 minutes, we announced during the send off that all the cut-off times will be adjusted accordingly. At 1 PM on Feb 5, we were informed by the checkpoint officer that riders who assisted other riders in distress in Bataan, Subic and Candelaria were requesting for cut-off adjustments to compensate for their downtime. At 1 PM, we informed the last three checkpoints that the new cut-off times are 2 PM for Urdaneta, 5 PM for Aritao and 10 PM for Baguio. In this way, all the finishers and winners arrived before the cut-off time. Thank you and see you next year!

I registered 763 kilometers in an intended 750 kilometer endurance economy run, sponsored by Petron Sprint 4T and produced by Adventure Team Philippines, Inc. (ATPI). We took off from Petron Diego Silang cor. C-5 at Taguig at 11:40 PM and I finished at Petron Kisad Road, Baguio City at 9:40 PM the following night, whereby I clocked around 22 hours. This endurance journey consisted of several delicious twisties - Bataan-Olongapo, Dalton Pass at Nueva Ecija and Ambuklao, Benguet.

I used a 108 cc Honda BeAT automatic scooter, which managed to pull in a 39 km/li fuel efficiency from my unofficial calculations. The winners in my class garnered efficiencies ranging from 52+ km/li to 67+ km/li. I am rethinking my overall strategy for the next contest, possibly using a different motorcycle.

The 3-hour, 107 kilometer killer Aritao to Baguio via Ambuklao route was the toughest leg as it involved the sharpest mountainside twisties at the darkest time, having the foggiest condition and the coldest weather - all at the expense of being the last part of a grueling 22-hour no-sleep endurance ride. I congratulate all iron-butt finishers.

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2011 01 30 GPS Tracking and Mapping Workshop at Shakey

MCP Forum Thread at

The following chronicles a short photostory of the said event dubbed GPS Tracking and Mapping MCP Forumers Workshop.

Only a bold few came out to snuff this sterner GPS stuff. I also reneged on my initial plan to put up two pizzas by ordering only a hand-tossed Margherita but, to be fair, the workshop turned into just an informal forum amongst attendees, with some light Q&A's and additional tech-stuff knowledge sharing. It was OK. But the best thing is that I got to meet great MCP forum people, and also reconnected with Jonjett whom I haven't seen in a long time.

Here's an edited version of my Jan 2011 forum entry invitation post to this workshop:

Hoy, mga lapuks! Pinaglalaway niyo ako sa mga GPS tracking capabilities niyo! :-) I have a Nokia 5800 and I have yet to install this GPSed app on my phone since I only stumbled upon this thread only now. Many many many thanks to the thread starter and to the sensible contributors of this thread.

I hope we could all have a GPS workshop just before Petron's Endurance Econo Run begins so that many participants can get oriented on how to work this tech-thing out. Kaya kong sagutin ang dalawang pizzas.* We could figure out what's the best-of-breed-app to use so we can normalize what tools and website to use na din para maging standardized ang measuring mechanism. We could compare notes after the Petron event, o 'di ba?

*To those who are amenable, especially Gundam168 and mapping demigod Drekz, kindly signify your intent of attending my proposed GPS and Mapping MCP Forumers Workshop on the 30th of January, 2011, Sunday, 6 PM, where you'll be the lead forum speakers/guides at Shakey's Quezon Avenue, near New Life Supermarket at the intersection of West Avenue, Quezon City. I'll try to serve as the moderator since I initiated this workshop and I'm contributing two freaking thickly crusted pizzas, possibly more kung tinopak ako further. Other contributors and sponsors are damn welcome. The only set of T&C (terms and conditions) that I have for making this event truly happen is the attendance of Gundam168, and mas maganda kung nandiyan si Drekz for additional insights. Interested attendees, bring along your laptops, pertinent gadgets and proof of MCP account. Hmm... how do I minimize useless attendees who just came to pig out? Charge a P50 attendance fee (will at least pay for drinks)? /me goes back to ideas-drawing table...

Post-script: if you don't like my initiative/idea, shoot it down gently or feck off.

Thanks, guys!

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2011 01 30 MCPF Breakfast Sponsored by Castrol and Suzuki

MCPF (Motorcycle Philippines Federation) Tagaytay Breakfast Post-Ride Report

I was a bit disappointed at the happenings in the Suzuki- and Castrol-sponsored MCPF Tagaytay Breakfast held last Sunday, January 30, 2011, 6:30 AM to 12 PM. It was a good thing that patient people from ABR and Team MCP were there to console with us... for the long line and waiting in the registration, for the lateness of the supposed breakfast, for the disorganized distribution of the supposed breakfast, for not getting anything else along with the lechon baka meat (no rice, no utensils, no drinks), for losing in the raffle, etc. There were some highlights though, as two lovely Castrol-sponsored models (Mika and Isabel) graced the occasion and provided a pleasant atmosphere amongst the picture-hungry maniacs, er, men.

ABR sis annato greeted us there and she donated some Castrol caps to us for the raffle c/o her Las Marias Viajeras (LMV) clubmates. Thank you, annato!

ABR (Alliance of BeAT Riders) attendees:
1. Todd
2. Todd's wife
3. Jim/ricogab
4. Jay
5. Glenn
6. Danilo
7. Loloy D

Team MCP (Marilaque Club of the Philippines) attendees:
1. Allan
2. Burn
3. Burn's friend Argel
4. Loloy D

I arrived a few minutes before 5 AM at Shell Macapagal on the morning of the breakfast. I found the Suzuki Skydrive Owner's Society assembling themselves there. ABR newbies Jay and Glenn then arrived a few minutes thereafter. A little while later, Team MCP members Allan and Burn, along with a friend, arrived a few minutes before 5:15 AM. Finally, Jim, Todd and wife arrived and loaded up on gas. After exchanging a few words about the route to take (Sucat Road, C5-Extension, Alabang-Zapote Road, Aguinaldo Highway), we said a few prayers and immediately took off. We failed to meet fellow ABR Ganz at Jollibee Alabang Zapote "kabila" - he was still asleep at that time hahaha.

I served as spearhead and I failed miserably at keeping the group together as I was adamantly trying to reach the venue by 6:30 AM. Beforehand, I told the group to expect an 80 to 90 kph pace, but we trudged along at around 50 to 85 kph. It's a good thing my co-Team MCP club-mates were there to act as pacers to help keep the convoy group intact. Allan and Burn really helped a lot in slowing me down and keeping the group together. But my eagerness to arrive early at Tagaytay International Convention Center was laid to waste because upon arriving a little later than 6:30 AM, the registration booth was still not set up. The only good thing that came out from us getting to the venue early was that we were able to secure OK-enough parking spots. MCPF people said they expected the attendees to number at least a thousand.

ABR newbie Danilo was able to join us in the venue at the registration queue. He said he was able to tag along with another group.

Next time, definitely I'll have second thoughts going to MCPF breakfasts. Thank you for the free super late 11 AM breakfast of lechon baka without rice, drinks and utensils ;-). Kulang pala na motivation sa akin ang *11 AM breakfast* (imagine niyo kung gaano kami kagutom) ng katiting na lechon baka na medium rare ang pagluto tapos walang kanin at inumin. Pwede naman tayong kumain ng lechon baka kung saan saan lang siguro na mas malapit. Mahaba din ang pila sa registration at sa lechon baka. The raffle was definitely a good highlight though as Sen. Revilla decided to raffle P50,000 of his own money (actually, taxpayer's money) via P1,000 each. There was also no forum on safety but only the usual politician's speech on factoids and typical safety awareness reminders. I hope the future MCPF breakfasts would improve in their organization. Pero I've heard they've been doing this at least for 4 years now so I'm not crossing my fingers.

Senator Bong also highlighted his favored stance on the establishment of motorcycle lanes for Philippine roads - whaaaat? - to my consternation and dismay. I am not sure he's keenly aware of the fact that most, if not all, learned motorcyclists are opposed to this outrageous idea. "Hey, you, big bad boys on those 600cc big bikes and 100cc scooters, get your asses on the motorcycle lane and mix with idiotic stop-and-go passenger jeepneys, buses and tricycles, gaddamit!"

Tapos mukhang nadumihan pa ng husto yung place (pictures below), but I guess I can attribute that to the attendees. Scores of trash littered around within 20 feet away from a semi-prominent trash bin! Tsk tsk tsk, this wouldn't happen in the leading developing countries abroad. How sad is this for the Philippines and the Filipinos? Is this what we could expect from Filipino motorcycle riders? Is this a reflection on *our* attitude towards discipline, safety and environmental awareness?

The old adage is true. Change definitely must come from within first.

Jokes and one-liners provided by both comedians Manny Paksiw and Senator Bong were funny and amusing though.

I hope MCPF would consider positive criticisms as areas for definitive improvement.

Pauwi naman, the mixed clubs group rode together and this time I rode as sweep na rin, minsan alternating as spear. Allan, Jim, Todd and wife took the Daang-Hari fork para mas madali na sa kanila makapunta sa C5. Thereafter, I lost track of Glenn and Danilo, who each must have dropped off the grid somewhere in Cavite near Zapote.

Burn and friend, Jay and I kept pace together until we reached Manila/Quirino Ave. and I bolted from them at España. No ride injuries were reported, thank God.

I'm still rooting for a more meaningful and more sensible clear-cut-goals-oriented MCPF because it's probably the largest federation of motorcycle clubs in the Philippines. Example:

Measurable goals:
1. Reduce road accident incidences involving motorcycles by 50% every year until 2025. Re-evaluate mission statements thereafter.
2. Educate 5% of the motorcycle riding population in the Philippines every year on environmental impact caused by emissions coming from motorcycle exhausts and trash coming from motorcycle parts and other consumables until 2025. Re-evaluate mission statements thereafter.

1.1. Deploy leaflets or implement information dissemination campaigns in LTO licensing offices on road safety for correct driving skills and wearing the appropriate safety attire for all motorcycle riders.
1.2. Open up expressways to motorcycles with at least 150cc engine displacement and only to riders with the appropriate riding gear.
2.1. Conduct monthly seminars to different provinces and cities across the Philippines.
2.2. Lobby congress to pass sensible laws for motorcycle riders.
2.3. Create certification merits or awards to manufacturers exhibiting exemplary environmental friendliness programs.
2.4. Hire Loloy D and reputable MCP forum personalities as technical consultants. Hehehe.
3. Assess safety and environmental awareness campaign impact of MCPF projects by conducting and releasing evaluation surveys among motorcycle clubs and users.

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