The Tour of Hope 2010

Since I have developed an interest to biking, I have always heard or read about this annual event called “The Tour of Hope”. I have quietly wished that sometime soon, my biking skills will be that good enough and my time will be managed effectively so that i will have some to spare for joining an activity such as this.

At this delicate stage, I know that I will have to pass up on this chance to be able to participate. But then again, let me share to you folks this interesting event that you cyclists or cycling enthusiasts may want to venture into. 😉

Basically, The Tour of Hope (TTOH) is an annual international non-profit initiative, made up of like-minded individuals who regularly set up biking tours as a charity project to help in fund raising efforts and awareness campaigns for Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Alliance Program of the Philippines (CECAP).

For more info on this year’s event, below is the letter from Team David’s Salon’s Joyette Jopson, a member of The Tour of Hope’s Organizing Committee. Many thanks to Team David’s Salon Team Captain Kaye Lopez for sharing this info. 🙂

The Tour of Hope 2010

Dear friends,

The Tour of Hope Philippines 2010, “360: Fighting Cervical Cancer in Full Circle” is all set on March 20 – 24, 2010. We will be riding from Makati City to Baguio City to help spread the word on the fight against the disease.

Originally done in Thailand, we started this tour locally 3 years ago with about 45 core riders from Vigan to Subic Bay. Last year we had 70 core riders that rode from Alabang to Camarines Sur. This year we hope to attract more riders, as we go back up north, with the tour’s highlight being every local cyclist’s dream (er, fantasy?) to be able to ride up to Baguio City.

How does a rider actually help?
1. We get pledges from family and friends (every P500 can screen 12 women from cervical cancer)
2. While we are on the saddle, lay lectures will simultaneously be conducted at the chosen stops on how cervical cancer can be prevented. By the time we finish the ride, the TTOH team would have talked to at least 1,000 barangay health workers, midwives, women.

The following is the itinerary:

March 20, 2010, Saturday

5:00am        Bikers registration and assembly, University of Makati Track Oval
6:30am        Programme Start
7:00am        Bikers flag-off
Bikers will ride along EDSA all the way to Monumento, and take McArthur Highway all the way to SM City Clark. 95kms.

10:00am       Start of lay lecture in SM City Clark
12:00nn       Welcome of bikers in SM City Clark
12:30pm       Ride 7kms to Holiday Inn Mimosa where the group will stay overnight.

After lunch, bikers are free to enjoy the facilities of Holiday Inn Mimosa, visit the Duty Free shops, etc.

6:00pm        Welcome Dinner

March 21, 2010, Sunday

6:00am         Breakfast
7:00am         Bikers send-off

Because Tarlac is not that far from Clark, we will ride the “figure-8 loop” inside Clark before taking the SCTEX to Tarlac.

10:00am        Start of lay lecture in Tarlac Recreational Park
11:30am        Welcome of bikers at the Tarlac Recreational Park
12:00nn        Bike 10kms to Microtel Inn in Hacienda Luisita

In the afternoon bikers are free to visit the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Museum, enjoy the amenities of the Hacienda Luisita clubhouse or simply hangout in Plaza Luisita.

6:30pm         Dinner

March 22, 2010, Monday

6:00am        Breakfast
7:00am        Bikers send-off

We will first bike around Hacienda Luisita before proceeding to the national highway towards Pangasinan. Then we will pass the towns of Bayambang, Malasigui and Calasiao before we reach Dagupan City. The roads here are less busy than the national highway going to Baguio, but expect some traffic as we pass through the towns mentioned.

10:00am       Start of lay lecture in Dagupan City Museum
11:00am       Welcome of bikers in Dagupan City Museum
11:15am       Bike 10kms for a seaside lunch
1:00pm        Bike to Lennox Hotel
6:30pm        Dinner

March 23, 2010, Tuesday

6:00am        Breakfast
7:00am        Bikers send-off
10:00am       Start of lay lecture in Diego Silang Hall, La Union Provincial Capitol
11:00am       Welcome of bikers in La Union Provincial Capitol
11:30am       Bike 5kms to Ariana Hotel
7:00pm        Dinner

March 24, 2010, Wednesday

6:00am        Take a huge breakfast =)
7:00am        Bikers send-off

We will take the national highway back south and take Marcos highway up to Baguio. Very hilly.

10:30am       Start of lay lecture in SM City Baguio
12:30pm       Welcome of bikers in SM City Baguio
1:00pm        Bike 5kms to Manor Hotel n Camp John Hay

Enjoy the nice and cool weather in Baguio, do a trail run, go horseback riding, shop for ube and strawberry jam, or just sleep 

6:30pm         Thanksgiving Dinner and Fellowship night


Registration fee is P12,000.00* to include accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 days, jersey, water refills, and a Jun De Leon framed photograph (worth P20,000).
*Does not include gels, bars or other nutrition you may need, and a ride back to Manila. Please make your own arrangements for the travel back home. 

I’ve attached the registration form for those interested.

The Tour of Hope Philippines is a joint project of Bravehearts, Cervical Cancer Prevention Network (CECAP), GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Creative Juice, Geiser Maclang, in strategic partnership with Team David’s Salon.

For any question, please email or text 0917.8827352.

Please also check out for more details. The local website is still being updated.

Joyette Jopson
Team David’s Salon
Member, The Tour of Hope Organizing Committee


6 Responses

  1. Good Post. I’ll look forward to your next article

  2. woww… this is a very exciting event. I hope I already have a bike, really wanted to join!

    • oh, you can still do score a bike. there are lots of accessible bike shops now in the metro offering a wide variety of mountain and road bikes which can fit your taste and/or budget! 😉 go, go, go!

  3. Great Read. I love your site, I’m looking forward to your next article

  4. I enjoyed reading your piece above. I hope you keep your site running, mostly the sites I find and enjoy appear to run out of steam and then grind to a halt.Keep up the good work!

  5. i really wanted to join this event since i heard it from ms. abby and other advocates on GSK’s cervical cancer forum last january.. wahh.. unfortunately, i cant *sniffs*

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