KIDS CAN RIDE at the BGC Cycle Philippines


When I was young the concept of play for me is where i go outside and play games with the other kids in the neighborhood. And when we say games, it will be a variety of outdoor play activities like “topla”, “luksong tinik/baka”, “sipa”, “tumbang preso”, jacks and stones, chinese garter and a number of other pinoy games that will leave everyone tired, sweaty, at times dirty but truly happy! 

But with the advent of technology, say affordable technology, those days were the kids look forward to playing under the sun are almost gone.  That is why if there are opportunities for the kids to engage in interesting and safe outdoor activities,  I and hubby are almost always game for it.

That is why I am truly excited to be working in the upcoming cycling event, the BGC Cycle Philippines. It is an international ride event where cyclists will get to ride in safe, closed, public roads within the heart of Metro Manila. The ride packages are worth it and best of all, there are ride categories that are fit for any member of the family. As I will be working for the event, I can only sigh with envy to those who will be participating. But then again, even though I can’t, my little boy Adam can still surely get his outdoor play fix, I can sign him up for the Kids Ride event! Yes!!! 

If you have kids too, you might be interested to make the BGC Cycle Philippines a family bonding activity! Have your kids participate in the kids ride on Nov. 16 and have your own ride experience the following day either via the Community or Challenge Ride! Have your kids experience a ride complete with gun starts, start and finish arcs, ride shirts and finisher’s medals – it is like a bike racer role-playing game or just one safe fun ride with other kids!

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For complete details about the whole 3-day event, click HERE. For details on the different kiddie ride categories, see the poster above. Cheers!


A Look Into the BGC Cycle Philippines Finisher’s Medals (Actual)

Here are photos of the actual BGC Cycle Philippines Finisher’s Medals for participants who will be able to complete the Challenge (40km), Community (20km) and Kid’s Ride (Tricycle, Kid’s and Junior Challenge Rides). Awesome isn’t it?


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For more of the event details, click HERE.

BGC Cycle Philippines IN-STORE REGISTRATION OPENS September 15


Good News! In-Store registration option will now be available starting Sept. 15 for the BGC Cycle Philippines event. Visit the following store for cash or credit card registration:

  • Rudy Project Store, Bonifacio High Street in BGC 
  • Rudy Project Store, Podium Mall in Ortigas

For more details, view related posts HERE or HERE.

Gear Up for BGC Cycle Philippines 2013!

Gear Up Philippines!  

Riders in the Philippines can now gear up for three days of thrilling bike action along safe closed public roads in the first ever BGC Cycle Philippines event!

ANYONE CAN RIDE! The event will cater to cyclists of all ages and abilities with The Tricycle Ride, The Kids’ Ride, The Community Ride (20km), The Challenge (40km).

For more details, check my previous blog post about this event HERE or visit Register during the Early Bird Registration period which is until August 31, 2013 and take advantage of special/lower rates. 😉

BGC Cycle Philippines 2013 Online Poster


Finally, Filipinos – from kids to adults who own or rides a bike can now experience a world-class cycling event  without having to go out of the country! Cycle Asia’s brand of mass cycling event – done on closed to vehicular traffic roads, is now being brought to the Philippines by premier race events organizer, Sunrise Events Inc., in partnership with Bonifacio Global City.

Read on for specific details!


November 15-17, 2013
Starting Point: Bonifacio Global City


BENEFICIARY: The Firefly Brigade


ride categories

  • Tricycle Ride
    • The 100m / 500m Tricycle Ride is specially designed for young kids between the ages of two and five, so even the littlest peddlers can ride in their own event! Each child can be accompanied on foot by one adult.
  • Kid’s Ride
    • Open to children between the ages of six and ten, this ride offers separate categories for two different age groups. Children can safely enjoy this ride all by themselves or as part of a parent-child team.
  • Junior Challenge
    • A more challenging category designed for older children, this ride is open to anyone between the ages of ten and twelve. The objective is to ride as fast as possible for 30 minutes.
  • Community Ride
    • Whether you are an amateur cyclist, or just looking for a fun day out, join this non-competitive ride as an individual or as a team. This ride is for anyone aged 10 and above.
  • Foldies Community Ride
    • Catered to the popular folding bikes cycling community, the 20km ride invites even more people to join in this exciting and fun cycling experience
  • The Challenge
    • Open to anyone aged 14 and above, the Challenge can be participated on by individuals or teams.


IN-STORE REGISTRATION VENUES: (Cash and Credit Card transactions accepted)

  • Rudy Project Store, Bonifacio High Street in BGC 
  • Rudy Project Store, Podium Mall in Ortigas


registration fees




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20KM 40km


sponsors and partners

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


Choosing Between Two LOVES

I have always found it easy to juggle my outdoor activity schedules for running and mtbiking with ease. I love doing both but when it comes to organized races (for running) or rides (for mtbiking), I never had the problem of having to choose between the two because the events I always want to join in doesn’t conflict with the other. Oh, there was one time that they did, but I was still able to do both – joined a running event but opted to do just the 5k and went to join a trail ride right after running.

But last Sunday was to be my greatest challenge. There was the scheduled Greenfield City Run at Sta. Rosa organized by Finishline and then there was this yearly biking event called Tour of the Fireflies (ToF). Weeks before, I already knew that I have to do some choosing. I can in no way do both because venue and time are directly in conflict with each other. I realized that I really like to do any of the two, making it hard for me to come up with a decision. Napakahirap! Even with a “pro-and-con-list” (yes, I made a list to compare both!), I can’t choose.

Then on Holy Thursday, Pol dropped by the house and gave me, as he said, “my” ToF jersey. Unknowingly, he also registered for me when he did. So with all the painstaking thoughts and what-nots, I decided to join the Tour of the Fireflies and passed on the Greenfield City Run. My justification? I have been without any runs – practice or otherwise- since my Condura 21k last March and it may be better to start getting back into the physical activities doing the less intense one (they say that biking is less demanding physically than running) AND of course, I could not disappoint my friend who thoughtfully registered for me for the ToF and hey, he did get the correct size for my jersey ha. Perfect! 🙂

The events happened yesterday. My friends who were at Greenfield enjoyed another well-organized race which has been the signature of all races falling into the hands of the “Coach Rio-and-Vince-tandem”, who we now know and recognize collectively as Finishline. Half of my thoughts were with them yesterday and I must admit, with all the pictures that I am seeing so far, I cannot avoid feeling envious. I could have been there too but then, I chose to have fun someplace else. Oh, much fun i really had! I had a great time at the ToF, I biked the whole route of EDSA together with Pol, running buddy Bobby, who I was able to invite last minute but still decided to join, and some 5,000+ other bikers albeit the super annoying heat of the sun. I will be sharing my ToF 2009 experience and pics in a while, watch out for it. 😉

Ha! There you go folks! It’s nice to be loving a lot of things and liking and enjoying every moment that you indulge in it. But when it comes to having to choose to do just one of both, it is really hard pala. One is equally good as the other. And in choosing, you just have to rely on your decision, stick with it and make the most out of it. As for me, I just psyched myself with the thought – “ok lang yan, marami pa namang runs!”.

See you at the outdoor!