Bikers observe Earth Hour in Oro

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Monday, March 31, 2014


AROUND 500 bicycle riders together with a small contingent of skateboarders and runners highlighted the Earth Hour celebration here with a seven kilometer night ride across the busy city streets.

“We want to show our way of helping and saving Mother Earth; this is through encouraging everyone to an alternative clean and sustainable way of transportation. It’s our way of giving back to nature by means of lessening the use of fossil fuel and hopefully conserving energy,” said Eduardo Sulana, event organizer and general manager of Habagat Philippines.

Saluna pointed out that the event dubbed as Earth Hour night ride is a nationwide simultaneous event.

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“We are expecting thousands participating all over the country. Tonight we will be joining other participants riding out in Tarlac, Metro Manila, Ormoc, Cebu and Davao City. Here in Cagayan de Oro we even have skateboarding groups and runners who registered with our event. Other individuals using tricycle configurations have joined in the ride,” said Saluna.

Gandi Uy and his 9-year-old son Luke participated in the event for the second year.

“Last year, we both joined the event but he rode with me in my bicycle. This year he will be riding on his own bike. It’s important to have this event to remind us the importance of energy conservation and this is also a good way to bond with my family and have fun,” said Uy, who is an engineer working at the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, before the ride began.

Skate and long boarders also showed their support and participated in the event.

“I joined in this event after I heard the invite for bikers and other forms of transportation with wheels to show support by not contributing to pollution. So as an environmentalist; me, my friends and our group, North Mind boarding, decided to give it a try and show our support,” said Rojie Sicat, 19-year-old agriculture student of Xavier University.

Sicat added that they did not expect the route would be that long but had a lot of fun going out with a bigger number of participants.

Seventy-two year-old Alex Arbis was the oldest bike rider who joined in the night ride.

“I’ve been riding bike for eight years now and having this is a great fun since we get to ride with a lot of people. Bicycle riding has been a great help to me since it cured my asthma which I’ve been suffering for 25 years. I guess being earth friendly also means taking care of your health, I’ve reached this age and stayed fit with biking as well as eating the right food and I don’t drink and smoke cigarettes,” said Arbis.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 31, 2014.

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