IT’S not just for fun, it’ also for a cause.

Bikers out there may want to try this new kind of adventure – one that is for thrill and for a good objective.

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The Palawan Fun Ride – slated on April 24 and 25 –promises to be a terrific dual purpose day for the biker and the whole family.

The event will dramatize the plight of the seriously endangered plight of the Batak Tribe of Palawan. This is one of the oldest cultural minorities in the Philippines and it just but prudent to galvanize popular support for immediate viable intervention to arrest their decline.

The organizers – Global Linkages For the Filipino Youth Foundation and the Puerto Princesa Mountain Biking Society – should be commended for not only putting up a sporting event but also for extending support to the Batak Tribe.

The Palawan Fun Ride will have Veteran Trail Challenge and Nature-Trek Trail which promise to cater to the actual adventure needs of would-be competitors. One thing is certain though – this fun ride would really cater to the enjoyment of riders with the beauty of Palawan.

Global Linkages President Bessie Cagulangan-Rustia said that the adventure has also factored in the concern for environment where the organizers had included a tree planting activity for the riders. The tree planting will be held at a designated watershed area near the bike trail routes. Commendable.

The nightcap will be highlighted by a Luau-style party where bikers and their companions can enjoy a fellowhip night that would have awesome raffle prizes to lucky winers.

For details on how to join the fun ride, interested bikers or their groups may contact Ariel De Guzman at telephone numbers 045-961-6792 /045- 963-1348.


They are Angeles City’s dynamic duo.

Councilors Ruben Maniago and Jay Sangi are really making waves in the local governance scene.

It is not that they are being noticed because it is election time but a look-and-talk around would yield a positive comment about them.

Almost always in a joint effort, Sangil and Maniago have come to the rescue of those in bad need of government support.

For one is their support for workers in distress. Those who are either underpaid or those whose salaries and benefits have not been given by their respective employers. Marami silang natulungan mga manggagawa.

What is ironic though in their “rescue” efforts is the help they extended to the very employees of City Hall. They are credited for the release of overdue salaries and payments of some of the health, daycare, BSPO, and BNS workers.

The two councilors were also responsible for proposing rice subsidy benefit which had been adopted by the current City Administration.

Needless to say here is the continuing help of Dr. Maniago – being an eye doctor – to thousands of Angelenos who are in need of medical attention. This is why he is called “salamin”. Plus of course, Councilor Maniago has spearheaded the move to grant local policemen additional allowance. From P500 when he first proposed it, the subsidy is now P1,000 – enough amount to put in some additional grocery items to police families.

As to Sangil? He is a topnotch councilor now seeking his third term. The mestizo councilor has at one time led city councilors with most number of resolutions and ordinances filed and approved in the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

One of the resolutions he filed is the prevention of a “hostage” situation for patients (and their relatives) who would not be allowed to be discharged by hospitals due to lack or insufficient payment. This particular move of Sangil was even adopted and had become a national law.

Way to go, dynamic duo.