Cycling In The City: Scenes from the Iloilo Bike Festival

By xtian lozañes

For all the people who have gathered in Iloilo Megaworld Business Park for the 2nd Iloilo Bike Festival last May 1-2, 2015, it doesn’t matter whether it was raining or shining. The weekend comes as the finale of sorts for the week-long festivities and had a lot of cycling (and even non-cycling) enthusiasts all over the place coming to attend one of the country’s biggest biking events this year.

The event kicked off with a photo exhibition by the Photo Artist League of Iloilo (PALI) in SM City Iloilo on April 27th, and it was then followed by an art exhibition at FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo called ‘cycling heART’ which was participated by thirteen Ilonggo artists who also happen to be passionate bicycle enthusiasts on the 29th of April (and which will conclude on the 15th of June). Both of these exhibits started off a chain of events involving the wonderful world of bicycles all around the city of Iloilo.

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The cycling heART Exhibit at FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo Art Gallery


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The opening of the exhibit

The weekend events, though, probably served as the main highlight for the Iloilo Bike Festival. It started on Labor Day weekend with the Tour de Quiñon, a bike ride that took place on the wee hours of Saturday morning, and was followed up by the BMX Street Event and iFOLD’s Adventure Race. These events were populated by bikes of all shapes and sizes, and not even the sudden downpour during those afternoons did not stop the bikers from celebrating the event that was solely made for them.

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The BMX Street Event in front of the main IBF stage


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Participants of the iFOLD’s Adventure Race


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Children with their bicycles under the watchful eyes of their guardians

Saturday then came in full force starting with ‘pintaSiklista’ and ‘pormaSiklista’, a body painting event and costume event for cyclists, respectively. Those events also gave opportunities for several people to show off their unique rides and served as proper build-ups for the Grand Fun Ride, which was attended by a huge crowd of bikers who were not deterred by the strong rains threatening to derail the event. Thankfully, the ride managed to push through, and the participants were then rewarded with an after-event ceremony held in the evening. The week-long Iloilo Bike Festival was then capped off with a Food Festival at Megaworld while live performances from the featured bands kept everyone entertained.

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Ilonggo artists and their models working on their pieces for pintaSiklista


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Participants for both pintaSiklista and pormaSiklista


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Heavy rain during the opening ceremony of the Grand Fun Ride


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The Grand Fun Ride begins


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The awarding ceremony for participants of the numerous events


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A stellar band performance to end the day



Xtian Lozañes is a multimedia artist and a photographer. His photos can be viewed on his Instagram page.


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