Koronadal City launches Motorcycle Festival
Some 5,000 under-bone small bikes and strong big bikes enthusiasts nationwide and neighboring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia are expected to cruise the streets of City of Koronadal in Mindanao for this year's staging of the 23rd annual convention of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFMCP) on April 28-29, 2017 where Koronadal plays host.
Mayor Peter B. Miguel of Koronadal City said that the local government has prepared a week-long celebration dubbed "Koronadal Motorcycle Festival at the Rizal Park, Koronadal City, from April 22-30, 2017.
With the theme "Ride for Culture, Ride for Peace," the the-day convention is also an opportune time for the participants to experience and explore the best of Koronadal, SOCSARGEN region and the island of Mindanao.
"This year's theme promotes road discipline as the key to road safety for motorcycle drivers. With increasing numbers of Filipinos riding on two wheels especially those so-called under-bone small bikes, the convention focused on advocating the call for safety and proper courtesy for a safer and more satisfying motorcycling," said Miguel during a press conference held at the Ropali Showroom Plaza on Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City last April 6.
Miguel said that the nine-day extravaganza is jampacked with worthwhile activities such as conferences, symposia on road courtesies and traffic regulations, skills trainings and other capacity building seminar workshops for thousands of local motorists.
"All the participants will never forget if their join the annual convention. We expect carousing big bikers from Luzon and Visayas to take routes of Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Davao, Cotabato and Dipolog, a chance to marvel at the beauty of Mindanao. Also the festival includes Motorcycle Trade Fairs, Motor Shows and Exhibits/Promotions/Product Display, Drivers Congress, Safety Riders Seminar, Enduro Challenge, Unity Convergence Ride from different entry points of Region XII to Koronadal Cultural Fashion Show and many more," said Miguel, who is also president of NFMCP.
The highlight of the festival is the official attempt of Koronadal City on April 29, 2017 to break the Guinness World Records for the Largest Parade of Motorcycles, Most Motorcycle Horns Sounded Simultaneously and Most Engines Started Simultaneously.
Currently, India holds the record for the Largest Parade of Motorcycles with 1,700 participants while Yamaha Philippines holds the Most Engines Started Simultaneously with 1,446 participants and Most Motorcycle Horns Sounded Simultaneously with 1,425 participants.
The NCMFI Incorporated was founded in 1995 and is composed primarily of Filipino motorcyclists with 369 federation members nationwide.
President Rodrigo Duterte, known as the Father of the Davao City-based "Any Sunday Rider" motorcycle club, has been been invited to grace the convention. - Robert R. Requintina