The UP Oblation Bike Trail Adventure
Like most bike trails, the path is never paved, smooth or even. Rough roads, uphill climbs and steep, downhill paths that pull your descent and increase your chance of tumbling, are all part of the game. Throw in obstacles like huge, gnarled roots of trees, a brook or a river here and there and the adventure is complete.
This could have described the UP Oblation Bike Trail that the UP Alumni Association – Iloilo (UPAAI) organized on May 1, 2016 at the sprawling UP Visayas Miagao campus but there is more.
Half-way through the trail, each of the competing biker had to get down and plant a tree at the Alumni Park that is being developed on top of the many hills found inside the scenic Miagao campus. This was what made the event unique from other bike trail competitions - riding, competing, enjoying and investing in the future of our environment.
There were three categories in the competition which include individual male; individual female; and team consisting of five members, mixed. The winners of the male individual category are: Leo Lam, 1st Place; Von Philip Lauron, 2nd place; and JM Villa, 3rd place. In the female individual, the winners are: Mariejol Dureza, 1st place, Ana Christia Lauron, 2nd Place; and Julie Ann Lauron.
For the team category the winner is Team Lyncen Oblation that has the following members: Anthony Salvador Albaladejo, Jethro Talledo, Tse De Pamaylo, Carl Niel Calvo and Clyde Magallanes.
The winners received cash prizes, medals, certificates and finisher’s shirt. In addition, there was also a 3K Run for Fun side-event that drew participants from the UPV alumni, students, faculty, staff, and Miagao runners.
Dr. Ray Alindong, President of UPAAI, along with Prof. Amy Daquilanea-Tanoy, Director of the UPV Office of Alumni Affairs thanked the support of the participants and the UPV administration. They also acknowledged the following sponsors: the municipalities of Guimbal and Miagao; 2B Bike Store; Abbot Nutrition; Atty. Dennis Ausan, COMELEC Region VI Director; Bayer Philippines; Bistro Carcos (Dr. Rowena Cosca); Dr. Melanie Ausan-Tendencia; GEA Marketing/Planet Cycle Shoppe; Iloilo Society Commercial; InterMed; PharmWord; Pepsi Cola Philippines; Sari-Sari Breadstore; SV More, and Team Sports.
The UP and UPV sponsors likewise recognized were: the UP High School in Iloilo Batches 1989, 1991, and 1992; UP Vanguard, Inc.; UP Silak Brotherhood; UP Silab Sisterhood; UP Scintilla Juris; UP Stella Juris; UPV Mountaineers; UPV NSTP; UPV Reforestation; UPV Security Service Force; UPV Health Services Unit; UPV Campus Development and Maintenance Office; and the UPV School of Technology Alumni Association headed by its President Johanna Jamero.
Many of the participants remarked that they will be back next year for more “UP Oblation Bike Trail Adventure.” (With sources from UPAAI)