Iloilo Weekend Ride

Last weekend, April 19-21, I had the opportunity to visit and cycle in Iloilo City. First ride was the weekly FNR (Friday Night Ride) by iFold (Iloilo Folding Bike Group).

Friday Night Ride by iFold around the city with the #mamech Ruth, Tina, and Jeans.

Friday Night Ride by iFold around the city with the #mamech Ruth, Tina, and Jeans.

Some fixie boys spotted!

Some fixie boys spotted!

Rock giving an orientation before the ride out.

Rock giving an orientation before the ride out.

Loving Iloilo City at night.

Loving Iloilo City at night.

A quick stop at the Provincial Capitol Bldg.

A quick stop at the Provincial Capitol Bldg.

Lights, camera, action!

Lights, camera, action!

Road side break while we wait for other cyclists.

Road side break while we wait for other cyclists.

The mamech riding side by side as usual.

The mamech riding side by side as usual.

Last stop at the Plaza.

Last stop at the Plaza.

The next morning, we rode with almost 500 FREEDOM WARRIORS for the FREEDOM RIDE  ILOILO leg, a campaign by Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism against Human Trafficking in the Philippines.

With Iloilo Freedom Warriors and cyclists from Manila, Capiz, and Aklan.

With Iloilo Freedom Warriors and cyclists from Manila, Capiz, and Aklan. (Photo by Dakila)

Leading almost 500 cyclists through the city of Iloilo.

Leading almost 500 cyclists through the city of Iloilo. (Photo by Dakila)

Freedom Warriors of Iloilo City

Freedom Warriors of Iloilo City (Photo by Dakila)

The next day, we rode to Guimaras Island to witness the town’s Annual Mango Festival.

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Iloilo Freedom Ride

Date: April 20, 2013
Venue: Iloilo Provincial Capitol Building
Assembly: 6am
Ride out: 7am
Route (Estimate distance is 25KM)

For more information, please click on image below. Seeyah!

Iloilo Freedom Ride Poster

Freedom Ride Nationwide

After a successful FREEDOM RIDE in Taguig City last Saturday, March 09, 2013, we are off to Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, and Dumaguete City.

Stop Look Listen is a campaign of Dakila, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT), against human trafficking and modern day slavery.

This summer, choose your own adventure! Cycling is more fun with Freedom Warriors. Please help spread the word.

Freedom Ride Nationwide

Choose your own adventure!

Leading the pack during the 1st Freedom Ride leg in Taguig City, Metro Manila

Leading the pack during the 1st Freedom Ride in Taguig City, Metro Manila

Call 1343

Call 1343

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Freedom Ride

Yesterday, almost a thousand Freedom Warriors joined us and pledged to fight human trafficking. Almost a thousand cyclists rode for freedom for a human trafficking-free Philippines!

#WeFXD #MFG #FreedomRide

#WeFXD #MFG #FreedomRide

Freedom Ride raises awareness on Human Trafficking

Advocates take on the fight against human trafficking to another level as they hold the first ever Freedom Ride on March 9, 2013 at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig.  Cyclists wearing shirts printed with 1343 Anti-Trafficking hotline shall bike around the cities of Taguig, Manila, Pasay and Makati to spread awareness on human trafficking.

His Excellency Ambassador Ton Boon von Ochssee and Mrs. Martine Boon von Ochssee of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands shall lead the Dutch contingent in the bike ride as combatting human trafficking is an important pillar of the Dutch foreign policy. Artists and celebrity advocates of the campaign will also join them in the ride.

According to musician and cycling enthusiast Nityalila Saulo, “The involvement of the cycling community in the fight against human trafficking is crucial to make people aware of the importance of knowing the red flags of human trafficking like how cyclists are aware of road signs so they can get to where they want to go safely.”  She further added, “The participation of cyclists in this campaign will help deliver a strong message that there are always options available for people to avoid being trafficked and get to their destinations.”

The bike tour is organized by Dakila, a group of artists advocating social consciousness formation through creative platforms, in partnership with the Manila Fixed Gear, a group of urban cyclists who has incorporated cycling in their lifestyle, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT).

Ayeen Karunungan, spokesperson of the artist collective Dakila, said “Through this campaign, we want the public to always remember to Stop, Look, and Listen. In order to stop human trafficking, we must always look for the signs to avoid being trafficked and listen to the stories of those who were trafficked and most vulnerable to trafficking so that we may learn from it and contribute on ways to help combat trafficking. “

Every year around 300,000 to 400,000 Filipinos fall prey to human trafficking in their own country and abroad. The Freedom Ride is part of the Project Freedom Campaign of Dakila, which aims to raise public awareness on Human Trafficking and empower advocates and citizens to become watchdogs in their own communities by driving them into action through grassroots involvement and amplified action through mainstream and digital media.

The Freedom Ride is open to the public and will start at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Assembly is at 7:00 am and ride out is at 7:30 am. For more information, visit http://dakila.org.ph/freedomproject/ .

Press Release by Dakila
25 February 2013

Photos by Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism