Sunday, November 30, 2014

AH26 - Asian Highway 26 Yolanda Riders Survivors Reminisces Tragic Storm

Hard to believe it's been more that a year now when the tempest hit the country.  Yolanda, dubbed as the strongest typhoon in the world since, had destroyed many lives and properties, with Tacloban the hardest hit in the land.  It was there that MDPPA's program, the AH26 or the Asian Highway number 26, riders experienced the wrath of a raging storm.  With their bikes destroyed, the riders hitched a ride on a plane Manla-bound, with nothing taking back home but memories of sadness and survival.  Their belongings and beloved motorcycles kaput by Yolanda, drenched and crushed between fallen walls.

November 29, 2014 saw the reunion of the survivors at the calmer coastal area of Matabungkay.  Al Fresco Resort served as abode for the night, as well as silent witness to thousands of anecdotes of the AH26 riders, of their own survival.  MDPPA celebrated this feat of survival by clinking toasts and wonderful foods.  The night was capped with the raffling off of a few items for the added fun of the night such as Honda vests, Suzuki shirts and Yamaha bags.  Of the 26 AH26 riders plus 3 Quezon Province guest riders, five luckier still survivor got to take home five brand new beautiful lids from Spyder, the Recon model.

Come next day, it was a beautiful, sunny day for a leisurely Sunday ride, a far cry from last year's vengeful and deadly weather.

waiting for the much awaited thing of the day.  lunch.

pre-lunch snack?  why not booze?

keep calm and go to the beach

empe light, favorite Filipino thirst quencher

and the stories begin

Ms. Yesa of MDPPA

lunch, finally

That's one way of advertisement

Mr. Gilbert Limjoco of MDPPA and VP of Kymco for Operations

Mr. Limjoco ponders on life stuff, we'll never know what.

Matanbungkay at off peak season.  

What a calm sea.  

Superb super 8 joins in on the fun

Of course, it wouldn't be fun without this dirty bike

Goodie!  A Yamaha Serow!

Backup vehicle

Mr. Adrian of Yamaha, Mr. Joseph dela Cruz of Honda, Me the TurbanRider, Mr. Gilbert Limjoco of Kymco and Mr. Noel Villapando of Suzuki.

Grilled fish is always best with beer.

Grilling is such a spectacle.  Everybody wants a piece of the action.

Mr. Ricci Abrina of Inside Racing covering the event and a "survivor" himself.  He lent his Kymco Like to a friend  and got destroyed.  All Kymco bikes were replaced brand spanking new for free!

alcohol setting in

reminiscing with photos and video presentation

oh they're laughing now.  imagine them a year before

"We are glad that you are all safe" - Mr. Limjoco

I don't know why I was high and Mr. dela Cruz is happy.

first helmet winner

second helmet winner - Jepoy

third helmet winner

fourth helmet winner - Jhexter

fifth lucky winner - Jun Bakbak

5 winners of 5 Spyder helmets

more raffle!

suzuki shirt winner

more suzuki

and more suzuki

Mr. Abrina got to go home early.  Take care bro.

Honda shirt winner

Honda vest winner

Mr. Villapano is happy