Members of Maharlika Riders Sydney attends the 24th annual convention of the National Federation Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFCMP) at Penaranda Park, Legazpi City.
The three-day convention (20 – 22 April 2018) was highlighted by a “Unity Ride” of thousands of motorcycle riders on Saturday morning where the bikers negotiated the 50 kilometers Maharlika Highway from Legazpi City Boulevard to Misibis Resort in Bacacay and culminate at the Mayon Skyline Park in Tabaco City.
The convention, hosted by the Bicol Steel Horses Club, showcased 2018 models of big motorcycles displayed by 10 dealers, display booth of motorcycle accessories including service centers.
The NFMCP convention is a yearly event attended by affiliated motorcycle clubs and individual members all throughout the Philippines. It is a celebration and reunion of all motorcycle clubs and enthusiasts, family and long-time friends.
It was founded in 1994 by Thunderbugs Bacolod, On Any Sunday Riders Davao and Cyclons Cebu. It aims to organize all the motorcycle clubs in the Philippines, promote camaraderie and safe driving.
In his keynote speech, President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday encouraged fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to promote the country’s tourism.
“I call on you to support the development of the tourism industry, not only in the Bicol, but the rest of the country, more importantly to do keep in mind it is not just pure adventure when you are on the road, I ask you to promote road safety and observed travel rules, wearing proper protection and be alcohol and drug-free,” the President said during the 24th annual convention of the National Federation Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFCMP) at Penaranda Park.
Duterte arrived on board the presidential plane around 8 p.m. and went straight to Penaranda Park where he was welcomed by Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal and NFCMP president Jose Marcial Villanueva.
President Duterte, who owns a number of motorcycles in his hometown, is a member of the Davao City-based ‘On Any Sunday Riders’ (OASR) motorcycle club.