July 22, 2024

The inaugural Victory Day Ride spearheaded by the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) on Sept. 3 will take cycling enthusiasts and history aficionados on a journey to honor the sacrifices of World War II veterans and raise awareness about Baguio Victory Day.

Cyclists and participants will embark on a 44.5-kilometer route that meanders through the city’s picturesque landscapes and historical spots.

VICTORY DAY RIDE — Officials of the Philippine Veterans Bank led by First Vice President for Marketing and Communications Miguel Villa-Real along with Defense Asec. and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Deputy Administrator Resituto Aguilar led the media launch of the Victory Day Ride set in Baguio City on Sept. 3 — Redjie Cawis

Mike Villa-Real, PVB first vice president for marketing and communications, said the enactment of Republic Act 11216 in 2018 marks Sept. 3 of each year as a special working holiday, marking Yamashita’s surrender and Victory Day in the Philippines.

This day in 1945 is clearly a significant historical event marking the success and along with it, the toil and sacrifices of the soldiers of both the United States and the Philippines.

The ride is open to fully vaccinated cyclists and all types of bikes with brakes. Participants may ride at their own pace but a “no helmet, no ride” policy will be implemented.

A mechanic will be available to help those who encounter mechanical difficulties, while roving marshals will be present to keep track of the riders’ progress.

Support vehicles are allowed, but riders should only ride in the vehicle if they choose to drop out of the event.

The non-competitive bike ride will have five pitstops that starts at City Hall; Camp Allen as first stop; USAFIP-NL marker as second stop; Sablan viewdeck as third stop; and Fort del Pilar at the Philippine Military Academy as fourth stop; and U.S. Embassy in Camp John Hay at the fifth and final stop.

Interested individuals may register online at https://bit.ly/victorydayride-regform while groups may email [email protected] until Sept. 1.

Participants will receive an official event shirt, a race bib and passport, a loot bag, post-ride meal, and commemorative medal.

Organized in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, city government of Baguio, Wartime Heritage Guild Philippines, Without Limits, Salgado PR, the ride aims to foster a deeper understanding of the city’s significant role during WWII and give due recognition to the countless Filipino and American soldiers who fought for the country’s liberation. – Press release