Tiis ganda for a good cause

FHM (Philippines) - - Contents - WORDS Denise J. Mal­labo PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Paul Mon­dok

This is the 2017 Dis­tin­guished Gentle­men’s Ride, held at the Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines Com­plex last Septem­ber. Over 6oo rid­ers showed up for the event, all in keep­ing with the theme—dap­per gents were in tai­lored suits, ties, but­ton-downs, with some ac­tu­ally sport­ing metic­u­lously kept mous­taches; the ladies were in three­piece suits adorned with neck­ties, bowties, and scarves.

We spot­ted a few fa­mil­iar per­son­al­i­ties who are known clas­sic bike en­thu­si­asts: Kim Atienza, Marc Nel­son, Ely Buen­dia, Jay Taruc, Sid Mader­azo, and Jeri­cho Rosales. But the bikes prob­a­bly had more star power than all of them com­bined; you will prob­a­bly not see a more gor­geous dis­play of dif­fer­ent cus­tom, vin­tage, and clas­sic bikes than at the DSG. Spe­cial thanks to Kan­nan Jayaprakash Sreedevi, who’s part of the Royal En­field As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines for al­low­ing us to back ride and ex­pe­ri­ence the en­tire thing Win grand fash­ion.

This is the third year that the DSG rode their bikes to raise funds to sup­port re­search on prostate can­cer and men’s men­tal health via The Movem­ber Foun­da­tion.

The Dis­tin­guished Gentle­man’s Ride was started by Mark Hawwa, founder of Syd­ney Café Rac­ers from Aus­tralia, in 2012, with the idea of break­ing stereo­types peo­ple have about bik­ers be­ing rough. Five years on and it has be­come a world­wide af­fair ev­ery Septem­ber.

Head or­ga­nizer of the DGR Manila, Mark Lac­cay is re­spon­si­ble for putting the Philip­pines on the radar of the DGR prin­ci­pals. “I asked them to in­clude the Philip­pines in the world­wide ride but I wasn’t get­ting any re­sponse. In 2014 I mounted a mock-up of the event that we called Mag­it­ing na Gi­noo ride as proof of con­cept that DGR can be done here,” says Lac­cay.

To­gether with his co-or­ga­nizer Mikey Gianan and a num­ber of Philip­pine-based mo­tor­cy­cle cus­tom bike rid­ers from Manila, Cavite, Bu­la­can, and Pam­panga, they rode and took shots at choice spots in Manila. “Af­ter see­ing footage of the mock-up ride, the prin­ci­pals from DGR Aus­tralia sent an email show­ing their in­ter­est of fi­nally in­clud­ing the Philip­pines.” The of­fi­cial DGR Manila rolled out in 2015, gath­er­ing around 120 par­tic­i­pants.

This year DGR Manila raised al­most P200,000 for char­ity. When asked why it’s im­por­tant for Lac­cay to get in­volved in this event other than for char­ity, he sim­ply said that it’s a good ex­cuse to dress up. “It's also a good ex­cuse to main­tain your vin­tage or clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle, and to show the world that in Manila, we have these fab­u­lous fel­lows who main­tain fab­u­lous bikes.”

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