Tiis ganda for a good cause
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.”