Text and photos by Kritine Sison
No Halloween party; no problem for these riders!
Exactly a week before All Saints Day, about 60 riders took the streets on October 23 and 24 for the annual Halloween Ride–visiting several places in Pasay and Manila. Halloween ride is when riders can dress up, suit-up costumes, be fancy or scary while riding their motorcycles.
Euromoto PH, led by Kris Mauricio, rode on their Vespa scooters donned in coveralls and masks, ala Money Heist, a Spanish show about a group of robbers embarking on an epic heist to steal billions of Euros from various banks such as the Royal Mint of Spain and the Bank of Spain.
“We chose Money Heist because it’s perfect costume for the venue,” says Kris.
Okada Manila, this year’s host of Vespa Philippines Halloween Ride, resembles one of the shoot locations of the Netflix series.
The following day, Laqwachicas, my all-female lady riders’ group, had something different in mind; a charity ride.
It was supposed to be a bonding ride, but we felt the need to do something more than that. For our first ever Ride & Give, in our chosen character with matching Spyder helmets, we met at Starbucks Macapagal and planned our route.
With the help of Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) headed by PLTCOL Rosalino P. Ibay Jr., the group was able give away grocery items such as rice, noodles, canned goods, water, alcohol, vitamins, wipes, cleanser and toothbrush we’ve collected from our generous friends from Spyder Philippines, BMW Motorrad Ph, Pigeon Philippines and Ogalala World, to street families along T.M. Kalaw Street in Manila.
“More than seeing scenic views along the road, seeing the smiles from kids made our day even brighter and memorable,” shared one of the Laqwachica ladies.
As a group, this is just the beginning. We don’t want to step on the brakes when it comes to helping. We want to give back to the community as much as we can.