Sunday, June 24, 2007

X Sports: Downhill Challenge Adobo Style

No Head Gears. No Brakes. No Fear!

Extreme sport (also called action sport, adventure sport and adventurous sport) is a media term for certain activities perceived as having a high level of inherent danger or difficult and often involving speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear or spectacular stunts.

Pimp My Ride: Adobo Style

Two weeks ago me and my friends went uphill in a place called Bongbong in Valencia, Negros Oriental to witness a different kind of extreme sport children ages 6 to 8 years old play. In most downhill challenges they use BMX Bikes, Snow Boards, Moto X Bikes, Skis and Bob Carts, but in this part of the world they have their own version of a bob cart called "Ligiron". Ligiron comes from the visayan dialect word "ligid" which means wheel. When we arrived there, some of their parents where still making them.

Proudly Philippine Made

Environment friendly, all made out of indigenous materials. The main chassis, steering rod and wheels are all made of santol wood. The seats are made out of bamboo strips that also serves a good shock absorber and give superb suspension. The wheels are then wrapped with old tire strips lubricated with grated cocoa pods. No engines and no brakes.

Downhill Challenge

The Need for Speed

The sport is participated in by mostly kids and sometimes with adults too, no protective head gears, no breaks and with no fear at all making this totally extreme! I am not aware of any child's sport this fun and reckless anywhere here in the Philippines or abroad.

The Race Tracks

In order to get the fastest speed, the kids carry their ligiron to the starting point, at the peak of the hill and gets set for the adrenaline rush. After all extreme sport is about height, speed and having a high level of inherent danger with spectacular stunts otherwise it won't be X Sports!

Extreme Driver

According to the town folks, the ligiron goes a few years back in the 1980's. Ligirons at that time had bigger wheels about 6 feet in diameter and was used by farmers to transport copra from harvest to the market place.

The Rush Hour

The kids really have fun and enjoy this sport. They do this almost every weekend. They even hold race competitions and invite some other kids from the nearby village.

X Sport Model: Hersley Ven

The sport is not yet popular. It was even my first time to see such totally extreme child sport. Some passers by gets amazed when they see the kids rushing down the hill. Some of them offer to buy their ligiron and pays them P100.00(about USD 2.00) for one.

After seeing how the kids enjoyed, Hersley and the rest of the gang couldn't help but try the thing. I didn't want to miss the feeling of adrenaline flowing through my body so I tried it too. We all had a blast.

The X Monkeys heheheh!
(From your left: Nicky Dumapit, Hersley Ven, Bruce not the Lee, Victor, Carmel)

The best part of the trip was the warm welcome and the hospitality of the villagers. They showed us around and offered us lots of food. We wrapped upped the trip with a thirst quenching fresh buko juice (coconut juice). It really energized us after the tiresome mountain treck to capture these rare moments.

We plan to go back sometime to capture the thrills in video.

Very Special thanks to Nicky Dumapit for touring us in the village.

Special Thanks to Hersley Ven Casero for his "Pimp my ride" photo. Check out more of his photos here...

And thank you to the Bongbong villagers for the warm welcome, fresh bananas, buko juice and the "water and salt".

Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Patriot

The Patriot Some call him the revolutionary "Che Guevarra" of Dumaguete, some call him "Bob Marley" because of his dreadlocks, and some call him "The Lost Commando" because of his full battle gear outfit. If you want to catch him and get his autograph, you can see him at the boulevard at 6am, then he moves on towards the gates near the flag pole of Silliman Hall then on to the flag pole at the Freedom Park by 7am.

I came across him this morning while I was driving my bike and decided to stop by and have a little chat with him. Here goes the chat transcript:

Me: Hello Manong. Pwede ko mangutana? (Hello Mr. Can I ask you a few questions?)

Gentleman: Maayong Buntag! (Good Morning!)

Me: Aw! Maayong buntag pod Manong. (Oh! Good mornin
g to you too Mr.)

Me: Nagunsa man ka dire? (What are you doing here?)
Gentleman: Nag poste ko dire. (I am on my post.)
The Lost Commando

Me: Nagposte? Unsa pasabot nimo? (On your post? What do you mean?)
Gentleman: Mao na ang tulumanon sa usa ka Armed Forces of the Philippines na magposte (It is a duty of every Armed Forces of the Philippines to be in his post)

Me: Ah mao ba? So naa diay ka sa army? (Oh I see. So you are in the army?)

Gentleman: Oo, Brigadier General ko. 24 na ko ka tuig nag serbisyo sa Philippine army. Na assistant ko ni Gen. Fidel Ramos sauna, na under pod ko ni Espina pero karon ako maoy kinatas-an og rangko sa tibuok Pilipinas. (Yes, I am a Brigadier General. 24 years of service in the Philippine Army.
I was the Assistant of Gen. Fidel Ramos, I was also under Espina but now I am the highest ranking officer in the Philippines.)

Me: Unsa imo ngalan? (What is your name?)
Gentleman: Ako si Brigadier General Juanito Riseñas Cuyad ... c u y a d. (I am Brigadier General Juanito Riseñas Cuyad...that is spelled out as C - u - y - a - d.
amazingly, he was really able to spell out his name!)

Me: So asa man ang imong mga kauban? (So where is the rest of your brigade?)
Gentleman: Tua sila nagkatag-katag, ang uban tua sa Camp Crame. (They are all spread out, others are in Camp Crame.)

Me: Paghuman ani sa imo duty asa man ka pagkahuman? (After your duty, where do you go?)
Gentleman: Naa pa ko lain duty. Ang army tulo kabuok ang tulumanon nga departamento - and munisipyo or capitolyo, ang unibersidad og ang boulevard. (I still have other duties. The army serves 3 departments, the municipality or capitol, the university and the boulevard.)
El General

Me: Taga asa man ka? (Where are you from?)
Gentleman: Taga Bohol ko, Sierabollones pero ang mga Cuyad sa Jagna ang among kagikan. (I am from Bohol, from the town of Sierabollones but the Cuyads roots from the town of Jagna.)

Me: Oi mao ba?! Taga Bohol man sad ko. Kaliwat diay ka ni Dagohoy, kaila ka ni Francisco Dagohoy? (Oh really? I am from Bohol too. So you run the blood lines of Dagohoy, do you know Francisco Dagahoy? - holds the distinction of having led the longest revolt in Philippine history against the Spaniards, the famous Dagohoy Rebellion from 1744 - 1829. )

Gentleman: Hahahaha! Boang man tingali ka. Dili mi amigo niya. Nagskwela pa tingali ko anang panahona og ikaw wala pa ka matawo. (Hahahaha! You must be crazy!, We are not friends of course, I was probably still in school and you were not yet born during his time) - He was almost close but not close enough :)

Me: Ok Manong, salamat sa pag gayon sa imong oras. (Ok Mr., thank you for your time.)
Gentleman: Tig byahe man ko sa dagat ug ting pyesta sa atoa sa Tagbilaran. kita unya ta didto, mamiesta ta ha. Cge salamat pod. Ayo ayo. (I also travel the sea during fiesta season in Tagbilaran. Lets meet up one day. Thank you. Take care.)

El General
(Click to Enlarge Photo)

Well, although he sounded like a few screws where a little loose, I still think he is a fine gentleman and a true patriot.


Special Thanks to Hersley Ven for sharing his Flickr photo of "The Lost Commando".