Iloilo Bike Festival 2021 carries a mission of leveling-up Iloilo from being a bike-friendly city to a Bike Capital of the Philippines.
The annual event which kicked off in 2014 was among major tourism-drawer festivals of Iloilo City but it was disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
Last year was suppose to be the 7th edition of the Iloilo Bike Festival and the event was set to accommodate international visitors if only there was no pandemic. Hence, the biggest two-wheel event posed for March was rescheduled twice: first, from March which saw the onset of the virus spread to first week of April. Yet the virus was likewise rampaging communities in the city prompting the Local Government to place specific barangays on a surgical lockdown.
From summer, it was hoped that the bikefest would materialize November, but only to give way to this year, because of restrictions set by health protocol and COVID-19 crisis management related concerns.
This year, however, the bike festival will once again roll-on at the city’s major streets and expanded bike lane network from April 9 to 11.
The three-day event is expected to gather a minimum of 5,000 bikers from different provinces in Panay and Guimaras island. The venue of the event will remain at the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park developed by the Megaworld in Mandurriao district in Iloilo City.
Megaworld Iloilo is a pioneering partner of the Iloilo Bike Festival since it started in 2014. The partnership was also a way for the conglomerate to showcase the township’s infra and programs that support reduction of carbon footprint like the live-work-play-learn and by establishing a bike-friendly environment with bike lanes and bike racks within the business park.
The 7th Edition of the Iloilo Bike Festival is organized by the Iloilo City Government under the anchor of the Meetings, Investment, Convention/Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE Center) headed by former tourism undersecretary Salvador “Dong” Sarabia, Jr.
The MICE Center is now the lead unit of the LGU who handles tourism and MICE-related events which now includes the Iloilo Bike Festival, among others.
The MICE Center was established by virtue of Executive Order (EO) 34, dated July 29, 2019 issued by Mayor Jerry P. Treñas to focus on MICE promotions and it designated Sarabia as the executive assistant for MICE Promotions.
The event is also supported by the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI), Dept. of Tourism (DOT) and Megaworld Iloilo.
*Featured photo is grabbed from the Iloilo Bike Festival teaser video.