The Iloilo Bike Festival will finally roll this 2022 from July 29 to 31 (Friday to Sunday) in Iloilo City.
BIKING UNDER THE NEW NORMAL
The annual event kicked off in 2014 and considered among major tourism-drawer festivals of Iloilo City. It only halted in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year can be counted as the 9th Iloilo Bike Festival if only there was no health crisis in the last two years.
The bikers however are excited to roll their two-wheels on the city’s major streets and expanded bike lane network with the theme: “#BikeKaNaman sa Iloilo City” or come and bike in Iloilo City.
Usually, the three-day event assemble around 5,000 bikers or more. The number may go up this year with bikers from different provinces in Panay, Guimaras Island, and from other regions expressing interest to participate.
The event center will remain at the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park developed by the Megaworld in Mandurriao district in Iloilo City.
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THE MOVERS OF THE BIKEFEST
Megaworld Iloilo is a pioneering partner of the Bikefest since it started in 2014. The partnership is a way to showcase the township’s infra and programs that support reduction of carbon footprint like the live-work-play-learn. It also shows the bike-friendly environment it established with bike lanes and bike racks within the business park.
The MICE Center serves as anchor of the Iloilo Bike Festival as organized by the Iloilo City Government. MICE stands for Meetings, Investment, Convention/Conferences, and Exhibitions.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas issued Executive Order No. 34 in July 29, 2019 which established the MICE Center.
Treñas envisioned the MICE Center as the lead office who will handle tourism-related events, which includes the Iloilo Bike Festival. The EO 34 likewise assigned Salvador “Dong” Sarabia, Jr. as head. Sarabia has served as Tourism Undersecretary for Security and Political Affairs under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The festival is also managed by the the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI).