SCENE CITY| “Iron Horses” featured at 30th Anniversary of ‘On Any Sunday Riders’

IN THE early 80’s, after establishing a business which flourished in Davao City, Ken Angeles found a hobby which attracted others who were interested to travel the roads riding a motorcycle. They also named them big bikes which they rode every Sunday, speeding through rough and paved roads in and outside Davao City.

OASR Founder Ken Angeles with Col. Samuel Afdal and Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio view the exhibit of photos and big bikes

OASR Founder Ken Angeles with Col. Samuel Afdal and Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio view the exhibit of photos and big bikes

For about 10 years the riders had no semblance of an organization, there were no set rules, calling the thrilling rides as “freedom overdose.” There was no clear destination for their Sunday rides, just pure passion to ride the “iron horse” loving the ultimate thrill that the open roads provided.

In 1998, the group attracted members from prominent families in Davao City, including businessmen. Recorded in their files were the names Jimmy Gomez, Paul Larrabaster, Rene Maglalang, Jimmy Ang, Peter Piccio, Jimboy Halili, Bong Tan, Caloy Acosta, Toto Laingo and Pepito Mac.

In 1992, the draft of the constitution and by-laws was presented to the group. The Sunday rides continued through all roads of the archipelago, rough roads and punishing riding conditions, facing new challenges in the course of their trips.

Councilor Jimmy Dureza with Jimmy Gomez

Councilor Jimmy Dureza with Jimmy Gomez

Posted along with photos at the exhibit area we read: “In the early 90’s when OASR was barely a decade old, Ken Angeles invited Digong, (now President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) who was his former dorm mate in college, to join their regular rides outside the city. The young mayor jumped at the opportunity to test the limits of his Honda, and yes, live out the machismo and bravado of man and his machine in the backdrop of a long and open road.”

 As we continued to read through the posters at the Abreeza Mall, we came across these lines: “Known only among the citizens of Davao City where he served as mayor for 22 years, Digong is an avid biker. In his early days as City Mayor, he used to tour around Davao especially at night to personally monitor implementation of laws and of course, the safety of his constituents. It was a daily routine he accomplished without miss atop his 400CC Honda Shadow.”

“In the ride, Ken and his band of brothers had to take it slow since the Mayor’s 400 CC Honda proved to be less the muscle that Digong thought it would be. At times in the trip, the Mayor was put in the middle of the pack to ensure he would not be left behind. Of course, the bike got the bitter end of his profanities and frustration”.

PHOTO from the OASR memorabilia shows Ken Angeles with Jimmy Gomez and former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte

PHOTO from the OASR memorabilia shows Ken Angeles with Jimmy Gomez and former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, who was once a member of the organization, graced the opening of the exhibit at the Abreeza Ayala Mall by cutting the chain and launching the coffee table book published by the OASR on September 22, 2017.

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