So on the first of April, which is like the best month of the year for summer lovers, a huge event happened. If you weren't there, too bad. It was the very first lowrider bike competition in the Philippines, and it's not gonna happen again until (hopefully) next year.
Pinas Lowridaz organized Bike Wars that happened in B-Side April 1, 2012. It was a huge success. Morning til early evening, The Collective was packed. I actually came in at around 4pm and the heat was super but still there were hundreds of people there! 99% Hip Hop. ;-)
Tim Cashman is one of the co-founders of Pinas Lowridaz along with Angelo de Venecia, Rovie King Magdael, Justin Orosa an another unnamed former member. I got to speak with him during the event and he shared that for quite some time now, the lowrider bike groups here in the Philippines didn't really get along well. So they organized Bike Wars to gather other individuals and groups with the common interest with high hopes that they will be united in peace. ;-) They wanted Bike Wars to be the venue where they can compete with other lowrider bike lovers in a gentleman's way. However, he says that he feels he has failed on that part, but also promises that Bike Wars will be a yearly event and Pinas Lowridaz will not stop until these lowriders are united.
What I loved about Bike Wars is that people are required to donate old toys in the entrance booth. If you do not have toys with you, you can simply donate Php50 only! And this is all for the benefit of the orphanage Damas Filipinas Settlement. Aside from over 30 lowrider bikes on display there were so many more on display. There were also booths for urban clothing and accessories. Live Hip Hop performances throughout the day and raffle prizes that were given away!
Tim and the rest of Pinas Lowridaz would also like to thank: SAN ANDRES LOWRIDERS, ONALLERA STREET LOW, KALYE KANTO (cebu), CALOOCAN LOWRIDERS, CAVITE LOW, ILOWCOS RIDERS AND TO ALL LOWRIDER BIKE CREWS AND SOLO/INDEPENDENT RIDERS OUT THERE!
Please like the Pinas Lowridaz Facebook Page for more info. :)
Here are some of the photos from the event: (click on pictures for larger view)
|This guy won the raffle and took home that bike. So cool.|
|Sunny Bandila and one of the hosts.|
|Tim Cashman, yours truly and Claire. :)|
|Pikaso and Wilzone G.|