Since the turnover of a new Royal Enfield bike to the Villafuerte family in Pili, Camarines Sur, riding coach Meng Sevilla has been a regular fixture in the locale, which is famous for its watersports facilities.
The story goes that Camarines Sur representative Luis Raymund ‘LRay’ Villafuerte requested Sevilla to conduct a special training session for him and his children. Impressed with Sevilla’s teaching skills, Villafuerte then asked him to train local riders as well as develop a 30-hectare piece of land beside the CamSur Watersports Complex for basic and advanced riding courses.
“Simula noon, tuluy-tuloy na,” says Sevilla, who is known in the riding community for his deep passion for coaching riders and promoting riding safety.
Currently, Sevilla is busy juggling his time between training small groups of riders and supervising the construction of the facility. He expects the project to go full-blast by March this year.
His students ride either their personal bikes or rented dual-purpose bikes provided by Yamaha Motor Philippines, like the XTZ 125, the WR155, and the Serow 250. After honing their off-roading skills, the students are accompanied by Sevilla to the challenging trails of Pili, where they can take in breathtaking views of the countryside as they go along.
Villafuerte has included in his ambitious plan a special riding course similar to that of the Honda Safety Driving Center, and which will feature road obstacles, intersections, and a bridge to simulate normal riding situations. If things go as planned, a tarmac circuit will also be built in the area.
According to Sevilla, Villafuerte gives priority to riding safety because of the increasing number of riders in Bicol and its neighboring areas. The facility will be open to riders of all ages.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.