10 Images: Honda convention draws 1,200 bike lovers from Mindanao

No to drink and ride. Yes to sing and ride!
by Aris Ilagan | Aug 8, 2018

Davao City is in heat! A week after the ‘Blue Boys’ left Davao City for their grand motorcycle tour, the ‘Red Brigade’ takes over this bustling place for the 2018 Honda Riders Convention. It was attended by more than 1,200 participants from all over the region. 

As a show of force, Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) gathered riders from different cities and municipalities at the Davao City Convention Center as a gesture of appreciation for their long years of loyalty to the brand.

HPI is pushing for its ‘One Dream’ campaign throughout the country via big gatherings such as this. The delegation coming from Dipolog City, being the farthest, was given special recognition by HPI officials for surviving a 16-hour ride to the venue and braving rains along the mountain passes.

The event venue was transformed into a showplace for Honda's latest motorcycle line-up: There was the BeAT 150, Click 150, CRF 150L, CRF 150, CRF 250 for sport variants; the RS150 for the underbone segment; and the forever reliable TMX series. The spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie filled the air during the whole day event.

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The Japanese manufacturer staged free test rides for Honda’s latest bikes, and for fun it hosted a skills challenge, a motorbike show, and games.

Homegrown program hosts Tweety Lagmay and Chito Samontina fired up the excitement with the Riders Got Talent and Miss Honda Riders Con 2018 competition to the delight of the participants.

During the singing competition, we noticed something unusual when riders got up on stage to perform. Perhaps as a force of habit, the riders gently squeezed the microphone the same way they twist the throttle when they hit a high note. With this level of passion, they sounded like The Voice contestants. For them: Riding and drinking, no. Riding and singing, yes!

Here are some snapshots we took during the Honda Riders' convention. Honda na ba kayo?

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