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Quirino sets 1,000-kilometer Motorismo rally

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ALL roads lead to the quaint province of Quirino for the fourth edition of the Quirino Motorismo, one of the country’s biggest motor tourism rallies, set on March 16-18.

The three-day event kicks off with the Unity Camp and Ride at the Siitan River Park in Nagtipunan town which will gather some 1,500 enthusiasts for the Acoustic and Riders Night.

Supported by Touratech, Ducati Philippines, Kawasaki, and Valvoline, the event is open to motorcycles 130cc and above.

Led by the Quirino Riders Federation, the Region 2 Riders Federation, and other motorcycle cubs across the country, participants will motor to the Provincial Capitol Sports Complex in Cabarroguis for the bike show, habal-habal challenge, Motokana obstacle course, and motocross challenge.

The main event, the 1,000-kilometer (km.) Endurance Challenge roars in the evening with more than 500 motorcyclists going around the roads of Quirino, Isabela, Cagayan, Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija.

Now on its third year, the extreme motoring rally should be completed within 24 hours in time for the Victory Concert culminating activity on March 18 at the Provincial Capitol Gymnasium with pop bands Cueshe and Silent Sanctuary.

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“Quirino Motorismo is our unique way of attracting domestic and foreign tourists to make the province their choice destination for summer and beyond,” says provincial Governor Junie Cua who introduced the event in 2015.

He said that the sporting event is an adventurous way of highlighting the spotlight on the tourist spots and the diverse aspects of Quirino’s way of life.

The province’s top tourist drawers are Aglipay Caves and Campsite in Aglipay, Siitian Nature Park in Nagtipunan, and the iconic Governor’s Rapids in Maddela which is known for its massive limestone walls along the Cagayan River.

It also has a world-class watersports complex with a wake park, winch lagoon, multi-purpose pavilion and hostel at the Capitol Complex.

Since the 1990s, motocross events at the Capitol Oval Track have been part of the annual Panagdadapun Festival which marks the province’s founding day in September.

In 2015, it held the Quirino to Quirino, a 350-km. ride from Quirino Grandstand in Luneta to the Capitol Complex to commemorate the 125th birthday of former President Elpidio Quirino and the Province’s 44th founding anniversary.

For details and updates, check out Quirino Motorismo fan page on Facebook.