Eventually, I hope to bikepack around the Philippines. It’s not something I’ll do anytime soon, in the short term, maybe I’ll bikepack in short spurts, but a long trip with my bicycle will have to wait. One of these days when my children are older, with any luck, we can all go.
For now, I’m happy to live through other people. When I heard about the Cebu Divide, my interest was piqued. The Cebu Divide was done by the folks from PacGear. They started in the North of Cebu then made their way to the South, but instead of passing through the coastal roads, they made their way through the middle of Cebu, up the steep mountains, and in many cases, through dirt roads and paths. I interviewed Prockie Genovia, Larry Honoridez, and Kekel Villalon of PacGear. They were the group who organized the Cebu Divide.
The Cebu Divide is a huge physical feat. It took them seven days, 394.7km, and 12,404m of elevation gain.
In this podcast, we talked about the preparation to do the Cebu Divide, the inspiration of doing such a thing, women in cycling, and cycling through the Cebu mountains.
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This episode is brought to you by Qube Gallery, a progressive art space in Cebu, Philippines providing network and exhibit opportunities for contemporary artists with whom they work closely with and promote beyond the local reach. Aside from its physical space in Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City, you can check out their online collection on www.artsy.net/qube-gallery.
This month at Qube Gallery: Countercurrent by G.I. Pongase and Unchained Melody by Thom Jopson Two of Cebu’s young and upcoming artists, GI Pongase and Thom Jopson, will have their back to back shows at Qube Gallery. GI Pongase expands the range of his expressionist visual language with a series titled Countercurrent. In addition to texture and surface engagements, Pongase incorporates gestural lines, figurative drawings and other graphic elements to complement the rough, vulnerable and potent visual field that he explores with much empathy and restraint. Thom Jopson shows off his fantasy and surreal inclinations in his latest exhibition, Unchained Melody. Luxuriant characters and ornate sceneries compliment the peculiar stories told by each piece. Thom is such a clever and dexterous storyteller, with his art expounding on the sensational lines of magic realism and fantasy.
Catch Countercurrent and Unchained Melody on view at Qube Gallery from October 31 to November 16, 2019
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