A new story of supremacy has begun in Mindanao as Suzuki riders gathered for the first ever Raider R150 Summit in the region at RDR Gym Sports Complex in Tagum City on May 26! A total of 2,397 riders from 130 clubs all over Mindanao flocked at the venue to show their force for the legendary Raider R150 and celebrated the continuous rule of the Raider R150 as the Underbone King. Following the successful Raider R150 Summit in Luzon with over 10,200 riders at the World Trade Center Manila, it is Mindanao’s turn to show their force which they successfully did as Suzuki showed their force in number at the Raider R150 Summit Mindanao. Thousands of Raider R150s and other Suzuki bikes filled the venue which came in as early as the afternoon of May 25, the day before the event.
Jumpstarting the day, Suzuki presented various entertainment options for the riders during registration – at the waiting area outside, the Suzuki Stunt Team performed heart pumping exhibitions using the Raider R150 Carburetor while simultaneously inside the RDR Gym, the On42NYT band played pop songs of various generations to set the mood of the attendees. Formally opening the program, Suzuki gathered everyone for the customary drone shot which made the crowd very energetic. Welcoming everyone was Suzuki Philippines President Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki who impressed all the riders with few Visayan dialects leaving them cheering loudly for Suzuki. This was followed by a lot of exciting activities in a true Raider R150 Summit fashion, from signature contests, club awards, games, freebies, entertaining production numbers from guest celebrities and the Whiplash Dancers plus photo ops with the Suzuki Ladies.
For the most sought-after competition, the Raider R150 Summit Mindanao Custom-bike contest was participated by 17 modified Raiders. Hailed as the winners were:
|Best Custom-Bike||Potpot by Patricio Gaman of Positive Idea GenSan|
|Best Engine Set-up||Raider 150 of Renante Montayre of & Raider R150 of Arnold Aleniabon both from Suzuki Tacometrix Club|
|Best Concept Bike||Petra of Jundie Aballe of Suzuki Riders Club Pagadian|
|Best Chrome||Game Over of Nazer Maliga of Suzuki Riders Club|
|Best Paint||Raider FU150 of Louie Vistal of Moto Revolution Riders Club|
|Media Choice||Nemo 3.0 of Benzaire Balaba of Suzuki Infinity Raiders Club|
|Riders Choice||Clever Republic of Ayesha Quilban from Suzuki Riders Club|
Always a source of fun and enjoyment, Suzuki’s signature club contests never failed to bring unlimited smile to everyone. Winners of the contests were:
|Club Contest Winners|
|Biker Babe||Ms. Mayka Falcon of the Philippine Suzuki Riders Club|
|Best Rider||Mr. Jasper Villamor of Torque Riders Organization|
|Best Couple Rider||Mr. and Mrs. Ramon and Nelly Cagasgas proving that love certainly grows strong with time|
Acknowledging the very strong support of its riders, Suzuki also gave special recognitions to select clubs. Hailed as winners of the Raider Club Recognitions were:
|Suzuki Raider R150 Club Recognitions|
|Biggest Delegation (Group)||Torque Rider Organization of the Philippines, Inc.|
|Biggest Delegation (Chapter)||Philippine Suzuki Riders Club – Davao Chapter|
|Earliest Delegation||Davao Raiders Club|
|Farthest Delegation||Torque Rider Organization of the Philippines, Inc. – Cagayan de Oro Chapter|
|Other Suzuki Club Recognitions|
|Biggest Delegation (Group)||Davao Raider J Club|
|Biggest Delegation (Chapter)||Smash Titan Riders Club|
|Farthest Delegation||Skydrive Nation Davao|
Suzuki also raffled off 2 Raider R150s – 1 Carburetor and 1 Fuel Injection won by Rian Baniel of Torque Rider Organization of the Philippines – Cagayan de Oro and Jan Victor Lacanlale of Road Warriors Club Davao respectively.
Adding fun to the event was special guest and beauty queen 2017 Reina Hispanoamericana Ms. Winwyn Marquez who did a dance showdown with one of the lucky riders giving everyone a great time with kilig and humour. Lovely host and talented actress Ms. Roxanne Barcelo also serenaded the crowd and made sure that the riders were having fun with her witty quirks together with Suzuki’s very own Mr. Ramil Mulay.
Suzuki Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
The Raider R150 Summit experience would not be complete without Suzuki’s CSR and this time, the brand did two advocacy projects – the continuation of One Suzuki for Marawi and Suzuki Mindanao’s very own Suzuki Para sa Eskwela.
Suzuki and its riders in Mindanao reinforced its support to ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Inc.’s (ALKFI) efforts in rebuilding Marawi aptly called as the One Suzuki for Marawi through education development assistance by providing additional Php515,000 cash donation to its existing Php 2.6M aid which was collected during the R150 Summit held at World Trade Center Manila in January bringing in a total amount of Php3M. The donation turnover was attended by ALKFI’s Donor Management Head and Chief of Staff Ms. Josine Reyes and Marketing Specialist for Central Marketing Unit Ms. Sheryl Gabuya.
Also launched during the event is the ongoing Suzuki Mindanao’s Suzuki Para sa Eskwela program which is being done in partnership with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Brigada Eskwela wherein riders extend help to the schools by painting classrooms, lawn mowing and repair of chairs and other facilities in preparation for the upcoming school opening this year.
Suzuki United as One
Considered as one of the highlights of the event, Suzuki underscored its strong bond with its riders through Suzuki United as One. Mindanao riders pledged their support to Suzuki in promoting safety riding and engaging in various CSR activities. Suzuki responded to its riders by declaring its full support to the clubs in these endeavours. This sealed Suzuki and its riders’ stronger alliance as one family.
Suzuki also highlighted the power of the Raider R150 on the racetrack by introducing the Raider Breed Wars Carburetor and Fuel Injection One Make Races to run at the Super Series Nationwide Championships. This and also the participation of the Suzuki-VMan Racing Team composed of Davao pride’s April King Mascardo, Eane Jaye Sobretodo, Djereck Ondillio, Dan Carlo Alvarado, Josh Tan and Jaypee Obedencio at the said event’s Super Underbone 150cc category with the Raider R150 Fi.
The event was led by Suzuki Philippines President Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki, Managing Director and Suzuki Foundation President Mr. Norminio Mojica, General Manager for Motorcycle Sales and Marketing Mr. Jun Bulot, Senior Regional Sales Manager Mr. Joel Martin and Marketing Manager Mr. Monch Bontogon.
The Suzuki Raider R150 Summit Mindanao was also supported by its trade partners: Suzuki Genuine Parts, Rhean Cyclemar, HGK, Bendix, DID Racing Chain and Xpot Motoexceed.