Month: July 2011

LBC Ronda Na!

Sixty days before the biggest road bicycle race in the country, the organizer of LBC Ronda Pilipinas will conduct a family fun ride and a test race for the 16 teams entitled “LBC Ronda Pilipinas: Ronda Na!” on July 24, 2011 in Luneta, Manila. 

“LBC Ronda Pilipinas: LBC Ronda Na! ” is for the benefit of the Bike Patrol Unit of the Philippine National Police-Manila Police District (PNP-MPD) Tourist Police where the organizing sponsor LBC Express, Inc. shall donate bicycles from the proceeds of the family fun ride.

The LBC Ronda Pilipinas: LBC Ronda Na! shall also feature the 13 regional teams, 2 commercial teams and the Under-23 Philippine Team competing against each other during the said test race.

The route will start and finish along Roxas Boulevard at the Kilometer Zero across the Rizal monument.  It will cover a distance of 4.6 kilometers per lap from Roxas Boulevard to Burgos St. until the Quirino Avenue junction and back to Roxas Boulevard southbound for the finish.  Number of Laps will vary according to different categories.

There will be four categories composed of the 1) Family Fun Ride which is opened to all ages and all types of bicycles will cover 3 Laps  will start at 9:00AM, 2) Men’s Sportive Class for Non-professional ages 15 to 40 years old with Road Racer bicycle will cover 5 Laps , 3) Men’s Sportive Class  for Non-professional ages 41 yrs old and up with Road Racer bicycle will also cover 5 Laps and 4) Elite/Professional  Race for the 16 teams competing for LBC Ronda Pilipinas will cover 8 Laps.

 Participants in the Sportive Class and Elite/Professional Competition will pay an entry Fee of P300.00 and a chance to win medals and cash prizes. While the participants in the Family Fun Ride will only pay P 100.00 and chance to win in the raffle prizes.  Onsite registration will start at 7:00am Luneta Park in front of Rizal Park.

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Boycott Starbucks Coffee!

So there I was, looking from left to right and vice versa as if I was doing something illegal, something criminal. When the coast was clear and found no authorities watching, I lighted a stick of Marlboro on the sidewalk of Pasong Tamo Extension in front of Starbucks Coffee which is a very busy street in Makati and considered to be a “public place”. Since July 1, 2011 smoking in public places in the Philippines has become illegal.

So yes, technically, I was indeed doing an illegal activity. I was breaking the law.

But it was not my fault. It was Starbucks’ fault.

After being a patron of Starbucks brand since the time they first opened in the 6750 Building in 1997, I was shocked and saddened to find out that all of its branches nationwide have no longer a smoking area. As in all, even the one inside Resorts World where the entire building is practically a smoking area.

Starbucks Coffee just lost one customer who consumed one to two mugs of brewed coffee a day for more than a decade. I used to hold almost all my meetings outside the office in Starbucks because of the smoking area they used to have.

How many Starbucks customers like me who are now seeking nicotine refuge while enjoying a cup of coffee in Bo’s Coffee, Coffee Bean and Tealeaf and Figaro?

Coffee is the perfect match for smoking and given the number of smokers among middle class working men and women, Starbucks is losing at least 40% of its customers in all branches nationwide. Convert that in sales value and I am telling you, they are losing income.

Smoking may be bad for my health but it is good for my soul.  It keeps me sane from the madness of this world. Since time immemorial like two to ten centuries ago, man was already smoking and it is only in this time that the health issues have been raised. It’s not smoking nor second hand smoke but the pollution caused by deadlier smoke emission in vehicles and factories that contributed to the increasing number of lung failure fatalities.

Speaking on behalf of all smokers, we respect the rights of non-smokers and that is why we patronize coffee shops with smoking areas.  With the new regulation of Starbucks Coffee, it only means that its management doesn’t want our business and so we will take it elsewhere.

Thus, I urge all fellow smokers to boycott Starbucks Coffee and let us bring our business in coffee shops with smoking areas.

Boycott Starbucks Coffee!

My Rule of Thumb for Starbucks No Smoking Policy: TRIPLE THUMBS DOWN!!!

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