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Myca Salonga


Myca Salonga is a Chemical Engineering student at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Being a 20-something lets her indulge in all that Metro Manila has to offer: Food, Entertainment, Fashion -- all on a student's budget.

Padyak Your Way To Class

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:52 a.m.
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With a huge campus, students from the University of the Philippines, Diliman always have he dilemma of getting to their next class without being late. How do they do it? Well, here's one way: Riding a Bike. But not just any bike. Read on to find out more about the bicycle that every Isko and Iska is riding.

There is definitely more than one way to get around the University of the Philippines. There are jeepneys coming in and out of the university at all times as well as an influx of cars that pick up and drop off students. One of the more unique ways to get to one's next class is with the Padyak bicycles.

The Padyak, a Filipino term meaning "pedal" or "to pedal", is a bicycle for rent that can be used by UP students to get to their next destination with UP Diliman. Since the main Academic Oval has its own bike lane, this mode of transportation is both safe and effective. Now, those who don't own cars or those who need to forsake the jeep for a faster mode of transportation can rent the Padyak and arrive at their class in time.

The Padyak Project is actually an advocacy project by the UP Mountaineers. They want to promote a greener way to travel. Aside from the bikes themselves, the organization also provides bike racks, training clinics and cable locks for every Padyak user. This way, students have an opportunity to go green and lessen pollution caused by vehicle emissions.

The Padyak isn't only environmentally conscious, it is also health conscious. Along with promoting the environment, it also provides a means of exercise. One need not be a professional cyclist to get the benefits of a good cardiovascular workout that comes with pedaling a bike. Everyone from novices and beginners can get a feel for the heart-pumping and calorie-burning effects of bike riding. The frame is well-constructed to be as stable as possible for easy riding. It also has a built-in front basket to carry all the books and notebooks an Isko or Iska needs

The UP Mountaineers hope that the practice of bicycling to reduce global warming would spread to other communities and schools as well.

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