“Bago ako sumakay, nagdadasal ako.” (Before I ride, I pray).
This is the ritual of Diana Teofilo, a home-based English teacher and biker from Cainta, Rizal, each time she has to hit the road on her bicycle.
It doesn’t matter if she’s biking to work or to the grocery store, or if she’s going on a long ride or just a quick jaunt around the city. She always prays for her safety — and for other bikers like her to get to their destinations unscathed.
“No matter how safe you try to be, there are still external factors that can happen. I hope for all of us bikers to be okay, that we get to work and go home safely,” Diana said speaking in a mix of English and Filipino.