Biking priest back in Mindanao by May 12

Picardal has dubbed his 56-day, 5,000 kilometer bike journey as “Philippine Bike-Tour for Life and Peace: Preaching the Gospel of Life amidst the Culture of Death.”

The Redemptorist priest who also serves as Dean of Academics at the St. Alphonsus Theologate here, had biked “for peace” across the country for 18 days from Davao to the northernmost part of Luzon in 2000 and for 21 days around Mindanao in 2006 “for life and peace.”

Picardal is biking between Gamay and Oras today, May 5; will rest May 6; move to Llorente on May 7, to Tacloban on May 8 and to Ormoc on May 9.

On May 10, Picardal will bike between Ormoc and Hilongos and on the 11th between Hilongos and Liloan.

On May 12, he will take the ferry to Surigao City and take a break before setting off for Davao City, not all the way along the highway but in the road less traveled, via Cateel, Davao Oriental.

Picardal will bike from Surigao to Butuan on May 13, to San Francisco in Agusan del Sur on May 14, to Mangagoy, Surigao del Sur on May 15, to Cateel in Davao Oriental on May 16, Cateel to Compostela to Nabunturan in Compostela Valley on May 17 and from Nabunturan to Davao City on May 18.

Before he left Davao City on Easter Monday, March 24, Picardal told reporters that Zamboanga City Archbishop Romulo Valles and Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Colin Bagaforo, had signified intentions to bike with him from Surigao to Davao. Valles and Bagaforo could not be reached for confirmation. (MindaNews)