Bikers Heaven boosts eco-tourism

RIZAL, Laguna — A new tourist spot for travelers, particularly bicycle enthusiasts, dubbed “Bikers Heaven” by government officials, was inaugurated last Sunday in Barangay Tala, this town.

This was disclosed by Laguna Police Provincial Office (PPO) director Senior Supt. Gilberto Cruz who said the Bikers Heaven located in Tayak Hill, is an eco-tourism project of governor Jeorge "E.R." Ejercito, the Laguna PPO and Rizal Mayor Antonio Aurelio.

Cruz, whose passion for cycling takes him and his fellow officers to different parts of Laguna every weekend, said the Biker's Heaven with a 30-foot high cross, is situated in a seven-kilometer uphill from the highway in Barangay Tala.

The giant concrete cross flanked by a bicycle on the left and shrine of the Madonna del Ghisallo on the right, sits on a 400-square meter atop the hill. Madonna or Our Lady of Del Ghisallo, is considered as a patroness of travelers, particularly cyclists, and the shrine of the original Madonna Del Ghisallo is located in a steepy hill in Magreglio, a town in northern Italy.

It is said that in medieval times when Count Ghisallo was traveling, he was attacked by highway bandits but he was miraculously saved when he ran toward an image of the Virgin Mary in a roadside shrine.