Ave Maldea Autograph Signing, Meet and Greet with Cycling Legends
Passion is what drives you to do what you do best.
Over a hundred cyclists and bike enthusiasts from different parts of Luzon have participated to the “Ave Maldea Autograph Signing + Meet and Greet with Cycling Legends” event, Feb. 28, 2016 at Bikers’ Café, SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
As early as 4:00 am, cyclists flocked to the venue to show their warm appreciation to the highly respected and well-renowned Frame Builder Avelino “Ave” Maldea. World Cycling Champ and National Team Coach Ildefonso Vizmanos and Cycling Veteran Mario Layoso have also graced the affair.
In honor of Philippine bicycling legends, video features were shown inspiring the young generation of cyclists in the audience. Tino Ferids, proud owner of 2 Ave frames and 1 fork showcased how durable his road and cyclocross/gravel are by sharing pictures online. Carlo Ona, biker has proudly shared his picture with Ave, real time.
The affair has also amassed attention to fellow cyclists abroad, Mike Valle from Australia mentioned on Facebook, “How can I get a copy of the [Bikes] magazine? Shipped to OZ. I owned a Maldea Frame. Awesome build.” Ave has already accomplished more than 8,000 customized bike frames and forks, local and worldwide.
Free breakfast were also provided courtesy of Bikers’ Café. Meanwhile, the raffle prizes drawn hype to the registrants as they get to win an Ave Maldea bike frame, MyPhone, and Krooberg goodies!
Mark Murillo, a cyclist from Laguna won the major prize, an AVE MALDEA bike frame. “Thank you Bikes for this opportunity and Ave Maldea for the MALDEA-3 Pursuit Frame. Proud to support the autograph signing of Sir Ave Maldea. Hindi talaga ako maka paniwala na ako ang mananalo ng grand prize! Salamat po ng marami! (I couldn’t believe that I’ve won the major prize. Thank you!)” stated Murillo. He was also the first biker to register, cycling 2 hours from Laguna to Pasay. “Sulit na sulit ang byahe ko from Laguna to SM Mall of Asia! Early bird catches the MALDEA FRAME!”
Gabriel Mercado from Facebook, on the the other hand, raised a valuable feedback in response to the trending Ave Maldea video, “Folks, there are many fantastically talented and devoted artisans and highly skilled craftsmen in the Rizal, Laguna, Marikina areas and all over the country in various fields, from bike frames to furniture to foodstuffs to what ever you can think of. Be aware of them and promote them! As our economy grows, it’s their opportunity to finally get some publicity just like this video has worked for Ave Maldea.” The video that was posted on Facebook last February 29 has garnered worldwide attention, from the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Qatar, Oman, and more! Proud Maldea Bike Frame owners actively commented and posted hundreds of pictures showing their durable high tensile and chromoly steel-framed bikes. To date, the post has already more than 800,000 reach in social media.
“Great job, Bikes Magazine for featuring a home-grown talent but starting to expand outside the 7100+ islands. Mang Ave’s passion for his craft lasted him 25 years. I was sharing his story and skill to a friend-rider/biker in Sanfo,” Joseph Cubos Anonuevo, a Consultant said.
Makoy Almanzor, also shared his own Ave story on Facebook, “Attached is my wife’s former frame, now being used by my daughter. A sized 48 road bike frame my wife used to race with in the local crits. Both frames are chromoly tubing supplied by Ave. I have a handful of steel bikes from different makes that Ave retailored for me. #GawangAveMaldea” His statement alone proves that Ave’s frames are treasures that can be passed on to the future generation. Currently, Ave has 2 apprentices, his nephew and his brother. He said it’s not purely business, talent runs in the blood, and passion is what drives him to be a high caliber frame builder.
Long before being featured in Bikes Magazine Issue 02, “The Works of a Filipino Legend”, Ave Maldea, due to his degree of workmanship, is already a household name to the majority of cyclists in the Philippines. Another biker, Hector Santos even recounted that his 1996 RB frame is still cranking miles. Ave’s works have truly withstood time.
“This is our own way of saying THANK YOU to this humble man. We equally salute other Pinoy frame builders and cycling legends in the country. #FilipinoPride,” announced Bikes.
For over 25 years in the frame building industry, Ave continuously proves that creativity, dedication, and hard work can get things into the right perspective. Ave is not merely promoting himself, the Philippine Cycling community is doing so making Ave Maldea our homegrown, “Man of Steel”.
#Bikesmagxlegends is the first event that was fully organized by Bikes Magazine Asia. Danilo Jamisola, a bike enthusiast looks forward to the 1-day Bike Ride for a Cause that’s soon to be organized.