Letter From Manila

Bicycles: A boredom buster and lifeline amid pandemic in the Philippines

Residents commute to work on bicycles in Manila on Sept 28, 2020. More commuters are taking to bicycles as a means to get to work amid the Covid-19 pandemic.PHOTO: AFP

MANILA - The lowly bicycle has helped millions of Filipinos cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing front-line health workers to get to hospital to save lives, fishmongers to go door to door, and many others who just want to get some much-needed sun and exercise.

"They say we Filipinos are resilient… For this pandemic, I don't think there's a more fitting symbol of that resilience than the bicycle," said Mr Melvin Ayensa, 58, an artist and a long-time bike-riding advocate.

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