By Kristine Ann Fernandez
Becaus e of its growing popularity in Dumaguete City, biking is now offered as a new Physical Education course in Silliman University.
Biking classes are taught by PE Chairperson Dionesio Piñero III and College of Education Dean Dr. Earl Jude Cleope every
Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Piñero said the class time and date was catered to the schedule of sophomore nursing students.
According to him, he and Cleope were inspired to offer the course because of international triathlete, Lendy Salve, who is also a
professor at the College of Nursing.
Piñero added that anyone can enroll in the class, even those who do not know how to bike. “At the end of this course, students are expected to mount their bikes, and they will really learn how to ride on their own. This class is student-centered. They will be helping each other,” he said.
Among the various exercises that Piñero plans to do is to have students bike from the SU campus to Camp Lookout in Valencia.
A total of 78 students are enrolled in the class. Each of them is required to provide for his or her own bike.
Piñero said if the students cannot buy one, they are encouraged to borrow or rent a bike.
Queenie Guibao, a mass communication sophomore who is currently enrolled in this PE course, said biking is great for both
the biker and the environment.
“This is a great way to make more versatile people out of our students and, hopefully, to start a brand-new community of young Sillimanian biking enthusiasts,” she said