‘MAHALIN NATIN ANG PILIPINAS.’ Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte shows the items she has collected from her supporters during the first day of the Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride (MNPR) campaign caravan that kicked off in Davao City on Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2022). Duterte said she would keep them as a remembrance. (Screengrab photo from Mayor Inday Sara Duterte FB page)

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte took to social media Wednesday her gratitude to her supporters for the success of their "Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride" (MNPR) campaign caravan that kicked off Tuesday here.

On her Facebook page, Duterte showed the various items she collected from her supporters saying she would keep them as a remembrance for the first leg of the MNPR.

“We have a lot of friends along the street who welcomed us with their streamers and flowers. I asked them if I can keep it as a remembrance for the first day of MNPR,” she said.

Earlier on Tuesday morning (February 1), during the MNPR’s send-off ceremony, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, prayed for the safety of everyone joining the caravan.

Present during the send-off was senatorial candidates Jinggoy Estrada and Harry Roque -- both riding their motorcycles with Sara.

The first stop was in Tagum City in Davao del Norte, where Duterte led the inauguration of the Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.-Sara Duterte Alliance (MASADA) provincial headquarters.

Duterte, in her short message, thanked the BBM-Sara tandem supporters and called on them to come together in campaigning for unity in the country.

She was welcomed by local supporters and provincial government leaders led by Davao de Oro Governor Tyron Uy, Vice Governor Maricar Zamora, First District Rep. Manuel ‘WayKurat’ Zamora and other members of the provincial Hugpong ng Pagbabago slate.

Thousands of people lined up along the highway from this city to Bislig City as they waited for the arrival of Duterte and her team. After nine hours of travel here, the group arrived in Bislig City in Surigao del Sur.

In Bislig City, Duterte graced the opening of the LAKAS-CMD Provincial Headquarters with party secretary-general Prospero Pichay and wife, Cantilan Mayor Carla Pichay.

Sara also met Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel and Rep. Johnny Pimentel in a separate event in Bislig City. From Bislig, Sara’s team will head to Surigao City on Wednesday morning.

The MNPR caravan was conceptualized amid the challenges brought by the imposition of different travel and social gathering restrictions against the spread of Covid-19.

The three to five-hour daily ride will feature tourist landmarks, short meet-ups with local supporters, and distribution of Philippine flags to remind Filipinos that the country needs unity to advance positive change and sustainable development.

The caravan will start on the eastern side of Mindanao to Cagayan Valley and will head back to Davao after taking the west-side route from Ilocos Norte. (PNA)