January 2012: Paulo Gepulangio from the Phillipines

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Name: Paulo G. Gepulango a.k.a “paulophilippines”
Age: 25
Location: Bacolod City, Philippines

When did you start riding? Why ride flatland above other forms of BMX?
I started flatland way back in 2000 when I saw BMX flatland in X-games, and I was very amazed of what they are doing because it is unique form of BMX.

How often do you ride?
1-2 hours on weekday mornings and 4 hours on weekend’s afternoons.

Do you ride contests?  If yes, what has been your biggest success? If no, why not?  (It’s interesting to find out people’s views on competition…)
Yes, for me my biggest success was way back in 2008 when I won second place in a national competition in our country and got to ride with York Uno.  And also it is a success for me to be a recipient of “Paradoxiums” Philippine bike project, it made a great leap to my riding and also aspects in life.


Where do you ride?
On weekdays I ride alone on a local basketball gym in our place during early morning. And on weekends me and my friends ride on the parking lot of the church nearby.

What is the riding scene in your town like?  Are there any other flatlanders?
The flatland scene in our city is not that big because we are only 3 flatlanders here, and other flatlanders are about 3 hour drive from ours, but although not too many, we ride here progressively.

If you could take a flatland world tour, which 5 places would you like to visit for riding and why?
Japan, Paris, Europe, Singapore, USA. Because those places have huge flatland scene, and the atmosphere there is great.

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Is there a goal you would like to reach concerning your riding?
When I was a kid starting flatland, I always wish to ride in a big contest in Manila and other places and to get good at flatland. But as I became older on my bike, I just want to have fun and ride with friends. That’s all. 

Which trick/combo are you working on at the moment?
For now I am more on turbine brakeless stuff combined with my old combos

What kind of music do you like? What are your 3 favourite songs?
I don’t really have a specific type of music genre, as long that it is nice to hear and can pumped up my riding I’m down with it,

Top 3 songs would be:
“There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – the Smiths”
“Amber – 311”
“King Without A Crown – Matisyahu”


Tell us 3 things you like and 3 things you don’t like:
Likes would be:

Stupid people
Bad weather
Broken parts

Do you work or study?
Right now I’m working for a construction company as an architect and field overhead (Morgan: usure what Paulo means here...), and also I do part time 3d renderings and drawings, like before I was the 3d artist of precision products, I made 3d designs of custom parts and such, so if anyone there is interested feel free to add me on Facebook. ha-ha! 

Do you have any hobbies besides flatland and do they influence your way of riding? (For example music you listen to, another sport, whatever) 
Yes, I like also to draw whether its 3d or hand drawings, and play drums also. Coz for me it’s all about fun doing what you love, so there’s no pressure on anything.


Frame: St. Martin class x2
Bars: Fit Sky high
Stem: Odyssey Elementary
Bar ends: GTS
Grips: Enemy
Fork: Scrap Bikes Flatfork v2
Cranks: Odyssey Phat Black widow
Sprocket: Scrap bikes 22t
BB: Unknown
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted PC
Chain: YBN
Seat: Mcneil ESL
Post: Arestic
Rims: Weinman 36h
Spokes: No name
Tires: Odyssey Freq-g and Primo Comet
Hubs: Generic front and Street Geisha Rear
Pegs: Scrapbikes Street Pegs
Headset: Aheadset

Have your say: This is the place for shoutouts, wise words or whatever you would like to tell the world!
First of all thanks Global-Flat for giving me this opportunity to be a part of ROTM! As always your site has a big influence for all the flatlanders out there. Great thanks to Mr. Karl “Paradoxium” Hughes of bike project for helping me out through the Philippine bike project. Your an inspiration to all of us here in the Philippines and your deeds will never be forgotten. Also special thanks to Denny Varquez, Sean Brossard and Roy de Guzman. And Thank you also to Mon Minosa of Splurk team. Thanks also to Flipbykes for always making the Philippines BMX Scene alive! And to my very supportive Girl Honey, Thanks for motivating me! And shout outs to all the flatlanders world wide! Mabuhay Pilipinas!

Video links:
2012: http://vimeo.com/34869665
2011: http://vimeo.com/25691055
2011: http://vimeo.com/33512241
2011: http://vimeo.com/21103997
2010: http://vimeo.com/10897059
2010: http://vimeo.com/7617877
2009: http://vimeo.com/3077355

2012-01-24 - Morgan