MANILA, Philippines – Bikers gather in Baguio City for an adventure with a cause — to help build forests in the Cordilleras. The Cordillera Challenge braves 3 tough trails of the region’s chain of mountains. The bikers traverse Mt Sto Tomas, the southwestern entrance to the Cordilleras, and Mt Kabuyao, the site of a water catchment. The road to the finish line is as difficult as the challenge to save the rich Cordillera mountains — steep ascents, tricky descents, formidable rocks. Just like the vested interests that threaten forests in the region. Rappler Voltaire Tupaz reports.