Manila, Sept. 13 -- Around 170 high-end scooters lined the grounds of the provincial capitol here, their powerful engines revving up as riders eagerly waited for the get-go.

But what spectators were witnessing was no ordinary biking event. Dubbed "Ride for Peace," it was the first of its kind to be held in Marawi and participated in by several riding clubs based in the city and other neighboring areas in the province.

The event was spearheaded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), Bishops Ulama Conference and other local peace partners.

The ride kicked off at the Provinci...