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Authors Posts by Al S. Mendoza

Al S. Mendoza

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FINALLY, I got the midyear vehicle sales records. Easy. They came from Valentin Dakuykoy, my ever-reliable legman. Not from Rommel Gutierrez, the long-serving president of Campi (Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc.). Campi is the official custodian...
CHOT REYES rants about the short span of time to prepare for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Asia Cup both happening this month—and he is justified. In a team game like basketball, jelling is...
AT about this same time last year the top 3 best-selling models from Toyota Motor Philippines are Vios (17,022 units), Fortuner (11,561) and HiAce (10,247). For Mitsubishi, it’s Mirage (9,978), L300 (5,430) and Adventure (3,972). Isuzu had its Mu-X...
THERE are close wins and runaway victories. Either way, there is an attendant drama—and trauma—to it. Drama characterized by how the win was crafted. Trauma to those involved aka losers in the failed chase for the crown. Winners bask in the glory of...
STILL a favorite clubhouse talk these days is the proposed increase in excise tax for vehicles. Once passed into law by both the lower and upper chambers, House Bill (HB) 5636 will jack up vehicle prices in the next two...
SHOULD Manny Pacquiao proceed to fight Jeff Horn again in November, that’d be almost a month away before our Fighting Senator turns 39 on December 17. He was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, in 1978, six years after the late, unlamented...
AND I thought it was traffic that keeps tearing the metropolis apart almost seven days a week, with P4 billion going up in smoke each day? Will the Anti-Distraction Driving Act (Adda) help ease traffic jams in Metro Manila,...
BARRING any unforeseen event, the rematch is on. Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn will meet again, possibly in November, also in Brisbane, Australia, perhaps. And here’s the good news about it: Pacquiao is unbeaten in all his return bouts in...
At about this time last year, first-half-of-the-year results for 2016 sales overall totaled 212,901 units. That was more than half of the 350,000 sales target of the previous year. It was a huge 27-percent increase over the same period...
MUST Manny Pacquiao fight again? If no, why? If yes, why? He must not fight again because Father Time has slowed down Pacquiao’s footwork and body movements, not to mention that age has dulled his boxing skills and has diminished his knockout...
RAY Butch “Elvis” Gamboa of Motoring Today was in Europe and so, he was absent. Dino Directo of Manila Standard was in Cagayan Valley to honor an Isuzu invite and so, he was absent, too.  Chief editor Ira Panganiban...
WITH back-to-back wins it had scored decisively in Games 2 & 3, can San Miguel Beer (SMB) maintain momentum and proceed to terminate TNT Katropa’s title dreams? A 2-1 SMB lead can be a championship-changer anytime, the Beermen bent on...
GINEBRA San Miguel gambled and lost. San Miguel Beer (SMB) did not and won. That was the story of the sister teams in the run-up to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Coach Tim Cone placed all his bets on Chris Brownlee and...
AS expected, Race 2 of the Vios Cup Season 4 went well at the Clark International Speedway last weekend. Not even a speck of a glitch marred the occasion. Not even the rains, reduced to almost a daylong drizzle,...
IT is confirmed:  Golden State took us for a ride. While many believed Cleveland captured a legitimate win in Game Four, not me. How can I believe the legitimacy of that 137-116 Cleveland victory last Saturday, when Kevin Durant was the...
THE roaring romance between man and machine will be relived anew when the Vios Cup’s Season 4 Race 2 zooms off on June 10 at the SMC-Clark International Speedway in Angeles City, Pampanga. Again highlighted to the core would be...
SURVIVAL for Cleveland Cavaliers.  The crown chase itself for Golden State. That is the scenario in tomorrow’s Game Three of the National Basketball Association Finals. A win for the Cavs will merely allow them to live another day. Down 0-2, Cleveland cannot...
I MISSED the awards night of the STV Auto Rallye Corporate Challenge winners. One of my three Lexus Teams won twice and I only have praises for my gallant heroes Mike Lee and Mico Lee of Toyota Alabang, and...
DEFINITELY, this one’s for Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not.” What’s that again? The Cleveland Cavaliers are the underdogs.  That’s according to Las Vegas, the world’s gambling capital. Even the much-respected Associated Press (AP)—specifically its National Basketball Association (NBA) writer Tom Withers—is saying...
THE attention of the motor sport world turns to France for the greatest endurance event of the year, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, on June 17 and 18. Sixty cars will line up on the grid before the...