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Story & photo by Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes TWENTY-three years ago, the country hosted the prestigious Miss Universe pageant. Back then, when I was a tad short of my teens—childish, stubborn and foolish—this writer caught a glimpse and was awestruck by Miss Colombia when she was at the...
A FRIEND of mine has been a Camry owner for the longest time. When I told him recently that Camry is the most consistent choice of the sophisticated and discerning car folk hereabouts, he showed a prompt, proud smile. “And let me add that your Camry happens to be the best-selling...
Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo THIS scribe was invited by Volkswagen toward the end of last year to observe and participate as a marshal in the Child Safety Initiative seminar held at the open grounds of the Capitol Commons in Pasig City. Volkswagen’s Philippine Child Safety initiative campaign, which...

Fabulous fusion

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino IT may be the last edition, but this updated CR-Z still provides that enduring kind of impression. This country may not yet entirely accustomed to hybrid cars, much more to the concept behind it, but this sport compact is not all that. Honda built...

Twins of versatility

By Tet Andolong IF you’re in the market for a family vehicle and are looking for either a multipurpose vehicle (MPV) or sport-utility vehicle (SUV), don’t miss out on these two new irresistible vehicles from SsangYong—the all-new Tivoli and all-new Rodius. SsangYong Berjaya Motors Philippines (SBMP), the sole distributor of...
Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino LAST year was probably one of those glorious times in the country’s growing motoring industry. We’ve seen groundbreaking innovations and witnessed numerous launches of new generation and updated vehicles from leading car manufacturers. Most of these fresh productions exceeded our expectations, while others went...
ROMERO Quimbo, arguably one of the staunchest pro-people lawmakers and the fightingest representative from Marikina City, deserves our support for his crusade to curb efforts by his own peers to legislate a new law to increase excise taxes on gasoline and cars now being sold and yet to be...

Redemption has come

LAUNCHED last year, the all-new Civic was undoubtedly one of the highly anticipated and exciting cars ever introduced in 2016. Its overall groundbreaking design and platform justly upholds the moniker of being reborn. It seemed like Honda totally set aside the popular sedan’s heritage, went back to the drawing...
BEFORE 2016 ended, members of the Aliw Media Group, which include the BusinessMirror, Pilipino Mirror, Philippines Graphic magazine, dwIZ and CNN, were given a treat of sorts when Transportation Assistant Secretary Cherie Mercado-Santos and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Thomas M. Orbos dropped by the group’s offices...
WHAT do I want done in 2017? A lot. There’s an ocean of work ahead, a sorry result of badly run dispensations past. Plans that went awry abound.  From Cory to P-Noy, zero—almost. Political will was merely lip service. The poor have remained poor; they have even increased ten-fold—almost. Sigh....
DURING our recent trip to Japan for the #NissanA2Z Media Tour 2016, motoring journalists from several countries from the Asia and Oceania region undertook a series of immersions to get a better understanding of Nissan’s various cutting-edge technologies and smart solutions. At different sites we connected with Nissan’s future vision...
BLADE patrons, who are also into Tamiya racing, now have something to rejoice about, as Blade, which now fast becoming the premier place for automotive accessories, has just struck a deal with the local Tamiya distributor to have the popular mini-4WD drive brand from Japan made available in all...

Ford’s 12 Ds of Christmas

COLD is the early morning breeze, bells, as of now, ringing as colorful parols dazzling by the window awe onlookers—gapers. And, as truth be told, among the rest of the 300 or more so days of the year, this season is the much-anticipated and most-celebrated. For Ford Group Philippines,...
HOW long is eight seasons? Very long? Yes, if it’s been a rough ride. But how about treating eight seasons as very short? Yes, if it’s been a joy ride. Joy ride it was for Daniel M. Isla, a.k.a. DMI, in the eight seasons that he was president of Lexus...
UNDOUBTEDLY, the presence of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has always been dominant in the local motoring industry. For years, the auto giant has been sweeping away not just global awards and unit volume sales in the country, but customers’ hearts, as well. With the launch of the refreshed Toyota Corolla...

For the love of Nismo

For almost two decades, the annual Nismo (Nissan Motorsport) Festival in Japan has always been one of the highly anticipated motoring events. And the recently concluded 19th series brought together superstars and fascinating race cars of the historical era and contemporary from Nissan’s global motorsport activities. With the 50th anniversary...
MOST of you may not know it but the Toyota 86, which started as the FT-HS concept, was rejected initially by Subaru in 2008 when its project leader, Tetsuya Tada, offered the idea to Subaru to become involved in their new sports coupe project by codeveloping the D4-S boxer...
CHRISTMAS is one of the busiest times of the year on Philippine roads. The holidays offer plenty of reasons to be stressed-out—food to prepare, office parties to attend, the gifts you haven’t wrapped. But mostly, the biggest source of the season’s stress is traffic. But if you are North-bound...
Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino CHEVRON Philippines and Caltex Havoline recently conducted one of their community initiatives along with ONE Championship mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes. It was an energetic morning when students of Saint John Bosco Parish experienced the ultimate dream to train side by side with their...

Silver-spoon inspired

Story & photos by Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes IN the 1980’s, Japanese car inventors flew to America to find out what actually made the rich of the Western world tick. After much research, they cooked up a brand name derived from the acronym of “luxury exports to the...