DAVAO CITY— For Albert Suguillo, it was a different way to celebrate his home province’s annual fiesta.
Suguillo subjected himself to an endurance test on a day when the Kadayawan Festival was being held in Davao City, topping the Subaru Impreza Palm Challenge Leg 2 with aplomb at the open parking lot of Abreeza, Ayala Mall held over the wekeend.
Suguillo, who held on the Impreza for 12 hours, 35 minutes and 55 seconds, said the gruelling task made him feel like he was being punished for a wrongdoing.
Suguillo added that he will try his best to become the first Filipino winner of the Subaru Impreza final in Singapore.
The Impreza Challenge took the 100 contestants in Davao—one of three regional legs added to the annual contest—to the task of putting their palms on the cars the longest and given only a five-minute break to eat, drink and attend to personal necessities every six hours.
It was Suguillo who emerged as the last man standing thus earning him an all-expense paid trip to Singapore together with the qualifiers from Cebu and Pampanga, and seven from Manila. The 10 winners will fly to Singapore for the Asian Faceoff this coming October 2013, where they will compete with other qualifers from Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan for the grand prize of a brand-new Subaru Impreza 2.0i worth P1.158 million.
The Subaru Impreza Challenge started in Singapore in 2002 with the Philippinesmaking its debut in 2008 together with other Asian countries.
Motor Image Pilipinas general manager Mike Luyun and Subaru Davao dealership owner Wally Alvarez graced the event.
The warm reception given to the inaugural Davao leg meant a wider nationwide participation for the exciting and one-of-a-kind event.
The next leg of the 2013 Subaru Impreza Challenge will be held at the Marque Mall, Pampanga, on Aug, 24 with the last leg on Sept. 7 at Bonifacio High Street.
To join the Hold it and keep it!: The Subaru Impreza Challenge Philippine Leg, log on to www.facebook.com/iLoveSubaru or visit Subaru Showrooms in Edsa Greenhills, Global City, and Alabang (for Manila leg) and Pampanga (for Pampanga leg). You can also call 727-8333 for more details. Deadline of submission for the Manila leg is on Aug. 31 in Subaru Greenhills.
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