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34 celebrities and VIPs share their favorite and dream cars

By Jeanette Ipapo-Tuason Philippine Daily Inquirer December 04,2019

1)Dingdong Dantes

(Actor/ Superbike Enthusiast)

I really like going around the city with this electric scooter. With its 50-kilometer distance capacity when fully charged, this vehicle can be smoothly flicked along the busy streets without the fear of other motorized two wheels overtaking you. Above all, it is electric. It takes just about the same amount of time to charge 2 iPhones when low batt.

2)Chris Chilip

(Dunlop Tires distributor)

For me, its the Mercedes G-class. I love the nostalgic old school classic design but with the comforts of a modern car. It’s also quite practical as it fits all my kids and all my luggage. Its also comforting to know that it has severe off-roading capabilities when the need arises.

3) Emil Banno

(California Superbike School PH founder)

My favorite car is my 2006 Ford GT. I like its American supercar lineage, naturally aspirated supercharged V8 engine, which was initially available for 2 years (2005-2006). For me there’s no other car, modern or classic, that can beat the timeless style of the Ford GT.

4) Ramon Ang

(President, San Miguel Corporation)

“My favorite car of all time is the McLaren F1 from the 1990s. I believe it is one of the greatest supercars ever built. It’s the benchmark by which all other supercars are measured, even today. Just looking at it and seeing what the designers and engineers were able to do brings so much excitement. Best of all, it is powered by a BMW V12 engine!”

5) Matteo Guidacelli

(Actor/ Racer)

My favorite car right now would be the Lamborghini Urus. It has 600 plus horsepower. It is the best and sexiest SUV out there!

6) JV Ejercito

I’ve owned Japanese and European cars before. But I fell in love with my Nissan Skyline GTR (R34) the moment I first saw it in the movie Fast & Furious. It’s aggressive and fierce look really captivated me. Plus, the fact that it was not easy to purchase because it is a limited edition and JDM (Japan Domestic Market only), but I was really determined to own one.

7) Carlos Gono

(Owner, Autoplus Centrum)

For me, it’s still my 2005 Ford GT, built to 950WHP. I love it because I think its the only real analog supercar manufactured after the second millennium. It is built with a racing heritage, timeless design, no TCS Traction Control System, or ESP Electronic Stability Program. It’s a driver’s car.

8) Charmaine Lagman

(Construction entrepreneur, mother of 3)

My Quattroporte screams classy, sophisticated, and successful all put together. You feel sexy getting off one, it’s the sexiest four-door for me.

9) Happy Ongpauco -Tiu

(Restaurateur and private dining concept icon)

My favorite car is the Chevrolet Suburban. It’s spacious enough for me and my four kids. It has a big body, so I feel safe; the ride is smooth, and seats are very comfortable, plus it is very quiet and the technology is up-to-date.

10) Francis Zamora

(San Juan Mayor)

I like the new Ford Expedition. It looks good, spacious, and has a lot of features. I specifically like the full moon roof, its excellent sound system, and apple car play, which syncs my iPhone to the tuner. It’s fast and at the same time, fuel- efficient because of its lightweight body.

11) Dr. Z Teo

(Founder, Aivee Institute, Dermatologist to the Stars)

I like to have all my kids with me as much as possible, and since traffic here in Manila is so bad, this Mercedes Sprinter is the ideal vehicle for me in terms of comfort. This is a big thumbs-up for me.

12) Aubrey Miles

I bought a yellow Porsche Boxster with my first salary. It had a soft and hard top, and I named it “Ricky Martin.” I had it for almost 8 years. I had so much fun with it. Nothing really tops driving a sports car. So many awesome memories with Ricky Martin.

13) Gretchen Ho

My favorite car is my very own Toyota Fortuner. It’s my house already since everything I need is inside—spare clothes, training gear, pillow, blanket, shoes and television inside! I love how right-sized it is for me, who is a woman in action! Not small but not too big for me to drive!

14) Erik Cua

(Owner, The Palace Complex)

Mine was a BMW E36 316i manual with an M sport kit and wheels, I got it after college. It was a pretty slow car, but it’s the car that got me hooked on cars I absolutely loved it.

15) GP Reyes

(Co-owner, the Palace Complex)

Mine will always be the Porsche 911. The real test of beauty is one that stands the test of time, and the Porsche 911 has been in its very essence, the same car since it was first introduced in 1963. But with every generation getting better and better through revolutionary, yet restrained evolution.

16) Sam YG

(Radio DJ/ Racer)

Dream car is a Range Rover Sport. I feel it has the perfect mix of luxury, power, and agility… not to mention, you can take it and look good anywhere, anytime.

17) Rhian Ramos

(Racer/ Celebrity)

I once drove someone’s 911 Turbo S, and there’s nothing I can compare that experience to. I’ve never been in anything that reactive, and I wish I could drive it every day.

18) George Royeca

(Angkas founder)

For me the GS1200/1250 BMW, it is the best bike for long drives. It’s comfortable with all the cutting edge technology, arguably the safest bike in the market today.

19) JP Tuason

(Founder, Tuason Racing)

I raced the Porsche GT3 in the Porsche sports cup at the Nurburgring and at SPA Francorchamps. It was a beautiful car which I promised myself I would one day buy. It is not a full-on race car but closes while still keeping the ability to be a daily driver.

20) Phoemela Baranda

(Racer/ Celebrity)

After watching Ford Vs. Ferrari, it inspired me to have a Mustang GT40. But for now, my favorite car is the Formula V1 Car, which is such an exhilarating drive.

21) Louie Ysmael

(King of Nightlife)

Mine was my 1969 Fiat Dino 206 Spider. Ferrari Dino V6 was a power plant, and we had lots of memories together, both in Europe and the Philippines.

22) Emerson Yao

(Owner Lucerne, marathoner)

I love the Porsche 911, it’s timeless yet contemporary. Also, this iconic car is a symbol of excellent German engineering.

23) Dominic Ochoa

(Racer/ Actor)

I’ve been passionate about classic cars for as long as I can remember. A classic 70s (til 73 pls) Porsche is something I’d love to own soon. Modern Porsches are the “marrying type” because it does everything well, but the old 911s for me would put serious stress on that relationship. It feels like it will never get boring.

24) Kenneth Cobonpue

(Design Icon)

My oldest and my current favorite drive is the 1955 Austin Healey 100 Le Mans. I love its elegant and classic design, especially the foldable windshield. The body is very light, the visibility is excellent, and the 2.7 engine has so much torque. The interior is minimal, purposeful, and elegant.

25) Atom Henares

(Entrepreneur)

My favorite car is my Porsche Carera 911 4S Targa. It’s a great performer on the race track and refreshing to ride with the top-down on out of town trips. It also has the extra space provided by the rear seats for packages when shopping or for my briefcase when going to the office!

26) Daniel Matsunaga

Ferrari has always been my dream. Since I was a kid, I have been collecting Ferrari die-cast and toys. Hopefully, one day, I can buy the real thing!

27) Kim Atienza

The Range Rover was always an aspirational car, and finding an excellent, classic range was momentous, and finding an LWB was a unicorn moment!

The LWB classic range was the epitome of luxury during its time. I may unload some cars, but my classic LWB is a keeper. It is timeless, can stand out even beside the most expensive new SUVs.

28) Tim Yap

I want one of those moving home vehicles with everything and the kitchen sink inside it. Makes for traveling around Manila traffic easier. Either that or the Bentley Bentayga.

29) Raymond Ronquillo

My greatest dream is to be able to buy a new Rolls Royce Cullinan! It is the most luxurious and comfortable car I have tried. Best way to beat traffic in Manila.

30) Mark Dy

(Giti Tires PH)

At a very young age. I already knew I love anything with wheels.

But I became interested and fascinated with a particular car during college, it was my friend’s Honda Civic EG Hatch.

The first car became my first car.

“This is where my passion for cars really started.

Money cannot buy the opportunities, experiences, friendships that I gained during my journey with my passion for cars.”

31) Fabio Ide

My favorite car is a Lamborghini Aventador. Ever since I was a kid, I always dreamt of having one because I’ve always been amazed by the adrenaline you can get from driving faster than the wind. I find it being a sensual car with its neat and smooth design. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have one.

32)Keith Haw

Ever since I was a little kid, my dream car had always been a Lamborghini. When I was growing up, I remember hanging a poster behind my bed. It was a white Lamborghini Countach SV. I looked at it every single day and prayed that I hope to have my very own when I grow up. It was through my hard work, passion, and dedication, which eventually got me my dream car! That made me the happiest guy alive!

33) Jinno Rufino

(TV Host)

They say classics never go out of style. The 1978 Triumph T140 Bonneville proves it, as the current models still look the same, and why not, she’s still stunning and iconic. Lotsa great people were also born that year, Kobe Bryant, Manny Pacquiao, and yours truly!

34) Tessa Prieto-Valdes

My grandfather (father of my dad Alex), Bebilo Prieto, was a car collector. He would visit us, his grandchildren almost every afternoon to take turns riding his latest car. My fondest memories include Lolo Bebilo and his Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. As a 5-year-old, it was like a space car with the doors opening upwards! Decades on, this model is still the most iconic and timeless and always incredibly stunning!

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