Tessa R. Salazar Archives | Motioncars

The 4 most significant trends in PH motoring in the past 3 decades

As the Philippine Daily Inquirer broadsheet celebrates 34 years, our very own Motoring section passes its 33rd. We started our own wheels rolling a month after the Edsa People Power Revolution (the first Motoring page with the…

#DisipliNAIA

Thanks to social media and the modern communications technologies behind it, bad behavior—and even the noble ones—are given the widest public exposure possible. We see these examples of bad behavior all over our wired world. The two…

Honda, Haribon cap decade of partnership with 50,000th tree planted

Photos by Tessa R. Salazar Not even the threat of incoming typhoon “Ramon” could stop the 50,000th tree from being planted. Fortunately, this typhoon slowed down and changed course, enough to provide some dedicated volunteers the good…

Ford Ranger is a smooth-riding heavy-duty truck

We’ve gotten so used to seeing pickup trucks running around in the concrete jungles that we’ve sometimes forgotten what pickups were really made for. Some pickups have been so “dressed to the nines” for docile urban uses…

Mazda3 Elite

Auto experts have been describing Mazda as the “David amongst the Goliaths,” the giants here being the likes of Toyota and Nissan. And it’s hard not to root for the “little guy.” Apparently, Mazda has been relishing…

For Toyota PH, ‘planting CARS’ is very fun

Eight years ago, local motoring scribes were toured around the 82-hectare Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) plant in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. We thought then that we already left the plant grounds when we entered a forested area,…

The mirage of stardom can show the real character of the driven

Is it possible to admire an idea, a concept, or a person, before actually seeing and feeling the object, experiencing the idea, and meeting the person? Celebrity and stardom prove this can be so. Showbusiness personalities are…

Isuzu ‘returns fire’ with the D-MAX LS-A

No other island or province in the Philippines puts such a not-so-subtle hint right in its very name. When you say Camiguin, others within earshot would tend to cup their ears and ask, “Did you mean, ’come…

Siquijor-se power

The “oohs” and “aahs” we heaped upon Siquijor Island was also interspersed with my “aaieeh!” not because I saw “aswangs” and other supernatural beings the place was rumored to have, but like anywhere else in this naturally…

Toyota’s ‘impossible’ takes root at the coastline

For Toyota Motor Philippines, Toyota’s global “Start Your Impossible” (SYI) campaign begins where the land meets the sea. Last Sept. 21, TMP spearheaded the “National Coastal Clean Up and Mangrove Planting Day” in support of its SYI…