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Last week was a whirlwind of sorts for the offroading community. Members have gone from enjoying their vehicles and their gear in the great outdoors, to wrangling their way through the suddenly “hostile” environs of the concrete jungle because of the sudden enforcement by Land Transportation Office (LTO) operatives of a six-decade-old law against allegedly unauthorized vehicle modifications, and then to the resulting online social media firestorm this issue has generated. Indeed, without even leaving the comforts of home, the people involved have become muddier than being in an actual offroad adventure, no thanks to all the mudslinging.
In the multi-continental “car wars” being waged in the Philippines, covering both sides of what can be argued the most economically powerful region of the world–the north Atlantic–gives anyone that strategic trade edge. And last Oct. 11 in a posh hotel in Bonifacio Global City, Filipino-owned The Covenant Car Company Inc (TCCCI) waved not the flag of surrender, but that bearing the crosses of saints George, Andrew and Patrick.
These past few days, my socmed news feed has been flooded with rants, particularly from the offroading community, over what they call unjust apprehensions by the Land Transportation Office.
P-ara kanino ka bumaban–gon? Who do you wake up for?
The country’s leading car manufacturer Toyota Motor Philippines may have merely intended to put motorsports in the collective consciousness of the auto industry, after having run its grassroots-oriented Vios Cup for five seasons already. But then again, there may have been an unintended consequence, and it’s all good, because the Vios Cup may have also put better drivers on public roads.
An overheating car may be a most common sight on the road. It sure is a bummer to experience one yourself. And you will, eventually, just like the certainty of you dealing with your own flat tire, no matter how diligent you do your pre-trip “Blowbagets”.
I still remember quite clearly when I was about 5 years old, I slipped away from the watchful eyes of a guardian, and ran out of our apartment in Quezon City and onto the public road to frolic in the heavy rain.
If I could call it an NPE, for want of a more palatable term, then so be it. But if you must know, an NPE is a near-puke experience, like the NDE is of the deathly kind.
In my decades of being a road user in the male-dominated streets of Metro Manila, guess how many times I’ve heard the expression, “Ay, babae kasi! (Oh, it’s a woman. That’s why),” or “Babae siguro ang driver (Maybe it’s a woman driving)” whenever there’s a slowpoke on the road, or if the driver’s diskarte (execution […]
Electric vehicle manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) goes all out in the Philippines as it reveals its roster of electric vehicles to be made available in the Philippines: the BYD skyrail, buses, forklifts, and hybrid and full EV cars.