Feb 08, 2017

BF Homes issue refuses to die

After our motoring section column ("They say, they say", January 18, 2017) came out, wherein we published excerpts from a couple of Parańaque City ordinances and resolutions passed and approved during the administration of former mayorsJoey Marquez and Jun Bernabe, which specifically allowed free motorists' access to Aguirre Avenue, El Grande Avenue and Elizalde Street, more critical reactions were relayed to us by residents and business enterprise owners of BF Homes .

One of the most intriguing reactions of this group of puzzled residents and businessmen questions the seeming inaction of second-term mayor ofParañaque City, the HonorableMayor Edwin Olivarez to what appears to be BF Federation of Homeowners Association's (BFFHAI) blatant disregard to existing ordinances, specifically those previously mentioned here.

"If there are previously approved ordinances and resolutions that specifically allow free access to these main thoroughfares, why is our dear Mayor, who we freely voted and even went unchallenged on his second term, allowing BFFHAI to continue harassing motorists entering BF Homes and requiring residents to purchase stickers just to be able to enter their own subdivision and go back to their own homes?"

They also asked.

"Why doesn't our very popular and well-loved Mayor allow the free market forces take their natural course and let businesses within BF Homes thrive and make land values take their true unimpeded rising levels?"

I can only, in my own limited way through this column, act as a conduit of free thoughts to hopefully reach the rightful ears.

Again, please don't shoot the messenger.

Isuzu D-Max X-Series Launch

The Bonifacio Global City Amphitheater was the chosen launching site of the 2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Series last January 27.

For aesthetics this upgraded model of the X-Series is characterized in its exterior by a gun-metallic radiator grille that is brightened by a bold red Isuzu badge complemented by a front skirt highlighted by red striping further enhanced by a newly-designed, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels.

"There is no denying that the Isuzu D-Max is an ideal vehicle for leisure activities and is also a highly capable workhorse. With the arrival of the new D-MAX X-Series, the new model now addresses the lifestyle mobility requirement of active and urbane families too. So now, no other pickup truck available in the local market can offer the combination of utility, reliability, versatility and high style that the D-MAX X-Series does" was the statement released by Isuzu Philippines president Hajime Koso.

The D-MAX X-Series is powered inline-four 3.0-liter Common Rail Direct Injection diesel engine that produces max power of 163 PS and 380 Nm of torque with Variable Geometry System turbocharger and intercooler. It has a 5-speed automatic with sequential shift and 5-speed manual transmission.

It's available in three colors-Splash White, Venetian Red andCosmic Black and available for test-drives in all Isuzu dealerships nationwide.

Porsche Panamera cum noodles

Porsche Philippines launched their latest release of the Panamera, their well-received executive sports sedan together with their Chinese New Year celebration with the motoring media with a 'mami & siopao' party held at the Carrera Café last Friday, February 3.

The new Panamera Turbo has a new biturbo direct injection engine, which is more powerful than its predecessor while significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions. It's a4.0-liter V8 engine with an output of 550 hp and 770 Nm of torque, which is an increase of 30 hp and 77 Nm compared to the former generation.

It is all-wheel drive with an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. 100 kilometers is taken in 3.8 seconds.

An up close and personal look and a test drive is a must.

Suzuki registers 37% growth

Suzuki Philippines (SPH) general manager for automobile, Shuzo Hoshikura proudly announced the leading compact car manufacturer's record-breaking 37% year-on-year growth as they wrapped up 2016.

"With this, on behalf of Suzuki Philippines, I would like to extend our gratitude to our clients, whose unwavering support translated to Suzuki's massive sales influx in 2016. As we prepare for the coming months, we shall continue to prove that we are deserving of our clients' trust through our great-value products and services," appreciatively remarked the very dynamic SPH top executive.

We also gathered from Ms. Odessa Gan, SPH's very charming marketing manager that SPH's astounding sales performance can also be attributed to their efforts to bring their products closer to Filipino's hearts by way of timely product launches, successive dealership openings, test drive events coupled by accolades from different award-giving bodies like the Auto Focus Media's Choice Awards, which bestowed upon the Ciaz, the"Best Value Money Compact Sedan" for 2016-2017.

Toyota Triple Crown & Global Top 10

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) held its traditional Thanksgiving Party for the Philippine motoring media for consistently doing a good job of updating the public regarding the goings on in the local automotive industry.

And also getting to be a tradition during the traditional event is the proud announcement that TMP has again seized the 'Triple Crown' for again being Number One in sales of passenger cars, Number One incommercial vehicles and Number One in the country's overall vehicle sales. And this feat is also getting to be a tradition being marked for the 15th 'consecutive year'.

But this year the ante is up with an added jewel in the crown, with TMP now part of the Top 10 Toyota distributors worldwide in terms of sales.

It was also during the event that TMP's new executive vp for marketing, Kei Mizuguchi was introduced to the motoring media by TMP president Satoru Suzuki during his keynote speech.

The incoming TMP executive before being assigned to the Philippines have handled various markets across the region in Thailand and Taiwan and even in the country back in the 90s.

Congratulations to Toyota Motor Philippines!

Happy Motoring!!!

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Ray Butch Gamboa graduated from the College of Arts and Letters of the University of Sto. Tomas. It was a course that should have been preparatory to a law degree, but the call of broadcasting aborted his plans.

At the age of 16, while still a student, Butch tried his hand at disc jockeying, landing a job at Mareco Broadcasting Network’s AM stations DZBM and DZLM. From there, Butch moved on with his illustrious career as a popular disc jockey, riding the airwaves of Bob Stewart’s middle-of-the-road music at DZXX, and ending his disc jockeying career at ABS-CBN’s DZYL and DZQL.

From there, he stayed on with ABS-CBN, covering live the proceedings at the Manila Stock Exchange and eventually entered into the world of television sales as an account manager for the premier channel of ABS-CBN Channel 2.

In the early 70’s, at the outbreak of Martial Law, Butch was one of the thousands of professionals who woke up jobless when then President Marcos declared the new status of the nation. With the closure of ABS-CBN, Butch ventured into different fields outside of broadcast. He tried his hand and with ease and success at export (Costume jewelry), real estate (brokerage), and restaurants (fast food).

In 1987, after the revolution, with the broadcast industry back to its free state, and with its irresistible call ringing in his ears, Butch made his inevitable comeback and pioneered in a local motoring show, producing Motoring Today on Channel 4 and co-hosting with local motor sports’ living legend Pocholo Ramirez.

After 4 years, he ventured into another pioneering format by producing and hosting Business & Leisure, which was originally aired on ABS-CBN’s Channel 2. The format eventually espoused similar ones in other different channels. But the clones in due course faded away leaving the original staying on airing on Channel 4 and eventually on Shop TV on Sky Cable’s Channel 13.

The following year, the pioneering spirit in Butch spurred him to produce another TV show, Race Weekend, also on Channel 4, covering circuit racing at the Subic International Raceway after the motor sport’s hiatus of 17 years. But when similar shows with duplicated formats sprouted, he decided to give way and ended the program after a year, although still enjoying unparalleled viewership.

In 1998, when the local automotive industry was in a slump, Butch contributed his share to help the ailing industry by producing another popular motoring-related show, this time exclusive to the automobile and its industry—Auto Focus, which became a vehicle for local automotive assemblers and importers to showcase their products and dwell on the industry’s latest technological developments.

In 2003, Butch teamed up with his brother, Rey Gamboa who was a former Shell executive and presently one Philippine Star’s business columnist to co-produce and co-host the TV show Breaking Barriers on Channel 13. It is a talk show that features guests who are in the news and in the middle of controversies. The program ventures to draw deeper insights into current issues to learn how they impact to our daily lives.

Today, Motoring Today on its 28th year of service to the general motoring public still enjoys its unprecedented loyal vierwership nationwide while Auto Focus, after 16 years has firmly established its niche viewership among automobile enthusiasts and on the other hand Business & Leisure is on its 24th year dishing out current business issues and lifestyle features.

Today, aside from writing weekly columns for the Philippine Star (Motoring Today on Wednesdays and Business & Leisure on Saturdays) and executive producer / host of weekly TV shows (Motoring Today, airs Sundays on Solar Sports Channel 70, Business & Leisure, airs Tuesdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13 and Auto Focus airs Thursdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13, Ray Butch Gamboa is currently the Chairman and CEO of Sunshine Television Production and Marketing Services Corp., President of Gamcor Management and Development Corp., Chairman of Asia-Pacific Realty Corporation, President and Chairman of Socio-Communication Foundation for Asia and Founding Chairman of the Society of Phil. Motoring Journalists (SPMJ)