Apr 12, 2017

Safe Travel......plus

In anticipation of a 15 percent increase in traffic during the Holy Week, the men and women of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) headed by its soft-spoken but dynamic president, Rod Franco have launched 'Safe Travel Mo Sagot Ko' (SMSK) motorists assistance program.

Aimed to enhance traffic management and toll collection services along the NLEX, SCTEX and CAVITEX, the SMSK program started last April 7 to last up to April 17 with the deployment of additional traffic patrol vehicles and ambulant toll tellers equipped with portable toll collection gadgets to assist motorists.

Aside from these there will be additional traffic info signs and motorists' camps along the mentioned tollways where motorists can get additional information about their travel as well as free bottled water, wi-fi and towing for those who may unfortunately find themselves in accidents to ensure more convenience and comfort throughout their travel. And for good measure, MPTC assured toll users that there would be no road works during the entire period.

By the way, while you are enjoying your safe, comfortable and convenient travel you might as well remember that there could be a spoiler. If you go faster than 100 kph while driving a Class 1 vehicle (cars, SUVs, vans and pick ups) or over 80 kph while on a Class 2 or 3 (Trucks and buses).

Safety cum comfort cum convenience-way to go, MPTC.

Voting has started!!!

Here again is your chance for your voice to be heard. Your opportunity to be one of those who would decide which automobile, whether a standard or luxury premium model should be declared as the most popular for2016 - 2017, the Automobile of the Year-People's Choice.

The public poll, which started April 4 shall end midnight of September 30, 2017.

It's conducted via a web-page exclusively dedicated to the'Auto Focus People's Choice Awards' linked toFacebook. To participate an individual Facebook account is required.

The voting procedure on the dedicated Voting Site is as follows:

a. Go to the Auto Focus People's Choice Awards (AFPCA) voting website: www.autofocus.com.ph

b. Click on the Log In With Facebook button then log in using your Facebook account.

c. Follow the prompts to vote for your individual selections for AUTOMOBILE OF THE YEAR from each the STANDARD and PREMIUM/LUXURY line-ups. Each of these votes will also tally a corresponding vote in the chosen model's Model of the Year classification.

d. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MODELS ONE MAY VOTE FOR. You may choose ANY NUMBER of STANDARD or PREMIUM/LUXURY models including those within the same category.


f. To vote again on any succeeding day, simply click the "Vote" icon, enter your registered name, and follow the voting prompts.

g. All votes shall appear in a separate "Results Section" on the AFPCA website within one (1) minute after these are submitted on-line. This page will also include uploaded Unit Sales figures and feature the "Total Consolidated Score" for each make/model both in its respective Model of the Year category as well as in the Automobile of the Year tally. THERE WILL BE SEPARATE PAGES FOR THE STANDARD & PREMIUM/LUXURY CLASSIFICATIONS.

Let your voice be heard and cast your vote now for your favorite automobile model.

By the way, kindly wait for future announcements regarding valuable giveaways for lucky voters whose name would be drawn in weekly electronic draws.

LTO documents AFPCA unit sales

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) through theDOTr, Assistance Secretary Edgar Galvante has once again renewed its support for the yearly search for the country's most preferred automobile models and the most popular, the Automobile of the Year-People's Choice by documenting the actual number of vehicle models that are actually registered in the country.

Actual unit sales as represented by actual vehicle registration is a vital component in the voting process representing 20% vote value added to actual votes cast by the public, which represents 80% of the consolidated score.

The registration of vehicles as reported by the different LTO offices all over the country are documented by STRADCOM, the long-time official IT provider of the Land Transportation Office.

The country's quarterly vehicle registration reports from the LTO as documented by STRADCOM are also published in this column as soon as submitted by both parties. This done as a public service by this column to consolidate separate sales reports coming from the different industry associations as submitted by their member automotive companies.

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)