Apr 26, 2017


Can an elected governor make MM traffic problems vanish?

That seems to be the sixty four thousand dollar question after media reports have it that the prospect of having an elected governor, vice governor and a council instead of a chairman be put in place for the better management of Metro Manila is being mulled by Congress.

"Too many cooks may further spoil the stew" seemed to be the major contention to the proposed move of many observers who are closely watching what the present government is doing to make good many of its election promises, a great part of which have something to do with the better management of Metro Manila traffic.

The general reaction of motorists as well as the metro's citizens and denizens to the proposal appears to be that the government should first address the basic causes of traffic like a much improved mass transport system to encourage private vehicle owners not to use their cars within the metro, more elevated roads to add to the shortage of thoroughfares for vehicles' use, stricter implementation of traffic rules and regulations to improve driver discipline and other basic solutions, before going into a complete revamp of the political setup in the metro's management.

"Keep our eye on the ball and stay focused on the basic solutions instead of compounding the problem," is perhaps what some are trying to say.

Car buyers came to test drive

There were more than three thousand test drives recorded in the2017 Auto Focus Multi Brand Summer Test Drive Festival held last weekend at the SM Mall of Asia.

The eagerness to purchase a vehicle seems to prevail now with the prospect of dramatically increased prices of vehicles looming in the horizon with the government's poised move to increase their taxes.

The 4-day most eagerly awaited event, both by car buyers and auto enthusiasts had 12 of the major car manufacturers and importers participating, which included Ford, Honda, Isuzu, Jeep & Dodge, Mahindra, Ssangyong, Suzuki Tata, Toyota and Volkswagen. The auto industry itself has accepted the event's importance in further spurring its growth.

This multi-brand test drive event is a biennial industry happening with the second one, the Auto Focus Multi Brand Pre Christmas Test Drive Festival that's usually scheduled on the first or second week of November.

With participation on a "first come, first serve" basis considering that the venue can only accommodate a limited number of participating companies, early reservations are already being sent in.

See you in November for another'multi brand test fest' at the SM Mall of Asia.

Harley-Davidson of Manila gets citation

Congratulations are in order for our good friends Greg Yu and Felix Ang, chairman and president respectively of Harley-Davidson of Manila for having been awarded the 'Harley-Davidson Asia Emerging Markets Dealer of the Year 2016' .

We learned that the 'Dealer of the Year' is a nod to excellence across all areas of dealership operations to include: Business Growth, Customer experience, Marketing and events as well as Management/staff training.

Harley-Davidson of Manila is the first authorized Harley-Davidson dealership in the Philippines to have earned this award.

Owned and operated by American Motorcycles, Inc., Harley-Davidson of Manila has been an authorized dealer only since March 2013, hence the distinguished award is indeed a testament to the level of management and performance it has displayed.

Isuzu Truck Fest in Manila 2017

Last weekend from April 20 to 23, Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) once again showed confidence of market dominance with an exhibition of its latest truck line up at the SMX Convention Center.

"The key to our success is not on the sale of our trucks, it's on the full service that comes with every purchase. With every truck purchase, we provide product orientations, drivers' training and even a personal analysis of fuel consumption and actual operation," remarked IPC president Hajime Koso during the well-attended 12-truck display.

AVID records 10% sales gain in Q1

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors registered a 10% growth in the 1st quarter of 2017 with 23, 312 units sold against the same period last year.

Hyundai spearheaded the Passenger Car segment with sales of5,986 units, which greatly contributed to the segment's 21% growth.

The Light Commercial Vehicle segment registered a4% increase with a 14,070 units sold with Ford Philippines leading the segment's expansion with a recorded sales of 7,586 units.

Happy Motoring!!!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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)