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Al S. Mendoza

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TMP’s different brand of CSR

THIS is a different kind of corporate social responsibility (CSR). With Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) becoming a chief partner of the FIBA (World Basketball Federation), Toyota will play a hugely significant role in the country’s hosting of the World Cup in August-September that features the Top 16 basketball powers in the world.

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UP, RSA shine on different planes

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) grabbed last weekend’s spotlight by inflicting a 76-71 overtime loss to Ateneo in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball tournament before a roaring crowd of more than 12,000 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

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PBA virus with two variants

IS it getting serious?  Meaning, is the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) now being plagued by a virus with two variants that are both proving to be virulent and extremely harmful—as recent events would suggest?

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Vintage Vince voices heretical retort

WHAT caught my attention in the just-ended 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) was Spencer Yu’s pre-event statement.  As quoted by Inquirer’s Tessa R. Salazar, Stephen, my good friend cum president of SMC Car Asia, said: “The BMW iX is the first battery electric vehicle (BEV) that BMW introduced here in the Philippines last April and the reception has been overwhelming for BEVs.”

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Continuing rebound, Tullahan & Singapore F1

INDUSTRY performance continues to rebound as sales hit a whopping 26.8-percent increase last month.  This can only be attributed again to the so-called “spending vengeance” car clients had been resorting to as the pandemic appears consistently to be on the wane.

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Woods sob story in The Open

OPPOSITE the sanctimonious story of Cameron Smith’s victory in the just-ended British Open is the sob story of Tiger Woods’s debacle on the home of golf that is St. Andrews in Scotland.

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Traviz thrusts Isuzu to ranks of elite achievers

ISUZU has just joined the industry’s elite achievers by scoring another scintillating milestone, recording its 10 millionth sale of its much-admired Traviz.Launched in late 2019, the Traviz lightweight truck quickly became a favourite among choosy business owners nationwide, surging to that 10-million sales plateau in June this year.  Noted for its last-mile delivery operations—arriving to destinations almost without fail on time—Traviz continues to enjoy its lofty position as a game-changer in its segment.

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Sotto shunning Gilas stint bad

“WHAT the team needs is another big.  That’s a problem that we have to continue looking at,” said Gilas Coach Chot Reyes after Gilas’s decent 79-63 win over India last weekend for an ego-booster shot following New Zealand’s 106-60 bamboozling of the national quintet.

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Vios Cup live engine roar returns

THE much-missed live action of the TGR Vios Cup will blast off on Saturday, July 2, at the famous Clark International Speedway in Angeles City, Pampanga, featuring the Circuit Championship and the Autocross Challenge.

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Best of both worlds

DANNY “Sir John” Isla, the founding president of Lexus Philippines, writes about his vacation in his birthplace.   He has been living with his entire family in Auckland, New Zealand, since he retired some years back.   Here:

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Hilux hidden wonder; Veloz is here

A hidden wonder from the slew of Toyota models old and new is the latest Hilux—the GRS 4×4.   It is such a find that blew my mind.   Two members of the family were also mesmerized, amazed by its performance as it stood out from even among its closest rivals in the market.

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‘Winning never gets old’

THERE is not a doubt that Ginebra will enter the court on Wednesday—that’s today—as the heavy favorite to defeat Meralco in Game One of their first-to-win-four showdown for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Raize, 11-M vehicles for 2022 from Toyota

COMING shortly is another Toyota wonder worth our while. Curiously named Raize, it is a five-seater SUV that will be unleashed in a market already crowded by similarly situated variants. Still, it deserves just not a second look but a keen gaze from only the most discerning car buffs this corner of the globe.

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Big sales jump in 2021

THERE is reason to rejoice as the industry rebounded tremendously in 2021.  Amid the punishing pandemic, it recorded a 20-percent jump in sales.  That’s easily a spectacular feat for the auto world and deserving of a champagne cork to pop out.

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Djokovic loser from the start

MY heart also goes to Novak Djokovic. He knew he had a losing cause.  Still, he fought for it all the way to the ramparts of a court not totally under his control: the court of law.  Had the battle been contested in a tennis court, he might have won it—by even a rout, maybe.

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Sneak peek of Toyota Alabang

ONE Toyota dealership that has made a mark in the automotive industry is Toyota Alabang owned by Cesar T. Lee, fondly called CTL. If there’s someone who has seen firsthand how the outfit grew to what it is today—for one, it now has expanded its service station as the biggest in Toyota Far East in terms of land area—it is Danny “Sir John” Isla, for years CTL’s most trusted ally before Sir John became the founding president of Lexus Manila on January 14, 2009. Sir John shares us a glimpse of the man who did it all.

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‘Ubos sila kay CTL’

This story is by Danny Isla, former president of Lexus Phil. So here it goes: The following is a piece read by Celyn Lee-Severino during the birthday celebration of Toyota Alabang’s Cesar T. Lee on December 19, 2021.

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Recovery amid new models

THE good news is that vehicle sales in November jumped to 26,456 from 22,581 in October—an increase of 17.2 percent which is the highest monthly performance so far for the year. Campi president Rommel Gutierrez said: “Recovery is underway as restrictions started easing, and economic activities have resumed at improved levels.” Year-to-date, Campi and TMA sold 240,642 units, a 22.7-percent growth compared with the same period last year.  Wait till we’re done with the season.

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Obiena must bend a bit

IS it true EJ Obiena doesn’t want to join the mediation to resolve the Obiena-Patafa (Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association) financial row?

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YTD sales jump 23.8%

SALES last month improved by 5.1 percent as reported by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA). October results saw 22,581 units sold as compared to 21,493 units recorded in September.