Monday, November 28, 2011

Welcome to carguide.ph

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It’s been 13 years since I’ve started clicking and typing about cars—in a self-made website back on the sem-break of my college freshman year. At the time, it was nothing but a hobby—a welcome distraction from what I consider as the most tedious course in the world: Legal Management. Dealing with the typical corporate stuff like accounting, finance, obligations and contracts; my mind numbed up at the fact that I couldn’t do anything artistic. Combined with my passion for motoring, putting up a motoring website was something I, along with my brother, wanted to do.

At first, visitor count was negligible and we barely blipped on anyone’s radar. But we didn’t care. We continued—writing, photographing and uploading our stuff. With nothing but a film (!) camera, scanner and our trusty desktop, we pressed on despite not having any official recognition back then. Of course, like every success story, we had our big break and since then, we’ve contributed to just about any motoring medium you can imagine from magazines (Rev, C!, Evo and Top Gear Philippines), newspapers (The Manila Bulletin, The Manila Times, Chinese Daily News and The Philippine Star) and even television (Auto Focus). We’ve managed to gather up more than a dozen Henry Ford Awards for Motoring Journalism—more than any other publication so far.

13 years is certainly a long time, and I’ve taken it upon myself to go back to basics and start anew. You’ll still see me writing for motioncars.com and The Philippine Star, but this is my new project: welcome to carguide.ph.

carguide.ph aims to be your irreverent and independent guide to Philippine motoring. Though car websites and blogs are now dime-a-dozen in the Philippines, this blog sets itself apart by remaining simple with only a handful of sections and a single writer: yours truly.

Getting thousands of hits will surely be an uphill battle. I’m no celebrity and I know it. But hey, stay and read on! You’ll be surprised at the wealth of news and information here. Just like before, expect only the best.

Thanks and again, welcome to carguide.ph!

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