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June 23, 2022

First-Ever Petron Philippine Overland Expedition To Test Man And Machine

The first homegrown overlanding expedition is happening this October 12 to 16, 2022 with the 2022 Petron Philippine Overland Expedition: Pacific Coast Challenge.

Happening simultaneously with the 6th Philippine Overland Expo, Mototesto Overland Equipment in cooperation with Petron Philippines is bringing an adventure like no other. Both expert and amateur 4x4ers are welcome to take on the task of crossing one of the most uncharted paths along the Pacific coastline with prizes of over P 1-million up for grabs.

The Petron Philippine Overland Expedition (PHOX) will flag off at the LausGroup Event Centre in San Fernando, Pampanga and participants will travel a 285-kilometer-long stretch that will end in General Nakar, Quezon.

It’s not a race to finish first, but rather, teams will garner points based on the completion of quests across the travel, with 160 kilometers of asphalt road and 120 kilometers of gravel, sand, mud, rocky paths, and river crossings.

Tim Tuazon, President and CEO of Mototesto, also a hardcore enthusiast, says he would like to impart the knowledge he has gained from years of overlanding around the Philippine Archipelago. “The main goal of creating this event is to showcase the beauty of the Philippines, and strengthen the bond with our Mototesto customers, while fostering unforgettable experiences with them,” says Tuazon.

Mototesto has been part of the off-roading community since 2011, being the official distributor of Koni Suspensions, MMOV, EcoFlow, Softopper, and many more.

The move to partner with Petron Philippines is a collaboration that sees a long-term relationship between the oil company and the country’s growing 4x4 community, with its world-class quality products such as Petron Turbo Diesel, Diesel Max, and Rev-X.

“The Philippines has the perfect terrain and topography for overlanding, and Petron products are the perfect partners in fueling our intense passion for this lifestyle. Mototesto is honored to have them onboard in taking overlanding to the next level,” says Tuazon.

Eliseo R. Ruzol, Mayor of General Nakar expressed his appreciation as well, as his municipality looks forward to gaining tourism opportunities that will uplift the lives of his people through this event. Part of the Petron Philippine Overland Expedition’s CSR initiative is to donate excess proceeds that can potentially be up to P 1-million to different communities in General Nakar.

The Petron Philippine Overland Expedition is calling off-roaders and overlanders to form a 6-man team composed of three 4x4 vehicles.

Part of the requirements is that each vehicle must be a production variant retaining at least 80 percent of its original body and chassis structure, and must also have full recovery and river crossing capacity (this means, equipment such as winch and snorkels are required).

Each team must also be self-reliant, bringing with them provisions such as food and water, including power source, as well as critical vehicle spare parts and supplies that shall last them throughout the whole event.

If the competition may be too extreme for your liking, you can be part of the 6th Philippine Overland Expo where outdoor fans, spectators, families, and friends can gather and engage in a 4-day camping experience. The campsite is also the final stop of the Overlanding Expedition, where the awarding ceremony will be held as the 30 teams complete their epic journey.

For more information on how to join the Petron Philippine Overland Expedition, check out their official Facebook page or the Mototesto website.

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