TRAVELING TO THE HIGHLANDS OF BUDA IN THE NEW NORMAL WITH THE FORD EVEREST

I haven’t seen the mountains in 5 months since this pandemic broke.  During those times, I would always think of the green sceneries, the cold mountain breeze, the waterfalls and everything that mountains have to offer. The longingness grew deeper everyday. And finally when Davao City was put under MGCQ, my first destination to visit in my own City is the highland parts of Davao – the Marilog District which was often called BUDA.

THE GREEN MOUNTAINS OF BUDA

What made this trip more remarkable is the fact that I had the chance to use and drive a FORD EVEREST while travelling the cool highlands of Davao. Driving the Ford Everest in this mountainous part of the country’s largest city was fun and exciting.

Our destination in Buda is Datu Salumay, one of the barangays in Marilog District. The area is famous for places that offer scenic view of verdant hills and mountains, sea of clouds, waterfalls, vegetable farms and other things that lure tourists to come.

Driving a Ford Everest to this mountainous side of Davao was truly amazing. I never imagined that the Ford Everest can be my best travel buddy in this trip because I have to pass by muddy and rough roads going to other parts of Datu Salumay.

I actually own and drive an SUV but what I really like about Ford Everest is how spacious it is inside and how comfortable it is to drive.  It is actually huge I felt like I’m not driving an SUV. Although it is bigger than the usual SUV I drive, it is never difficult to use. Everything is almost electronic. I love the interiors. So lit. Every detail of it is just impressive.. It is designed for so much convenience. I’m soooo impressed.

Our first destination in Datu Salumay is the JIVE MOUNTAIN RESORT. This is also where we stayed at for 3 days and 2 nights. It is situated in the upper part of the Datu Salumay passing by some mountain resorts, farms, log houses and scenic view of Marilog hills. Driving up, the ride was sooooo smooth. May mga areas na napaka-rough ng roads but I can’t even feel the alog-alog. Hahaha. Walang tagtag! Although Ford Everest is designed perfectly for city drive, I realized even in bumpy and uphill roads, kayang kaya niya.

Aside from Jive Mountain Resort, we also visited Hillsview, famous for its sea of clouds. The ride going there is not easy especially that it rained the night we went there. The unpaved road became muddy. At first, I was hesitant not to go because I know Ford Everest is not like Ford Raptor that is designed for such kind of terrain. But in my mind, I know Ford is BUILT FOR TOUGH. And so, even with hesitation, I still went through and Ford Everest managed to get to HillsView with so much pride and triumph. I love manoeuvring its steering wheel. Extra smooth, super dooper easy to turn left or right. Kahit na pagiwang giwang ang ride because of the muddy road, it is still so easy to manoeuvre – very smooth and swabeng swabe.  This is all because like Ford Raptor, Ford Everest is powered by EPAS or the Electrical Powered Assisting Steering making for a balanced, smooth and relaxed driving.

This recent weekend roadtrip to the highlands of Davao City in the new normal was another breather for me. The longingness to see the mountains has been achieved. I had the privilege to see, feel, embrace and live the mountain life even in a short while. It is really rejuvenating. But what makes this trip more convenient is the fact that I was driving Ford Everest the whole time I was in Buda. 

Visit FORD DAVAO and look for their General Manager MS. Jam Yap Quindoy. She’ll be very happy to assist you. You can reach her at 09285518489.

By the way, when we travel and visit destinations now open in the new normal, it is a must that we follow the new normal health standards, guidelines and protocols.

The All-New Ford Territory is Now Finally Here in the Philippines

Ford Philippines launched today the all-new Ford Territory, a Ford-engineered and designed SUV which combines a sleek and stylish look, impressive performance, and smart and safe technologies that will offer a new driving experience to young professionals and starting families.

Developed by Ford Motor Company and its joint venture partner Jiangling Motors Corporation, the Ford Territory brings to life the Ford DNA in its design, engineering, and capability, following Ford’s highest global quality standards.

“The Ford Territory will boost our growing SUV lineup as a new product born out of Ford’s long-standing heritage and expertise in the utility segment,” says PK Umashankar, president and managing director, Ford Philippines. “We are confident that the Ford Territory will offer a new driving experience to Filipino customers as a modern, spacious and technologically-advanced SUV that delivers great value.”

Ford Philippines is offering the Ford Territory in Titanium+ and Trend variants, with a host of features and driver-assist technologies standard in both variants.

Ford DNA
Ford was deeply involved, through its Ford Design Studio in Melbourne, Australia, in the development of the Ford Territory’s contemporary appearance and look. The Ford DNA is evident in the exterior and interior, following the same design principles of Ford SUVs.

The Ford Territory has also been rigorously tested in its ride, handling and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels at Ford’s testing centers in Nanjing, China and at the Geelong Proving Grounds in Melbourne, Australia to ensure it meets Ford’s stringent engineering and quality standards. These tests also gave the Ford Territory a finely-tuned Ford suspension, which is set for exceptional ride comfort and refinement.

Meanwhile, the Ford Territory’s engine was closely designed with Ford engineers in Europe to further develop the EcoBoost concept, giving it great power and efficiency, along with lower maintenance requirements and costs.

Proven Performance
Powering the Ford Territory is a 1.5L EcoBoost engine mated to a CVT transmission with Sport mode that delivers 143PS and 225NM of torque, balancing power and fuel efficiency. With this powertrain, customers can enjoy lower service maintenance costs with a once-a-year scheduled service interval for a better ownership experience.

Functional Design, Inside Out
The Ford Territory boasts of an urban-ready design that easily stands out on the road. Standard across both variants are LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, auto on/off headlamps with follow me home feature, front and rear fog lamps, panoramic moonroof, rear spoiler, and roof rails.

Inside, the Ford Territory offers a premium and refined experience with perforated leather seat material, Smart Keyless Entry with Push Button Start, leather steering wheel with mounted controls, power door lock with central locking, speed sensing door locks, rear view mirror with auto-dimming and high-mount USB port, leather-covered center console with dual-lid opening, sunglass holder, 7 cup and bottle holders, and 12-volt power outlet that come standard in both variants.

Exclusive on the Titanium+ variant are 18” alloy wheels, gloss black with chrome inserts on the front grille, rain-sensing front windshield wipers, power folding mirrors, puddle lamps, and chrome exterior door handles.

Its interior, on the other hand, features heated and cooled front seats, a 10-inch fully-digital display instrument cluster with 3 selectable themes (Normal, Sport, and Fashion), tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, power windows with one touch up/down function on all windows, as well as ambient lighting with seven (7) color options that complement every mood.

Smart and Safe Technologies
The Ford Territory is equipped with a selection of smart features that elevate the experience behind the wheel. Standard for both variants are the in-vehicle infotainment display powered by a 10-inch touchscreen with adjustable quad view, Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto® compatibility, four (4) USB ports and multiple speakers (8 for the Titanium+ variant and 6 for the Trend variant). Wireless charging comes exclusive to the Titanium+ variant.

Ford’s newest SUV also offers maximum safety for both drivers and passengers with the Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver-assist technologies available in the Titanium+ variant that include Active Park Assist with parallel-parking and the segment-first perpendicular parking, 360 Degree Around View Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System and Lane Departure Warning.

Available driver-assist technologies standard in both variants are Electronic Stability Control including ABS, EBD and Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, six (6) airbags, rear parking sensors (front and rear parking sensors available on the Titanium+ variant), and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display. Both variants are also equipped with High Mount Stop Lamp and Child Seat ISOFIX Anchorage Points.

Availability and Pricing
The Ford Territory comes in six colors, including Ruby Red, Diffused Silver, and Panther Black for both variants, Star White for the Trend variant, and Crystal Pearl White and Moonstone Blue for the Titanium+ variant.

It will be available in Ford dealerships nationwide beginning August 14, 2020 at an introductory retail price of PHP1,179,000 for the Trend variant and PHP1,299,000 for the Titanium+ variant.

As a launch offer, all customers purchasing the Ford Territory from August 14 to September 15, 2020 will get a free 3-year scheduled service plan (SSP) for a worry-free ownership experience.

To know more about the all-new Ford Territory, visit www.ford.com.ph/suvs/territory or a Ford dealership nearest you.

• The all-new Ford Territory sets the new standard for small and mini-SUVs with its sleek and stylish design, impressive performance, and driver-assist technologies

• The 5-seater small SUV leverages Ford’s global expertise in vehicle design, engineering, testing and manufacturing

• A 1.5L EcoBoost engine mated to a CVT transmission powers the Ford Territory to deliver refinement and fuel efficiency, allowing customers to enjoy once-a-year scheduled service interval

• The Ford Territory is equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360 – a suite of driver-assist technologies including Active Park Assist with parallel-parking and the segment-first perpendicular parking

• The Ford-engineered and designed SUV is available in all Ford dealerships at an introductory retail price starting at PHP1,179,000

• All customers purchasing the Ford Territory from August 14 to September 15 will get a free 3-year scheduled service plan (SSP) for a worry-free ownership experience

MY FIRST WEEKEND ROADTRIP IN THE NEW NORMAL WITH FORD RANGER RAPTOR

My first roadtrip in the new normal to some of the most beautiful places in Davao Region is something I will definitely keep in my memory. Why? Because it is my first travel outside of Davao City after 3 months of being stuck but safe at home following the nation’s enhanced community quarantine. I visited three Davao Provinces – Davao Del Norte, Davao De Oro and Davao Oriental – for 4 days and 3 nights and enjoyed the place like a first timer.

But what made this trip more memorable is the fact that I had the chance to use and drive FORD RANGER RAPTOR for the whole duration of my stay. I am sooooo impressed with FORD RAPTOR that I even give the vehicle a nickname: RapRap, my Raptor Travel Bud. 

I have driven pick up trucks before but driving Raptor for the first time is different. It is huge, so masculine, so big but never difficult to use. It is a monster but a beautiful monster.  I love the interiors and everything is almost electronic. Indeed it is designed for so much convenience. I would say extra-ordinary if not superb features. Driving it is like a Boss! I am driving a beast because of its awesome and intimidating look but it’s actually a gentle beast. I’m soooo impressed.

The trip to Tagum City, Davao Del Norte down Pantukan, Davao De Oro was incredible. I was smiling the whole time. It felt like I was travelling for the first time in soooo many years. Ikaw ba naman makulong ng tatlong buwan. Hahaha. The ride was sooooo smooth. I can’t even feel the bumpy roads. Walang alog-alog. Walang tagtag! True enough, it is called the OFF-ROAD WARRIOR. Its suspension system is powered by FOX Shocks designed to tackle even the bumpy and tough terrain. Poweeeerrrr! Driving Tagum and Pantukan was made sooo smooth and easy!

From Tagum and Pantukan, next destination was the City of Mati, the capital of Davao Oriental. Mati is known for its white sand beaches, surfing spots and other natural wonders. Going to Mati, the ride along Badas Road is something I always look forward to everytime I visit the City. Badas is known for its long and winding road. Parang bituka! Driving here with Raptor was mind boggling! Sarap maneuver ang steering wheel. Sooooo smooth, sooooo easy to turn left or right. If you look at Raptor’s Built, one would say it’s not easy to maneuver, but surprisingly it is very easy, smooth and swabeng swabe.  This is all because Raptor is powered by EPAS or the Electrical Powered Assisting Steering making balanced, smooth and relaxed driving.

My weekend roadtip to Davao Region in the new normal was a breather for me. It was a break from the monotonous life I had for 3 months. It was great way to breathe fresh air and see and feel the nature again. Above all, it reconnects me my love for travels. Thanks to Ford Ranger Raptor, for making this trip more fun, exciting and memorable. I miss Raprap now. I want to see him again on my next trip.

For travellers, this gentle beast is highly recommended!

Visit FORD DAVAO and look for their General Manager MS. Jam Yap Quindoy. She’ll be very happy to assist you. You can reach her at 09285518489. 

By the way, when we travel and visit destinations now open in the new normal, it is a must that we follow the new normal health standards, guidelines and protocol. In short, magcomply tayo sa batas para tayo ay makalabas.

Ford Philippines Launched the New and Amazing Everest Sport

Ford Philippines has launched the new Ford Everest Sport as it continues to expand its SUV portfolio with the addition of a new variant in its Ford Everest line-up.

The new Everest Sport features an enhanced design and a host of driver-assist technologies that will help widen the appeal of the Ford Everest among customers who appreciate the vehicle’s versatility, safety, and capability.

“The new Everest Sport supports the Everest’s position as one of the safest and most capable SUVs in the market today,” shares PK Umashankar, managing director, Ford Philippines. “We are confident that the new Ford Everest Sport will set another standard for mid-size SUVs in the market with its design and technology that match various needs and lifestyles.”

The new Everest Sport is powered by a 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine which offers 180PS of power and 420Nm of torque and is matched with Ford’s latest 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift™ – helping to deliver better acceleration, fuel efficiency, and smoothness across on-road and off-road environments.  

The latest Everest variant is a standout on the road with unique black body exterior accents such as a new mesh grille design, an embossed EVEREST hood badge at the front, gloss black painted wheels and exterior mirrors on the side, black tailgate applique in the rear and a ‘SPORT’ decal on the liftgate. LED projector headlamps, daytime running lights and 20-inch alloy wheels also come standard in the new Everest Sport.

Inside its spacious cabin, the new Everest Sport features a unique blue stitching accent around the steering wheel, dashboard, seats, center, console, and door trims delivering a sporty premium feel. Adding value to the Sport is a standard leather seat with 8-way power driver seat function, smart keyless entry with push button start, and a power liftgate with hands-free function.

For entertainment and connectivity, it is equipped with an 8-inch LCD Touchscreen, Sync® 3 with Apple Carplay and Android Auto Connectivity, two USB ports, and 10 speakers.

The new Everest Sport also boasts of segment-leading features for optimal driver comfort, convenience, and safety which include Cruise Control, Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS), Rear View Camera, Rear Parking Sensors, and Electronic Stability Control with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), and Roll Stability Control. Adding to all these are seven (7) airbags including side, curtain, and driver knee airbags.

It comes in four (4) colors: Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, and Deep Crystal Blue, a new color variant available to the Ford Everest and is exclusive to the new Everest Sport.

The new Everest Sport is available at a starting retail price of P1,868,000* and will be available in Ford dealerships in Visayas and Mindanao within the month of June 2020. Customers who will reserve the new Everest Sport on or before May 31, 2020 will get a free 3-year scheduled service plan.

Enhanced Everest Titanium Line-up

Ford also introduced new feature upgrades to its Everest Titanium series to make the driving experience safer and more convenient for its customers. The Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT and Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium 4×2 AT now come with LED projector headlamps, with the addition of high-mount USB feature for the 4×4 variant with no price increase.

To know more about the new Ford Everest Sport, visit www.ford.com.ph/suvs/everest/, call your preferred Ford dealer, or visit a Ford dealer nearest you.

HERE’S THE MAIN FEATURES OF ALL NEW ENHANCED EVEREST TITANIUM LINE-UP

  • The new Ford Everest Sport is the latest addition to Ford’s growing SUV lineup, supporting the Everest’s position as one of the safest and most capable SUVs in the segment
  • The newest Everest variant is powered by a 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine mated with a 10-speed Automatic Transmission with SelectShift™, delivering 180PS of power and 420Nm of torque
  • The new Everest Sport features a bold look and design, refined interiors, and driver-assist smart and safe features, making it the perfect SUV for the family
  • The new Everest Sport comes in Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, and Deep Crystal Blue, a new color variant available to the Ford Everest and is exclusive to the new Everest Sport
  • Enhanced Ford Everest Titanium series now comes with new feature upgrades with no price increase

6 Safety Tips for First-Time Travelers to Southeast Asia

If you are travelling to a different part of the word, you are bound to be excited, but make sure you think about your health and safety too. It may seem dull to think about when you would rather be planning where you will be sightseeing and what bars and restaurants you’d love to visit, but you should get the important stuff checked off first. Traveling anywhere can come with risks, so make sure you are well researched about the place are you are visiting, and keep in mind these tips:

Sanitization

A new country comes with excitement, but it also comes with lots of new people and new microorganisms. Keeping up your hygiene is essential, as you will not have built up immunity to these new bugs, and the last thing you need to ruin your holiday is a bad case of sickness and diarrhoea. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before eating and drinking, and take hand sanitizer with you wherever you go, as not everywhere provides anti-bacterial soap.

Get Vaccinated

One of your first steps before travelling is to make sure your vaccinations are all in check. For some countries, you might be fully immunized already, but different parts of the world can come with other deadly viruses and diseases. It can take around eight weeks for your vaccinations to make your body fully immunized, so get this sorted nice and early. It might cost you money, but it is much better to pay money now than pay with your life later. If you are unsure about what vaccinations you will need, always check with a medical professional and seek their advice.

Eating and Drinking

Whilst washing your hands is important, sometimes it’s the food and drinks themselves that contain nasty bugs. Tap water is often unsuitable to drink, so you will need to rely on bottled water, which should be available from most places – just make sure the bottles are sealed and not simply re-filled bottles. It is more difficult to ascertain whether food is clean and safe to eat, so use your wits to determine which places seem hygienic and tourist-friendly. Read reviews and ask locals or fellow tourists.

Safe Areas

This involves a little research, and you have to remember that nowhere is truly safe if you are unfamiliar with it. Determining how safe an area is can come from lots of things, but you should check if certain parts of the country are unstable for political or religious reasons, or if there are ongoing conflicts. Try to avoid places with higher crime rates, as tourists make easy targets for petty thieves and criminals. You also need to consider the weather, as some parts of the world can be prone to extreme weather conditions, particularly at certain times of the year. All of these things can be somewhat unpredictable, but it helps to be aware of the risk factors that come with travelling.

Rules and Regulations

You will also need to do a little research on the customs and laws of the country, to make sure that you are following their ways correctly. Every country and area have their own customs and values, and different cultures do things differently. There isn’t a wrong and right here regarding people’s beliefs, but you should be respectful no matter where you go.

Travelling Alone

You are not necessarily safe if you travel as a group, but you are definitely less safe when travelling alone. If you plan to travel alone, you need to be fully prepared and generally more cautious. Only stay in places with higher security levels, do not leave belongings unattended, and try to make friends with other solo travelers so that you can look out for each other.

Wherever your travels take you, as long as you travel with care and respect, you should have an amazing and exciting experience. Stay safe – and have lots of fun!