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

Top Five Places to Experience the ‘Real’ Mexico

When overseas travel first became something that was accessible to ordinary working people, the unusual weather and the simple fact that you weren’t at home was enough to impress most people. Whilst many of us still enjoy spending time at holiday resorts and relaxing in warm weather, the desire for a deeper and more authentic travel experience has become quite commonplace.

If you’re planning a luxury Mexico vacation and you’re keen to experience a taste of the ‘real’ Mexico, it’s worth doing a little research before you book your trip. If you want to absorb the local way of life, eat the local food and learn about the local culture, language and history, it’s important you choose a destination where life is largely undisturbed by mass tourism – or at least somewhere within an accessible distance of such a place.

The good news is that plenty of these kinds of places do still exist in Mexico. Whilst tourism to the country has soured in recent years, the hundreds of years of history – both modern and ancient –that Mexico has experienced have combined to create a nation enviably rich in culture and character, and all of its charms remain entirely discoverable to the savvy traveller.

Below you will find the top five places to consider for your Mexican vacation that will offer you a truly authentic taste of the country, its food and its culture.

Valladolid

The third largest city in the state of Yucatán is named after Valladolid, Spain – which was at the time the capital of that country. It is a place where there’s plenty to do, but which still retains a distinctly small-town feel.

If you’re interested in visiting Mexico’s world-famous landmarks and cultural sites, Valladolid is the perfect base. From here, you’re not too far from the natural wonder of Rio Lagartos, with its colourful landscape and abundant exotic birdlife, or the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá which really need no introduction.

And once you’re done exploring the incredible region, Valladolid itself offers a fully immersive cultural experience: the quiet, sun-drenched streets and pastel-coloured buildings simply couldn’t be more Mexican if they tried.

Puerto Morelos

Halfway between Cancún and Playa del Carmen lies the fishing village of Puerto Morelos. Whilst the town has seen the arrival of the tourist trade in recent years, and does now offer excellent tourist facilities, it has nonetheless succeeded in retaining much of its traditional village charm – and its unmistakably Mexican mañana lifestyle.

Unlike its rowdy neighbours, Puerto Morelos is a place that is visited by those looking for quiet beaches and shallow waters during the day, and real Mexican food and atmosphere in the evenings. A great example of how small scale tourism can peacefully coexist with traditional lifestyles, Puerto Morelos is an idyllic location for people who want to experience the ‘real’ Mexico without having to stray too far off the tourist trail.

San Cristóbal de las Casas

Located in a small valley in the mountains of Chiapas, this cultural town is absolutely brimming with authentic Mexican charm. Its location in the mountains means it enjoys a much milder climate than many towns in Mexico, making it perfect for exploring and sightseeing.

With red tile roofs, cobbled streets and wrought iron balconies, this colonial town retains much of the old-world European charm that was brought to it by its Spanish settlers many hundreds of years ago. Today, it has a chic and bohemian vibe, and the atmosphere is charming and romantic.

The descendants of local Mayan people sell their crafts on the town’s streets, and if you venture into the surrounding villages you’ll discover a world where traditional native customs and beliefs still exist, and otherwise forgotten ways of life still thrive.

Oaxaca

Whilst big cities aren’t often the first places that come to mind when it comes to finding the most authentic cultural experiences, they shouldn’t be forgotten altogether. In the case of a city like Oaxaca, it is of course true that the atmosphere is an unmistakably contemporary one – but it is an unmistakably contemporary Mexican one nonetheless.

With a creative vibe pulsing through the streets, Oaxaca is a haven for artists. In fact, it’s hard not to feel artistically inspired when confronted with a place of such captivating colonial charm. An exciting culinary and cultural scene unfolds beneath the shade of the trees that line the wide streets.

With a strong indigenous culture and some of the best museums in the country, colonial Oaxaca feels intimately connected with its history. The laid-back pace of life is frequently erupting into explosive fiestas that fill the streets with energy and excitement – in many ways capturing the fundamental juxtaposition between sleepy siesta and fiery fiesta that defines the Hispanic spirit.

Campeche

The provincial capital of the state of the same name is arguably the most perfectly preserved colonial town in Mexico. After sustained pirate attacks in the 17th Century, the city was left in a state of disrepair until being declared a UNESCO site. After that declaration, significant restoration work took place and today the walled city centre contains narrow, cobbled streets, pastel-coloured buildings and impressive mansions that evoke so strongly the feel of the colonial era that it almost feels like an open-air museum rather than a working town. If Oaxaca is a taste of modern, cosmopolitan Mexico, then Campeche is a glimpse into Mexico’s colourful and fascinating past.

HOW TO GET A VISA FOR KUWAIT

Kuwait is a country in the middle-east with many treasures to show. If you plan on making a trip there, you should know that you cannot enter the country without a visa. However, there is some good news ahead. The citizens of over 50 countries are eligible for a Kuwait evisa thanks to the services provided by iVisa. You can apply online, and the visa will arrive in as little as 12 hours.

What is an evisa?

An evisa is also known as an electronic visa. It means that you can acquire it online, and the process is as simple as you can imagine. It has the same legal standing as the visa you get from the embassy. In order to know whether or not you qualify for the evisa, you can use a tool called Visa Checker. You find it on iVisa’s website. You insert your country of origin and choose Kuwait as a destination. The information will unfold in front of you instantly.

What are the requirements?

If you are eligible for the Kuwait evisa, you are saved a trip to the embassy. However, that does not mean you are not required to have a few documents at hand. Here is what you need:

  • A passport – make sure that your passport is valid and will maintain its validity for at least six months from your arrival date in Kuwait.
  • Digital copies of your passport
  • Means of online payment – you can use a credit or debit card, and if you have a Paypal account, iVisa accepts that as well. You will be asked to make the payment before submitting the application.
  • A valid residency card– this is applicable only to GCC residents

Once you check those documents off your list, you can move on to the application itself. The form is quite easy to comprehend, but if you have difficulties in filling it in, you can refer to iVisa’s 24/7 support service.

The application consists of three steps. In the first one, you will be required to fill in your basic information. Put in your name, address, passport information, email address, and so on. You must also select a processing time. The second step consists of a simple revision and payment. Once you finish, you can get to the last step, which will require you to upload some of the documents listed above. After that, you hit the submit button, and your visa will arrive via email in PDF format in the timeframe you chose when you completed the application.

Processing time and costs

The visa itself is free. What you need to pay is the service fee towards iVisa. You can choose one of the following processing times:

  • Standard – your application is processed in 72 hours, and you will be charged 20$
  • Rush – the visa will be ready within 48 hours, and it costs 60$
  • Super Rush –your visa will be in your inbox in 12 hours, and the cost is 80$.

Delays may occur, which is why it is recommended that you apply for the visa one week in advance, just to be on the safe side. You will be notified via email if and when it happens. Also, keep in mind that your application will not be processed during the weekend, and weekends in Kuwait are held on Friday and Saturday.

TRAVEL STORY TELLING IN VIETNAM FOR FILIPINOS

In the most travelers’ mind, Vietnam is a visually stunning and richly wonderful country with a lot of attractions that holidaymakers want to plan for. Besides coming for the history and culture, Vietnam is also the destination for the landscape, for the warm and welcoming people or just the beauty of tropical shoreline.An amazing Hanoi City Tours is truly an interesting experience for most of the foreign travelers, especially the Filipinos, who have ever been to Vietnam, may have passion for this country and will have a journey back in their future agenda.

Vietnam was loved by most Filipinos for many reasons, mainly for its dramatic landscapes, appealing history, epic food and pulsating energy. The first impression when coming to Vietnam is the variation of street food. The colorful food on the plastic stools on the sidewalk always catch the travelers’ eyes, with a wide range from noodle soups, like the iconic Pho or bun ca (the fish and pork-based soup garnished with dill pictured here), to bun cha – grilled pork served over rice noodles with herbs and dipping sauces. Surfing around the street at any time, it’s easy to find Vietnamese people of all ages congregating under market eating the street food — a way to truly experience daily life in Vietnam, and also the chance for visitors to try the delicious typical food in Vietnam.

Filipinos who come to Vietnam may be inspired by the warm welcome and the friendliness of people here. What visitors think about Vietnamese people can be all described by those adjectives: kind, thoughtful, industrious, optimistic, and generous. Absolutely, the people are the heart of country, and when you have a trip to Vietnam, don’t miss out any opportunity to get to know them.

For those who are interest in studying about history, Vietnam is a good place for them with the tumultuous and complex history. There is a fact that the country having been occupied and divided by various countries for decades, with the colonial influences are visible everywhere, from the architecture to the food. In the museums, you may find the information through the monuments and also in stories of survivors. Actually, Vietnam’s past is not only fascinating, but it’s also significant to learn about.

One thing Filipinos should never miss visiting is The Mekong Delta – a fruitful area in Southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River dumps into the sea. Traveling up the backwaters, visitors will be wowed by the floating markets and above all else, the friendly people who live in the region. Travelers can also discover Can Tho, the largest city in the area, and get a real taste of rural life in this region affectionately known as the “rice bowl.”

Vietnam has gone to every visitor’s mind thanks to the charming and exciting experience they can enjoy in an intriguing trip to Vietnam. Coming to this beautiful nation has become the common choice for every traveler all over the world due to the above reasons, and also the visa procedure is much more facilitated for those who wish to apply for Vietnam visa to enjoy a journey to Vietnam.

THE BEST WAYS TO SAVE MONEY WHEN BOOKING A HOTEL

With the holidays also come along several travel days. If you plan to book a hotel rather than stay with families you can save money when the time comes to book. Even for those who will travel for work, or are after the best booking deals at any time of the year, it is possible to find a great price when booking a hotel room. But, you can’t simply go to one travel site and call it quits; doing this is going to result in finding less than average rooms, low star ratings, and yes, over paying for the room you are going to book during your stay as well. To avoid all of this, consider some of these things you can do when you are booking a room, in order to be sure to find a great deal.

  1. Don’t ditch the agent –
    Yes, there are great booking and online sites to find a deal. With this in mind, a travel agent is still a viable option when you book. Especially for all inclusive trips, or those business trips you can’t find a room for last minute, an agent can help. In addition to finding a great deal on the room, they can typically find you great deals on tickets for flights as well. SO, take the time to contact an agent, especially if you are not happy with rates you have found through online searches as well as with the booking sites you have already visited when booking your stay.
  2. Compare sites –
    Yes, if you want to save you have to compare when you shop. so, take the time to compare a few of the top travel sites. By doing this you can compare room, hotel chains, and amenities where you want to book. Further, you can find inclusive deals, hotel and car rental packages, and other deals. So it is worth comparing a few sites and seeing what is out there, so you know you do find the best price when you ultimately book the room.

  3. Know your times –
    Yes, timing is everything when you book. So begin the search early. If you have flexible dates, try to book around those times of year when other travellers aren’t flocking the beaches (or ski resorts in the winter). By booking around busy peak seasons, you not only have far more choices, you have far more options in terms of the savings (for far greater rooms and some of the top chain hotels brands out there).

You have to know where to go and you have to be willing to take some time to compare the top deals out there if you really do want to save when booking a hotel. Whether travelling for the holidays, booking a business trip, or travelling on a vacation with the family, you need the right hotel for your travel needs. In order to find that great hotel, and not have to compromise on over priced rooms, these are a few ways to save when you book it.