Councilors of Manila, Mayor Joseph Estrada with Ms. Yvonne Palomar- Castro, BEMAC VP for Sales and Marketing and Mr. Takahiro Innami, BEMAC President together with the first batch of driver-beneficiaries of the E.R.A.P. Manilal Project
Very soon, you’ll be seeing electric bikes being used as a mode of public utility transportation in the streets of Manila.
This as BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines Inc. supplied the city 280 68VM electric tricycles for their E-Vehicle and Assistance Program (E.R.A.P) Manila Project.
The Local Government of Manila has launched the program at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Plaza in Binondo, and formally turned over 50 68VM electric tricycles to the first batch of driver-beneficiaries.
The initial batch of electric tricycles will be operating in 3 different areas located within the 3rd district of Manila: Reina Regente Street, Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, and Escolta Street.
The drivers were provided a main terminal located in front of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Plaza where the driver-beneficiaries can charge the electric tricycles for free.
The tricycles are set to a daily boundary price of P250 which is payable upon 4 years after which, the driver-beneficiaries will then be the sole owner of their electric tricycle.
Former President and now Mayor Joseph Estrada hopes this project will help improve the livelihood of its beneficiaries by providing them with an alternative and sustainable source of income.
Aside from uplifting the Manila citizens’ livelihood, the E.R.A.P. project aims to combat and reduce air pollution in the city. Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is aiming to gradually replace all traditional gas-powered tricycles in the coming years by procuring more electric tricycles.
Motorcycle parts and accessories brand, 4S1M along with hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters gathered together in the recent 11th Annual Inside RACING Bike Festival & Trade Show (IRBFXI) held last March 24–26 at the World Trade Center-Metro Manila .
Filled with the 4S1M‘s latest offerings to the intense-spirited riders, the 4S1M booth showcased their high performance motorcycle parts and accessories that both professional and amateur riders crave for. IRBFXI served as the perfect venue for the local brand as it was able to showcase its line of products to thousands of motorcycle owners, enthusiasts, custom shops, aftermarket parts and accessory suppliers, and retailers.
“The best part is that it brings everyone together,” said Mr. Ronald Uy, 4S1M Yamaha Racing Team manager, when asked what he liked most about the team’s participation in the touted biggest motorcycle trade show in Asia.
Apart from being well-known for its high-grade racing parts, 4S1M also has its own dedicated and fully-supported racing team, 4S1M Yamaha Racing Team powered by BRT and Racing Force. Their passion for the sport is evident not only with their loyal patronage as participants in the Philippine Motorsports Championships: Motorcycle Racing Series, but also with the dedication of their racers – reflected in their past races having bagged a number of medals and trophies in the last few years.
This year, 4S1M Yamaha Racing Team will compete in the celebrated annual racing series which will kick off this April 2017. With the same commitment as their brand 4S1M, the team is set out to break their own records with high-performing parts to support their ride.
Yamaha Motors Philippines, Inc. didn’t disappoint local motorcycle fans during the recent 2017 IRBikefest.
Yamaha, which popularized the AT bikes in the Philippines via its iconic Mio series, presented its newest version of the Mio which is the Yamaha Mio Aerox 155.
Highly anticipated by many in the AT community, the Mio Aerox 155 is the next generation of Mio with lot of features and technology with it.
The Aerox is powered by a 4 stroke, SOHC, VVA liquid cooled engine with maximum power of 14.8 HP @8000 rpm and maximum torque of 14.4 Nm@6000 rpm. It has a 4.5-liter fuel capacity and storage space of 25 liters.
The Aerox, which was presented with the help of Yamaha’s newest brand ambassador Matteo Guidicelli, also has a more aggressive design, more sporty than most bikes in the AT class.
Also presented at the 3-day IRBikefest was the All New YZF-R15 (Version 3).
The new R15 comes with a brand new look, more detailed the first two versions.
Mario Borbon Jr. (center) celebrates after his first place finish in Race 1 of the Suzuki Asian Challenge Round 1. Photo from Suzuki Philippines
Filipino riders April King Mascardo and Mario Borbon Jr. completed a 1-2 combo for Team Philippines by winning back-to-back in the Suzuki Asian Challenge Round 1 at the Johor International Circuit in Malaysia over the weekend.
It was a historic finish for the two who became the first Filipinos to seize a grand slam in Johor.
Mascardo and Borbon are part of the 3-man Team Suzuki Pilipinas that competed against 13 other riders from Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Visayas rider Mario Borbon, Jr. managed to stay on the lead on the last laps of Race 1 despite the slippery and wet track condition, before grabbing the 1st top podium win of the season.
April King Mascardo (center) completes the Philippines’ 1-2 combo in the Suzuki Asian Challenge Round 1 by winning Race 2. Photo from Suzuki Philippines
Mascardo the third member of Team Pilipinas, EJ Sobretodo alternated the lead on the first laps of Race 2. Sobretodo, however, collided with other riders midway the race, allowing Mascardo to isolate himself and take the lead. Mascardo eventually took the victory in Race 2.
Suzuki Asian Challenge is a one make race competition among nations aiming to hone young riders to be MotoGP racers.
The trio of Borbon, Mascardo and Sobretodo will next race in Round 2 at Chang International Circuit, Thailand on April 14 to 15.
Round 3 will take place at Suzuka International Circuit, Japan on June 3 to 4, followed by Round 4 at Sentul Inetrnational Circuit, Indonesia on August 12 to 13. The final round will be staged at Chang International Circuit, Thailand on December 2 to 3.
Following a record breaking feat at their recent Raider Summit, Suzuki Philippines again impressed their loyal fanatics at the 2017 IR Bikefest at the World Trade Center Manila.
Suzuki Philippine unveiled not just one, but two big bikes to whet the appetite of local motorcycling enthusiasts.
They first introduced the SV650A, which is Suzuki’s go-anywhere dream machine.
The SV650A is actually a new version of Suzuki’s iconic mid-sized V-twin roadster. It now has a powerplant that provides increased performance with low emissions and outstanding fuel economy.
Suzuki also highlighted the comeback of the “King of Sportsbikes” which is the GSX-R1000R.
The 2017 version of the GSX-R1000R has advanced rider aids such as the IMU-influenced Motion Track Anti-Lock Brake System, clutchless up-and-down quick shifting, and a launch control system that gets the rider out front fast.
Suzuki also has something new for the scooteristas.
They presented a line-up of equally charming and performance small bikes with the very extensive color variations of the global scooter Address. And with this new addition to the already colourful line up of Smash Fashion Colors, Suzuki will not only provide them with a riding companion but one that will also help them express themselves more.
Gracing the event were onscreen partners Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, who thrilled their fans who crowded the Suzuki Hub at the World Trade Center.
Also present were Suzuki Philippines president Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki, Managing Director Mr. Norminio Mojica, Motorcycle Sales and Marketing General Manager Mr. Jun Bulot and Motorcycle Marketing Head Mr. Monch Bontogon.
India Kawasaki Motors and Bajaj Auto Ltd. have recently announced that they will be ending their 9-year partnership.
In a statement posted via Rouser Philippines’ Facebook page, Kawasaki Motors Philippines Corp. VP Teench Layosa-Doval Santos said the two bike manufacturers “will amicably cease its alliance on April 1, 2017 after a strong 9-year partnership.”
Doval-Santos, however, clarified that the split is only in India and that Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Bajaj will continue to maintain their cooperative relationship in the rest of the world, including the Philippines.
“Please be assured that the Alliance between Kawasaki Motors Philippines and Bajaj that started in 2004 will still prosper and be stronger than ever,” said Doval-Santos.
“This is our solid commitment towards providing quality motorcycles and utmost case to our customers in the Philippines.”
The partnership has paved the way to the production of the Kawasaki Rouser series, which is one of the more popular bike series in the Philippines.
Last November, Kawasaki has introduced the much-awaited Rouser RS200 to the local market.
A man’s true measure isn’t based on what he has. It’s HOW he uses whatever he has.
Take a look at 30-year-old Joyce Dublin, a former habal-habal rider in Cebu who is set to graduate magna cum laude in Math.
According to Joworski Alipon’s report to ABS-CBN News, he made a living as a stockroom checker in a supermarket for five years.
He, however, couldn’t bear being away from his family so he decided to return to his home town to work as a habal-habal rider.
But Dublin was the class valedictorian in high school and one of his passengers saw his potential. The passenger admired his performance in school that he offered to pay for the habal-habal rider’s education.
Dublin gladly accepted the offer and enrolled himself at the Cebu Technological University-Daanbantayan Campus. Through hard work, he later got a scholarship grant.
This month, he will graduate magna cum laude. It goes to show na hindi porke’t habal-habal rider, wala nang maabot pa.
Congrats, Dublin! Nawa’y marami pang maging katulad mo!