What is TamiyaManila On Tour? The aim of this program is visit as many provinces as possible to showcase M4WD racing. To places where M4WD race is alive and kicking, we’d like to show our support by bringing in as many entries as possible to at least one of their big races. To places where M4WD racing is in deep slumber, we will hold an all TM M4WD race and hope to inspire people to take up the hobby. This program is open to all who are interested.
First stop of this program is the Queen City of the south, CEBU!!!!! The opportunity to visit and race in this city was offered by Osbert Napisa of Cebu’s Team Interceptor last May. This author together with 2 of TM’s pillars, Hajji of Team Cavite/Fleet and Alex of Team LURC accepted the offer in less than 2 seconds . Unfortunately due to more important matters withn the highly sensitive condition of his wife’s pregnancy, in spite of having purchased round-trip tickets for himself and his family, Alex was not able to make this trip.
First to arrive in Cebu is Jay Reyes of Team hpCORE, one day ahead of the main group composed of myself, Hajji Ocampo of Team Cavite/Fleet, Eric Manuel of Team eRacers, Allan Pagaduan of Team LURC, Mikel Zagguire of Team hpCORE and Othan Zaguirre of Team hpCORE (yes, Othan is Mikel’s dad since birth). Last to arrive is Rain Medina of TNA, his flight is late Friday evening.
My group left NAIA before 11am and arrived at Cebu in about 1hr and 15mins. My home is more or less 20kms away from NAIA and it took me more than 2hrs travel, interesting! Taxi ride from Cebu International Airport to our hotel is a short 30mins. By 1pm, we are already in our assigned hotel rooms (thanks to Jun Tagoon of CdO for the assitance). Eric, Allan, Mikel, Othan and myself shared one room.
Day 1 (October 11)
At around 2pm, my group hooked-up with Jay at, where else but the famous CnT Lechon for lunch!!!! CnT Lechon’s branch in Cebu’s downtown is a “mere” walking distance from our hotel! lols! 2kilos of the famous lechon for all of us……
2 kilos lechon down (almost) and off we went to SM nearby where we indulged ourselves with Cebu’s brand of halo-halo and ice cream! After our fill, we moved to Starbucks (also at SM) for more joke time and stories and one cup of Starbucks coffee for the 8 of us (7 + Hajji’s GF)!!!! lols!
Tired but still excited to see part of Cebu, the “tourist” in us started to itch. We went to Magellan’s Cross and Sto. Nino Church. A mere “walking distance” from where we are but this time, we took the cab, a wise decision!!!
@ Magellan’s Cross
@ Sto. Nino Church
After Sto. Nino/Magellan’s Cross, our group proceeded to nearby Cebu’s Fort San Pedro also known as Fuerza de San Pedro. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_San_Pedro) ;
“Fuerza de San Pedro is a military defence structure, built by Spanish and indigenous Cebuano labourers under the command of Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the Spanish Government in Cebu. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the Pier Area of Cebu.
The smallest, oldest triangular bastion fort in the country was built in 1738 to repel Muslim raiders. In turn, it served as a stronghold for Filipino revolutionaries near the end of the 19th century. “
Our mini tour ended at around 6pm and we went back to the hotel to freshen-up and prepare for Cebu’s night life for some and for bed for the others :). I was one of those who went to bed (or I am the only one? ). Eric chose to stay too.
Day 2 and 3
2am – Allan and Othan returned to our room and went to bed.
4am – Mikel followed.
Trivia: As per my observation snoring champion is no other than *******!!!! 1st runner-up is ******* The rest of us are DNFs!
11am – hotel check-out
After checking out, we proceeded to AA BBQ at Banila, Cebu and tried their version of sutukil (coz of time constraint, we were not able to go to sutukil near Lapu-lapu shrine). AA’s sutukil did not disappoint. Proof? Our initial order of 1 cup rice each was followed by extra rice and more extra rice!!!
2pm – we reported to the race venue (small covered basketball court inside AA BBQ compound). At this time, Rain Medina joined the group.
As expected, the track layout was difficult for our set-up (joke among TM contingent is, before entries/re-entries was closed 5.1:1 gears command premium price of P500 per set and large diameter wheel set for rear costs P1,000 per set…lols). Difficult or not, all of us are determined to enjoy the race to the fullest. We enjoyed the company of Cebu racers, some of them we already met at HPRC prior to this race. Yes, we did not win the race but it did not dampen our spirit because the organizers have a surprise!!!! They served us 1 whole Rico’s lechon Cebu! As far as I’m concened, this is the best of the best lechon!!!!!!! Also, assorted Julie’s Bakeshop products and unlimited Coke flowed during and after the race.
Lechon plus Puso, the best!!!!!!!!
It was already day 3 when the race was over (Sunday). Tired and exhausted for lack of sleep, still some found the time (and energy) to join the 9th Master’s Challenge @ HPRC that evening and Rain to join the race @ SM-Consolation, Cebu in the afternoon.
Thank you Cebu fellow Tamiya adiks for the great experience. We hope to join you again in the near future!
Watch out for announcement of the next TamiyaManila on Tour Stop!
The Team + 2 Cebu friends
Standing left to right: Jay, Allan, Othan, Jun, Hajji, Eric, Chris (Cebu), Tgetz (Cebu), Rain