We started the next decade of Toyota Motor Philippines’ Roadtrek drive activity in Cebu to experience some of the Japanese automaker’s latest offerings and top sellers.
Setting off from the Toyota Mandaue South dealership, we drove a fleet of 10 vehicles accompanied by Hiace vans north through the winding roads of the TransCentral Highway crossing the cities and towns of Balamban, Asturias, Tuburan, Tabuela, San Remigio, Medellin, until Daanbantayan.
Along the way, we stopped for some activities which tested our teamwork, creativity and attentiveness in Canso-X mountain resort, San Remigio beach resort and Queen’s Island Golf Resort right in the middle of nowhere in Medellin.
We also got to sample some of the popular Cebuano delicacies like chorizo, ngohiong, lechon, otap, dried mangoes and puso.
As part of our cultural immersion, we learned to weave the palm leaf wrappers for the puso, also called hanging rice.
For the most part of the journey, we were aboard the new Toyota Hiace LXV which features a high roof and four captain seats with reclining ottoman footrests for more comfortable drives. It also comes with a folding third row to accommodate 3 extra passengers. Based on the same 102 PS 2.5-liter D4D powered Hiace with a 4-speed automatic transmission, the van performed well through the winding mountain roads leading to our destination. The new variant retails for PhP 2,405,000.
We finished off in the luxurious Kandaya Resort; which means “Home of Daya.” Named after Datu Daya, a legendary leader, supporter and protector of the local community of Daanbantayan.
The occasion was made even more special with the announcement of TMP’s new sales milestone of 10,480 units sold in the month of May.