On the first of a series of events they’ve lined up for car clubs this year, their 20th anniversary year, Isuzu took them camping on Mount Makiling last weekend. Along for the trip were club members and their families, members of Team Isuzu Pilipinas, Team Isuzu Car Enthusiasts, and mu-X Owners Philippines. The two day camp-out featured a visit to Isuzu’s adopted forest field, a 13-hectare parcel of the Makiling Botanic Gardens.
Press Statement by Isuzu Philippines, “Isuzu Philippines engage car clubs in eco-camp activity,” 2017:
Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recently held a camping event to promote environmental awareness and Filipino culture that was participated in by three Isuzu car clubs in the country.
Held on May 13-14 at the Makiling Botanic Gardens, members of the Team Isuzu Pilipinas (TIP), Team Isuzu Car Enthusiasts (Team ICE) and mu-X Owners Philippines (mu-X OP), started the day early as they prepare for a two-day camp filled with different activities for the whole family.
“As part of IPC’s 20th year anniversary, we invited select car club members to join our eco-camp to instill unity and camaraderie amongst different Isuzu car clubs nationwide. Apart from that, this camp focuses on environment protection and Filipino culture thru traditional games. It will be the first of the series of activities we lined-up for our car clubs this year,” said IPC President Hajime Koso.
During the first day, participants were given an orientation about the Makiling Forest Reserve followed by a demonstration on how to properly plant a seedling. Afterwards, they headed to IPC’s adopted 13-hectare forest land inside the botanic garden to plant additional seedlings.
Small kids who participated were treated for a tour at the Museum of Natural History where they learned about the local flora and fauna. In the afternoon, they played traditional Filipino games like sipa, siato, trumpo before making bubbles out of Gumamela flowers.
Teens and adults on the other hand, battle it out in a sportsfest kind of activity, where in the car clubs competed against each other in another set of Filipino games like karera ng gulong, tumbang preso and kadang-kadang.
Before they head out to pitch their tents, participants were given proper orientation on the basic camping and survival skills to guide the participants, specially first time campers.
The next morning, those who have signed-up for the mountain trek were assisted by IPC going to Makiling’s mudspring and flatrocks. After the trek, they headed back to Makiling Botanic Gardens for a sumptuous lunch before driving back to Manila.
“We are very proud to have active car clubs here in the country, the community that is built amongst them is admirable and it’s nice to know that it all grew from their love and trust on the Isuzu brand,” added Koso.
Team Isuzu Pilipinas, is one of the pioneer Isuzu club in the country, it has sub-groups for different Isuzu vehicle models like, Hi-lander, Crosswind, D-MAX, Alterra and mu-X. Same goes for Team ICE which also accepts new members with existing Isuzu vehicles of any model. Mu-X Owners Philippines on the other hand, accepts applicants with existing mu-X unit only.