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Visit the Philippines: Ride and drive to Zambales with Nissan Almera

Visit the Philippines: Ride and drive to Zambales with Nissan Almera
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Nissan Philippines Incorporated (NPI) introduced a different spin to its recent ride and drive last April 30 to May 1, 2016, which had the media and the Nissan community at the edge of their seats.

In partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) through its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), Nissan kicked off its Drive to Discover ride and drive with an army of 2016 Nissan Almeras ready to take the heat and highways going to Zambales.

To fuel up the excited drivers, a sumptuous breakfast was served before the take-off at Sentro 1771, Capitol Commons in Pasig. NPI’s General Manager for Marketing SJ Huh took the opportunity to welcome everyone and excite the group with the lineup of activities that await them.

Right after, everyone loaded their bags and other equipment on the spacious rear compartment of their respective Almeras. Speed along with friends from the media then finally set off for the first stop of the day: Vista Marina Hotel & Resort in Subic.

Ready to discover

Driving to Subic was hardly cumbersome with the 2016 Nissan Almera. Speed was assigned to the 1.2L E MT variant, which features a 3-cylinder engine and a 5-speed gearbox. The FWD sedan’s engine puts out 79hp at 6,000rpm and 106Nm at 4,000 rpm, which are enough to get us past the city traffic and through the highways of NLEX and SCTEX with ease. With a 2,600mm wheelbase, everyone got to comfortably stretch their feet while inside the vehicle.

When the Drive to Discover convoy arrived at Vista Marina, refreshments were served and the group was given time to change and prepare their stuff for check-in before the Nissan convoy has to leave en route Pundaquit, Zambales for a stop at Anawangin Island.

Despite the scorching heat, the drive to the island was comfortable thanks to the Nissan Almera’s cooling system and rear comfort fans. A hearty meal fit for the beach was served for the whole group at Anawangin, and everyone got the chance to explore, relax, and enjoy the sun with the ample time remaining after lunch.

Speed and the rest of the team then drove back to Vista Marina Hotel &  Resort in Subic for dinner and nightcap, where Nissan Philippines announced the “Visit the Philippines, Drive to Discover with Nissan (VTPD2D).” Launched in partnership with DOT, the Drive to Discover program will sponsor a portion of your trip and all you need to do is record photos and videos of your trip.

Visit the Philippines

Media friends are welcome to participate in the “VTPD2D,” which ends on December 2016. Simply send in your itineraries and plans for the trip to the Nissan team. Nissan will then assess if it is part of the priority cluster laid out by the DOT and TPB. Once your request is granted, Nissan will provide transportation along with other expenses to make the trip more affordable and easier.

There will be three categories for the “Visit the Philippines, Drive to Discover with Nissan” year-end contest:

  • Best feature video: One (1) 15-seconder video highlighting Nissan in relation to the experience of the trip
  • Best feature photo: One (1) photo highlighting Nissan in relation to the experience of the trip
  • Photo fail: One (1) photo showing a funny moment or scene captured during the vacation

Exciting, isn’t it? But before you start snapping away, here are some important reminders:

  • Videos must be high resolution and in MPG/MP4 format
  • JPEGs must be at least 1.5MB in size and with at least 300 dpi
  • Content must be made within 14 days from the trip
  • Entries must be submitted to any of the following people from AdSpin Advertising Inc.:

Submitted works that make the cut will be published on Nissan’s VTPD2D website and will be open for the general public to view, share, and vote for their favorite entries. A one-month voting period will be set after the last VTPD2D trip closes in October this year.

More to explore

Day two of the Nissan Drive to Discover saw the drivers going back to Zambales. The fun-filled day features a stop at Tree Top Adventure, where the Drive to Discover participants got to enjoy outdoor activities such as the free fall, silver sufing, superman rides. It is followed by a delicious lunch at the Magic Lagoon Restaurant.

The Nissan convoy also visited the Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House in Castillejos, Zambales. After that is a quick stop-over at Rosa Farms in San Marcelino for refreshments and more outdoor activities.

The event culminated with a photo op with NPI’s General Manager for Marketing SJ Huh, the Nissan team, and of course, the 2016 Nissan Almera.

Interested in getting your hands on the 2016 Nissan Almera? The sedan comes in five (5) variants:

  • 1.2 M/T (P630,000)
  • 1.2 E M/T (P726,000)
  • 1.5 E A/T (P762,000)
  • 1.5 V A/T (P845,000)
  • 1.5 VL A/T (P880,000)
Words and photos John Sosmeña

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