8 Exciting Reasons to Visit the 2015 Manila International Auto Show ( MIAS )

World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center , Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay City -Philippines

MIAS 2015

The Manila International Auto Show is now on its 11th year , with over 500,000 attendees since it started the annual show . There are almost 200 participating companies from automotive sector , 500 exhibitors and  car collector’s club  and over 400 car displays. The show features rand new cars, hybrid cars , concept car launches from the country’s top automobile brands .

Here are the 8 Exciting Reasons to Visit the MIAS 2015

8. Kid Friendly Place and Safety Play  –  Volkswagen booth in partnership with Department of Transportation and Communication , Safe Kid promotes a safe place to play and how to properly train children  proper street signs , road safety thru playing . These cute kids which were accompanied by their parents were instrumental in early training .

kids ride the miniature volkswagen cars
Every day, more than 500 children lose their lives in traffic crashes globally. Thousands are injured. Please join Safe Kids in supporting #SaveKidsLives, the official worldwide campaign for Global Road Safety Week.

Website: http://www.safekids.org/

7. Cosplay and Car Becomes Alive – Bumblee Bee and Its Car counterpart . Bumblebee is a small, yellow  Autobot  with the altmode of a compact car.

The vehicles used for Bumblebee, Ironhide, Jazz and Ratchet were put on display by General Motors .

6. Vintage Cars most general sense, an old automobile, and in the narrower senses of car enthusiasts and collectors. They remind an era where these car models were made and some of the restored car were on display at the Philippine Trade Training Center . There are several dozens of cars exhibited from early 1900’s to late 1990’s style are on display.

5. Car Test Drive and Road Gear Devices – Another feature of the show is for test the road safety and car endurance . Just do not forget to bring a valid driver’s license and a lot of guts!

SCS Group with President and CEO Mr. Alex B. Sycip

 SCS Group provides the best in vehicle tracking and security solutions. As distributors of Tramigo Philippines, . The trackers are unique in that they provide far more features than any other product on the market, not to mention the user friendly software and no monthly fees.

Website: http://www.scsgroupinc.com/

4. Popemobile , Celebrity Cars on Display

1976 British Leyland Mini 1000 ( Austin Citron Green in colour ) which is popularly used by Mr. BEAN.

The most popular display is the Popemobile used by Pope Francis recent visit January 15 to 19, 2015 . The jeepney inspired- vehicle attracts a lot of photo opportunities among the visitors of the event.

Salamander ( the Salamander can travel both on land and in water )

The name Atoy Llave is the one behind Atoy Bodykits– The company is known for their customization of cars  .  The country had a series of floods and strong typhoons which can caused much devastation.   It stemmed from Llave’s desire to do something really useful for the benefit of his countrymen. That and his wish to put the Philippines on the global automotive map.

He made this in partnership with a new company called H2O Technologies, developing it in particular with the firm’s technical head, Mr. Lamberto Armada.

Subaru Outback

3. Miniature Cars and Die Cast Car on Exhibit

Mr. Rowel Panizares – art director and creative services owned these miniature die cast toys

ghost buster toys and die cast cars

Diecast Car Collectors of the Philippines members proudly exhibited their collection of die-cast cars of different car models and companies. There are over a dozen panels showcasing hundreds of toy car in various scale models.

Mark Lester Q. Bellerde collection

The club is mostly consist of Filipinos who love to collect replica or small model of cars.

Website: http://www.dcph.info/board/portal/

2.) Freebies, Contests and Pretty Ladies

car launching

MAPFRE Insular

MAPFRE Insular gave away interesting notepads, umbrellas , pencils to the visitors .  Just sign-up with your name, contact information and email and have a chance to get these exciting prizes .



Motolite is one of the largest battery company in the country. There is on the spot games, photo opportunities, free coffee , eco bag and charger for those visiting their booth. The only catch is to sign-up at their booth , play the games and download the Motolite apps in to your cellphone.

Mr. Jose Gonzales ( Brand Assistant )

Website: http://www.motolite.com/

1.) Bagong Kotse , 1 Month Libre Promo by BPI Family Savings Bank and other Company Promos.

Mr. Juan Miguel A. Santiano ( Senior Brand Manager – BPI Family Saving Bank)

Bank of the Philippine Islands Family Auto loan allow anyone with access to internet and computer easy car ownership as the free 1-month amortization that gives a breather from initial amortization.  ” At the MIAS , BPI Family Auto Loan makes the best happen for you and your family ! Take advantage of our outrageously unique offer that gives you a significant amount for free. along with other treats . Enjoy memorable summer road trips with your family in your new car , made easy with BPI Family Auto Loan ! says Pepe Carlos , VP and Head of BPI Family Auto Loan Division.

Bank of the Philippines Islands

When i went to the BPI booth , there were a lot of inquiries about their Auto loan . The promo is also available at any BPI Family Savings Bank nationwide until April 30, 2015.

Website: http://www.bpiloans.com/

Note: The entrance is Php 80 for senior citizens and Php 100 for the general public and students . The show will run until this sunday April 12, 2015. The show is from 10:00am to 10:00pm


Manila International Automobile Show 2013 Highlights Part 2

World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center – Pasay City , Metro Manila -Philippines

Diecast-Car Collectors of the Philippines members exhibition gallery

What is nice about going to a car show is an opportunity to meet fellow die-cast toy collectors. I have been a collector of die- cast cars since kindergarten. Some of my toy cars are hand- me down by some of my cousins.  I am not an impulsive buyer , I would take time in scouting for some die-cast toy cars that i preferred rather than going with the flow or ( what is uso ) .  But unlike other collectors which would open their die cast collections and display them in racks or glass cases. My collections is quietly tucked in plastic cases in mint condition.

When the announcement of the participation of Diecast-Car Collectors of the Philippines ( DCPH) via their Facebook page,  I am one of those excited members of the group who wish to visit the exhibition.

  miniature cooper cars painted with flags from around the world

The club is mostly consist of Filipinos who love to collect replica or small model of cars.

It was founded in the year 2000. The club mission is to unified the Filipino die-cast cars collectors, and build camaraderie among the members. It aims to promote and encourage the hobby of collecting and restoring die-cast cars.

1:18 scale model of Ferrari cars

The club was allocated  three booths by the organizers of the car show in order for the members to exhibit their miniature car collections!

Mr. Arturo G. Agtarap pose together with his die-cast car collection

Mr. Arturo C. Agtarap is a die- cast car and toy collector for several years, He would always join exhibits such as this car show.

I have met this  person while he was meticulously arranging his exhibit during the first day of the car show . For those who wanted to trade, buy

Mobile :0922-552-33-02

I would also remember that we had an informal group in our stamp club which are also die-cast car collectors.

an array of hot-wheels die cast  cars for sale

lady collectors of die cast toy cars

A small  selling area was allocated within the DCPH booth .  Surprisingly,  There are some lady members who are also buying some die-casts cars.

flint stone and  scooby doo die cast toy cars

Another toy exhibitor sells hot-wheels  cartoon themed vehicles ( 6 piece set series)  for about Php 3,500 .

1953 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 model

Decloedt Motor Cars- The company rents out vintage cars for bridal events and other occasions.  Contact : 0917-878-47-66 Land line : (+632)788-67-66

Within the Philippine Trade Training Center is an exhibit of about 60 vintage cars by the members of the Philippine Automobile Association and Vintage Car Collectors of the Philippines.

1965 Shelby Cobra

1966 Ford Thunderbird model

one of the cars exhibited outdoor was exhibited by Mitsubishi car company

die-cast toy cars and other memorabilia items

75 piece- Ferrari die- cast toy car collection

Architect Gem N. Vilvestre with user name archgem 922 is a member of DCPH . He is well-known Ferrari die- cast car collector.

a truck parked in front of the World Trade Center serves as an attraction to visitors of the show

entrance to the  Philippine Trade Training Center

The 2013 Manila International Automobile Show is such a big success that everyone is awaiting the 2014  edition,  with more exhibits and fantastic reasons to visit the show. Part of the entrance fees goes to ABS-CBN foundation which helps a lot of indigent communities in different parts of the country.

Note: All photos were taken by the author, anyone who wishes to use the photos for any reason may do so, Please cite this blog for reference . Thanks

Note: I would like to sincerely ” Thank”  Mr. Jon Richmond Ang  and Ms. Marille Lopez  who  send me the invitation of the car show  via my email last March 23, 2013 !

Here is a link for part one : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/9th-manila-international-automobile-show-2013-highlights/

Diecast Car Collectors of the Philippines eyeball and swap meet

Robinson’s Place- Activity area, Ermita , Manila-Philippines

Robinson’s  Robinson Place activity area

Diecast Car Collectors’ of the Philippines in partnership with Robinson’s Place , Richwell Trading  was posted about a week or so before the swap meet .

swap meet

The activity consisted of table bourse where toy sellers are actively seeling or trading their toys, an exhibit area , where rare hot wheels cars and limited edition series were displayed to the mall goers.

activity area were children and even adults can play their racing cars

There is a stage area where short program is being held.

hot-wheel die cast cars on exhibit

This hot-wheel toy car display attracts collectors and passers-by .

Mr. Thaddeus C. Anatalio- die cast car collection

a rare treasure hunt

Richwell trading had a promo during the swap meet, A collector must buy 3 hot-wheel toy car and can buy  1 piece  limited edition treasure hunt

hot wheel truck

This hot wheel van or truck adds color to the swap meet.  I had to buy some hot wheel toys before leaving the area.

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/190529451084719/

Toy exhibit at SM North EDSA

Tarpaulin poster with Die-cast model facts and trivias

Last June 19 and 20, 2010 . There was an exhibit of various toy collections at SM North EDSA . The show is quite similar with the ongoing Toy convention at SM megamall, minus the cos-players, daily raffles  and commerical sellers. The exhibit also coincide with ‘ Fathers’ day . with a short trivias on toy collectibles in the country.

mustang toy car collection , some still in pristine condition

Most of the collectors used their aliases rather than their real names, mostly known by their peers in the internet and cyber peers. This add mystery to their collections.

Ghostbuster famous Ectomobile -1 with Slimer

Just like in any other exhibit , proper labeling and presentation  is  important especially if you want to let observers  and masses  convey a sense of history or a bit of an info about your collection . Or maybe brag that it’s a complete set or it was sourced from far away wherever. The exhibitor  may also  want to answer all queries from onlookers. But since the exhibitor  can’t stay with your display all the time, these labels will help your admirers to learn more about your collection and answer some of their questions . Some exhibitor  also leave their contact numbers  maybe if they wanted to answer the questions of the people or just wanted to sell some of their excess collection.

sports  toy cars

Dozens of collectors from different parts of the country showcased their collection of toys , action figure among others.

Co -organized by Diecast  Car Collectors of the Philippines (DCPH).  The exhibit aim to generate awareness on this kind of hobby . Although there are a lot of collectors of die-cast models and cars in the Philippines .

The country still lagged behind some of Southeast Asia’s powerhouse like Thailand , Malaysia , Singapore. But there are a lot of serious collectors from the country whom are at par or even had better collections than their ASEAN counterparts! One example is Mjoinir V. Ong known to DCPH as Mechajol  that over 500 die-cast car model , 90% percent of which are beetle collectors’ item. On the  centerpiece of his assortments is his classic drag bus worth around 2,000.

Aside from maintaining an informative forum site, the club also organizes a swap meet among members and sympathizers of die-cast toys , This enable some collectors to meet members and have a chance to sell or swap their collections.

Congratulations !

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