Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
The 2008 Volkswagen Club of the Philippines (VWCP) All VW Classic and Custom Car Show will officially be at the parade grounds of the Bonifacio Naval Station on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 , Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila. This is the 23rd edition of the annual event that features the countries top VWs. The registration/entry fees for the car competition proper are:
Php 1,200.00 for early registrants (from now till 10:00 am of Nov. 30)
Php 1,500.00 for those registering between 10:01 am till 2:00 pm (Nov 30)
Php 2,000.00 last entry 2:01 pm
For those who might be interested to sell food, parts, wares or what have yous, please get in touch with Mr. Oscar Dizon, member in-charge of concessionaires at cell no. 0917-3977931
Venue: Google Maps
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
You are all invited to the World Volkswagen Day Celebration to be held on June 22, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Quezon City Hall Compound, Quezon City. ADMISSION IS FREE.
We will have the following activities;
a) Tree of Life (Fruit Tree/Narra Seedlings Distribution to Participants)
b) Photo Exhibits, the 1972 Brazilia Transnational Run. There will also be a display of Brazilia cars hence all Brazilia car owners are encouraged to display their Brazilias
c) Photo Contest for amateur VW owners/afficionados
*Category A - Guinness Photographs
*Category B - Non-Guinness Volks Related Photographs
There will be prizes and recognitions. Each participant is allowed a maximum entry of three irregardless of category. Entries must be 8×10 inches in size mounted on a 9×11 illustration board.
d) Swap meets, food concessionaires and raffles
e) Fun Car show with lots of prizes
You are all invited and enjoy the 70th BIRTHDAY PARTY for our beloved Volkswagen Beetle. Come one, come all and invite our friends too.
WATCH FOR FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Monday, April 07, 2008
After months of planning and hard work, the Volkswagen Club of the Philippines (VWCP) managed to do the unthinkable! The VWCP attempted to set a Guinness World Record to parade the biggest gathering of VW vehicles in one site. What started out only as an idea in the fertile mind of Doy Bondoc, past VWCP President and die-hard Volkswagen afficionado, the club took this initial concept and ran with it. His idea to bring the largest gathering of Volkswagen cars was a monumental undertaking. But Doy was steadfast in the belief that no other car club in this part of the world would do this but the VWCP. As daunting as the challenge was, Doy was determined to make the event happen for the glory of the Philippines, if not for anything else. Almost a year in planning, the club overcame enormous challenges and obstacles which finally bore fruit last Sunday.
More that 800 Volkswagens assembled at the Quezon City Hall on bright and sunny morning of April 6, 2008. Beetles, SuperBeetles, Convertibles, Kombis, Sambas, Campers, Pickups, Notchbacks, Fastbacks, Squarebacks, Karmann Ghias, Brazilias, Sakbayans, Rabbits, Golfs, Jettas, Passats, Boras, Scirrocos, Corrados and other types of Volkswagens and even the oddities which included a Volkswagen-powered jeep joined the historic, once-in-a-lifetime event.
It was a sea of beetles. Like some ancient code imprinted in the VW DNA urged these vehicles to return to their spawning grounds, hundreds of VWs literally swamped the Quezon City Hall. Delegates started arriving and camped at the site even from the night before the big event.
We initially planned to start the parade at 8AM but we were surprised to see the long lines of VW cars still coming in, wanting to join. To make everyone happy, the start of time was moved back an hour. But even then, by the start of the parade at 9AM, we could still see some more participants still coming in through the City Hall entrance. As it turned out, we decided to start at 9AM sharp with Mayor Belmonte flagging us off. My Herbie was car number 9 and I was pleasantly surprised that by the time we got back to the Quezon City Hall, there were still cars exiting the starting gate. The single line convoy was so long that the tail end of the parade was still lined up in the city hall area while we (the VWCP board and organizers) were already nearing the end of the parade.
Traffic was also a huge mess, which we expected because people were ogling at all the cars. Never have I seen so many cellphones stuck out of windows taking pictures/videos. When i was young, we used to play pendong (slap the head) everytime we see a beetle. I guess everybody would be knocked out cold if you played that game last Sunday. The traffic management teams did a fantastic job considering the number of cars in single-file, the usual Manila traffic, and the sheer number of onlookers. It was hot and dusty but people managed to keep cooler heads during the event. Part of this might simply because we have not seen this thing before.
The parade route itself was quite short. . . From the Quezon City Hall, the cars proceeded around the Quezon Memorial Circle towards Commonwealth Avenue. The cars took the Tandang Sora U-Turn back to the Quezon Circle. We turned into Quezon Avenue, passing by the Wildlife park and proceeded via the EDSA underpass. Past that, we took another U-Turn slot near Parco to head back towards the Quezon Circle, passing the Lung Center. It was a short run from Quezon Avenue to the entranmce of the City Hall where the cars again parked for the final signing and distribution of the commemorative stickers and Guiness certificates.
Looking for that hard to find VW part to complete your restoration or just to buy a commemorative souveneir, there were loads of concessionaires eager to feed the minds and stomachs of the thousands of people in attendance. This was the place if you were a serious collector or even a young VW fan. The Quezon City walkway served as a volkswagen swap meet and tiangge of parts and parephernalia. Rare Volkswagen mag wheels, headlights, or steering wheels intermixed with hot dogs, hamburgers, fish balls, sodas and iced Ts. Even the halo-halo vendor had some Beetle toys for sale. Amid the umbrellas, T-Shirts, key chains, slippers and tumblers, great deals were found in pistons, camshafts and other "go-fast" Volkswagen goodies. The corporate sponsors, Pepsi Max, Petron, Timex, Pascual Labs,and Castrol proudly displayed their products in their respective booths.
As a final note, this event would be nothing if not for the support of the Pinoy Volkswagen fans. On behalf of the VWCP, Manila Chapter, I would like to thank all the chapters for their undying support. VWCP chapters from Manila, Baguio, Bulacan, Batangas, Laguna, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Iloilo, Isabela, Subic, and Santiago were all here. My sincere and utmost thanks. A big round of thanks to ALL Pinoy VW Lovers of all affiliations who came to Quezon City to join us for this unique celebration of the Volkswagen - a true people’s car. This feat sets a new Guiness World Record that we all can be very proud of. I congratulate all of you that made this event so successful…. you made your country proud. Salamat!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
This is set for Sunday, April 6, 2008, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Metro Manila, Philippines. Mayor Sonny Belmonte has graciously allowed the QC Hall Compound as the staging area
4:00AM-6:00AM - Gathering/Registration/Stickering
7:00AM - Parade Proper
10:00AM-12:00N - Concluding Programme/Awarding
(route - QC Hall, Once Around Elliptical Road, Quezon Ave, U-Turn Before Tunnel, Back to QC Hall for concluding programme)
Who Can Join: Anybody with a Volkswagen vehicle of any model/make/variant, in running condition is eligible to join the parade. whether owner-driven or friend-driven
How Much to Join: FREE!! NO CHARGE!!
Participants will receive a VW-Guiness Certificate and a commemorative sticker
Hot Dogs, San Mig Coffee and Pepsi Max will be served FREE to Participants!!
We encourage those who will participate to pre-register as we see a lot of VW aficionados who will only register on the day itself. If you pre-register, you get:
1. Reserved parking area for pre-registered;
2. Reserved area to fill-out the registration forms;
3. Register with your whole group or barkada,
4. Get to bring home the certificate immediately after the event, otherwise you will have to pick it up on a later date at a time and place announced during the activity.
Please do not forget to include your group affiliation.
Simply download application form, fill up and send to Firewire Marketing Consultancy or drop by Saturday night (9PM) at Burger King, Timog, approach any one of us.
Or Call: Firewire: 750-6197; 614-0090 - Ethel/Jean
Volkswagen Club : 721-5635 - Rose
Or click on http://vwcp.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7155
Or send via e-mail to email@example.com
Or Fax to 723-4775
This will enable us to assign you an official number
If it is possible, we will try to arrange the VWs according to their types so that it would be a beautiful sight to see that is worth capturing on film.
BE COUNTED!!! SEE YOU THERE!! APRIL 6, 2008
A Message From The Volkswagen Club of the Philippines (VWCP) President
A MESSAGE FROM THE VWCP PRESIDENT
(March 5, 2008)
Dear VWCP Members and VW Enthusiasts,
THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
Twenty seven (27) days from today or on April 6, 2008 we will be seeing the biggest gathering of Volkswagen Vehicles (of all kinds and makes) at the Quezon Memorial Circle from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. I request and strongly urge that each of us attend this big national and unprecedented event in which we will attempt to set a new Guinness Record. Let us be counted and be proud to put on our VWs a commemorative sticker which states that we are RECORD HOLDERS and PARTICIPANTS in this event which will be highlighted and recorded internationally.
The stickers will be given free to the participants on a per car basis. We will also be giving free breakfast on a per driver/participant basis together with all other amenities which would include a Certificate of Participation, among others.
The Quezon City Government was very generous enough to accommodate our requests by giving their all out support for the success of this affair. The accompanying event after the Guinness parade affair will be festive and the main venue is the Quezon City Hall Compound. There will be Programs and Entertainments for the participants, their families and guests. We will be having SWAP MEET, an opportunity for you to get the rarest and most difficult to find VW parts which you have been hunting for quite a time. Food stalls and concessions have been permitted by the City Government in order to serve the need of those who will not be able to avail of the Free Breakfast. Ample Accommodation, Security, Health and Fire Protection will be provided by the Quezon City Department of Public Safety, the PNP City Hall Detachment, the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Quezon City Health Department and the General Services Offices. To make the affair more attractive and festive the Quezon City Cultural and Tourism has pledged its all out assistance.
For our chapter's members who wish to stay overnight before the event but who would be financially burdened by a hotel accommodation fee, the city government has given the approval for them to pitch their tents at a designated and fully secured area within the City Hall Compound. They will be given access to the use of two comfort rooms at the ground floor, one for the male and the other for the female.
For those chapter members/provincial participants who would want discounted hotel rates, then they could coordinate with us for discounted rates at Fersal Hotel Chain, Quezon City which will be arranged for them courtesy of the Quezon City Cultural and Tourism Office. As I have said, we have worked for a "free" or "almost free" accommodation at Pearl Hotel Manila (joint in front of the NBI Headquarters) on a first come first serve and on a limited basis.
For the chapter in the island provinces (Panay and Iloilo) Past President Ed Roces is negotiating with Negros Navigation for a special accommodation or a discounted passenger/cargo fare. You will be accordingly notified of the results in this regard.
Let us therefore prepare our treasured VWs and be part of this event. For further particulars, please consult the flyers which we have regularly distributed.
Atty. Sam Baldado