Manila International Auto Show 2012

The Manila International Auto Show 2012 is the 8th MIA in the Philippines, running since 2004. Held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, it is one of the most anticipated car events of the year. The Manila International Auto Show showcases the hottest and latest cars around, from Asian Hyundais to European Ferraris, all in one house.

We were fortunate enough to attend the last day of the event, with tickets selling for P100.00 (regular patrons), P80.00 (Ensogo voucher holders), and free for BPI Gold Card holders. And upon entering the vicinity, you'll be welcomed by hordes of people.

8th Manila International Auto Show WTC lobby

Most of the attendees are people looking for fun and pictures, posing in front of babes and cars and smudging them with finger and palm prints in the process. I can definitely say that there were only a few true car enthusiasts present in the event (compared against the number of people present).

Located at the front of the WTC is the Opcentec display, a local group which showcases modified Filipino made combat and amphibious vehicles and remotely operated drones.

Inside the event proper, brands such as BMW, Audi, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, Chrysler, Maserati, Hyundai, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and even Chinese cars such as Foton. Geely, and Chery, are present. Except for Hyundai, Subaru, and Foton, other Asian car brands do not have a strong showing this year. American cars, except for Ford, are no show. European cars on the other hand are definitely making their presence known with their exceptionally front-lined, well-armed booths. There were also a motorcycle brands, hybrid cars, and "negosyo" vans present in the area.

BMW's 1 Series M Coupe at their huge booth

Aside from the main event, other wings of the WTC were utilized and was used to house car-related paraphernalia such as oils, sprays, waxes, parts, toys, GPS equipment, and other random stuff. We even found the booths of Playboy PH and Segway PH. Of course, the Playboy PH booth, let's just say, have way more people than the others.

And speaking of Playboy, Filipino males have the knack to just pose and shoot with all the car models that attend the car brands (this excludes me). Well, to be fair the car models at the Manila International Auto Show were all drop-dead gorgeous and worth taking pictures of I'll give them that, but it's a car event for Pete's sake. Take pictures of the car models but please don't pose with every single one of them as if you're a pimp or something. On the other hand, who am I to blame them?

That's some big...glasses you're wearing.

All in all the Manila International Auto Show of 2012 was a huge success, thanks to the Filipino's affinity to cars and girls. A shoutout to Worldbex Services International for holding this event for the eighth straight year and of course also to all the car brands and products that participated in the event.

'Till my next installment.

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