Three decades. That’s how long the Mitsubishi L300 has been in the Philippines in various forms. As it continued to gain popularity on this side of the globe over the years, it also established itself as the steady and reliable workhorse that Filipinos have grown to love along the way.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) recently got in touch with a couple of proud L300 owners who shared their own stories with their vans. Regardless if you’re an L300 fan or not, these tales of mutual loyalty are nice to read.
Ernest Yu’s story with his L300 started way back in the ’90s, back when his family still owned a hardware store. The L300 (pictured above) was purchased to serve primarily as a utility vehicle for the business, but it also served as a school service and a family van at the same time.
The family eventually had to sell the van at some point down the line due to financial reasons. Thankfully, years after this crisis, Yu was able to buy the van back from his uncle and revive the trusty steed that he then named ‘Legend.’ Today, Yu is the president of the Mitsubishi L300 Enthusiast club and, of course, his van remains with him.
“Iba ang connection na na feel ko with our L300. Ilang beses na siya nasubukan pero never bumigay. Kaya when I saw the opportunity to buy it back, I didn’t think twice,” said Yu. “It is not just a family van for me but a van that is part of our family.”
Jessie Cabral hasn’t spent as many years with his L300 as Yu did, as he just purchased his van six years ago—it was initially bought as a workhorse for his delivery service business. That said, Cabral has turned into quite the enthusiast himself over the years, and his current position as the vice president of the L300 Club of the Philippines is sheer proof.
While sharing his story, Cabral also recalled how his van helped him get through the first months of this coronavirus pandemic, as he was able to utilize the vehicle as a shuttle service for private companies during the enhanced community quarantine period in Metro Manila.
“Sa buhay kailangan maging madiskarte at mabilis mag-adjust. Hindi ka pwedeng basta na lang magpapatalo. Sa bawat pagsubok, dapat bukas ang mga mata para sa opportunity na maari natin ma-maximize,” said Cabral. “Higit sa lahat, kailangan din natin magpasalamat sa blessings na natatangap at maging ugali na mag-share sa kapwa para tuloy tuloy ang biyaya.”
Do you have any stories with your van that you’d like to share, too?