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by Paulo Rafael Subido | Sep 28, 2016

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The very first batch of Top Gear Academy students will be graduating this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. Before the program began last month, some of the students were frightened to get behind the wheel. But now, they are more confident and ready to face the challenges of the road—armed with knowledge to keep them safe and out of trouble.

For Marj Ramos, driving was a completely alien concept before she joined the program. “As a new driver, I’ve come to see how crazy traffic is in Metro Manila. When you are a passenger you don't realize this,” she shared. “I’ve improved so much since I entered Top Gear Academy,” she added. Here’s her message to the crazy drivers out there: “Be open to learning new things and be more patient. Fixing the traffic problem as a whole starts with yourself.”

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Fourth-year college student Arnold Angeles, who is an artist, also benefited from the program. “It taught me the essentials, and so many other things that other driving schools don’t teach you,” he recounted.

Antonio Cruz is a fourth-year college student who already has some driving experience, but Top Gear Academy still helped in making him a well-rounded driver. “It’s an amazing initiative,” he says. “It’s good that people care about road safety and road courtesy, and general well-being on the road. This is a major issue in the Philippines. The course is great. It just goes to show that Top Gear Academy has a lot to offer.”

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Antonio also appreciates the behind-the-scenes immersion with top automotive brands. It’s something that other folks don’t normally experience. “The immersion with Ford and Bridgestone was a great opportunity to know more about the industry,” he shares. His message is this: “To the crazy drivers out there, I’ve met a lot of you. There’s nobody you’re making the road safer for. It’s a lose-lose situation if things go wrong.”

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The Top Gear Academy display will be happening at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center from September 30 to October 2. Check out our video, and we hope to see you this weekend!


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