Road trip to Philippine historical sites with the Isuzu Alterra

SUV's I-Nav System makes for easy navigation
by Anna Barbara L. Lorenzo | Jun 27, 2010
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June is the perfect time to refresh our memory with the country's rich history. After all, it is the month when we celebrate our Independence Day.

It's very fitting then that Isuzu Philippines Corp. opted for a short historical tour in Manila, Cavite and Laguna for motoring journalists to test the 2010 Isuzu Alterra along with its new standard feature: the I-Nav system.

We had the flag-off within walls of Intramuros and the rest is, as they say, history.  

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Our fleet of 2010 Isuzu Alterra units line up just outside Illustrado Cafe in Intramuros.

 

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FHM managing editor Allan Hernandez listens as Winterpine marketing specialist Bea Siman explains how to operate the I-Nav System, our trusty guide during the tour.

 

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Spotted in Fort Santiago: Apparently, cars are not the only ones you can modify and lower.

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 TopGear.com.ph - 2010 Isuzu Alterra with I-Nav System historical road trip - Luneta
A historical tour wouldn't be complete without taking a walk around the vast Luneta Park.

 

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We check out one of the contributions of Isuzu Philippines to keep Luneta Park clean. This was donated by Isuzu to the government as part of its Park Conservation Campaign in 2007.

 

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The 2010 Isuzu Alterra pays homage to the site where Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo declared the Philippine's independence on June 12, 1898.

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Lunch was served at the Pamana Restaurant. The Ongpaucos, which have been in the business of serving Filipino cuisine for generations, have definitely mastered the art of cooking the ultimate Pinoy comfort food: kare-kare.

 

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The I-Nav shows the way with its 6.95-inch touchscreen LCD. Aside from the map, it also shows your local time, estimated time of arrival, distance to your destination and your current speed. The I-Nav doesn't just tell you where to go, it can also visually warn you about sharp turns--and there was a lot of it as we were headed to Talisay.

 

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The I-Nav comes with more than 86,000 points of interests in the Philippines, including provincial landmarks. Unfortunately, the it couldn't quite spot the Mabini Shrine although the GPS told us we were on the right track when we hit Mabini Road. We didn't have a traditional map with us. Remember that when all else fail, you can always ask a local for directions. This manong was so nice to us, he even offered ice cream.

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Finally at the Mabini Shrine. This is where the remains of Apolinario Mabini, the Sublime Paralytic and brains of the revolution, are laid to rest. The shrine also houses his memorabilia like his spectacles, cane and, uhm, a patch of his hair.

 

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Our last historical stop was the Rizal Shrine in Calamba. The Mercado residence was actually burned down. This one here is a replica built in 1950.

 

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The I-Nav is so smart it knows when it's already night-time. The background of the monitor turned to black as we were headed off to Sucat in Parañaque City for more Pinoy food in Serye.

 

Learn more in this 2010 Isuzu Alterra car review. To check out Isuzu's entire vehicle lineup, click this link.

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