Road trip to Quezon and Rizal with the Honda City

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May 23, 2010
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We recently took a few days off our busy magazine life to enjoy driving and riding the third-generation Honda City. Check out this photo blog and be enticed to go on last-minute summer road trip.

TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip with Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte, art director Jaykee Evangelista and columnist Al Mendoza 

My road trip buddies, Top Gear Philippines art director Jaykee Evangelista (left) and columnist Al Mendoza (right), take turns in driving the third-generation Honda City introduced in the Philippine market as we head to a midweek escapade east of Metro Manila.

 

TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte 

Our three-car convoy. Behind us are TGP editor/photographer Mikko David and Manila Bulletin contributor Iñigo Roces.

 

 TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte

Road trips are not complete without food! Check out the sumptuous meal we enjoyed for lunch at Ugu Bigyan Potter's Garden in Tiaong, Quezon! It was my first time to try kulawo (bottom right), which tastes like meat even though it's made of banana heart and coconut cream.

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TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte (In photo: Ugu Bigyan) 

Ceramics artist Ugu Bigyan makes it look like pottery is so easy. He was even chatting with us while he turned a lump of clay into a pitcher.

 

TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte 

Is this a bowl, a jar, or another pitcher? Make a wild guess!

 

TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte 

We pause for a while to take photos of our rides. Awesome automobiles need memorable photographs, too! We take the 1.5-liter Tafetta White Honda City from Manila all the way to Quezon and Rizal, and the 1.3-liter variant in Alabaster Silver going back to Manila.

 

TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte 

Art director Jaykee goes behind the wheel of the Honda City and test its limits along the winding roads of Rizal while photographer Mikko takes tracking shots for the magazine.

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TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte 

Our weary bodies need rest! We head to Thunderbird Resort in Rizal for a gastronomic delight while we stare at this pool.

 

TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte 

And we're off again! The Honda city really proved its worth during the demanding uphill climbs in Rizal.

 

 TopGear.com.ph Philippines Car Features - Third-Generation Honda City Road Trip by Top Gear Philippines assistant art director Raynand Olarte

Three days worth of driving fun with three fantastic Honda City units! That includes this adventure inside a cave leading to the the famous Angono Petroglyphs that dates to as far back as 3000 B.C.

See more photos and read a full feature about this road trip in one of the future issues of Top Gear Philippines! In the meantime, click this link to see the entire lineup of the Honda City available in the country. Cheers!

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