By winning a car-design competition, De La Salle University college student Miguel Herrera gets the keys to the new Volkswagen Beetle for a week. Organized by Automobile Central Enterprise (the official distributor of VW vehicles in the country), in cooperation with De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) student officers, the contest had "Engineered to Play" as theme. Volkswagen China design director Simon Loasby was the competition's judge.
For his winning entry, Herrera focused on the car's fascia because it gets noticed first. He made sure his design's fascia was eye-catching and tough-looking. The DSLU engineering freshman started drawing the outlines by hand, scanned the sketch, and rendered the final design. The 16-year-old called his work "Spielen," the German word for play.
Herrera shared that he's more inclined to focus on robotics and that cars come second. And while he doesn't have a driver's license yet to legally drive the Beetle for a week, he said that his father would drive it for him instead.
Aside from the car, Herrera also won a scale model of the Beetle. Second-placer Moe Ordona of DLS-CSB and third-placer Isaiah Nicholas Pintac of the University of Santo Tomas also brought home scale models of the Beetle.
Another DLS-CSB student, Abby Pua, happily took home the Golf 7 sketch that Loasby drew for the crowd after she politely asked him for it during the open forum session.
Photos by Elaine Lara