Globe Telecom today held the much-hyped "Globe Slipstream" event in Bonifacio Global City. In partnership with the Lotus F1 Team, the event was a celebration of fast cars, motoring passion and, of course, Fil-Swiss race driver Marlon Stockinger.
There is no doubt that many gearheads or even casual racing fans enjoyed the spectacle this afternoon. However, there were also people who were inconvenienced by it, as Globe had to put blockades to close certain streets, effectively rerouting the direction of car traffic inside BGC. Some roads were closed from 12nn to 5pm, with 7th and 9th Avenues having only "30-minute windows."
This apparently frustrated some motorists who weren't interested in the event but simply had to use their regular route inside BGC. A couple of them were so annoyed that they posted their displeasure on Globe Telecom's Facebook page.
Kris Ywayan wrote:
Globe Telecom decides to detain people in the Fort. It is illegal and disrespectful. Since when did you have the right to imitate public authority? There were people who needed to go to work. Some needed medical attention. Most of us just wanted to rest because it's a freaking Saturday! You made us wait 2.5 hours before you removed the barricades. You didn't do this properly, too! It was like the Ayala MRT on a payday Friday because you only took out a few barricades.
There was an Indian national with her child who was begging you to let her go because her child had to perform at school by 2pm, but you did not listen. We asked you properly for directions. Some of your crew gave us wrong directions, and most of them told us we couldn't leave until 2pm. You even did this to senior citizens.
Please show some respect. I Love Taguig
Globe replied: "Hi Kris! We acknowledge your concern, and we thank you for bringing this up. We just wanted to celebrate Marlon Stockinger's achievements as a young racer representing our country. Thank you for your understanding."
Chanchan Miciano Miroy, meanwhile, posted:
BGC is not a racetrack. Go do your event some place else. You just ruined our weekend. Hindi niyo naman kami mababayaran sa oras na nawala sa amin. Ni pang-taxi nga namin hindi niyo naman babayaran. Your marketing department should be sacked!
To this Globe answered: "Hi Chanchan! We appreciate your feedback and understand that you were inconvenienced. We just wanted to share with you guys Marlon's journey to F1. Rest assured that we're taking note of this for our future events. Thanks!"
One person, fortunately, was happy. Willie Wilsson Nepomuceno said:
Dear Globe, more events like this in the future!
In case the above exchange gets taken down, we took a screenshot for you below.
How about you? Were you among those who enjoyed the event, or were you among those who were irritated by it? Take our poll at the bottom.