Text by Marymil Cabrera
Photos by Judiel Dal
AS THEY say, nothing can beat the classics. Who wouldn’t fall in love with the Beetle, bus and squareback vintage cars? Just imagine driving around the city heading to somewhere nice, up for an adventure with those vintage cool cars like the Volkswagen.
In Cebu, Volkswagens, still turn heads, and many car enthusiasts have a soft spot for this brand known for its compact but sturdy cars. But apart from its storied past — the first models carry Ferdinand Porsche’s design — why is the love for the Volkswagen, which means “people’s car” in German, is as old as the brand itself?
“It’s easy to maintain, not expensive and is indeed a people’s car that everyone can relate to,” says Jonathan Polo, president of Volkswagen Club Sa Sugbo (VWCS), which joined the biggest auto show and club meet at SM City Cebu, Northwing Parking Area last Aug. 8.
The club showcased some of the members’ cars like Jonathan Polo’s VW Ratlook 1969, Dr. Henry Chua’s 1996 Volkswagen, Neil Sy’s 1967 Volkswagen and Basti Seno’s 1960 VW Transporter Bus.
A shared passion
During the auto show, Polo talked about how the club and its members’ shared passion for the Volkswagen goes a long way back.
Polo narrated that VWCS was founded by Atty. Aven Piramide in 1997 when the lawyer and fellow Volkswagen enthusiast friends found themselves talking at length about VW maintenance, restoration and sourcing of parts.
From then on, Piramide and his friends invited other VW enthusiasts to join them. Surprisingly, over 200 people attended the first gathering that was held in the defunct Padi’s Point in Ayala. Since then, the club held frequent meet ups.
A journey continues
To date, VWCS, which has 60 members under Polo’s leadership, holds activities and outreach programs such as feeding programs, medical missions for cancer patients, and tree planting, among others.
The group also celebrates VW Day every June and the Manunggal Run via the Transcentral Highway, an activity dedicated to former President Ramon Magsaysay, a VW lover who lost his life during a plane crash in the said mountain in Cebu.
VWCS holds monthly meeting every first Sunday of the month at Chicken and Beer to discuss its plans. Polo is also encouraging VW enthusiasts who are interested to join the club to check out their facebook page Volkswagen Club Sa Sugbu.