MANILA, Philippines — With Chinese New Year just around the corner, everyone is abuzz preparing for the Year of the Snake - including Ford.
Ford Philippines celebrated Chinese New Year early by treating friends from the media to a festive food trip in Binondo – the Philippines’ very own Chinatown. Led by popular guide Ivan Man Dy, the group toured Binondo onboard the all-new Focus.
The all-new Focus offers an array of smart features that assist the driver, many of which are a first in the segment. Media participants from popular lifestyle travel and culinary blogs got behind the wheel of the all-new Focus to drive through the busy streets of Manila and Binondo.
“The all-new Ford Focus is the perfect car for the city’s tight and busy streets. Apart from it being great to look at and easy to drive, the Focus features segment-first technology like Ford SYNC and Active Park Assist to make the drive even more enjoyable and convenient,” said Anika Salceda-Wycoco, communications manager, Ford Philippines.
Apart from driving through Manila’s busy streets and enjoying Binondo’s culinary treats, Ford Philippines shared some handy safe and smart driving tips and Chinese good luck fortunes were sent to the media participants via Ford SYNC.
"The car was really easy to drive. I'm used to driving manual so driving an automatic was much smoother especially along Manila's tight streets. I really like the voice control. I can see how useful the Ford Focus can be for long trips,” said Kara Santos of Traveling Up.com/ Manila Bulletin Lifestyle.
There were a total of five food stops for each of the two runs, allowing Ford Philippines and media friends to experience the delightful and wide variety of authentic Chinese cuisine from dim sums and coffee spareribs to bee-hon noodle soup and sour plums.
The all-new Ford Focus Chinatown Tour not only gave participants the opportunity to experience Focus’ segment-leading smart technologies, but also reinforced the importance of safe and smart driving while having fun.
"The car was a charm to drive. Powerful, nimble and quiet. The event was fun and filling," said Richard Co of Tales From The Tummy.
Popular tour guide, Ivan Man Dy.