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Missing my ‘Mitsus’

Every time the rain poured hard, I didn’t need to worry or fear about anything. I didn’t care about how rough the road may be. It even reached Caramoan in Camarines Sur one time when we drove all the way down South

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No. The title doesn’t depict my own personal experience about Mitsubishi vehicles — but of a friend’s. You see, I met entrepreneur Nico Nanquil during our days as devoted laymen of a known religious service in 2013.

From then on, we kind of hit it off since both our families became close to each other due to the various religious activities we were seriously involved back then and — well — probably since we were both into basketball and all. I was even a firsthand witness to his own personal car ownership journey, from sedans, to crossovers and eventually pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Particularly, he was so engrossed about his white-colored 2014 Mitsubishi Strada and a Midnight Blue 2009 Mitsubishi Montero.

“The Strada was the everyday ‘pangharabas’ vehicle. Every time the rain poured hard, I didn’t need to worry or fear about anything. I didn’t care about how rough the road may be. It even reached Caramoan in Camarines Sur one time when we drove all the way down South,” he fondly shared during my recent visit to his café in Antipolo, Rizal when I interviewed him for our online show Real Drive.

“The Montero — on the other hand — was the all-around family vehicle that reached the beaches in the south and north,” he added.

The latter provided him the comfort and sense of security one specifically finds in a big vehicle such as an SUV. He also even shared how its 4×4 features were very helpful every time they would go up the mountains or to the soft sands of Ilocos Norte or Batangas. Its elevation and space — not found in sedans — gave him that sense of pride and authority on the road. As for the Strada, he was just flabbergasted by how a simple machine could be such a workhorse.

“It’s tough and reliable. It just simply brings me peace of mind knowing that it can carry a lot of load,” Nico continued.

“With it, you can put the sofa, the big television set, cabinet, bed, stove, dining table — perhaps the whole house even,” he quipped.

NICO Nanquil and his wife, Joanne onboard their current drive, the 2019 Honda Civic.

All good things come to an end

However, like all good things, his ownership of these vehicles didn’t last as Nico — together with his wife — Joanne, decided to purchase other vehicles.

“Eventually, we had to decide to give them up and try another newer model and other brands, as well.”

He even divulged that he already had a fair share of owning several vehicles — which, like I said, I was able to personally witness.

Nonetheless, riding with him in his 2019 Honda Civic as we headed back to his place where my own car was parked, he disclosed, “But, you know what, Ronald, looking back — I just miss those vehicles.”

And while behind the wheel, looking toward an empty space out there on the road — he sighed.

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF NICO NANQUIL AND MMPC
2014 Mitsubishi Strada, together with the Montero, was a formidable pair of workhorses and all-around vehicles for Nico and his family.

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