GSR Coupe PH Fun Run: Our Journey

GSR Coupe PH Fun Run at Pililla Rizal


“I attended a Fun Run.”

The initial impression I get is that I participated in some sort of physical running activity. Then the lengthy process of explaining that it was actually a road trip with my fellow GSR enthusiasts and somewhere along the way it gets clarified. But after four or five times of having to explain it all over again, I literally gave up clarifying all together and just showed a curious friend some pictures.

Awesome pictures by Winston Wayne, and Michael Esguerra

But why participate in a Fun Run?

Good question. And it came from my nine year old sister. The only person who bothered to asked.

Now how to explain WHY?

Very carefully I tried my best to relate a Fun Run to a nine-year-old. It is almost like the same reason why you study and take exams in school. You go through that whole process to know which subject you’re good at or needs improvement and to prepare yourself for the finals and the next grade level after. And those grades serves as a measure of where you are.

“Sounds troublesome.” – Nine-year-old

Trust me, I tried.

In reality, it was my way to review the performance of my GSR. To ensure that it is in tip-top condition to run the expected mileage and to test out the changes I have made so far. I was breaking hard and accelerating hard, apologies to the GSR behind me, so can i see if the newly installed Velocity joint as well as the front and rear disc brake system will hold up.

And it did, thanks to Gil’s Garage!

gils garage logo

In summary it was a day to challenge my machine and my GSR delivered. It brought me home once again, safe and sound for twelve long laboring years.

The Fun Run

The fun run was an initiative by Bong Mallari, president of GSR Coupe PH and was supported widely by the co-captains who were responsible for bringing north, south east and west together. It was a complete experience with our official banner hanging proudly thanks to Kerbz David, a bunch of two-way radios (Wished I had one!) for improved coordination, Winston Wayne and his huge DSLR camera (Awesome pictures by the way!), and support cars driven by Bong Mallari, Jeh Javier and Kerbs David to manipulate and direct traffic. As for me, this was definitely a first and I must say. That throughout the whole activity, I was enjoying myself immensely.

The Journey

The dusk is breaking, early morning, and then a clear blue sky covering over the stretch of Marcos highway, a sign of good weather. I was pumped up. I was finishing a cup coffee and surveying over my windshield to get glimpse of GSRs, my brothers, lining-up one by one along the stretch of the highway. My trusty co-pilot handing out my shades to shield me from the morning light as we prepare to head east towards the sunrise, our destination: Pililla, Rizal. It was a mountainous region quite known for its windmills.

And so it began, a short cruise amidst the morning traffic of Marcos Highway, leading to an uphill drive across the pavement roads of Antipolo, a mountain city. At this point I don’t even have the slightest idea who’s leading the charge but as long as I can see a GSR in front me, I’m all good. Trust was the key.

The destination: Windmill mountains of Pililla Rizal

Pics and Vids thanks to Bong Mallari, Mitzi Punkz, Kerbz David, Jellic Tapia, Gibo Magbuhos, Francis Carbayar, John Kenneth, and Winston Wayne

And what do you do when you reach your destination? You plant your flag and celebrate with your friends and love-ones.

Family pics captured by Winston Wayne, Johmar Guilaran, and Michael Esguerra

The journey back was not free from any mishap. And with what started out as a broken power-window ended up with a GSR getting locked from the outside. Of course nobody gets left behind so practically everyone rallied to get a shot of the problem. But the thing is, nobody had experience in boosting cars, hence the slow process of figuring out how to open a locked car began, which was eventually solved by prying open the keyhole of the trunk.

Evidence captured by Johmar Guilaran

The silver-lining? Great photo-op opportunity.

Images captured by Jeh Javier, Winston Wayne, and John Kenneth


GSR Coupe PH  was founded all thanks to a fun run activity. A tradition we hope to endure. It is an exercise, a study, a review, and an exam. It forces us to maintain our GSR in form but most importantly it is a practice of the value of KAPATIRAN (Brotherhood). We run together as one and nobody gets left behind.

It has been said countless of times that a lone wolf dies but the pack survives. It is true. In life and in practice. Nobody succeeds by sheer will alone. Nobody climbs the ladder of success without looking down to find the right steps. We need one another, specially in this troubling times.

All of us have our destinations. We all have goals, our dreams, our seemingly impossible aspirations. But life is never really about the end goal. It is not. It’s how you get there that matters.

It’s about the JOURNEY. Never the destination.

We are GSR Coupe PH and we are a brotherhood. We value who’s in front and we value the person trailing behind because we know, without them this journey is meaningless.

Cheers to us all!

Lambert, 8:09 AM


Genesis: History of GSR Coupe PH

A very LANCER GSR story


I ordered my usual; an upside-down grande caramel macchiato with half irish and half vanilla syrup. Ah, the second best drink in the world next to an ice cold beer.

I requested this meeting with Alex because I wanted to learn the history of GSR Coupe PH and I want to know the key persons who were involved in the very beginning.

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Paint, my love: The challenges of custom car painting

picture of green lancer gsr or asti mirage coupe by bcm auto garage


Nope. It’s not the song and the comma was intentional because that’s the best way I can describe BCM Auto Garage. They love to paint cars and they just happen to be good at it.

I thought that custom car painting works is just like having a haircut. I want it like (Insert idol’s name), a usual answer you give to your barber. If you don’t have a style in mind yet, you’ll have like a few seconds to decide before you start to hear that clicking sound that comes from a sharp pair of scissors. And it seems okay too because you know your hair will eventually grow back. Now I know that having your car painted is not that simple. It is a painstaking process, which includes last minute changes and decisions that can happen on the fly. And that’s the main reason why I’m glad I chose them.

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A Renaissance Man: A haven for LANCER enthusiasts

picture of rear wing from lancer gsr asti rx version r by gil de leon


I counted one, two, three and then a fourth LANCER GSR appeared from the corner of the street;  Its engine roaring with that unmistakable tune, a sweet and succulent sound that can only come from a dual overhead camshaft 16-valve engine. For a moment I stood there frozen like a tree, my roots savoring the tirades of earthly vibrations, as I watch this DOHC GSR slither through the parked cars until it settles at its intended spot. A succession of high revs and finally the engine stopped. A cold shudder passed over me and then I was back at my senses, surrounded by LANCER GSRs. I was in the right place alright. I can’t help but smile.

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GSR Coupe PH “The Gathering”: Yours & Mine


They call it “THE GATHERING”.

GSR COUPE PH’s 2nd anniversary celebration, an event to commemorate the forming of a local car enthusiasts group exclusively for LANCER GSR owners as well as the day I planned to debut my GSR. Yep. This was my first time to attend such an event. And I must say, to see a whole parking lot occupied by GSRs is an amazing sight to behold. Credit goes to the admin group, they really made this event possible and hands down to Alex Martinez of PULSE PRODUCTION for taking the lead to officiate the whole event, it was certainly a gathering of GSR enthusiasts from north, south, east and west.

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A Chance Meeting: Two LANCER GSRs


My LANCER GSR just came out from a complete engine overhaul that morning not because I planned it or anything. It was just necessary. Twenty years down the line my GSR has become a mere tool to get me from point A to point B. Almost forgotten, almost an antique display. And just like any car that came out from a month long repair, it was dirtier than my old beat-up chucks. So I did what I rarely do during those days, which I never have done to my chucks; I took it out to have it cleaned at a decent car wash shop.

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DIY (Destroy It Yourself)

A DIY story

I suck at DIY. One time my AC broke down, so I went ahead and switch some fuses. It worked! For a while. Driving a few kilometers away from our house I noticed that I was on the verge of overheating. It turns out the fuse I switched for was giving power to the radiator. Major failure.

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