Exciting drive to Pico de Loro

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The ‘Fun Van’ took this media group on relaxing albeit lengthy drive to Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club in Hamilo Coast

The ‘Fun Van’ took this media group on relaxing albeit lengthy drive to Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club in Hamilo Coast

A paradise nestled in Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Pico de Loro Cove serves as a good take off point to two natural wonders in Luzon. The first is the Coral Triangle, a destination for divers that houses 600 species of coral and 2,000 species of fish in the Pacific Ocean; and the second is the Pico de Loro Peak of Mt. Palay Palay, a sought-after climb by mountaineers because of its unique rock formations that resemble a parrot’s peak.

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To reach picturesque Pico de Loro Cove one can take a 90-minute ferry ride from SM Mall of Asia, or a three-hour drive traversing the Cavitex-Tagaytay-Nasugbu route.

For those who wish to embark on a road trip, the long ride need not be grueling. In fact, it can even be enjoyable and comfortable given the right vehicle.

Just before the rainy season, The Manila Times joined a media group that put Nissan’s latest NV350 Urvan to test. Dubbed as the “Fun Van,” the fifth generation Urvan drove seamlessly through zigzag roads that snaked up the mountains, all the while providing comfort for passengers with plush chairs, added legroom and air-conditioning vents.

With chill music in the background, all there was left to do was sit back and take in the picturesque views of Tagaytay and Taal Lake.

Nissan president and Managing Director Antonio Zara proudly presented the new Urvan, which according to him was part of the company’s thrust to reintroduce the Japanese car brand to the Philippines.

“We needed to put excitement back into the cars of Nissan,” said Zara. “[The NV350 Urvan] is our way of saying, Nissan is back.”

Explaining the reason behind this, the company chief continued that NPI is actually a new venture in the country despite the fact that Nissan is already a household name.

NPI was only established in March 2014 after former Universal Motors Corp. and Nissan Motor Philippines were consolidated into one.

“Nissan in the Philippines is actually new. We started only last year.

The NV350 is part of the company’s plan to reestablish the brand and increase sales aggressively amidst tight competition,” Zara concluded.

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