Philippines - 9tro was invited to feature one of the fast growing clubs in the country - WRX STi Club of the Philippines, and we had an in-depth interview with one of their admins - Mark Anton David, here's what transpired during our conversation with him.
9tro: How and when did it all start?
Anton: WRX STi Club Philippines was founded on the 28th May 2017 by six friends who were fellow car enthusiasts and Subaru WRX STi owners. They include, Mark Anton David, AR Lanting, Kevin Locsin, RK Garcia, brothers: Drew and Heinrich Ranches, who are all based in the South of Metro Manila. They started the club to unite all WRX, STi enthusiasts as well as to meet fellow WRX/STi owners to share the same passion. During that time, there was no exclusive club that catered to the owners of the fastest Subaru cars in the country across all the WRX/STi models/lineup.
What started as a group of six friends grew to almost 300 members in a span of one month. The club was an instant hit! It seemed that the WRX, STi enthusiasts in the country were just waiting for such an exclusive club to be formed. In less than a month after its inception, the club held its first official meet on the 24th June 2017 at the Filinvest Tent Alabang with almost 60 cars in attendance.
Now on it’s first year anniversary, the club has around 900 members with the majority based in Manila but we have members based as far as Ilocos and Davao who attend our meets in Manila. We also have Filipino members overseas who are WRX/STi owners from the US, Canada, Australia and UAE. The Admin Team now also includes Rob Kimble, Edu Domasig and Anthony Santos (based in Tarlac).