By Monico D. Mekaniko
PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA--For all driving enthusiasts, here’s another reason why you can’t miss this year’s Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).
Randy Rodriguez, the Filipino designer of the iconic Nissan 370Z, will be gracing the media presentation of Nissan Motor Philippines (NMPI) in the annual four-day event.
Though born and raised in Vancouver, Rodriguez regards himself a true Pinoy at heart with his parents being both Filipinos.
His fascination for Nissan and its Z models led him to take part in a design competition within the international Nissan Design Studios. The challenge was to make a super-evolution version of the 350z without compromising its heritage and history of innovations.
“It’s like the kid in me was brought to life. Because of my passion for the brand, the model, and the fact that I have been drawing Zs whole my life, my ideas for the 370z's theme came out quickly and naturally,” he says.
His concept for the 370z is aptly described as “Erotic Mechanism”--a fusion of something sexy while emphasizing its technical and mechanical details.
“The 350 is beautiful, but a little friendly looking to me, especially in the front. I wanted to turn up the anger a few levels and inject the car with some steroids. The 370 is more dynamic and emotional with a bigger chest, flexed muscles and a more aggressive stance,” Rodriguez explains.
His sheer creativity gave Nissan’s globally-recognized vehicle a touch of our own local flavor. The young car designer now urges other Filipinos to pursue every opportunity of putting our capabilities to global front.
“It’s all about passion - passion to do the things you love. To my kababayans, designer or not, I urge you to find your own passion. Fuel it and share it. Follow your dreams and to be truly happy in life, you should do what you love. Focus, work harder than everyone else, and don't give up. Develop your skills and talent to increase your chances in life,” he said.
Rodriguez will be available for a meet and greet session and autograph signing at the NMPI both on August 17 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Car enthusiasts will not only get a chance to have a face-to-face encounter with the man behind the 370Z, they can also bring any memorabilia or item for his signature. The 4th Philippine International Motor Show will run from August 16 to 19 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Till next time, this is Monico D. Mekaniko, Va-va-vroom!
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