Peter Laviña

The ABCs (Activities, Beliefs and Campaigns) of City Councilor Peter Tiu Laviña of Davao City, Philippines. This blog started on March 9, 2006.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Roaring start for F1

Admiring a Ferrari displayed at the Hong Kong Airport during the inaugural of the Shanghai F1 in 2004

The 2006 season of F1 racing started with a roaring success in Bahrain last Sunday.

2005 Champion Fernando Alonzo of Renault grabbed the top spot with a superb pit stop strategy with just a few laps remaining. The sensational move relegated Michael Schumacher of Ferrari, who led much of the the race, to second spot. Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren was third.

The wonders of the live telecast of the races gave us anywhere in the world with a front seat view of the sounds and sights of F1 races. I am lucky in the Davao City, Philippines because the Sunday races are beamed on just the right primetime slots, either afternoons or evenings.

But, of course, I longed to be right where the action is – at the racetracks! The nearest to Davao is at Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the site of the next race this Sunday.

I plan to go there next year. Maybe.

In my January 9 column at the Mindanao Times, I attempted to tease local travel agents in Davao to package a tour to KL via the Davao-Singapore flight of Silkair. I wanted to know how much it would cost me. Unfortunately, there was no taker.

Maybe with the help of this blog, I might be able to awaken them to the potentials of looking at this fast-growing sports tourism market.

The other races in Asia are as exciting – October 1 in Shanghai, China, and October 8 in Suzuka, Japan.


Blogger ria said...


Thank you for visiting my site. I am writing a feature on your blog. I'm also a bit of an F1 fan. Hopefully, Davao-based blogs will help in improving the image and success of our city. My cousins and I are also working on a website promoting tourism and business in Davao City .

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Blogger jhay said...

My mom is from Davao City too. I've never been to Davao but I'll visit it one day.

I'm also an F1 fan, watched the 2002 Malaysian GP live in Kuala Lumpur, it was as hot in the sun as in the Philippines but it was worth it!

8:36 PM  

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