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Toyota PH supports Pinoy Paralympic team with this minibus

Automaker’s 29-seater Coaster transports group for flight to Tokyo

Yes, wheelchairs are part and parcel of the Paralympic Games. PHOTO FROM PHILIPPINE PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

Whether you love sports or not, you must have heard about our country’s outstanding performance at the recent Tokyo Olympics, where four Filipino athletes snagged world-beating medals (our first-ever gold, two silver ones, and a bronze). Now, if you like competition and you dig rooting for the nation, you might want to tune in to the Summer Paralympics starting tomorrow (August 24).

The Paralympic Games are basically the Olympics for athletes with disabilities. Let’s be honest: This event is not as exciting as the regular sports meet. There is nothing glamorous or sexy about it, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less significant. Which makes Toyota Motor Philippines’ “Start Your Impossible” advocacy all the more commendable.

The Toyota Coaster seats up to 29 passengers. PHOTOS FROM PHILIPPINE PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

The photos you see here show our Paralympic delegation boarding a 29-seater Coaster minibus on their way to the airport for their flight to Japan. The spacious transporter was donated by TMP to the Philippine Paralympic Committee, and it’s nice to see it being put to good use. No autograph-seekers here—no cringe-worthy marketing moves by opportunistic brands—and so the support is even more admirable.

Simple and humble. These two words best describe these athletes. PHOTO FROM PHILIPPINE PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

We bet our countrymen won’t be rushing to post updates of this event on social media. We bet no one will even notice. We bet we’d rather squabble over politics as usual. Or we could be wrong. Damn, we hope we’re wrong. PWDs deserve their moment of glory on the global stage, too.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.