Club History


It was in late 1991 when three friends, Porsche 911 owners, decided to get together on Sunday mornings to drive their Porsches and have breakfast. The usual route was down the South Super Highway to Canlubang or Puerto Azul and back to the Manila Polo Club.
 
Tony Alunan (’74 Carrera), Toto Cruz (’73 911S) and Gabby Valdes (’76 Targa) were soon joined by many other Porsche owners in these spirited Sunday runs followed by Porsche talk over breakfast. Among the original group were Pablum Lobregat, Wahoo Guerrero, Ramon Pastor, Tony Sison, Dodie Gonzalez(+), Jesse Ignacio, Henry Dee, Ferdie Raquel Santos, Bumbo Guerrero, and others…
 
It is therefore a fact that the “Porsche Club” originated the Sunday runs in the country, a popular Hong Kong tradition amongst Porsche enthusiasts which Tony and Toto (founding members of Porsche Club Hong Kong) ‘brought home’ together with their ‘prized 911’s’. Toto and Gabby who were childhood friends got reacquainted at the Manila Sports Car Club meetings.
 
Encouraged by the warm response of numerous Porsche owners, Porsche Club Philippines was formally incorporated under Philippine laws on 17 August 1992 as a forum for Porsche owners with the common passion and dedication for the marque (see Article of Incorporation). The incorporators were: Tony Alunan, Toto Cruz, Gabby Valdes, Wahoo Guerrero, and Fausto Preysler, Sr. who was named Honorary Chairman being the owner of one of the oldest Porsches in the country, a ’61 356 B Coupe!  
 
Porsche Club Philippines was recognized by Porsche A.G. in 1992, but, since July 2005, it is totally independent of Porsche A.G.
 
Over the years, membership reached more than 70 at one point with an average Porsche ownership of 3.5 per member. The passion to drive their Porsches became the distinguishing character of the Club. Members actively helped each other in the maintenance and sourcing of parts which brought them closely together as there was no Porsche distributor during the early years. Very quickly, great friendships evolved and “Porsche” turned out to be only an “excuse”.
 
Porsche ownership is a pre-requisite to Porsche Club Philippines membership; and at present, there are 58 members who own 174 Porsches. There are several registers: 356, Early 911, Classic 911, Modern 911, 924 to 968, Boxster and Cayman, and Cayenne. Each register has a coordinator (see Contacts). Although activities vary across registers, their purpose is to help its members to enjoy their Porsches to the maximum.
 
The Club activities range from the famous Sunday morning runs to long out-of-town drives. It also includes regular meetings taking place every last Sunday of the month. For those interested in improving their driving skills or trying out their Porsches in a controlled and supervised environment, the Club organizes driving clinics and track days. The emphasis of these events is on having fun, learn and enjoy friendly competition. Porsche Club Philippines also holds social events and supports charitable causes.