FOR a big guy like Caloy Garcia, one would think he would prefer a spacious SUV over a compact sedan for his mode of transportation.
But the 6-foot-2 Rain or Shine coach once chose sporty over space, buying a silver 1993 Honda Civic ESi over two decades ago.
Garcia reminisced as he shared the story behind the first-ever car that he bought with mostly his own money in 1993.
Despite its relatively small size, the fifth-generation Civic surprisingly gave the Filipino-Spanish coach no space problems as he drove it as a St. Benilde varsity player.
“Ang tawag ko dun, ‘Honda Safari,’” Garcia said, probably in reference to the roomy and reliable Nissan Patrol Safari. “Kasi pag sumasabay teammates ko dati, kasya kami, pito kami. Tapos ang karamihan dun, puro big man. Tapos dinadaan ko sa rough road.”
The former Blazers point forward initially had the help of her mom to buy the car, before he started paying with his earnings from being a co-host on the GMA Supershow.
“At that time, nung una, parang you’re thinking how to buy a car tapos eventually tinulungan ako ng mom ko,” Garcia said. “But then when I started receiving salary, sabi nila, ‘ikaw na magbayad.’ So eventually I paid for the car. Sa awa ng Diyos, after five years, nakuha ko yung kotse na nasa pangalan ko.”
“That car’s really memorable because you worked hard for it and ang daming memories na masaya,” he added of the iconic Civic known for its handling and cornering, among other capabilities.
Garcia claims his car was the first ever to be sold at the Magallanes, Makati branch of Honda and was even used in a Tagaytay photoshoot to promote the model.
The Filipino-Spanish coach enjoyed the car for eight years, before selling it.
“Halos every day, most of the day, you’re in your car. I never had a problem with that car. Never ako nagkaroon ng aksidente. It’s a blessing,” the 45-year-old coach said.
“It’s one of the best cars I’ve ever had.”