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Fri. Apr 16th, 2021
my asawa sifting rice

It was to be expected. Our Isuzu D-Max 4×2 Automatic truck has disappeared from Iloilo City. My asawa received a text yesterday from Looney (Tunes), our salesman at the Isuzu dealership. “Ma’am, I’m sorry but the black 4×2 automatic D-Max is no longer available.” My wife was on the front porch sorting rice (see lead photo) while Lolo carried on an animated conversation with his favorite dead relative, Fernando, so I took it upon myself to reply to Looney (and since the message was in English and not the native Ilonggo, I could actually decipher the text.)

We had first met Looney when he was at Robinsons Place in Iloilo where the Isuzu dealership staff  were showing the latest models available from their establishment. One of the trucks on hand was a black D-Max Automatic Crew Cab. After negotiating our best deal, 27,000 US Dollars, our chummy sales rep asked if wanted to reserve the truck.

But since we had not yet opened up our BDO Dollar Account we didn’t have enough cash on hand to purchase the truck outright. I had no intention of buying the vehicle on credit and informed Looney we would have to wait until we transferred funds from our bank in America to buy the truck.

Now, almost a month later, we are still waiting on BDO to complete the transfer. In the meantime, our Isuzu D-Max 4×2 Automatic truck has disappeared from the Iloilo City dealership, having been sold. While other colors might be available, my wife and I both agree that for us, the black truck is the preferred color and model. We don’t like the white, red or silver models.

Of course, by the time our money finally becomes available the Iloilo Isuzu dealership might have another 4×2 automatic in stock. I was hopeful that we would be able to purchase the truck last week when the sales and service department paid a visit to Guimaras, our island province home.

pig in guimaras


While standing outside the New Guimaras Traders where I was waiting for my asawa and brother-in-law Joery to purchase plywood for my father-in-law’s nipa hut on our new property, I heard the unmistakable sound of thumping boom boxes.  I was checking out a particularly attractive porker , seen above, in a truck nearby. No, not a pleasingly plump Pinay, but a pig that was perhaps on their way to market.


Isuzu was in Guimaras

I decided to see if our salesman Looney was on site (he was) and I informed him that we were hopeful that we would soon have our money available to pick up the truck.  Looney thanked me for updating him.

I hope that the Iloilo dealership receives more automatics in stock but if not my spouse and I are prepared to go to Bacolod and check out the Isuzu dealership there.

If we get a comparable deal, we can buy the truck there and have it shipped over on a Ro-Ro Ferry, Roll On, Roll Off. And no, I’m not referring to what goes on at the Lollipop Bar in Angeles City.

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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