By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
NEARLY a year after a Quezon City resident and the first Filipino to win the Classic Mini Championship Asia Motorsport in Malaysia, the city government finally recognized his victory with congratulatory ordinance and messages from the city officials.
Dexter Daquigan, a resident of Jordan Plains, Barangay Sta. Monica; bested 40 other drivers assembled vintage cars that competed in the Sepang International Circuit from October 14 to 15, 2017 for the Classic Mini Championship Asia. He finished with the fastest time to complete the race at 2:56.17.
Classic Mini Championship Asia is a race between classic/vintage mini car enthusiasts. It features classic small cars with powerful custom-built engines.
Vice Mayor Josefina “Joy’ Belmonte-Alimurong gifted Daquigan with an enlarged copy of City Resolution 7350-2018 that expresses the deepest appreciation and congratulations of Mayor Herbert Bautista, Vice Mayor Belmonte, and the City Council to the Classic Mini champion.
Daquigan is appreciative of the city government for giving recognition to his achievement as a racer.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa City Council, kay Mayor Herbert Bautista at Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte. Nagpapasalamat ako dahil na-recognize nila ang aking tagumpay, at tagumpay ng buong Quezon City sa pagkakakilala ng karera ng mga sasakyan doon sa Sepang, Malaysia kung saan nakuha natin ang over-all champion sa Classic Mini Championship Asia,” Daquigan said.
Daquigan is a member of Mohspeed Racing Team and emphasizes that racing is a team effort, including his fellow mechanics Morris Miranda, Eddie Farreras, and Armand Hipolito who have helped by installing the set up and final adjustments to his car.
“Due to his feat, the Philippine flag waves high in Malaysia giving prestige and honor not only to Mr. Dexter Daquigan but for Filipinos in general,” the resolution reads.
Meanwhile, political observers claimed that the belated recognition of Daquigan’s feat point’s to the government’s lack of genuine support for the country’s talented individuals, especially athletes.