For the love of cars

YES! (Philippines) - - Stargazing -

In a ges­ture that was both sweet and ad­mirable, ac­tor Jomari Yl­lana gave his AE111 Toy­ota Corolla—his fa­vorite souped-up sedan, which had been with him for decades—to An­dre Yl­lana, his 19-year-old son with his for­mer wife Aiko Me­len­dez.

The turnover, which ne­ti­zens and petrol­heads saw as a cer­e­mo­nial pass­ing of a fa­ther’s love for cars to his son, was im­mor­tal­ized in Jomari’s In­sta­gram post. In the cap­tion to his IG post, the 41-year-old ac­tor wrote: “It’s just like your kids meet­ing for the first time. My fa­vorite car I kept for decades is yours now.” One of the cap­tion’s many hash­tags was #pass­ing­th­etorch­toy­our­boy.

Ne­ti­zens were quick to ex­press their ap­proval of Jomari’s “gift.” Af­ter all, it’s dif­fi­cult for a true car guy to give up his fa­vorite car and leave it in the care of a young per­son.

In an ar­ti­cle posted on Oc­to­ber 13, 2017,, the web­site of Summit Me­dia’s mo­tor­ing mag­a­zine Top Gear Philip­pines, noted that Jomari’s car “ob­vi­ously has been taste­fully put to­gether” and that Jomari him­self, whom it de­scribed as “a car guy celebrity dad,” has a “deep affin­ity to the Toy­ota brand,” hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in and won lo­cal rac­ing cir­cuits in a Toy­ota car.

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