Manny’s Pac-Van

A sneak peek at Pacquiao’s customized Hyundai County

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A MINIBUS for one of the sports world’s biggest names. Photo by Robert Reyes

How do you knock out the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer? It seems only the wife knows.

When Manny Pacquiao celebrated his 33rd birthday last December 17, his lovely wife, Jinkee, had one big surprise: she gave him a highly modified Hyundai County.

Jinkee had secretly commissioned popular and multi-awarded car customizer Atoy Llave of Atoy Customs for the Hyundai County van project. The Hyundai County is the newest addition to the Pacman’s fleet of pricey vehicles.

The Hyundai County is a minibus designed by Hyundai Motor Co.’s Jeonju Design center primarily as a tourist and inner city transport that competes with Toyota’s Coaster minibus. Its round sleek features make it more appealing than other commercial vehicles and most of the customization cannot be seen because of heavily tinted glass windows and sunshades.

THE WHOLE Hyundai County was stripped of its interior and re-laid out to accommodate creature comforts one can only find in bigger motorhomes and custom trailer vans.

Privacy is very important to big-name celebrities and Manny Pacquiao is not exempted from controversies. The van is designed as a local transport to get him around town where he can feel secure and with enough room for his security detail to fit in. It is equipped with a large-screen LCD TV and mobile entertainment system, a washroom complete with a toilet watercloset, folding bed and a mini private chamber which can also serve as his resting area.

The whole van was stripped of its interior and re-laid out to accommodate creature comforts one can only find in bigger motorhomes and custom trailer vans.

Llave’s reputation as a customizer remains undisputed with a wall full of trophies and awards. Atoy has over a decade of experience in building award-winning custom cars and SUVs earned from auto show competitions and has recently ventured into customizing vans for celebrities and VIP corporate clients including Kris Aquino, Kim Chiu and Diether Ocampo.

Photo by Robert Reyes

His list of VIP clients also includes a number of businessmen and politicians who do a lot of road traveling and need to work on a mobile office while on the road.

Besides the Hyundai County, Atoy was also commissioned to customize Pacquiao’s other two vans—a Ford E-150 van and a Dodge Ram El Capitan, both of which had undergone extensive interior refurbishment and customizations including new color-coordinated leather interiors, mobile entertainment setup, and instead of the usual carpet treatments, Hornitex laminated wooden floors were used to give it a clean and practically maintenance-free finish.

Premium materials, which according to Atoy, is sourced out from just one company.

“I shopped most if not all of my interior finishing materials from CW Home Depot in Ortigas and Balintawak, where it is conveniently located near my home and office. From the sidewalls, flooring and even the toilet fixtures, I bought them all from Home Depot,” said Llave.

Photo by Robert Reyes

“I like the clean and warm feeling you get as if you are stepping inside your house when you get into the van,” added Atoy.

Aside from customizing cars and celebrity vans, he recently ventured into customizing “rolling stores,” in form of vans and pickup trucks being converted into mobile kiosks and retail stores.

“One can just drive up to an event or an open lot to display their merchandise whether for promotions or to do actual retailing. I have corporate clients who asked me to customize their minibuses or vans into mobile office and even showrooms and customer lounges,” added Atoy.

Llave was referring to real estate companies that use his mobile showroom van concept every time there are new construction sites being put up where there are no offices or showrooms to service their sales agents.

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  • Anonymous

    Surprise talaga ito kay Manny, biro mo pera na naman niya ang winaldas ni Jinky imbes na pambili ng gatas ng mga bata. Wala naman kita si Jinky, saan niya pa kukunin ang pambili nitong van.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GW2FSFG5KN7TCASHVTHDUXNS5U eli

    huy taga inquirer./alvni uy.. RV (Recreational Vehicle ) ang tawag dyan….. OMG pati pa naman ito ibabalita pa……very low talaga.. …marami pa mas maganda dyan..otoy. at..may CCTV pa,,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    talagang mayabang ang pinoy…..kasi kapag galing sa hirap at hindi nagka kotse bibili yan ng 5 kotse kapaq nagkapera….tsk tsk tsk…di kami inggit, meron na kaming isang kotse at isang maayos na bahay….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    dapat unahin ang pac u! yung pacman university!

  • Anonymous

    pag pinoy talaga naging “from rugs to riches” kailangan talagang ipangalandakan para lang masabi nang ibang tao na marami silang pera o palagay ko dahil KSP. ano kaya ang masasabi ng mga tunay na billionaire gaya ni henry sy, gokongwei, lucio tan, zobel etc. sa kumag na eto. ang mga yan ni minsan wala akong nabasa na kayabangan sa katawan. kung kailan may kalamidad sa CDO doon pa sila naghahasik ng kayabangan.. kung hindi nagbirthday hollywood style, o kya kung anong hermes bag meron sila ngayon naman pac-van. akala nila siguro mataas ang tingin sa kanila nang tao kung lahat ng material sa buhay nasa kanila…hoy pakyaw…nagkakamali ka….lumuhod ka man sa harapan ko..’boy’ pa rin ang tingin ko sa iyo….hahahaa/..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MVGHWWFVPFBW3VAPDWHW47QB2E Emmanuel

      hahaha.. inggit ka lang noh? hahaha.. what a loser..

    • gio onazul

      inggit? :-D… celebrity po si pacman…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWJYH2GX4ZJNWMYVKTPL34H6PQ Abbas Tone

      Magsumikap ka para makabili ka rin. Crab mentality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        hahaha.. di na kailangan dre.. dahil kahit hindi kita kilala cgurado mas mayaman ako kay sa iyo..hahah… di ko na kailangan pang ipagyabang kung ano meron ako dahil alam ko naman na meron hindi gaya ng mga lahing pinoy nagsusuot ng mga alahas para lang masabi na meron. tignan ninyo mga chinoy dyan sa pinas naka korto kung magshopping pero huwag ka naka lexus at paldo ng salapi ang bulsa..yan ang mapera….hehee…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

    May hidden CCTV kayang ipinalagay si Jinkee diyan?…ha ha ha!

  • Anonymous

    saan ung septik tank and potable water for shower/drinking nailagay?

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