He always arrived at photoshoots an hour ahead of schedule, took care of demo units as if he owned them, and consistently wrote articles immediately after test rides.
Earl Manalansan, motorcycle editor of Wheels Philippines and founder of Street Talk PH, had all the right ingredients for a professional motorcycle journalist. Unfortunately, this bubbly motorcycle scribe, who was well-liked in the industry, passed away this morning from complications related to COVID-19.
Manalansan’s untimely death shocked everyone covering the beat. He would have turned 53 on May 24. He is survived by his wife, Sasa, and four children.
“While on his sickbed, active pa rin siya sa Viber informing us that he may be out of commission for two weeks,” says Eggay Quesada, associate editor of Autocar Philippines.
After learning that he was afflicted with COVID-19, prayers from friends started pouring in. Manalansan was always the life of the party. “Always jolly, he never runs out of jokes,” adds Quesada.
Manalansan was known throughout the industry for taking selfies at every event and for his addiction to pares, a popular roadside dish made from braised beef stew and served with garlic rice and hot soup.
He would not hesitate to swing by a pares house while wearing a business suit, just like he did after joining the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride about two years ago.
Manalansan described himself on his Facebook profile as “A late bloomer writer who really loves cars.” But his teammates would always say that he loved motorcycles more. Ride in peace, brother Earl!