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The SINAG, based in De La Salle University in the Philippines, (Filipino for "sunray") is the first Philippine Solar-Powered Race Car and the first entry of the Philippines to the World Solar Challenge.

The solar car was inaugurated last January 27 at NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.


The design and construction was undertaken by a group of faculty and students from the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Electronics and Communications Engineering Department of De La Salle University. It also needed the help and partnership of Ford Group Philippines, San Miguel Corp., Motolite, Shell, [Sunpower,][1] Philippine Airlines and Ventus.

The solar panels used by the Sinag solar–powered car was manufactured by Sun Power. The body of the car was made of carbon fibers and with the Philippine colors.

The official weight of Sinag is 295 kilograms.

2007 World Solar Challenge[edit]

The Philippine team finished 12th place from 40 participants. The team finished the 3,021-kilometer race from Darwin to Adelaide at 4 p.m. on Oct. 27 (Australian time).

Sinag performed exceptionally well from the beginning of the race in Darwin on Sunday, October 21. Needing only minor adjustments to its brake system, Sinag quickly zoomed to 11th place. The team maintained this position and made excellent time, passing the halfway mark at Alice Springs on Wednesday, October 24, and breaching the 2,000 km mark at Cadney Homestead the following day, October 25.

Netherlands's Nuon Solar Team, with their car called Nuna4 won the overall championship finishing the race on Oct. 25.

According to Rene Fernandez, Sinag Team Leader, Sinag weathered the course far beyond any of our expectations.


In Senate Resolution No. 32, the all-Filipino team of Sinag was congratulated for their exemplary performance in the 2007 World Solar Challenge.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also cited and recognized in Malacañan Palace the team for a job well done.


  • Rene Fernandez - Overall Project Leader
  • Robert Obiles - Overall Student Team Leader
  • Ronafe de Castro - Sinag Team Secretary

Mechanical Team

  • Anthony Escolar - Faculty Adviser
  • Mico Villena - Student Team Leader
  • Prince Asumbrado
  • Maybelline Boon
  • Neo Broncano
  • GJ Campecino
  • Hanry Chan
  • Johannes Chiong - The Handsome
  • Klyde Chua
  • Javy Locsin
  • Rick Senales
  • Sherwin Siahetiong
  • Chike Siman
  • Raffy Velasco

Electrical Team

  • Jose Antonio Catalan - Faculty Adviser
  • Emmanuel A. Gonzalez - Faculty Adviser
  • Cesar Llorente - Faculty Adviser
  • Leo Ambata - Faculty Adviser
  • Jingel Tio - Faculty Adviser
  • Noriel Mallari - Faculty Adviser
  • Kaiser Fernandez - Student Team Leader
  • Prince Ang
  • Ryan Joseph Bitanga
  • Jhoana Guillen E. Bregonia
  • Walter Chua
  • Harold King M. Dimay
  • Lorenzo Miguel A. Javier
  • Rainier N. Ong
  • Fredric Lance C. Ong
  • Frank J. Tua
  • Erbert Anton P. Vergara
  • Vincent Nonato Yao

Shell Team

  • Martin Ernesto Kalaw - Faculty Adviser
  • Martin Sy-Quia - Student Team Leader
  • Margarita Antonio
  • Alfred Cabiling
  • Jon Louie Chiu
  • Mark de Jesus
  • Jade Lu
  • John Ng
  • Elvin Ngo
  • Josue Reyes
  • Bryan Sy
  • Victor Yu
  • Sherwin To
  • Lavina Parwani

CAD Team

  • Isidro Marfori - Faculty Adviser
  • John Ng
  • Prince Ang


  • Ivan Porcalla
  • Eric Tan
  • Sherwin To
  • Robert Obiles

Marketing Team

  • Dennis Beng Hui - DLSU IE Department
  • Brian Gail Bautista - DLSU Marketing & Communication
  • Gian Carlo Vizcarra - DLSU Marketing & COmmunication
  • Cherry Ramirez - Ford Group Philippines
  • Ernest Estrera - Motolie
  • Jess Garcia - Philippine Airlines
  • Jemmie Chua - San Miguel Corporation
  • Mylene Santos - Pilipinas Shell
  • Jong Jimenez - Sunpower
  • Isabel Arches - Ventus
  • Jovy Astillero - Creasia
  • Mark Peckson - JWT
  • Donna Conda - Stratworks, Inc.

Sinag Team to Australia[edit]

  • Rene Fernandez - Team Captain
  • Jack Catalan - Deputy Team Captain
  • Emmanuel Gonzalez - Safety Officer
  • Isidro Marfori - Head of Mechanical
  • Noriel Mallari - Head of Electrical
  • Eric Tan - Driver
  • Ivan Porcalla - Driver
  • Sherwin To - Driver
  • Robert Obiles - Driver
  • Prince Ang - Mechanical
  • Mico Villena - Mechanical
  • Martin Sy-Quia - Mechanical
  • Vincent Yao - Electrical
  • Kaiser Fernandez - Electrical
  • Walter Chua - Electrical

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