Ivana Alawi gets Ford Expedition SUV as new year’s gift for mom

Updated Jan 26, 2021 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

Now that’s one unforgettable present.

Children have a variety of ways to express their appreciation for their parents, from the smallest tokens to the grandest of gestures. Actress, model and social media celebrity Ivana Alawi prefers the latter, especially when it’s disguised as one of her prank videos that she has become known for.


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Her first viral video for 2021 features her mother, Fatima Marbella, also known as Mama Alawi. As Ivana expressed her wish to surprise her mom with a new car, she headed straight for the Ford dealership at Bonifacio Global City to pick out the perfect four-wheeled gift. There was plenty to see at the showroom, and Ivana wasted no time in trying out the different models on display.

Ivana at Ford showroom 1

Sampling the various models at the showroom

She first considers the Ford EcoSport crossover but quickly concludes that it’s a bit too small for comfort. At the other extreme is the Transit van, the biggest in Ford’s current lineup, with Ivana quipping that it can fit her entire family inside. Although the driver’s seat on the Ranger pickup impressed her, she was still undecided.

Ford Expedition

Ivana wants only the best for Mama Alawi

The Everest midsize SUV caught her eye for a moment, but when Ivana wanted to know which was the most premium model in the showroom, she was pointed to a shiny Ford Expedition rendered in metallic blue body paint. Ivana especially marveled at the retractable step board that automatically deployed when the doors opened, as well as the power-folding third-row bench seats.

Ivana at ford showroom 2

She was especially impressed by the power retractable stepboards

The particular trim she opted for appears to be the 3.5 Limited MAX 4WD with second-row captain’s chairs, which carries a sticker price of Php 4.62 million.

Other notable features on this variant include a panoramic sunroof, 15 cupholders, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3 connected to a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. 

Ivana handing over SUV to mom

The big reveal as part of a staged prank

A 3.5L EcoBoost V6 powers the Expedition with 375 hp and 637 Nm of torque, mated to a 10-speed SelectShift transmission. A Terrain Management System complements the four-wheel drivetrain in tackling changing road conditions, while among the safety features are AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Forward Sensing System, Blind-Spot Information System, Hill Descent Control, and an SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

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Mama Alawi with her new SUV

Mama Alawi poses with her brand-new Expedition

Satisfied with her purchase, Ivana promptly drives it home. She surprises Mama Alawi the next day, even showing her documents to prove that the Expedition is already under her unbelieving mother's name. Deeply touched by her daughter's gesture, Mama Alawi takes the brood out for a spin in her new ride. We swear we could hear parents everywhere sighing, “Sana all.”

Ivana Alawi

It's a great day to buy a new car 

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Know more about Ford Expedition 2021

Ford Expedition

<p>In 2018, Ford Philippines brought its new Ford Expedition in the country. The full-size SUV is equipped with several features that enhance the vehicle&#39;s driving experience. It also sports a unique and bold design boasting an all-aluminum body that makes it 136 kilograms lighter compared to the model it replaces. The all-new Ford Expedition also comes with a striking chrome-accented grille and a squared-up headlight that gives the vehicle a dominating aura. The cabin of the Ford Expedition is equipped with an SYNC3 touchscreen head unit that is eight-inch in size. It comes with dual-zone automatic climate control for a comfortable cabin and navigation system for convenience. Ports are spread out through the three rows of the vehicle so passengers can charge their phones and devices at ease. Ford Philippines offers the Ford Expedition in Petrol engine. It is available in two variants: the Ford Expedition 3.5 Limited MAX 4WD priced at ₱4,479,000, and the Ford Expedition 3.5 Limited MAX 4WD with Bucket Seats worth ₱4,612,000. Both variants are equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 power plant partnered to a 10-speed SelectShift automatic tranny. Ford Expedition offers an excellent combination of style, road presence, and power. This SUV can provide more than what car buyers usually expect from a vehicle of this range.</p>

From ₱4,479,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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