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

Updated Mar 04, 2022 | 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 2024

Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition 2023 Philippines is a full-SUV, seven-seater SUV. For the Philippine market, it has two variants. These are the Expedition 3.5 V6 Limited Max, and the Expedition Limited Max w/ Bucket seats. Currently, these are available at Php 4,479,000 and Php 4,612,000 respectively. 

Under the hood of the Philippine-spec Expedition is a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine capable of producing up to 375 horsepower and 637 Nm of torque. The said model then uses a 4x4 drivetrain, and 10-speed automatic gearbox w/ paddle shifters. 

Size-wise, the Expedition is 5,539mm long, 2,388mm wide, and 1,956mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 3,353mm, and a ground clearance of 249mm. 

Locally, this full-size Ford model competes against the Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol, and Chevrolet Suburban.


Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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