Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Cancellation and A Replacement

Rumors were circulating for some time on Condura Skyway Marathon 2014 not pushing thru as promised on the 2nd of February next year. December 11th it was confirmed via an official statement released at the Condura Skyway Marathon Facebook page. The announcement got mixed reactions - some applauding the move, and some dismayed and disappointed. For me, I was really eyeing joining the marathon next year, and the cancellation news was a big upset. I'm sure there's more reason behind the cancellation, but as for all losses, we just need to respect and accept what has transpired, and move on.

Official CSM2014 Event Cancellation Announcement
I really wanted to join a 42.195km event, with my personal goal to do one full marathon every quarter. So with a motivation of an impulse, I thought of my original plan B - Cebu Marathon! It's 3 weeks earlier than Condura, which will definitely affect my planned training schedule, but I think it's the only worthy marathon event replacement for Q1 2014.

Fortunate that Cebu Pacific was still offering promo fares, so I was able to book a flight leaving Manila January 10 morning and going back January 12 afternoon. Perfect flight schedule and just one vacation leave at work. Runner friend JP also offered to share accommodation (Thanks JP!) so that's two items marked on my checklist.

Last item is of course the race registration. Tried doing an online registration but to my surprise, credit card option's already marked SOLD OUT! PANIC!!! I messaged Ally from Runrio asking for help, and she told me she'll reserve me a slot (Thanks Ally!). December 15 though, I chanced to pass at Riovana BGC and luckily, 42k prepaid cards were still available so I grabbed one with a late registration fee of Php2200. A bit pricey, but I know it will be worth it!

See you Cebu!!!
So far, I know already some runner friends going to Cebu as well for the race - JP, Becky Runner, Syril, Wyatt, Wesley and Mish. This will surely be one enjoyable quick getaway! See you guys in Cebu in a couple of weeks! 

Marathon #9 is a GO!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Starting 'Em Young at the Alaska Football Cup

*** Press Release ***
18th Alaska Football Cup Continues Finest Football Competition in PH

Witness once again the biggest, most eagerly anticipated football tournament in the country when over 300 teams composed of 4,200 players compete in the 18th Alaska Football Cup on December 7 and 8 at the Alabang Country Club Fields, Muntinlupa City.

No other football competition in the country comes close to the Alaska Football Cup which is played in 29 football fields under the supervision of more than 100 referees, which will find more than 2,600 goals scored in more than 700 games.

Alaska promotes positive values of teamwork, cooperation and fair play through sports activities like the football cup. Likewise, Alaska leads in promoting a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition by drinking milk regularly and by engaging in sports.

Football players who are six to 16 years old participate in the Alaska Football Cup coming from all over the Philippines including Metro Manila, Baguio, Olongapo, Angeles City, Tacloban, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Palawan, Legaspi, Los Baños, Iloilo and Batangas.

This partnership started in 1995 when Alaska teamed up with former professional international football player Tomas Lozano to create the 1st Alaska Football Cup. Alaska has contributed to the phenomenal growth of amateur football in the country through this annual competition.

Promoting the participation of the youth in football along with other sports like basketball and triathlon through the Alaska Power Camps exemplifies the company’s commitment to nation building through nutrition and sports.

The Alaska Football Cup has been widely acknowledged for its outstanding contribution to youth sports and development in the country, particularly in the grassroots level.

For more information, check out the Alaska Football Cup website, and live tweets and updates @ALASKAsportshub

Sierra 51050 on February 23, 2014

*** Press Release ***

13 December 2013 MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Running is an individual sport. It brings out the best and the worst in you, yet you still go back for more: another mile perhaps tomorrow. With the benefits of running, no wonder runners have formed groups or clubs just to get the most out of each run or race.

Rundezvous, Inc. has come up with a race that will encourage running as a group or team. Sierra 51050 is a race that is geared towards fostering teamwork and team spirit. A team will be composed of five (5) runners and will cover increments of ten (10) kilometers and will run the 50-km route. Set in the scenic roads and the challenging hills of Tanay, Rizal; it will be a first of its kind promoting camaraderie among team members and bringing out the best in each member.

The opportunities for a team race multiply, with the following benefits:
- Runners will be required to register as a team.
- Groups may be motivated to train for the race.
- Teams may be interested to make uniforms for recognition.

Sierra 51050 will be on February 23, 2014, Sunday with registration fee of P3,500/team (P700/member). Registration starts real soon with an early bird registration fee of P3,000/team so watch out for it!

Reservation is on-going, interested teams may visit our Facebook page:

Sierra 51050 is in partnership with Running Atom and Running Free Manila.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013 21k PR at Milo Marathon Finals

Milo Marathon is a race I definitely want to join every year; it's basically a tradition. My 21k PR is 2011's December edition, where I got a time of 1:51:19. Until now, I still could not beat that PR. Haha! I've been dreaming of getting a sub 1:50 half marathon. Maybe 2014 will be kinder.

The Milo Marathon uses a winning race formula, and Runrio has already perfected the execution of this top-notch event. The cut-off of 2 hours and 30 minutes for 21k makes it one of the tougher, yet more fulfilling races to participate in.

Here are some of my race observations:
- Overflowing (cold) hydration - both water and sports drinks - as always from a Runrio race
- Lots of marshals and security
- Fun post-race activity area
- I won't get tired collecting the finisher medal even though the design does not change much - there's something "elite" about having the Milo Marathon medals as part of one's collection
- The only improvement area - I was a bit confused with the 21k kilometer markers - a lot of them were misplaced along the route. Not sure what happened here, but got the same feedback from fellow half-marathoners.

Read also from Facebook a number of posts regarding rampant cheating on the long distance categories this year, even on the full marathon! Very disappointing to find out what some people would do just to get a medal and some loot. Sigh.

On a positive note, I have lots of cool photos to share! Haha!

On the way back! Photo courtesy of Tong Pascua
Just took a bath! Haha! Photo courtesy of Art Mendoza
With Ryan and Rolly (Speedy Titan)
With Ryan and 21k race buddies Hazielle (it's her first 21k and she beat the cut-off!) and her pacer Rhon
With Becky Runner and Rolly (and Syril posing at the background)
Group shot
Had to take our photo at the race village entrance
Jake doing the headstand (and Rhon pointing to something)
From Official Race Results - 1:56:34 - My 21k PR for this year! Milo brings out the best in me!
Thanks Nestle and Milo for continuing to provide running shoes to children who dream of being future athletes of the country. See you at the Milo 2014 events!

It’s the season to be healthy with Men’s Health this December!

Shed off the pounds this Christmas holiday
with Men’s Health this December

This December, Brazilian-Japanese model Hideo Muraoka shows he is ready for action as he takes on this month’s cover of Men’s Health Philippines for the first time. This season of giving, Hideo shares his coveted training plan followed and outlined by the muscle guy himself to get that rock-hard abs like his.

Men’s Health also shines the spotlight on the country’s top South East Asian (SEA) games-bound athletes before their battle begins in Myanmar this December 11. Get to know Taekwondo’s Galilee Tanaya and Rani Ann Ortega; Archery’s Earl Benjamin Yap; Boxing’s Josie Gabuco, Rogen Landon, and Mark Anthony Barriga; Basketball’s Kevin Louie Alas and Kiefer Ravena; and Wushu’s Daniel Parantac as these champs show you how to sharpen your brain’s innate power to overcome obstacles, and unleash your A-game.

So what does it take to win? “You have to learn how to let go of the bad shots. If you learn how to accept that you’ll have bad shots, it will gradually cancel out and you’ll eventually shoot good shots until you can perfect it. Let go and have fun,” shares 2007 Asian Archery Champion Earl Yap.

For the 2-time UAAP Champion Kiefer Ravena it’s about accepting criticisms. “Critics are your number one fans. They’re there when you do something bad. And I like to believe they’re still there when you do something good. Be motivated na lang to prove them wrong. Instead of looking at the negative, try to see the positive side, na concerned sila.”

With countless Christmas parties and sumptuous buffets this holiday season, Men’s Health gives you the low-down on 6 crazy diets that deliver realistic results in MH Extreme Diets. Learn more about the Juice Cleanse Diet, Paleo Diet, GM Diet, Morning Banana Diet, and Beer and Sausage Diet – as MH breaks down where these extreme eats are right, where they’re wrong, and more importantly, how you can make them work for you. Not only that, Men’s Health gives you the info on the unusual flab suspects you should avoid this festive month with Luquid Bombs. Remember, what you eat is not the only culprit behind the excess weight. You might be slurping it right now!

The December issue of Men’s Health with Brapanese model Hideo Muraoka on the cover is available in Summit Newsstands (, and in leading newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide for only P140. For more information, become a fan of on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Nike We Run, I Love!

Nike We Run Manila is one of the race events I mostly anticipate every year. I love the brand and the feel of its race. First time I joined was in 2011 (my race experience at this LINK); I also registered on the 2012 edition but failed to run the event due to an injury.

Nike's vision is to hold the race at a different venue each year, so when runners heard the news that 2013 will bring the race to Marikina City, this brought about a lot of skepticism among running enthusiasts. Even I doubted how a race of this magnitude (15,000 runners expected to join) will be staged at such a small city and unfamiliar (running) territory.

But the 1st of December, Coach Rio Dela Cruz proved every skeptic wrong. The event, in my opinion, is one of the most organized races this year, and only Runrio can pull this off. Its definitely on my top 5 races of 2013!

Flashback: October 25 - Upon announcement of the opening of registration for Nike We Run Manila 2013, I immediately did an online registration. It's safest to register as early as possible, as it's known that this race sells out even before the registration deadline. (And until now, I still don't understand some runners who keep on ranting that they weren't able to register because registration was closed way ahead of the deadline. You don't have to wait until the last day of registration, guys!)

The early bird registrant - ME!
There were no official announcements on how this year's shirt will look like. There's nothing that running sites and blogs can do except speculate - is it RED? Is it GREY? Is it BLACK? It's all exciting and only built bigger anticipation to the race.

Everyone only found out during the scheduled 4-day race kit claiming, which started November 21st. It's RED - my fave color! I also bought the matching Nike WE RUN cap at Nike Park.

Nike We Run Manila 2013 Race Kit
December 1 - With the Runrio SMS brigade a couple of days before the race, urging runners to go to the race venue early, I can't help but heed the warning. Marikina City is definitely not my turf, and paranoia of the difficulty of getting a decent parking slot made me plan to travel very early on race day. I traveled with Ryan and his sister Herlyn, meeting 11:30pm at Makati (the race gun start by the way is at 4pm).

It was a quick drive via C5 going to Marikina, and when we reached Sumulong Highway, we already saw some directional signs going to the designated parking areas. We skipped those as I was a bit confident we'll still get parking somewhere near Marikina Sports Center. We passed by the starting arc, still being set-up, and got a very lucky break! There were still a couple of parking slots at McDonalds just across the starting line!

The bigger surprise is that being there at about 12:30pm, there were already a number of runners that came earlier than us. It took us quite some time to get a table at McDo, where we had a light pre-race meal. We still had a lot of time to kill so we stayed a bit at our table, and then after, stayed at the car. We waited for the drizzle to stop before going out and took photos of the event venue. I can't help but be awed on the sheer number of people sporting their red Nike top, walking around, taking pictures and getting excited for the race.

Starting line arc still being setup and Sumulong Highway still open for traffic at this time
Spotted Coach Rio during event setup - he looks nervous yet determined to give everyone a great race!
With officemates and running buddies Fez and Migs
Before 3pm, runners were already heading to the assembly area, so we did as well, as the announcement was made that there would be two waves, and no runners will be allowed to run after 4:20pm. It's best to be in front on a big race such as this. The Marikina roads were not that wide so there will definitely be some human traffic congestion initially when runners are sent off. It was quite a long wait but runner friends eventually arrived who made the wait enjoyable.

Group-selfie or Groupie? Haha! The things you do to kill time.
The first wave of runners were released exactly 4pm with confetti and music. There were a lot of spectators and cheerers not just on the starting area but all along the route. The support from the city was great, and made the race as festive as it could possibly be, with residents on the sidewalk clapping and cheering and taking pictures, and kids smiling and high-fiving runners. (This was the same mood and feel when I had a race at CamSur.) There were also a number of music stations along the 10k route, reminiscent of Rexona Run to Your Beat, playing upbeat songs.

The 10km Marikina Race Route
Another smart innovation I noticed on the race is how they handled the hydration stations. As part of the first wave of runners, reaching the first hydration station, runners were directed by marshals to get water at the latter half of long hydration stations (I could not exaggerate further but the stations were really loooong), reserving the first half of the tables for the next wave. This way, there will be no shortage of water for all runners. Hydration personnel were moving as efficiently on the stations, quickly refilling cups of water and sports drinks. The manpower behind the race is really commendable.

Action shot - Nike cap, Nike shirt, Nike jacket, Nike running shorts, Nike Flyknit shoes.
Photo courtesy of Red Knight Runner.
I caught up eventually with my running buddy Ryan mid-way through the race and we just paced together until the finish line, clocking at 58 minutes (I love how the race ended at the track oval by the way). Finishing a decent time, there were still no queues at the loot area, which is again well-organized and well-manned. After claiming my loot, went back to the car to get my camera, of course for more event photos.

With Rhon (Photo courtesy of Art Mendoza) before we headed back to my car
With Teacher Cheryl and Rolly Speedy Titan
Group shot with Team Titans
Saw officemate Marte amid the crazily growing number of finishers inside the complex
With siblings Ryan and Herlyn
Post-race dinner at Max's Robinson's Metro East with Israel, Rhon, Ryan and Herlyn - We ate like we ran 42k. LOL!
A couple of days later, the race results were released at the official Nike We Run website.

Race results as consolidated by Speedy Titan Rolly
It only gets better and better! Kudos again to Coach Rio, Runrio and Nike for staging one of the best races of the year! I move. You move. Nike We Run Manila/Marikina rocks!

Alaska Krem-Top's Change for the Better Campaign

*** Press Release ***
Can a brand bring about positive change towards community progress and nation-building?  By encouraging everyone’s desire to change for the better during New Year, one brand did.

In 2010, Krem-Top was launched as a superior coffee creamer.  In the moments when people were open to changing many things in their lives, Krem-Top inspired people to chart their destinies through small and simple resolutions.

Richard Yap, best known as Sir Chief of the hit Be Careful With My Heart, as Krem-Top's ambassador
As Krem-Top started it’s Happy New Change campaign towards the New Year, Krem-Top encouraged Filipino’s positivism towards a bright future to be expressed in their resolutions.  This was done through an ad that showed a series of changes that they promised to make.  It challenged the viewers with the question – what will you change for the better?

In the succeeding years, Krem-Top continued the call for change through campaigns that emboldened people to be inspired and bring to life their resolutions. In throngs, people were motivated to make them no matter how small or mundane - all because everyone wanted to change for the better.

Papa Jack of 90.7 Love Radio is also an advocate of the campaign for a better Pilipinas
For 2013, Krem-Top pushes the envelope, telling Filipinos that small changes when done together can effect a change not just for the individual but for an entire country.  All it takes is the will and participation of the greater majority.

With the help of Krem-Top’s brand ambassadors Papa Jack and Richard Yap, a declaration of a better Pilipinas will not remain as a vision but a reality. Papa Jack does his best to really help his listeners through his love advices and life lessons in his radio program “True Love Confessions”. Richard Yap on the other hand serves as an inspiration as he continuously challenges himself to be better: from being a businessman to a commercial model, a singer and now one of the most sought after celebrity and endorser.

With Papa Jack and Sir Chief at the media launch at Wangfu Restaurant last December 5
Photo courtesy of Leslie Lim
Encapsulated in this year’s campaign line “Change For The Better Pilipinas”, Krem-Top’s advocacy has been all about making small changes to make a big impact. This year, those small changes are about to get bigger, as they rally the entire country to make a change. Simulan na ang pagbabago! Change for the Better Pilipinas!

Group shot with the bloggers, Richard Yap and Papa Jack
Photo courtesy of Justin Gomez
For more information, log on to our facebook page: or follow us on twitter: @kremtopPH

Anawim Grace Run for a Cause on January 26, 2014

WHAT: Anawim Grace Fun Run 2014
WHEN: January 26, 2014 (Sunday)
WHERE: Tiendesitas, Pasig City
Race Categories: 3km, 5km, 10km
Race Beneficiary: ANAWIM (Home of the Abandoned Elderly)
Facebook Page:

Registration Fees:
3K – Php 400
5K – Php 550
10K – Php 650

Race Inclusions:
- Singlet
- Race Bib
- Finisher Medals for ALL categories

In-Store Registration Sites at these MIZUNO outlets:
- Mall of Asia
- Alabang Town Center
- Robinson's Galleria
- Trinoma

Enervon Activ's WILL TO WIN Holiday Promo

Beat sports fatigue, train harder and be rewarded for it! If you have the will to push yourself, avail of the Enervon Activ Will to Win Promo. Get guaranteed discounts up to 70% off on premium Rudy Project gear online on select watches, shades, helmets and more. To avail, just purchase 60 Enervon Activ capsules from Mercury Drug Stores. Promo is from Dec 1, 2013 – Jan 31, 2014. Visit now the Enervon Activ Facebook page for more details. (

adidas miCoach SMART RUN GPS Watch

miCoach SMART RUN Gives Runners Everything They Need in One Device

*** Press Release ***
Philippines, Friday, 29 November 2013 – adidas introduces the miCoach SMART RUN, the most advanced and intuitive wrist based running device on the market. For the first time, runners will be able to track their runs using GPS mapping, monitor their heart rate off their wrist, listen to their favorite music and get real-time coaching in a single, simple, color touch screen running watch.

As SMART RUN uses optical technology to track your heart rate from your wrist, there are no cables, straps and additional sensors with this unique all-in-one device. A built-in accelerometer counts every step so you can monitor your stride rate. GPS tracks your speed, distance and logs your route and an MP3 player with Bluetooth® wireless audio delivers music and audible coaching guidance, eliminating the need for head phone cables and music players.

“By combining the latest innovations, such as the Mio Wrist Based Continuous Heart Rate Technology, design and ease of use navigation, we consciously defied the rules that define other running watches,” said Simon Drabble, director of miCoach at adidas.

“But it’s not just that which sets us apart from the competition. As part of the miCoach training system, it truly unlocks the runner’s full potential by making smart training easy and accessible. Whether you’re starting a new running program, training for a 10k or competing in another marathon, miCoach SMART RUN will make your training more efficient so you get the results you want,” continued Drabble.

Interval (or zone) training is the best way to improve strength, speed and endurance. The miCoach system is founded on this concept with four colored zones – blue, green, yellow and red. SMART RUN uses these zones to coach you throughout your workout. Guidance comes in various forms including vibration, through the 1.45” color touch screen display and, if you are using a Bluetooth headset, the coach will tell you to speed up or slow down.

Drabble continued, “Many runners fail to get the most out of their current running watches. Building training plans, transferring workouts and personalizing display information is cumbersome with these devices. With SMART RUN we change this. It is fully integrated with our web platform so training plans, completed workouts and settings are synced seamlessly over WLAN.”

Smart training is not just about intervals. You will need to combine cardio with strength and flexibility to get the results you want and SMART RUN excels here too. More than 400 anatomically correct animations combine to make hundreds of workouts and plans. The animations play right on the watch helping to guide you correctly through each repetition and circuit.

“The completeness and simplicity of Smart Run is astounding.” Terrence Mahon, Lead Endurance Coach, UK Athletics Federation said.  “The visual and audible guidance for interval training is a leap forward from any other watch available. Another aspect that is often overlooked by runners is how important strength and flexibility workouts are in realizing performance gain and reducing injuries. To have this guidance on the watch too is truly groundbreaking.”

Unrivaled in innovation and feature-set, the miCoach SMART RUN is completed with premium design language and fine styling, including athletic lines, stainless steel trim, high performance guerrilla glass and magnesium.

The miCoach SMART RUN is available for purchase exclusively at the adidas eShop ( at a retail price of PHP 19,995 from 1st December 2013.

About adidas miCoach
miCoach is an interactive training service for anyone who wants to train for his or her favorite sport, general fitness or just for fun. Bringing the knowledge and experience of adidas’ elite coaching partners to the masses, miCoach provides users with real-time coaching and all the tools they need to track performance and monitor progress to get the results they want. The breadth of the offer includes a free to access web platform and training community with hundreds of free training plans, free mobile apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 as well as a comprehensive range of devices for tracking all aspects of performance, both in game and in training. Visit

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Alaska Aces Launch Aces App

*** Press Release ***
Alaska Aces: 
First PBA team to have their own Smartphone App!

Alaska Aces players showing the mobile app
The Alaska Aces, one of the most successful franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association, formally launched the Alaska Aces App. This is another innovation which brings the team closer to the public and to it's fans (Gatas Republik)

"Launching the Alaska Aces app is about giving our fans continuous access to the team. In the connected and digital world we live in, we realize how people tend to engage and this app provides such an opportunity." said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, Aces Team Owner. We have always sought to be a pioneer in the PBA, so whether it be the first team to provide rings to a Championship team, to retiring a player's number or develop a dedicated website, Alaska has been at the forefront of new developments. "My favorite saying is GOOD ENOUGH, NEVER IS. And that applies to all aspects of the franchise. I'm confident this new feature will be enjoyed by all our fans and perhaps attract new ones." Uytengsu added.

Wilfred Steven Uytengsu providing a sneak peak of the app to the media
The Alaska Aces App was formally launched last November 27 at the Imperial Ice Bar, The Fort Strip, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The Alaska Aces became the first team in the PBA to have their own Smartphone Application which allows the public to have access to the current events, news, updated team profile pictures and videos of the Alaska Aces.

The Alaska Aces App is free and may be downloaded through any Android or iPhone.

Alaska Aces team manager Richard Bachmann said the Alaska Aces App allows fans to be updated with their favorite Alaska Aces players and to see their activities on and off the court.

Event hosts Angel and Tony at the Imperial Ice Bar
Alaska fans may also win cool prizes from the Alaska Aces through the Passport feature in the Alaska Aces App. The Passport feature keeps the fans updated about big events and activities of the Alaska Aces. Regular use of the App gives the user points in which entitles them to get great prizes.

Bloggers at the Alaska Aces App launch (photo courtesy of Leslie Lim)
The Alaska Aces has become one of the most successful PBA teams while adhering to the guiding principle set forth by team owner Fred Uytengsu of winning with integrity and always practicing fair play.

Like other PBA teams, the Alaska Aces has their own Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. In addition, Alaska Aces is the only PBA team with its own website (, and now Smartphone App.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Nike We Run Manila 2013 Ignites the Filipino Spirit of Unity

14,000 runners stand together in a moment of solidarity for Philippines

We Run MNL 2013 flags off 14000 runners in Marikina City
*** Press Release***
Philippines, December 1, 2013 – Nike enabled 14,000 Filipino runners today in the third edition of the Nike We Run Manila held at Marikina City. Bringing to life the Filipino spirit of unity, runners signed up in pairs to run 10km and stood in solidarity at the finish as a mark of respect to the recent events in Visayas region of Philippines.  

In honoring the Filipino spirit of unity, or samahan spirit, the race was a testament to Filipinos who encourage each other regardless in times of adversity or ambition. “The Nike We Run Manila 2013 serves runners by offering them a unique platform to run alongside a global community of runners. This year, we fueled the samahan spirit by encouraging runners to sign up and run the race together with a buddy for their fellow kababayan” says Courtney Cole-Faso, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

14000 runners stand in solidarity for PH at We Run MNL 2013
Nike We Run Manila is part of Nike’s global We Run series. Aimed at motivating and inspiring athletes around the world, more than 350,000 runners would have taken over 3 billion strides in We Run races in 26 cities by the end of 2013, motivated by Nike+ and Nike Running design innovations.

Nike’s We Run races range in distance from 5K to a full marathon, and capture the unique enthusiasm of each city. From Sao Paolo to Seoul to Singapore, each city will be moved to action through a series of unique experiences for runners. Tailored to each individual city, the We Run races will build on the aesthetic of each landscape through an interactive run course -

Nike We Run Manila 2013 Winners