13 April 2014

Brooks Run Happy 3/e, 11 May 2014

Brooks Run Happy is back! 

On 11 May 2014, Brooks brings another cross country challenge in the form of obstacle courses with a mix of on and off-road terrain and the scenic view of Tanay, Rizal.  This is one race runners should not miss out on! 

Brooks Run Happy 3 Race Kit

Brooks Run Happy 3 Finisher's Medal 

Brooks Run Happy 3 Race Shirt

For more details and race updates, you may click here or Like Brooks Run Happy on Facebook.  Brooks Run Happy is brought to you by the people from SRI (Brooks) and Without Limits.  REGISTER NOW!

11 April 2014

Etude House Invites Princesses and Families to Run for Fun, 25 May 2014

Here's a fun run event not only for the princesses out there but also for athletes, celebrities, health buffs, men, women, students, cosplayers, and families! Etude Princess Run features 3K, 5K, 10K race categories happening on May 25, 2014 at 5 AM at 34th corner 9th avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.  Race registration started last March 15 and will end on April 15.  Entry fees are P 600 for the 3K and 5K distances and P 800 for the 10K category inclusive of a race singlet, bib, and race map.  

“We encourage men, women, students, professionals, athletes, celebrities, health buffs and even, cosplayers to sign up and participate in the Etude House Princess Run. We want to bring together Filipino families for this fun event. We hope to see everyone enjoying with their loved ones on May 25,” said Etude House Philippines President Andrea Amado.

Online registration is available at www.etudehouse.com.ph. Payments are accepted at four (4) Etude House branches: SM North EDSA, Eastwood Mall, SM Southmall and Glorietta 3. The race kit can be redeemed once payment is done in the stores.

Etude House Pink Member Card Holders get 100 off from the registration fee and will receive tutu skirts in their race kits to wear during the event.

Cosplayers are also encouraged to enter the 3K category and run in their favorite costumes with their rubber shoes. They also get P100 off the registration fee. “For extra fun, we want cosplayers to join. They can wear head gears, accessories and colorful costumes. The more creative, the better,” added Amado.

Prizes Fit For Royals

Etude Princess Run participants will get the chance to win exciting prizes. Top 3 males and females from each category will receive products from Etude House, medals and Gold’s Gym membership.

Finishers will also receive a special passport which will be used as passes to the Etude Pink Fair where they can enjoy fun activities and game booths. The passport will also entitle them to special gifts and exciting freebies.

Proceeds will support the YesPinoy Foundation, an organization headed by actor Dingdong Dantes, Jr. that rally all Filipinos, of all ages and from all sectors and background, to support diverse advocacies and programs. The foundation aims to empower Filipinos to help those in need and to contribute effectively and efficiently.



One Chair, One Child #UpuanParaSaKinabukasan is YesPinoy Foundation and Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc., partnership to rebuild and equip a school in a community devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November last year.

Estancia, a second-class municipality in northern Iloilo, is about 135 kilometers from Iloilo City. It is known as "the Alaska of the Philippines" because of its rich and diverse marine life. However, due to overfishing, pollution and dangerous fishing methods, the waters of Estancia have of late failed to produce as much as they did in years past. The whole municipality has suffered because of this.

Different areas of Estancia were badly affected by Yolanda. For, example, the storm was so powerful that the roof of Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College was completely blown off.

One building that was severely damaged was Estancia Central Elementary School, where more than 3,000 children study. They have endeavored to continue with their education, in spite of the terrible destruction, determined to fix their flood-ruined schoolbooks and other materials. They went back to school on November 25, 2013, among the ruins of their building. Surely, however, they deserve better.

Jose Sixto "Dingdong" Dantes, actor and founder of YesPinoy Foundation, is originally from Iloilo, and has been spearheading efforts to relief and rehabilitation in Estancia since mid-November, the first week after Yolanda struck.

One of the things that Dingdong committed to the people of Estancia is to rebuild Estancia Central Elementary School, this will be ready by June 2014. Yes!Pinoy Foundation has donated P 1,636,164.66 to the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) for the construction of the school.

At the same time, we at Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc., have been increasingly aware of the need for different NGOs and CSOs to collaborate and work hand in hand in the process of rebuilding Yolanda affected areas. The magnitude of work is enormous, and no organization can do it alone. Since one of our key advocacies is education, when we were approached by Dingdong to partner with them in this project, our immediate response was, "Yes!" And so "One Child, One Chair" was born.  

Who knows who'll be sitting in these chairs one day? It could be a scientist who cures HIV/AIDS or a certain kind of cancer. It could be a peace-maker who solves our decades-long problems in Mindanao. It could even be a future President of the Republic of the Philippines. Education is the seat of the country's future. What a privilege to be able to say, "I supported the seat of my country's future!”

Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc. and Yes!Pinoy Foundation are partnering together to raise funds for the 3000 chairs needed for the new Estancia Central Elementary School. Anyone can give toward one, two or even more chairs so the students in Estancia Central Elementary School can have his or her very own chair!

We appeal not only to Filipinos all over the world, but also to those who are like-minded, who believe that education is the greatest leveler. It gives children everywhere an opportunity to grow to their full potential so they can have the best future possible. Education truly is an investment into the future.


Lifeline Foundation Support Team Inc (www.ineedalifeline.org) is a group of educators, artists, medical professionals, architects, students, musicians and engineers, who all have busy lives, but have one thing in common. We are people who care, dedicated to the relief of the oppressed and the empowering of the victim-minded. Lifeline Foundation, founded by Jose Luis Gonzalez, Candace Schmidt and their friends, began with a suicide prevention hotline in 2003, and within the same year started giving free medical, dental assistance, along with free food and groceries, clothes and blankets to several Mangyan tribes of Mindoro. We began to, as Filipinos, sense a greater call to a global responsibility to the human need, and we were proud to send a mission in December 2005 to war-torn Rwanda in Africa. Third world helping third world, proving we have a lot to give. Our most recent endeavors involve helping the island and coastal fishing communities in northern Iloilo that were affected by the recent typhoon.

Donation details will be posted at www.ineedalifeline.org and www.yespinoy.org. Or call Betty Romero, Lifeline Foundation Deputy Director, at 0917 580 4902 or 836 2514 for details.

02 April 2014

PDIC Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte Benefit Run, 4 May 2014

The Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte, a Benefit Run for typhoon Yolanda survivors, is happening on 4 May 2014, Sunday, 5 AM at the PNB Financial Center, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.  Spearheaded by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), the Benefit Run aims to promote public awareness on PDIC and its role in protecting the environment, and to raise funds to build disaster-resilient shelters for families in Leyte in partnership with Gawad Kalinga.

Around 3,000 runners are expected to join the Benefit Run with three distance categories: 3K (P400), 5K (P400), 10K (P600).  Assembly time is at 5:00 AM.  Registration Centers are: Toby's SM Mall of Asia, Toby's SM North, R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, BGC, PDIC 8/F SSS Building, Ayala Ave. corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati.  You may also register online.  For more details, please visit www.pdic.gov.ph.

Let's help rebuild communities for typhoon Yolanda victims! Run with me in the 10K event.  See you at the starting line!

30 March 2014

Run United 1. Runrio Trilogy 2014 Half Marathon (21K) Finisher, 16 March 2014

Who would have expected I get a complimentary 21km race kit considering registration for this particular distance had closed in just two days?  Well, lucky enough to get a slot through Que and Jinoe, Takbo.ph site owners, who registered me in this race. I was one of the 5,000 runners for the half marathon alone (out of the total 12,000) who showed up at the SM Mall of Asia early Sunday morning last March 16.  For my part, I was surprised by the large turnout of half marathon runners as I waited for the gun start of Wave 2.  Glad though to be in that wave as I had a chance to catch up with some fellow (ultra) runner friends whom I haven’t seen in a while.

Since the long run is such an embedded facet of marathon training, this race was typically a training run for my upcoming marathon race few months from now.

Since I got myself into extreme distance running, I’ve been going to a snail’s pace, so (my finish time in this event) I considered it as a slight improvement in my pace.  Anyhow, aimed to shave time off my half marathon PR soon.   

Kudos to Unilab Active Health and RUNRIO Team for another successful event!

29 March 2014

Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) International Fundraising Art Exhibition, 6-26 April 2014

International and Filipino Artists Create Exhibition to Support Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Relief Efforts

On  6 April 2014, a consortium of international and Filipino artists will open the Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014. This exhibition, which features art works from over 40 international artists and 17 Filipino artists, showcases the support from the art community from around the world for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014 was conceptualized by Singapore National Artist Goh Beng Kwan and Filipino artist Florence Cinco when they and other artists from the ASEAN region convened to celebrate the 86th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Thailand. Alongside Mr. Goh Beng Kwan and Mr. Cinco, the consortium of artists participating in the exhibition includes Mr. Ilseon Ryu (Korea), President and Art Director of Ecorea Biennale Committee and President of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Art & Research; Ms. Grete Marstein (Norway), President of the Norwegian Artists Copyright Association and International Vice President of the International Association of Art (UNESCO); Mr. Trinh Tuan (Vietnam); Mr. Daniel Houle Jayd (Canada), and Mr. Wattanachot Tungateja (Thailand). The exhibition is organized and curated by Mr. Florence Cinco, Mr. Red Mansueto, and Ms. Aimee Villas Adalla.

 Catalogs of some of the artworks to be featured in the exhibition

Each of the artists participating in the Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014 has contributed an artwork in support of the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the Visayas region. All proceeds from the art works sold during the exhibition will go to MyShelter Foundation, whose Liter of Light program provides low-cost, simple solar lighting to disaster-stricken areas, creating local jobs, teaching green skills, and empowering local communities.

Since Haiyan struck, thousands of people have lived without electricity. As a result, women feel unsafe, children cannot study at night, and households remain dependent on expensive or unreliable forms of lighting (i.e., kerosene, candles) to survive. In the most devastated communities, these alternative energy sources have already run out. MyShelter Foundation was the first organization to respond to the immediate need for lighting in Palo, Leyte, providing the cheapest form of lighting through its Liter of (Night) Lights and street lamps, which were assembled and installed in the community within 40 days of the disaster.

Liter of Light’s efforts to aid the Typhoon Haiyan victims focus on assembling and installing night lights and street lamps for 228 bunkhouses in Leyte and Samar, the areas most affected by Typhoon Haiyan. At a cost of just US $9 per beneficiary, MyShelter Foundation’s Liters of Light will bring light and hope to over 27,000 people displaced and affected by the storm.

Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014 runs from 6-26 April 2014 at Galleria Duemila. For more information, please call telephone number +63 2 831.9990; telefax number +63 2 833.9815 and look for Thess Ponce or Mark Arvin Patiag. For more information on Galleria Duemila, visit www.galleriaduemila.com for details and event happenings or e-mail gduemila@gmail.com.

For more information on Haiyan International Fundraising Art Exhibition 2014, click here.  

You may visit www.aliteroflight.org or e-mail info@aliteroflight.org for more information on the Liter of Light and MyShelter Foundation. 

17 March 2014

Earth Day Network's PRO-EARTH RUN, 12 April 2014

On 12 April 2014, 4:30 AM, at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Earth Day Network Philippines will stage its first-ever fun run, PRO-EARTH RUN 2014. 

PRO-EARTH RUN is an advocacy run to encourage people to protect, respect, and oversee the sensible and sustainable care for Mother Earth. It is presented by Malungai Life Oil, an organic and all-natural highly concentrated extract obtained from Malunggay leaves and seeds.

Earth Day Network Philippines is the local counterpart of the global Earth Day Network International. It is a network organization that campaigns for environmental citizenship, spearheading the annual April 22nd  Earth Day Celebration by partnering with government agencies, non-government organizations, private corporations, academic institutions, religious groups, and environmental advocates.






P 500

5:30 AM

Singlet, Bib, Freebies*


P 500

5:45 AM

Singlet, Bib, Freebies*


P 500

6:00 AM

Singlet, Bib, Freebies*

* Sponsors’ goodwill freebies good while supplies last 

PRO-EARTH RUN is supported by UPS, PCSO, First Gen, Merrell, Globe, The Body Shop, Holcim, Free Food Co. Coco Dolce, Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, Business World, Manila Times, Circuit Magazine, 106.7 Energy FM, 107.5 Win Radio, SM Tickets, SM Cinema, Digi Post, and Mother Earth advocates and runners.

17 February 2014

Corregidor International Half Marathon Finisher (4th : 2014 : Corregidor Island, Cavite City)

Finally, a post from me!  Been such a long time! No christmas nor new year greeting, no running recap for 2013, not even a countdown.  Oh well, just one of those days when sometimes we just have to cut ourselves some slack. Late post but still wishing everyone a blessed 2014!

On Joining and Finishing the 4th CIHM

There were attempts made to join the Corregidor International Half Marathon (CIHM) since its inception in 2010, but for some reason it just wouldn't work with my schedule until last year.  Both the Corregidor Marathon and CIHM events, however, were rescheduled to January 11 and 12 respectively instead of December last year to give way to relief operations in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda. Months have passed since my last post yet no matter how hard I tried, the words just wouldn't flow or it was difficult to recap in words so let me show you some pictures instead.
Crossing the Finish Line in over two hours
Half marathon runners took off early Sunday morning.
Can you find me in the crowd?
This is but one of the picturesque views of the Island.
(Photo courtesy of 
Jing, my niece)

The Mile-long Barracks said to be the longest in the world.(Photo courtesy of Jing, my niece)
Running near the Mile-long Barracks ruins.

With the newest Soleus Brand Ambassador celebrity Gerard Pizzaras (on my right) who amazingly finished both the 42k and 21k distance categories. I also had the chance to meet
his equally famous runner friends who are also into running and multisport events. 
With my niece, Jing, who regrettably didn't make it in time for
her supposedly first 5K race in Corregidor because of work assignment.
There'll always be a next time, niece!

With beaming 10k finisher fellow Fishers of Men choir member, Jessica D.
Congratulations, Jess!
The Finish Arch for 21K and 10K finishers.  That tiny orange speck is me on my way to
the Finish Line.  Woohoo!
Seeing fellow blogger Atty. Raymund aka Everybody Loves Raymund at the Starting Line on a cold early Saturday morning. We were both spectators and waiting for the Corregidor Marathon side event runners to take off.  

Congratulations to Big, Big, Big on both a successful and a memorable half marathon running.  Such a smoothly run event.  Awesome job by everyone. Many, many thanks to Edward Kho on the work you are doing for the running community and tourism.  Great thanks to Mr. Rolando Portes, General Manager of Sun Cruises for ensuring our stay in the Island comfortable and welcoming. I look forward to doing the event again!

Related posts: 

13 November 2013

ONE RUN : Walk/Run for the Victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), 16 November 2013

No bibs, medals, lootbags, or hydration.  It's about helping out the typhoon victims.

Been wanting to do my share after watching the plight of the typhoon survivors on TV. I have run "I Shall Return 50K" in Tacloban last August.  As the images unfolded before my eyes, what I saw is no longer the Tacloban I once knew and have run.  Don't know how some of my friends, especially the runners who ran and paced with me, fared after the typhoon.  Seeing the recent blog post of fellow "Happy Feet" runner blogger Jaymie a.k.a. The Bull Runner, I knew then that NOW is the time to help in any way we can. As of writing, I have prepared some of the stuff I'm giving away. It's the least I can do.  See you there!

12 November 2013

Corregidor Half and Full Marathon 2013 Rescheduled to 11-12 January 2014

Received an email from Team Corregidor Race Director about the rescheduling of the Corregidor running event. Below, please find the full text of the organizer's email.

The entire Filipino nation is grieving.  In light of our country's current state of calamity and our of respect to all our suffering compatriots and to make way for the relief efforts of individuals and organized groups for all those affected by this calamity, Corregidor Marathon and the 4th Corregidor International Half Marathon is rescheduled to 11-12 January 2014 respectively.   
Further convincing us of the decision to reschedule the events is the forecast of the local weather agency that there are 3 to 4 more typhoons expected to hit the country before the year ends. It is more prudent to decide as early as now than deciding on it a few days leading to event day when all preparations have been set. 
The Runner's Briefing on November 30 and December 1 will push through at 100 Miles Café in Fort Strip, however.  All race participants' bookings with Sun Cruises will automatically be transferred to the corresponding new dates.   Likewise,  race registration will continue up to 3 January 2014.
We are encouraging everyone to help in any way they can during this difficult time. 
Thank you for your understanding. 
Edward Kho
Race Director
Team Corregidor-4th CIHM

Related link: Corregidor Half and Marathon Organizer's Official Statement 

03 November 2013

Cavinti Adventure Trail Marathon, 30 Nov. 2013

The town of Cavinti, Laguna is hosting for the [very] first time a trail run marathon on November 30 with runners completing a scenic loop deep within forest trails and rough roads, woodlands, rivers, falls, and a lake.

CAVINTI Road and Trail Adventure Marathon
30 Nov. 2013 - 4:30 AM
Cavinti Town Plaza, Cavinti, Laguna

Organizer: Cavinti Sports and Tourism Council

42K – P 1,200 / 21K –  P 800  / 12K – P 500  / 6K – P 300 
(Inclusive of singlet, finisher’s shirt/medal [for] 42k and 21k categories, race bibs, packed lunch, and [race] guidelines)

Cutoff Times


10 hours


5 hours


3 hours


1.5 hours

Finisher's shirt
The 42-km route will have mild to cool temperature, moderate to steep rolling hills, several river crossings one of which will lead to the Cavinti Underground River, moderate elevation gains, and scenic views of surrounding mountains, wildflower meadows and lake.

The [race] will start at Cavinti Town Plaza fronting the historic Our Lady Parish Church and end at the Bumbungan Eco Park Falls where runners will be treated with a sumptuous lunch after they cross the finish line.

Conveniently placed refilling stations will be provided in different points of the route. To ensure an environmentally friendly race, runners are encouraged to bring their own hydration bottles, hydration backpacks, hydration belts or any hydration gear as no cups will be provided.

There will be a 10 + 1 promo for every group of 10 runners who will register together. One (1) race packet will be given for FREE for a distance not exceeding the longest distance a member has registered in (e.g., if a group registers for 5x12k and 5x21k, 1 free race kit for 12k or 21k shall be given). 

[This] promo is up to 16 Nov. 2013 ONLY! Register now!