Run For The Angels: Truly Worth It


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Took my Soleus running watch and Helo healthband at the Run for the Angels. Photo credit: Camp Big Falcon

It’s not very often that I get to join a race outside of Metro Manila, even if it’s just a hour’s drive or two away. And when I get the chance, I would certainly go for it. Just like the Run for the Angels at Vista Mall Sta. Rosa.

I arrived early for the 4am trip at the Buendia terminal for south-bound buses, which will drop me off at Sta. Rosa Exit to make in time for the 5:50am gun start. But it’s been half an hour since the 4am trip should’ve have left. Each minute ticked away and it felt like forever. A quarter before 5, the first bus loaded the passengers according to the number of seats available. Considering the 1 hour travel time from Manila to Sta. Rosa, I will definitely be late for the 5:50am gun start. So I boarded the bus even if it means I had to stand.

When I reached the venue after a 15-minute trike ride, the final category (3K) has just made its 10-second countdown. When Tita Margot Tipon of Active Pinas handed me my 5-mile bib, I hurriedly changed into my running clothes. I was literally the last runner to leave start line!

With so much adrenaline pumping through my system, I was at my top speed after the second kilometre, running past 2-mile and 5-mile runners, and some of the 10-mile runners even. I had to admit that the race route was unexplored inside an exclusive village. The streets were lined up with towering trees, greens and a lot of fresh cool air filling in my lungs with each breath, which helped me with a better VO2 max.

We 5-milers went through another iron-gated village, which was purposely opened just for this race and I was awed with amazement at the landscaping – more pine trees and even more towering old trees! It felt like I was running in the outskirts of the city. It was serene. It was peaceful. It was invigorating.

Whilst the race was a green race, Active Pinas with the support of some running groups, provided for the hydration of the participants in various spots along the course.

I was running relentlessly that I realised I was running a bit too fast, only to be caught up in the traffic less than 200 metres away from the finish line. I crossed the finish line at about 6:58am. And based on my calculation, since I was 18 minutes late, I completed my 5-mile race in about 40 minutes.

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The now grown up Josh (left) helping out the finish line marshals with hydration.

As most of my friends are in the corporate world just like me, races are a great way to catch up with them. And it’s also great to see how much Joshua Tipon has grown up! After finishing his 3.2 kilometre race, Josh was seen helping out the the hydration at the finish line. I learned that Dave Tipon was with his classmates so I didn’t see him at all. It was also an opportunity to see Tita Margot after a long time as I don’t get to see her as compared to Eric whom I get to meet in running events.

During the awarding, three members of the Ayala Triads – Criselda del Rosario (5-mi second place), Rhina Sison and Seanna Swift (10-mi third and first place, respectively) made it to the podium!

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Ayala Triads contingent at the Run for the Angels, together with podium finishers Criselda, Rhina and Seannah. #ProudToBeTriads

The race was nothing short of fun. I absolutely enjoyed every mile of it as I seldom get to see such refreshing race route. Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos as I don’t usually bring my phone with me.

The race venue was great as Vista Mall allowed the use of its spacious washrooms for us runners to change into our fresh clothes. Also, fastfood chains in the vicinity served our post-race meals. And nearby, there’s a van terminal bound for Manila, which was very convenient for commuters.

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With Active Pinas’s Eric and Tita Margot. Thank you for a great experience!

Even though I had to run late for the race, still it was all worth my time and effort. I was compensated by the new and unforgettable experience yet again. Something that may be not duplicated by other races. And the BEST thing about the race is that, the runners have extended more happiness to the beneficiaries of the event, an orphanage in Silang, Cavite.

Thank you, Active Pinas and Congratulations for a successful race!
Did I say I’m looking forward to more races with you?!

Super Heroes Run: Manila


TV5 Superheroes Run: ManilaAs kids, we all dreamed and wished to become at some point in our lives, a superhero. Because we want to protect ourselves from being bullied, we want to protect and save the people we love and care for. These aspirations stemmed out from what we’ve watch on the telly and in the movies.

As we come of age, we realised that to be a superhero does not necessarily mean to have superpowers. All you need is a caring heart and the passion to help. And these all live within ourselves.

TV5 is inviting the superhero in you to join TV5 Superheroes RUn: Manila happening on 25 February 2017. And with every registration, a portion will be donated to the Alagang Kapatid Foundation (AKFI).

TV5 Superheroes Run: Manila
25 February 2016, 3am
Block 16 SM MOA Open Grounds

Registration Details: TV5 Superheroes Run:Manila
Hurry up as slots are limited!

  • 16k – 400 slots
  • 10k – 600 slots
  • 5k – 850 slots
  • 200m – 150 slots

How to Register:
Registration runs until 15 February

Online: Log on to www.superherorun.d5.studio

In Store:
Chris Sports Branches

  • Glorietta SM Mall of Asia
  • SM North EDSA SM City BF
  • SM Megamall Market Market

Finisher Medals:TV5 Superheroes Run:Manila

Finisher Shirt:TV5 Superheroes Run:Manila200m Kids Goodies:

TV5 Superheroes Run: Manila goodies for 200m kid finishers.

TV5 Superheroes Run: Manila goodies for 200m kid finishers.

Race Route 16K:TV5 Superheroes Run: Manila 16k race route
Race Route 10K:TV5 Superheroes Run: Manila 10k race route

Race Route 5K:TV5 Superheroes Run: Manila 5k race route

See you all at the race!

2017 Run United Exceed: Breeding A New Generation Of Half-Marathoners


run-united-exceed2017 marks another huge milestone for ActiveHealth as it challenges the runners to Exceed themselves in a more defined and all-exclusive half marathon distance through the Run United Exceed co-presented by Tag Heuer happening on 2 April 2017, at BGC. Run United Exceed aims to breed a new generation of half marathoners who are able to finish the race within 2 hours and 30 minutes. A moving cut off banner will be deployed along the route to keep all participants reminded of the target finish time.

Run United Exceed
2 April 2017, 3am
BGC

Registration Fee: Php1,350.00
Cut-Off Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

What’s with the 2 hour 30 minute cut-off? What’s in it for the runners?

Pusuan mo to, bes!

  • Exclusive medal for sub230 finishers!
  • FREE UNDER ARMOUR shoes to the first 15 medal finishers with a negative split.
  • Discounted privileges from partner merchants and a Run United Exceed Kit inclusive of race shirt, event shirt and other items for all participants.
  • Guaranteed slots to Angkor Wat International Marathon or Angkor Wat International Half Marathon for two (2) lucky finishers!


Sub230 Finisher’s Medal:

Run United Exceed Sub230 Finisher's Medal

Run United Exceed Sub230 Finisher’s Medal

Run United Exceed Race Shirt:

Run United Exceed Race Shirt

Run United Exceed Race Shirt

With Tag Heur as co-presenter, the race puts up a challenge for all finishers to shatter their perception of time and go against their greatest enemy – themselves.

“We want to build a new generation of athletes whose objective is not to just to finish, but to EXCEED,” shared Mr. Lester Castillo, Brand Manager of ActiveHealth.

ActiveHealth Complete Nutrition System

ActiveHealth Complete Nutrition System

For more information about Run United Exceed, ActiveHealth and ActiveHealth Community App, please visit http://www.activehealth.ph and stay connected through facebook.com/UnilabActiveHealth and twitter.com/ulactivehealth.

ActiveHealth Community App (AHC) is now available in Google Play and iOS.

See you on race day!

Kick Your Way to Barcelona: The BEKO Grand Kick-off Challenge


Getting ready for the BEKO Philippines Kick Your Way To Barcelona: The Grand Kick-Off Challenge

Getting ready for the BEKO Philippines Kick Your Way To Barcelona: The Grand Kick-Off Challenge

BEKO, one of the largest home appliance brands in Europe, has finally landed in the Philippines and has partnered with FC Barcelona – one of the biggest names in the international football league.

The program, dubbed as “Kick Your Way to Barcelona”, attracted football enthusiast to join the kick-off challenge last 14 January 2017, held at Sparta Philippines, a fitness centre along Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City. The event was limited to 45 non-pro football participants. Prior to the start of the event, football enthusiasts arrived to the venue early to do some practice kicks.

As the day progressed, all participants have completed the first round, with only one being able to kick a ball inside a customized mock up washing machine goal from a designated distance of twenty (20) feet. The second round saw more participants making at least one goal. At the end of the qualifying round, 17 participants made it to the Final Round happening on 10 February 2017. The Final 17 are as follows:

Top Seven Qualifiers : Kianna Subido; Rudolf Peralta; Nichol John Gacasa; Dylan Dylanco; Fatima Marie Gomez; Jayson Biadog & Rafael Halili.

Wild Card Finalists: Charmie Christine Tomaneng; Mary Anne Ting; Nicolai Peralta; George Ricafrente; Kim Martin Viray; Kevin James Olayvar; Rico Butlig; Edelyn Ison; Ricky Abella; and John Candido.

The Top 7 Qualifiers received a limited edition Beko-FC Barcelona gym bag for being able to shoot the ball more than once within the one (1) minute duration, and with Subido the only participant to shoot the ball given the three initial attempts.

The BEKO Philippines Kick Your Way To Barcelona participants doing practice kicks.

The BEKO Philippines Kick Your Way To Barcelona participants doing practice kicks.

During the Final Round on February 10, 2017, the final qualifiers shall be given three (3) attempts within one (1) minute each to try and kick the ball inside a customized mock up washing machine goal from a designated distance of twenty (20) feet. The participant with the most goals shall be declared the grand winner. In case of a tie, the shoot around with 3 attempts and one minute limit shall be repeated until one emerges as the grand winner.

The winner will receive a plane ticket for one (1) to Barcelona, Spain, a ticket to an FC Barcelona match to be held at Camp Nou, hotel accommodations, and city tour.

BEKO Philippines also runs the “Witness the Victory 2.0!” Experience Camp Nou and Enjoy Barcelona for Free promo. Now on its second year, the raffle promo runs from November 15, 2016 until January 31, 2017 and is open to all buyers of BEKO products.

Beko Executives with DTI Representative & Kick Your Way to Barcelona Grand Qualifiers

Beko Executives with DTI Representative & Kick Your Way to Barcelona Grand Qualifiers

Two (2) winners will be drawn and each will enjoy a trip for two (2) to Barcelona, Spain to watch an FC Barcelona match live in April 2017. The tax free prizes include Two (2) Round Trip Tickets to Barcelona, hotel accommodations with breakfast for 2, Barcelona City Tour, and Two (2) La Liga Match Box Tickets.

BEKO: The Official Partner of the Everyday

The consumers’ way of living has evolved throughout the years. While consuming, this “smart generation” also wants to save. They do not want to waste natural resources, their time, and family budgets. On the other hand, they also do not want to compromise on quality, technology and design.

BEKO gets inspired by this generation’s changing needs and lifestyles and strives to give them the best and most beneficial solutions through innovative products. By listening to millions of consumers in more than 100 countries, BEKO has developed various smart solutions to cater to the needs of different people, different cultures, and different ways of life

With its wide range of kitchen and laundry appliances, BEKO never stops thinking about innovations and novel ways to overcome challenges. BEKO also respects the environment by offering resource-efficient and environmentally friendly products with superior technologies and stylish design.

Given all these, BEKO prides itself as the official partner of all the stories of your house. We’re your partner in the best moments, like when you’re celebrating with your friends, and we also stand by you in your not so good moments, to help you get over them in the best possible way. We’re the official partner of the families that don’t surrender, that build a good team and that know how to enjoy every moment that happens at home.

BEKO is exclusively available in select SM Appliance Center stores. BEKO provides an innovative and reliable range of kitchen and home appliances which make consumers daily lives easier.

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