It’s Never Too Early To Start Investing


Glad to catch up with Matteo at the Sun Life Prosperity Card launch held at B Hotel, Quezon City.

Caught up with Matteo at the Sun Life Prosperity Card launch held at B Hotel, Quezon City. Photo by Lani Banzon

There’s always a notion that investing is for the rich and for the older people. But considering that majority of today’s workforce are the millennials, it’s time to re-focus the attention on this group of potential investors. As more and more younger group of individuals are getting hired and provide the much-needed services in today’s ever fast-changing world, it’s very important to encourage this generation to invest early. And making sure that they entrust their investments with a company that has a strong foundation in terms of its capability to handle a diverse investment portfolio, and is equipped with the necessary tools and manpower in wealth management.

For any new potential investor, there maybe a myriad of questions hanging around your head right now. Questions like “How do I talk to about investing?” or “How much do I need to make my first investment?”. Quite frankly, these are the very same questions that I have in mind.

As investment companies innovate their wealth management strategies, investment has just been made easy. Thanks to Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc.’s (SLAMCI) Sun Life Prosperity Card for making investing easier even for the youngest of investors. And to further encourage more people to start investing in their early lives, SLAMCI got no less than celebrity triathlete Matteo Guidicelli to endorse its new product.

Matteo Guidicelli is one of the most-sought after celebrities today. He has a string of significant shows and endorsements tucked under his belt. As an actor, he portrayed various roles and remarkably made a good impression on his acting skills. And later on, he ventured in music and released his first studio album (I personally like the first single off his album Ipapadama Na Lang).

Matteo Guidicelli at the run course during one of my coverage of the of Ironman 70.3 held in Cebu.

Matteo Guidicelli at the run course during my coverage of the of Ironman 70.3 held in Cebu.

As a triathlete, I’ve covered him in his Ironman 70.3 races held in Cebu and I can say not only that he is a fine actor, but also he is a down-to-earth and very kind person, a very supportive brother to his triathlete siblings Giorgia and Paolo and a very good son to Mommy Glena and Daddy Gianluca. His good disposition and good character make him a perfect fit as the new face of Sun Life Prosperity Card. He is total package!

The Sun Life Prosperity Card is an investment card worth Php5,000.00, which may be invested in any of the peso-denominated mutual funds managed by SLAMCI under its Sun Life Prosperity Funds.

The new Sun Life Prosperity Card TVC featuring Matteo Guidicelli will “encourage the audience to begin their investing journey because it’s an easy and convenient way to start building one’s brighter future,” explained SLAMCI president Valerie Pama.

“By investing in mutual funds, one can make his money work harder for him, as against simply leaving all of it in the bank,” Ms. Pama added.

To elaborate this, for example, a 91-day time deposit in a bank ten years ago would have given 28% return; but for the same period, the Sun Life Prosperity Bond Fund would have grown by 66%, the money invested in the Sun Life Prosperity Balanced Fund would have earned 155%, and a investment in the Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund would have gained 221%.

“This is exactly why we want Filipinos, especially the youth, to start investing some of their money in mutual funds,” Ms. Pama further added.

That makes sense. So instead of spending your hard-earned money in gadgets and clothes, why not spare a certain amount in to invest and make it grow. Make your money work for you. And when the right time comes, you’ll reap the rewards of your wise spending.

To learn more about the Sun Life Prosperity Card and how you can start investing, visit www.sunlifeprosperity.com.ph. Invest now and #LiveBrighter.

Steffen, Reed Win the 2015 Cobra IM703 Championship Title


The Ironman PROs

Cobra Ironman 70.0 Philippines Pro Champions Caroline Steffen and Tim Reed. Photo by Jamil Buergo

2015 #CobraIronman703 Pro Champions Caroline Steffen and Tim Reed. Photo by Jamil Buergo

Swiss Miss Caroline Steffen took home her fourth Cobra Ironman 70.3 championship title on August 2, 2015, in Mactan, Cebu.

Alaska Tri-Aspire’s Pro triathlete Caroline Steffen, who goes by the monicker Xena, proved her being a warrior princess as she led the women’s Pro category in the swim leg. And despite having a broken chain and a bike crash, the crowd saw her in her running perfect form to land her in the top spot.

From his recent winning at the 5i50 in early this year held in Subic, Australian Tim Reed battled it out with his contemporaries in the men’s Pro to win his first Cobra Ironman 70.3 championship title.

The festive beach front of the Mactan Shangri-La on an early Sunday morning teemed with triathlon Pros, Filipino Elites, age groupers, relay participants and spectators from all corners of the country and across the globe. Vintas donned with colourful banderitas line up along the designated swim course. As the excitement crept up, the Pros took off followed by the Filipino Elites. Age groupers and relay participants seeded themselves in their respective swim time finish of the 1.9km swim course.

Defending champion Brent McMahon made it first off the swim to the transition followed Reed and Tim Van Berkel. The 90-kilometre bike course was a close competition among the top three contenders. As the race progressed, the speeding bikes coursed through the four cities namely Talisay, Mandaue, Cebu and Lapu-Lapu, with Reed taking over the lead with Van Berkel close behind. McMahon trailing on the third spot. Steffen held strong on her lead. Approaching the 40th kilometre, 15 times Ironman Champion Belinda Granger was a few metres behind. Soon, she gained her lead back putting Granger on the second spot, with Dimity-Lee Duke catching up; Kathryn Haesner, Beth Gerdes and Carole pedalling for the fourth, fifth and sixth spots.

2015 Cobra IM703 Philippines Finisher's medal designed by Kenneth Cobonpue.

2015 #CobraIronman703 Finisher’s medal designed by Kenneth Cobonpue.

From transition area to the run course, the endless queue of spectators filled the sides of Punta Engano Rd. where the final leg of the race was taking place. It’s a two-loop course of the 21 kilometre run with a turn around point at the Discovery Bay with the scenic seaside as the backdrop. Loud cheers emanated from the crowd as Pros and Elites covered each kilometre of the course. It was the most festive leg of the race as there are several cheer dancers donned in colourful attires performing their routines.

The male Pros pounded each kilometre of the road towards the finish line. The eventual champion, Tim Reed made made the top podium in 3:46:03, 2 seconds ahead of second placer Tim Van Berkel (3:46:05). Brent McMahon slipped into the third spot (3:50:23), followed by Mitch Robbins on the fourth place (3:55:20). World Champion Crowie Alexander completed the roster of the male Pro champions (3:57:11).

Caroline Steffen made an impressive finish (4:23:54) by winning her fourth championship title. Beth Gerdes slipped into the second spot (4:29:07) past the third placer Dimity-Lee Duke (4:29:36), Kathryn Haesner made it to the fourth spot (4:32:15). Belinda Granger gracefully retired from competitive racing as she reached the finish line for the fifth spot (4:42:00). Carole Fuchs completes the line up of the female Pro champions (4:43:39).

With Jamie Jacobs, my favourite IM Champion Belinda Granger, Pete Jacobs and Justin Granger at the Cobra IM703 finishers' lounge.

With Jamie Jacobs, my favourite IM Champion Belinda Granger, Pete Jacobs and Justin Granger at the #CobraIronman703 finishers’ lounge.

The Filipino Elites

While the Pros battled for the top spot in their category, our Filipino Elites did not flicker as they boldly raced for supremacy amongst themselves in the 70.3 mile distance.

August Benedicto of Team Unilab bagged the top spot (4:28:36), Team Ford Forza’s John Philip Duenas came in second (4:28:42), and Alaska Tri-Aspire’s Banjo Norte made the triumvirate of the local male champions complete (4:29:05). Always regarded as the fastest Filipina triathlete, Monica Torres towered over her female contemporaries (4:39:37) with a 13-minute lead against the second placer Maria Hodges (4:53:09). LC Langit made it to the third spot in 5:05:30.

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The annual Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines is the most anticipated sports and tourism event in the country, especially in Cebu as not only the Pros, Filipino Elites and CEOs partake to compete but also age groupers and celebrity triathletes join in the individual and relay categories. Matteo Guidicelli and Piolo Pascual were a total crowd drawer as loud screams echoed everytime they pass.

Giorgia Guidicelli at the run leg turn around point. #CobraIM703Ph

Giorgia Guidicelli at the run leg turn around point. #CobraIronman703

I positioned myself at the 18th kilometre mark at the first pass, which was right next to the tunnel heading towards Plaza Independencia. As I busied myself with the live updates of the ongoing race, here comes Matteo Guidicelli coming off the tunnel who first recognised me and called my attention. And to think that I’ve known him and his family for only a few months! Later that afternoon, he shared that he felt good during the swim and bike legs, however, it was rather challenging for him during the run leg. His equally athletic sibling,Giorgia, remained tough and strong despite the increasing temperature when I spotted her at the turn around point. Giorgia made her second podium finish in a 70.3 race.

The event concluded with the awarding ceremony held at the golf course area of the Shangri-La, Mactan. As the event wrapped up, it was announced that the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific World Championship will be hosted by Cebu in 2016!

The finisher’s medal and winner’s trophy was designed by world-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

For complete race results, please visit: 2015 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippine Results

Congratulations to the winners and finishers!

For race updates, like Cobra Ironman 70.3 on Facebook: Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines
Twitter: @CobraIronMan703
Instagram: @cobraironman703/

Registration for the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship 2016 opens on October 1, 2015, 8am (Manila Time, GMT+8). Log on to www.ironman703phil.com

See you all in 2016!

Regent Stages Inaugural 5i50 Triathlon


Triathlon has become the fast-growing sport today, attracting triathletes from across the country and the international community. And a significant number of triathlon races are being held annually in the country.

With Sunrise Events, Inc. at the helm, watch out for the inaugural Regent 5i50 Triathlon slated on June 7, 2015, in Subic Bay. As the presenting partner, Regent Foods promises not only the exciting challenges of the multisport in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, but most importantly, a different kind of experience for every participating triathlete – from the swim start down to the finish line, and extends even more than receiving the finisher medal.

Regent 5i50 features a challenging 1.5km loop, rectangular, clockwise swim at the waters of the Subic Bay Boardwalk,a 40km point-to-point bike ride to the Subic International Airport, heading to IDESS up to Tarlac Road and head back to Transition 2 in Remy Field.

The 10km run will start from Transition 2 in Remy Field and heads on to the first turn around in Dewey Ave., going back to Remy Field and then go to Rizal Highway entering Argonaut Highway for the second turn around, and heading back for the finish at Remy Field.

Top Aussie pros Casey Munro, Justin Granger, Clayton Fettel, Belinda Granger, Dimity Lee-Duke and Thai Carole Fuchs head the foreign entries in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run, which serves as Regent’s answer to triathletes who love to do short – distance but challenging races in a world – class production set-up.

“In our aim to support Filipinos’ changing lifestyle and needs, Regent Foods started to focus in promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events.  Over the past years, we have seen triathlon evolve as a fast – growing sport. We are truly proud to be part in supporting the triathlon community with the Regent 5i50 event,” said Ricky Lee, President and CEO of Regent Foods.

Alaska Tri-Aspire’s Banjo Norte and Jenny Rose Guerrero, and LC Langit compete in the Filipino elite category. Celebrity triathletes Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Victor Basa and Onemig Bondoc are also competing in their respective age groups.

“We commend Regent Foods for joining the ever-growing list of backers of this popular three-sport athletic competition. With a talent-laden international field, we expect a world-class competition since the event also serves as a fitting tune-up for those competing in the Ironman,” said Wilfred Uytengsu, President and CEO of Sunrise Events, Inc., which also stages the Philippine franchise of Ironman, Ironkids and Safeguard 5i50.

The two pre-event activities which include athlete registration, race pack claiming and race briefing will be held on June 5-6, 2015, is backed by 2Go Express, the official courier and logistics partner, Sante Barley, Newton Running, PLDT SubicTel, TYR, Coca Cola Femsa, Garmin, David’s Salon, Shotz, Smart, Pioneer Insurance, The Philippine Star Multisport Magazine, Intercare, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board and host venue Subic Bay.

For more event details, please log on to http://www.regent.5i50philippines.com

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